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10 ideas to steal from Italian style interiors

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I’m often asked for online interior design advice from foreign readers, which are Italian style interiors lovers. It almost seems that our interior style is more appreciated by them that by us, since we’re always seeking inspirations outside our borders (starting with the Scandinavian ones).

What is so fascinating in our Italian style interiors? Are there any common features in Italian houses that can distinguish Italian style in interior design?

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I tried to make a list of 10 top features that may identify Italian interior style. It was not easy, no question of a unique style, and probably I’m going to add more on this post in the future!

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Mi capita spesso di ricevere richieste di consulenze d’interni online dall’estero da appassionati dello stile italiano. Che forse a quanto pare è più apprezzato da loro che da noi Italiani stessi, visto che noi qui invece stiamo sempre a cercare ispirazioni al di là dei nostri confini (a iniziare dalla terra scandinava).

Cosa affascina quindi così tanto all’estero delle nostre case italiane? Ci sono delle caratteristiche che contraddistinguono gli interni in stile italiano?

Io ho provato a stilare un elenco di dieci caratteristiche che secondo me identificano questo stile. Non è stato semplice perché non si tratta affatto di uno stile univoco, non escludo che andrò ad integrare questo post in corsa!  

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1 Rustic touch | Italian style interiors

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Villa in Tuscany, via Weekend in Toscana

House in Tuscany via

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2 Cementine | Italian style interiors

An heritage of the late Nineteenth century architecture, which is also very popular in Italian homes today

Un’eredità dall’architettura di fine Ottocento, molto popolare nelle case italiane oggi

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Francesco Librizzi , Cefalù

Paola Navone via Two italian restorations

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3 Terrazzo flooring | Italian style interiors

Became very popular at present, terrazzo flooring was the typical marble flooring  of Venetian houses of the ‘500

Diventato molto popolare ai giorni nostri, il terrazzo è una pavimentazione in graniglia di marmo tipica delle case veneziane del ‘500

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Bar Luce Milano, Fondazione Prada, Wes Anderson

Taschen store, Milano via

 

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4 Decor in the bathroom | Italian style interiors

Bathroom is as important as otehr rooms in Italian homes, must be cosy and comfortable as the others. A space to be filled with decoration and imagination

Il bagno è un ambiente fondamentale delle case italiane, che dev’essere accogliente e confortevole al pari delle altre stanze. Con spazio alla decorazione e alla fantasia

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Paola Navone via, Photography by Wichmann + Bendtsen

Carlo Mollino apartment via

Marazzi

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5 Terracotta and warm Colour | Italian style interiors

Not exactly invented in Italy (but with far more ancient origins), the terracotta tradition has historical roots in Tuscany and is typically an Italian one (just think of the name, of course).  Although neutrals and white/black remain the favorite colour matches in contemporary Italian homes, the Italian decor style is not afraid of using color, even in warm terracotta tones

Non nasce precisamente in Italia (ma ha origini ben più antiche), la tradizione della terracotta ha radici storiche in terra Toscana ed è tipicamente italiana (basti pensare al nome stesso).  E anche se il bianco e l’abbinamento bianco/nero restano i preferiti nelle case italiane, lo stile italiano non teme l’utilizzo del colore, anche nelle tonalità calde della terracotta

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Patrizia Moroso house via 

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6 Mix & Match | Italian style interiors

Many Italian homes are the result of restoration of ancient buildings, of postwar homes, of old farmhouses (see here for some restorations projects), and there’s an increasing appreciation towards the old even more if matched with the new

Molte abitazioni italiane sono frutto di restauri di antichi palazzi, di case del dopoguerra, di vecchie cascine, e sempre più si ritorna ad apprezzare il vecchio proprio nel suo contrasto con il nuovo, grazie ad accostamenti tra epoche diverse

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Home of Carolina Castiglioni, Todd Selby

Palazzo Orlandi via

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7 Declutter | Italian style interiors

Less is more is the motto of contemporary Italian houses , seeking a few essential furniture elements with quality

Less is more: è il motto delle case italiane in stile contemporaneo, che sempre più ricercano uno stile fatto di pochi elementi essenziali e di qualità

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Ex Frantoio, Palomba+Serafina

Dordoni Architetti via

R3 Architetti

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8 Open space | Italian style interiors

As a consequence of smaller home spaces, contemporary Italian houses are characterized by an open kitchen which is integrated to the sitting room, in a unique space defined living which is the core of the house. A light and airy space, where light and glazed windows play a key role

Conseguenza di spazi più ridotti, le case italiane contemporanee sono caratterizzate da una cucina aperta che si integra al soggiorno, in uno spazio unico definito living. Uno spazio aperto e luminoso, in cui la luce e le vetrate verso l’esterno hanno un ruolo fondamentale

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Villa Vergelle, Tuscany via

Farmhouse in Parma via

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9 Design Tradition | Italian style interiors

The strong heritage in the design field has its roots in the Fifties and Sixties, with many design icons still popular at present

(read my article about Italian design icons of the Sixties here)

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BeB Italia

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10 Garden love | Italian style homes

Italian dream of a beautiful garden outside home. So much so that it is an Italian creation the famous Bosco Verticale, an innovative concept of high-rise where green is fully integrated in the architecture (read my article on Peroni website here)

Il sogno degli italiani è avere un bel giardino. Tant’è vero che è una creazione italiana il Bosco Verticale, ovvero un nuovo concetto di grattacielo in cui il verde viene integrato all’architettura stessa

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Bosco verticale, Boeri Associati via

Christopher Sturman for Harper’s Bazaar

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