When it comes to artful and stylish home interiors, the Italians offer modern twists while preserving their ancient designs’ integrity. They also add elements of closeness, light, air, and seclusion into their structures, making Italian interior design favored by many designers and homeowners. Plus, the look of Italian decor makes any home feel like it came out of a Renaissance painting.
If you have plans to remodel your home, consider using Italian-style pieces and designs to transform your space into an aesthetic delight. You will also turn it into a place your loved ones can enjoy and where you can have space for your own self-care needs.
Here are six decoration ideas to recreate Italian-style interiors for your house.
Combine Rustic and Modern
Italian decor is about mixing the old and the new. You can see it in some of Italy’s structures such as The Pantheon, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Recreate the rustic and modern mixture by adding antique-looking furniture and decor to your current home.
Carved wooden pieces, adorned archways, and Greco-Roman-like decor are some components you can add to recreate the classical Italian look inside your contemporary house or condo unit. Gold-accented decoration pieces such as mirrors, vases, and furniture may also be suitable for adorning some of the rooms in your home.
Create Spacious and Practical Rooms
Italian homes are notable for their large, spacious, and practical rooms. These spacious areas are suited for gatherings or for family entertainment. For example, some Pag-IBIG houses and lots for sale in Metro Manila may have ample spaces for you to connect your future courtyard and foyer to the dining and living rooms. Spending time with loved ones through gatherings are an integral part of Italian culture, which is why they make their dining and entertainment spaces open and roomy to accommodate many people.
Make your dining room party-ready by placing a large table in the middle of the area. Use large open racks to display family memorabilia such as photos, heirlooms, and various kitchenware. You can also place a few wine bottles to get ready for the holidays and drinking sessions. For your living room, add large and comfortable sofas as the central feature. Couple it with a large center table where you can serve espresso, wine, or snacks for your guests.
Add Large Windows
Light is another essential feature of Italian-Mediterranean architecture. If you live close to the sea and in a sunny spot, let natural light inside by adding large windows in your home. Go for a semi-circular shaped window to reconstruct the scenic ambiance of Italian-Mediterranean homes. You’ll enjoy seeing the blue sky and white clouds hovering during the day.
Suppose you are remodeling your house and want to add larger windows. Consider placing large windows by your kitchen, living area, and dining room. Add window panels by your roof to allow sunlight to illuminate your home. The size of your window brings in sunlight to light up your open spaces, creating the feeling of openness and freedom. It is also an excellent way to maximize natural light and save energy.
If you want to amp up your home’s brightness, add chandeliers in your home’s wide spaces such as the foyer, family hall, and living and dining rooms. The crystal pieces help distribute light all over the place, highlighting even the smallest features of your home with a soft, diffused light.
Most chandeliers work best with high and wide ceilings. If you live in cozier homes such as condo units, there are many smaller chandeliers available in the market to fit smaller homes without overpowering the space. Some chandeliers even have acrylic crystals that are cheaper than the traditional chandelier crystals. Despite being budget-friendly, these acrylic crystal-like chandeliers can still beautifully illuminate your home.
Intimacy is another vital part of individual rooms in an Italian home. Make your sleeping quarters more secluded by placing a canopy above your bed. Use gold-plated brass bars or hoops and sheer drapes to allow fresh air to ventilate around you while fostering a sense of safety and protection while you sleep. If you have a bunk bed with no one sleeping on top, you may use the upper frame as your canopy. Decorate it with gold and crimson to recreate the look of many royalty-themed bedrooms in ancient Italian homes.
Canopies aren’t limited to beds and daybeds. Use canopies to make the pergola or gazebo area in your garden more secluded. Place wood planks on your pergola’s roof to protect you from heat, wind, and rain. Add drapes around it to create privacy while you enjoy your hobbies or afternoon coffee in your nook. In the summer, replace your drapes with sheer ones to let the breeze in while shielding you from the heat. You’ll have a private area in your garden to enjoy a quiet afternoon.
Use Cementine Tiles
Cementine tiles are patterned and colored ceramic slabs used in various Italian structures and were extremely popular during the 20th century. Their intricate markings are a mix of the old and new, making them suitable flooring and pathways for your Italian-inspired homes. Place cementine tiles in your bathroom, patio, and kitchen. Create garden pathways with cementine tiles to instantly combine the contemporary feel with your garden’s classical Italian style. The pathway will also make it easier for you to navigate your garden without ruining your lawn and greeneries.
You may also break a few cementine tiles and piece them together to create a mosaic table, floor sections, mirrors, and walls. Use some of the pieces to accent a few parts such as your bathtub, sink, and birdbath. The bright, colorful tiles may also help bounce light around your home.
As a whole, adapting Italian-inspired design elements in your home provides a sense of intimacy, freedom, nature, and classicism mixed with modernity. Through these six decoration and remodeling ideas, you can convert your new-age home into a rustic, modern, and sophisticated abode.