Thinking about changing up the style of your home but aren’t sure where to start? Inspiration is everywhere, and sometimes we don’t always see it. A quick look at international home design trends around the world is a great way to get ideas flowing. Here are home design trends from three countries that you can easily incorporate into your home.
Spain: Functional and Sophisticated
One of the most distinguished international home design trends is Spanish inspired. Spanish design became popular in the mid 20th century in the California, Texas, and Florida homes. This style is still popular today, and Spanish styled homes often sell for more and faster than other homes. This theme is perfect for people looking for a sophisticated home that is still functional.
Spanish walls are often plain, textured, and never incorporate wallpaper. A simple way to spice up your walls would be to include Spanish paintings, shelving units, and metal artworks. Carpets are extremely rare in Spanish styled homes, most incorporate one style of flooring and have it throughout the entire home. If the carpet is something you can’t live without, beige or cream carpets are a good way to go. As far as furniture goes, use it minimally. You still want your space to be functional, but Spanish styled furniture is often made of dark wood or wrought iron. Wrought iron is also a popular choice for chandeliers. Your patio/verandah must also reflect Spanish design elements, as this is a popular place to spend most of their time.
China: Simple and Balanced
One of the oldest styles of designs, Chinese interior design focuses on simplicity and the feeling of peace, harmony, and serenity. The art of feng shui is prominent in Chinese interior design. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, feng shui is a way of arranging your home in a way that is pleasing to individuals and the surrounding environment.
Since Chinese interior design focuses on simplicity, only a few valuable/beautiful objects are needed in each room. Furniture is often made of lacquered wood and includes hand-carved detail. Chinese design integrates nature into traditional designs. You can easily incorporate Chinese calligraphy, landscapes, cherry blossom paintings, screens, Chinese pottery, bamboo, pillows, or ornate rugs in your home. Red is used very frequently throughout the home and is a symbol of good luck, but green, blue, and yellow can also be used. When designing a home with Chinese influence, remember to not confuse Chinese with Japanese, and keep in mind a simplistic style that is in line with feng shui.
Italy: Elegant and Extravagant
Italian design is another popular option. Homes can range from traditional old world Italian to vibrant Tuscan-style designs. Italian design is known for being elegant, distinguished, and casually grand.
The kitchen is the most important part of any Italian home. This is where most of the family gathers and where the heart is. Italian kitchens often feature many different types of tile, stone walls, and wood cabinetry. You can quickly add these style influences into your home by incorporating Tuscan style copper pots/vases and dramatic chandeliers. Traditional Italian homes often feature hand-painted cathedral ceilings that immediately bring you back to the Italian Renaissance. It would be incredibly difficult to replicate these beautiful ceilings, so adding Italian paintings throughout your home almost gives the same effect. Throughout the rest of your home, incorporate natural, earth-toned colors like golden yellow, terra cotta, and green. Italian style is extravagant, but can easily be assimilated into your home.
Choosing to incorporate Spanish, Chinese, or Italian trends into your home is a simple way to change up your living space in a new way. But the inspiration doesn’t stop here, there are tons of other countries with beautifully designed homes you can draw visions from. Are there other international home design trends you think we should have covered? Let us know on our Facebook page.