Italy has always been the world leader in fashion, so of course Italian interior design is no different!
From the relaxed aesthetics of Italian rooms, to the skilled artisans who create Italian decor – interiors in Italy are always a major source of inspiration.
Whether it’s the modern look, or cozy rustic finishes you like, it’s easier than you think to replicate the style in your home.
I think the perfect blend of Italian design styles mixes old and new, and today I’m sharing 7 ways to use Italian interior design trends.
These are some of my favorite ideas I’ve spotted in Italy over the years, and they’ve always made me feel right at home!
Try a few of these ideas out to echo an Italian design style, no matter where you live!
1. A Neutral Backdrop
Neutral colors are a great way to create an inviting Italian inspired space.
They allow the eye to take in all of the natural light and give off a calming vibe. Many Italian homes start with a white, gray, or beige base for their walls and larger pieces of furniture.
The best part about neutral tones is that they go well with any color palette, so it’s easy for you to change things up as often as you like!
2. Fresco Inspired Murals
Frescos have been around since ancient times, but they’re still popular in Italian interior design today!
Traditionally, frescos are a hand painted mural applied to wet plaster – and they are often found in old Italian villas and churches.
This style of painting usually depicts of scenes of figures and nature – perfect for a timeless backdrop in your home.
While not everyone can have a muralist pop by for a custom commission, you can achieve a similar feel with a framed fresco inspired artwork, or scenic wallpaper!
3. Terra Cotta Planters
Italians are known for their green thumbs! Even if you’re not a gardening enthusiast, Terra cotta planters are perfect for adding a touch of green to any room.
Use the traditional Italian material and grow basil for in your windowsill or get a large planter as a standalone decor in your entryway. Terra cotta will instantly make your room feel warmer and happier – and caring for plants is known to give you a positive energy boost!
4. Italian Ceramics Plates
Another staple of Italian decorating is beautiful ceramic dishes and plates. Handmade items are especially popular to be passed down through generations, and many Italians proudly display them at home.
Often these plates depict fruit or florals, in bold colors or softer tones to suit your kitchen or dining room.
Displaying them on the walls or on open kitchen shelves gives a touch of Italy to your space. Just don’t be surprised when you start craving a big bowl of pasta!
5. Mixed Raw Materials, Like Wood, Stone and Metal
Italian interior design often incorporates a rich blend of natural textures, like wood, stone and metal. Mixing these materials can create a cozy “lived” in look.
Try this look on your bookshelf, mantle, or entryway table by displaying a few decorative items of different materials.
Small statues, wooden candlesticks, a metal serving items are a great way to blend these textures – and the more unfinished looking the better for channeling rustic Italian design.
6. Statement Italian Dining Tables
For Italians, the heart of the home is where you eat and spend time with your loved ones.
That is why in Italian interior design, you’ll often find a beautiful family sized table with plenty of room to swap stories and spaghetti.
While wooden finishes are my favorite, I’ve also seen some beautiful Italian properties with lovely modern marble topped tables!
I’m sharing a few made in Italy designs below that are perfect for bringing your family together at the table.
7. Mediterranean Tiles
My final favorite Italian interior design trend is beautiful mediterranean style tiles. These bright colors and geometric designs are often found in Italian kitchens, bathrooms, and flooring throughout homes.
Even if you don’t have a ton of space, a pretty tile can make a big impact. Try adding a faux tile look to shelves like this simple peel and stick blue and white backsplash. You can also try them on stair treads, or a small nook to create a one of a kind Italian vibe.
Thanks for reading this roundup of my favorite interior design ideas to borrow from chic Italian homes!
I hope these ideas inspire you to get that inviting Italian vibe in your house, and to make every room a place that you love!
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