Australians love a European summer holiday – a chance to escape the cooler months and jet off to the other side of the world for sun, sea, sand and delicious European cuisine.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 related travel restrictions, the European summer is off-limits to Aussies for 2020; meaning they’ll be missing out on the chance to sun-soak themselves in Santorini or scooter around Capri this year.
So, as we can’t go to Europe, why not bring Europe to us? Here, Porter Davis Homes Interior Designer, Janelle Miles, shares her tips for bringing a taste of Europe’s summer hot spots into our home:
Embrace the rustic luxury of a Tuscan vineyard by incorporating exposed brick and statement wooden elements in your decor. You can do this through feature walls or by incorporating rustic, country inspired furniture. Choose earthy colours like reds, terra-cotta and olive green for soft furnishings and be liberal with soft furnishings such as cushions and rugs. Take things further with candles and plenty of fresh flowers to recreate your perfect Italian getaway.
For a Greek inspired room, start with a fresh white base and include bright pops of ocean-inspired colours. Cobalt blue, aquamarine and sea green will bring a coastal feel into the home and will lighten up your space for winter. Furnishings of natural materials, such as crisp linen bedding and rattan pendant lights to bring in that island feel. Featuring marble and textured tiling across bathroom and kitchen areas also reflects the natural beauty of the European coastline and the Aegean sea.
Colour and patterns play a key role in creating a Turkish inspired room. Emerald greens, cobalt blues, aquamarines and burnt oranges create a rich and vibrant pallet that can be mixed and matched through soft furnishings and painted feature walls. Layered textures like scatter cushions and woven throw blankets also add a Turkish vibe to any space. For bathrooms or the kitchen, the addition of mosaics, terrazzo, textured and patterned wall and floor tiles can act as a key centrepiece to a communal living area.
France is a country of romance and sophistication, so when decorating in French-style, keep it classy and feminine. Natural lighting is key to French styling as it creates a softness that underpins the overall feel of the home and is reminiscent of the French countryside. Colourwise, pastels like dusty blues and lemon can be mixed with deeper inky blues and sage green to add layers to the space. Minimalist styling with classic furniture pieces will keep the room feeling stylish, and when it comes to art within the home, opt for whimsical prints of birds, flowers, vintage French posters and black and white photos of landscapes.
Spanish flair can be added to any room with the inclusion of half-moon or arch mirrors to mimic the structural features of a spanish villa. Playing with sunset tones like lemon, scarlet, dusty pink and orange will create an instant mood boost within a room. Be sure to incorporate plants such as palms, succulents and exotic florals to bring your Spanish inspired space to life. Don’t be afraid of bold colours and prints – Spain is all about heat and adventure so let those elements inspire your decor choices.