Your home should be a sanctuary, where you can feel safe, secure and comfortable. Your home also says a lot about who you are, what you like and how you like to live. You may want to use your creativity to create the perfect home which is not only comfortable for you but is admired by others. If you are someone who likes to indulge and express themselves, a European home will be perfect for you. Here are 5 simple tips to bring Europe into your home, where ever you may be:
1. Create warmth with colors: European homes are known for their warm and inviting interiors. If you want to create a rustic feel, use warm, earthy colors – especially in your kitchen and the family room. When choosing the fabrics and furnishings, you can go for rich, decadent colors like gold and reds. However, for a more comfortable and homey feel, choose earthy colors and pastels. You can give them a luxuriant feel by adding trimmings of heavy fabrics like satin, velvet or silk. You can also use heavy colors for these trimmings to give a stark contrast. Combining neutral and bold colors together can give a dramatic feel to your home.
2. Accessorize: Nothing says Europe like posters, paintings, and murals of various European landmarks. Decorate your living room with a large poster of the Eiffel Tower or a busy Parisian street. Decorate your kitchen worktop with bottles of olive oil and see through jars of pasta. Tablecloths with large motifs and bold prints are characteristic of the traditional European home. The use of colorful ceramics reminds you of the colorful Spanish culture, so bring in a little of that too.
3. Get the right furniture: Opulent furniture with intricate details is at the heart of every European home. You do not have to go for oversized furniture, especially if you have a small apartment. Invest in a beautiful rocking chair with intricate designs or a chaise lounge for your living room. Stylish ottomans and gazebos are also very European.
4. Give attention to details: Your doors and windows can add a European feel to your home too. French windows with Roman blinds and long doors with heavy handles are distinctly European in their style. Stylish area rugs can also contribute to the beauty and elegance of your home. They add warmth to your living spaces and are distinctly European in their comfort. Use tapestries to brighten the walls.
5. Light it up: European homes are characterized by large open spaces and lots of natural light. Have large windows in your home and use light curtains during the day to allow maximum light to enter your home. Install a lot of chandeliers, pendant lights, and wall sconces in every room to create a lot of artificial light. A well-lit room will remind you of your sojourn in Europe.