Jun 9, 2022

INTERIOR TIPS | How to decorate in an Italian Classic Contemporary style 


Let’s have a closer look at another beautiful decor taste that I am sure you will adore: the Italian Classic Contemporary style, an actual Italian interior trend that derives its roots from the Italian well-established décor history, but with a contemporary twist.

It is not the first time that we meet a declination of the Italian taste in interior design: do you remember Modern Tuscan? As in that case, classical influences from the past are clearly visible, so is the ambition to integrate touches of modern design, luxe and comfort. The result, as you will see, is a refined and timeless classical elegance, uncluttered and curated with unique signature and accent elements.

Curious to see more? Let’s explore together the sophisticated ambiences of the Classic Italian Contemporary style and the main elements that characterize it. 

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ITALIAN INTERIOR TRENDS | Classic Contempory decor style


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/ A balanced mixed of elements 

A wise balance between antique generous decors and clean modern lines is among the main features of an Italian classic contemporary style:  a mix of well-balanced elements whose purpose is to enhance each other and define a warm, airy, and elegant environment, formal and cozy at the same time, where not a single detail is improvised.


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/ Neutral colors

Another primary detail of an Italian Classic Contemporary home is a neutral soft color palette: pale and creamy hues as well as greige tones are dominant, contributing to infuse in any room a sense of cozy elegance and airy freshness. 


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Colorful touches are more than welcome though:  look how some eccentric pieces of furniture with bright and bold tones as well as some colored accessories can elegantly play against neutrals creating a sophisticated contrasting effect! 


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/ Symmetry and strong visible lines

In an Italian Classic Contemporary home, a calm and measured order reigns thanks to a harmonious balance given by symmetry. Furniture and décor items are arranged to reproduce symmetrical patterns that help define an atmosphere of calm serenity, which predisposes to reflection and intimacy.


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Strong visible lines are evident, whether they are straight vertical or horizontal as well as curved. Architectural details such as high ceilings, bare windows, real or decorative fireplaces and all geometric shapes in wall art and sculpture become primary; also the bare space on walls, between pieces of furniture and above in upper areas, becomes as important as the areas filled with objects


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/ Flooring and wainscoting  

Floors in an Italian Classic Contemporary home are bare and smooth thanks to materials like wood, tiles, or vinyl. Geometric-patterned area rugs are also an excellent element to add color and texture still maintaining an overall sleek and uncluttered aspect.


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Another recurrent detail in an Italian Classic Contemporary home is wainscoting, decorative paneling limited to the bottom half or three-quarters of a wall, perfect for living areas as well as for bathrooms (soo chic!) 


/ Furniture 

The main big pieces of furniture (such as sofas, dining tables, chairs) are basic, bare and bold expressing the need to find a balance between sleek elegance and timeless luxury, making a bold statement but in a simple and uncluttered way, without adding further curves or decoration. Smooth, clean, geometric shapes are essential here.  


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A typical stylish element that I am sure you will appreciate in an Italian Classic Contemporary home is the leather sofa, both the classic chesterfield model and a more minimal one, a timeless piece of furniture that has no rivals in adding to interiors a touch of chic and effortless refinement.   


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/ Statement Lighting

Something that can’t just miss in a typical Italian Classic Contemporary home is a big statement centerpiece light, like a chandelier, something unique and eye-catching that blends some traditional Italian craftsmanship with a more stripped-down modern sensibility; look at this mouth-blown Murano glass chandelier for example, such a gorgeous element capable to transmit immediately an authentically Italian feel! 


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/ Iconic design pieces 

Finally, adding unique iconic pieces from Italian design of the ’60s and ’70s as well as large statements and substantial art pieces contribute to give a touch of Italian Classic Contemporary style to any room. 


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So: simplicity and symmetry, subtle sophistication, timeless elegance and unique pieces , that’s the Italian Classic Contemporary style in a nutshell. Isn’t it just bellissimo?

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