As we all know Italians are renowned for their exquisite taste and their impeccable design in fashion, autos, and many other aspects. Historically, Italy has produced some of the world’s greatest artists and it stands at the forefront of global design trends, including interior design, for as long as people can remember.
Now, as in the past, Italian designers are admired and respected for their attention to details and their choices. Italian-style homes are spectacularly beautiful and luxurious, offering style and panache that is unmistakable. They present select detail, as well as optimum craftsmanship in furniture, carpentry, walls, and lighting. Italian design components are timeless and always pertinent.
Following are some Italian design elements that you might wish to incorporate in your design to enhance your home with that distinct Italian flair, all recommended by renowned interior designer Annette Frommer.
The use of marble and stones of all types defines the look of a traditional Italian-style interior design . In this instance, Frommer used elements that resemble what most of us envisage when we imagine a great Roman bath.
The master bathroom of this grand penthouse includes a curved bathtub and a majestic chandelier, as well as floor and wall cladding that is all marble.
The light peachy color of the marble was carefully chosen, and all the complementing elements were carefully compiled to create this elaborate and elegant look.
The chandelier is breathtaking, providing both opulence and drama to the space.
Exceptionally high quality that meets the expectation of superior Italian design is clearly seen and felt. As Frommer says, “stately elegance has always been reflected in Italian bathrooms.”
Gold-like inlays, such as brass, are extremely popular in Italian design. They are used in accessories, furnishings, and carpentry . Using golden trims is a staple in both modern and traditional Italian design.
Here again, Annette Frommer used definitive Italian elements. The private lobby, with laser cut marble, is accessed via a brass-clad elevator.
Glass and brass pocket doors elegantly lead into the living room, where a stunning gold-leaf gilded living room ceiling greets guests. More touches of gold and silver enhance the natural sophistication of this traditional interior. What can possibly be more Italian than that?
Like knowing how to dress themselves, the Italians know how to dress their homes.
Superior quality textiles and fabrics such as light organza, leather and velvets are necessary.
As for lighting, for many years now Italy has set the bar in contemporary and modern lighting thanks to its many pioneers in the field.
Charting the history of Italian lighting design is not an easy endeavour. Nevertheless, Italian sconces are landmarks and an important part of this history, and in recent years the use of sconces has witnessed a form of revival.
Frommer loves these and finds so many uses for them since they provide not only style but accent lighting as well. They come in a range of designs and sizes, so the possibilities for their use are endless. Whether just as pieces for show, or lights to highlight works of art, sconces add a touch of class and refinement for showcasing elements in a space.
To conclude, if you wish to enrich your home with Italian elements, you should invest some time in proper research. Distinguish the right decor for you and invest in quality items. As Annette Frommer always remarks, “Use unique items to make your home uniquely yours!”