ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY
Open spaces with lots of light
Open rooms with minimal furnishings and ample windows and beautiful artificial light are hallmarks of Italian design. Uncluttered is the rule for this design style, and homes designed in this way feature a variety of storage options, such as chests and ottomans with inside storage to keep possessions out of sight. This design style favours monochromatic area rugs in place of carpeting.
Natural, muted colours
A neutral colour palette that favours whites, browns, beiges and blacks is another key element of Italian design. Colour can be added for dramatic effect with accessories, such as throw pillows, blankets and coloured glass bowls or lamps.
Minimalist furnishings with sleek lines and sexy curves
Italian design relies on a few, well chosen and well-made pieces of high end Italian furniture as opposed to the crowded, overstuffed look of French or English country design. Wooden and metal chair frames are preferred, as well as high-end fabrics, such as damask and silk.