We recently brought you 17 opulent Mediterranean landscape designs as some visual inspiration for your home’s exterior. And now, we’re giving you some style ideas for the inside of your personal space, but this time we’re narrowing down the Mediterranean angle to focus purely on the boot-shaped beauty of Southern Europe, Italy.
Italian design and style catches the eye not only for its aesthetic merit, but also for its execution. And by that, we’re referring simply to how effortlessly cool this country is. Defying rules and an uninterested approach to conventions is what sets Italian style apart from the rest of the world.
Enjoy this list of design ideas and style inspirations from the one and only Italy.
Bring the Outside Inside
A truly stunning Italian home begins outside, so never exclude it from your interior space. Try to organize your rooms in a way which leaves plenty of open space. Then, combine this with lots of natural light and your interior will be lit up and complemented by beautiful views outside.
Fashion and Italy often go together like a well-placed accessory on a sublime outfit. So, for that quintessential Italian look and feel, try and punctuate your personal space with a subtle touch of tailored class here and there. Because therein lies the beauty of Italian flair: purposely breaking the rules is rule number one. That means you can buy a fashion accessory with no intention of ever wearing it, and instead use it to adorn a shelf, a wall, or to glam up a piece of furniture.
Like Italian fashion, keep it simple but make a statement. So, for example, you could take a classy wristwatch, like one of many stylish mechanical numbers on this list by Chrono 24, place it on a watch display, and make it an individual piece on a plain dressing table. Or you could take some vibrant, luxurious ties and turn them into a playful decorative piece for your walls, to bring a more cheerful touch of Italian flair to your home. Try this tie-wall combo seen on Pinterest to get an idea.
In with the old, in with the new
Italians love to mix the contemporary with the antique. It’s what gives their homes such enjoyable atmosphere; an appreciation of heritage in tandem with a propensity for rolling with the times. Try and complement every old item of furniture in your house with something new or trendy, and try and keep it subtle – too wide of a spectrum, or too polarizing, and your interior will come across confused, not calm and collected. A simple example would be a smattering of dark wooden furniture offset by some more modern touches like metallic picture frames.