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Italian Colour

The colours of Italy conjure up blue skies, creamy villas with terracotta rooftops, yellow sun, red tomatoes and Ferraris, green herbs, deep earthy reds, ochre’s and buttery creamy pasta. To capture a little of this evocative mix, we can use Italian colours for decorating. Considering the colours of Italian artwork as well as the countryside leaves a wide palette to choose from and can give impressive results when used in a decorating scheme.

The colours somehow give a sense of grandness and simplicity with a wide choice. It will not be too hard to give your space an Italian feel. Whether rich or simple, Italian decorating colours with complementary fabric mixes, arched columns and doorways, marble surfaces, timeworn antiques, and wrought-iron fixtures will bring out the best of your Italian colour scheme. Italian style can be ornate but always welcoming.

Italian Colours

‘An Italian Doorway’ – Photo by giulio nepi, licensed under CC BY 2.0

From the Renaissance period, Italian decorating colours not only inspired the famous architects of the period but also have become the undisputed international trendsetter in Europe and all over the world. Italian style and colour has captured the imagination of contemporary designers who adore the perfect blends of colours.

Brick-like terracotta tiles with brownish-orange shades and tones are undoubtedly the heart of most Italian decoration. The colour is the foundation as this commonly used material appears in roof tiles, on walls, pottery, and floors. Carpet is not used often in Italian homes but the coldness of terracotta can be warmed up with bright vibrant floor rugs.

Different shades of earth tones are predominant in Italian decorating colours inspired by local landscapes and agriculture. To achieve the Mediterranean accents of sea and land, you can combine the brown and red tones of terracotta along with granite, blue-green shades of sea, gold and cream shades. Appropriate use of furnishing and accessories will enhance the Italian colour ways.

Creams, yellows on stuccoed plaster can give the feel of an earthy Italian farmhouse kitchen with terracotta floor tiles adding to the overall effect. Simplicity with Mediterranean blue accents or a simple dish of ripe red tomatoes on the table will instantly fill the room with Italian sunshine. Peach, coral and terracotta colours are ideal for walls in a more formal living area and a feature wall in the colour of sun-dried tomatoes is dramatic and effective. Hints of gold in a more formal setting will bring back the days of rich Venetian merchants.

There is a dusty faded quality to many Italian buildings and interiors and this aged feel lends authenticity to a scheme. It can be achieved by the judicious use of paint effects and the right choice of colour. Many paints can be mixed to a lighter shade or used with water to apply a gentle wash to a wall for a rustic feel.

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