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5 interior design lessons we can learn from the Italians

Italy is one of the great interior design capitals of the world. Home to the Milan Furniture Fair, as well as many of the world’s top designers, Italian design is known for its creativity, craftsmanship and style.

Brands like Armani Casa, Poltrona Frau, Cassina, Flexform, B&B Italia, Missoni and Kartell all call Italy home. So what can we learn from Italians?

1. Mix modern and classic elements

Italian design company Bonaldo have recently furnished the Laurichhof Design Hotel in Saxony which features a mix of modern and classic elements, including this white suite that creates a fresh, bright effect. The room features a mix of classic and modern pieces including Bonaldo’s Origami table in Ceramica Calacatta.

2. Go bold

Italian designers aren’t short on creativity or style and if you are looking for that ‘wow’ factor for your home you can’t go past Italian design. B&B Italia are one brand known for their high quality modern and contemporary furniture such as this fabulous Up 50 armchair that was designed by Gaetano Pesce.

 

3. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour

Italians love to experiment with colour, and the Milan Design Week often set the colour trends for the year ahead. Italian design firm Kartell are known for their bold use of colour, with pieces that make a statement in any room.

 

4. Embrace Marble

Italian marble is the finest marble in the world, and since the time of the renaissance, Italian designers know how to work this stone into any interior. The Bolero Ravel table from Poltrona Frau is just one example of how to use this timeless and stylish material.

 

5. Always look up

For the Italian designer lighting is a work of art as well as being functional. Euroluce at the Milan’s Salone del Mobile is solely devoted to lightning products, from simple table lights to extravagant chandeliers. The Big Bang Suspension pendant by Foscarini is an explosion of criss-crossing forms which create an architecture of surfaces, lights and shadows.

Indoor plants that work with your interior design style

Adding indoor plants to your home will not only make it look great, they will also enhance your mood and health.

The NASA Clean Air Study shows that many indoor plants purify the air we breathe, making for a cleaner, healthier environment. Other studies have shown that indoor plants help improve productivity and concentration and general mood.

There’s an indoor plant for every style of home. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

FRENCH COUNTRY

Rustic and welcoming, French Country has a warm and causal style. Indoor plants are a must for this style, adding interest to the neutral palette. Favourites include small pots of herbs, terracotta or steel pots of lavender in a sunny window, and a dwarf variety of olive trees.

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MEDITERRANEAN

White paint, minimalist finishes and coastal touches are a feature of many Mediterranean style homes. Think simple foliage like the fiddle leaf. Succulents and cacti also make great indoor plants for hot sunny spots

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CONTEMPORARY

Clean, crisp lines and a simple colour palette are the hallmarks of a contemporary home. Plants that work well for this style are large with interesting leaves in a neutral tone pot. Think Yucca, Palm, or Umbrella tree Also, the vibrant green philodendron plant adds colour to your living space while also removing formaldehyde from the atmosphere.

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MID-CENTURY MODERN
Organic forms, natural materials, contemporary patterns and simple lines make mid-century modern interiors a popular choice for many homes. Indoor plants are an important feature for this style of home, and the choice is endless. Snake plants, Boston fern and Zanzibar all look great in a mid-century modern home. A peace lily is another gorgeous addition, as well as looking good it can help sucks up mould in the air.

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