Decorating for the Artistic Soul

Make Your Italian Style Home Colorful

Posted on: July 27, 2009

The Italian home is warm, friendly, colorful and comfortable.  It’s the kind of home where you expect to see a busy kitchen, smell good cooking, and see colorful food items everywhere you look.  Decorations on a countertop or in a shelf may well be something simple like a large jar of green olives, or a huge sealed glass bowl of whole lemons, soaking in olive oil.  The table may have a huge bowl of grapes centered on it.

Walls will be painted in earthy tones, not too light, and textured, rather than smooth. There should be crown moldings in the dining room at the very least. Paintings of vineyards,  and still lifes of food groupings will brighten up the walls. And somewhere there will be a wine rack and a tray of wine glasses.

If there is a sunny window with a deep sill, it should have terra cotta planters filled with fresh Italian herbs.  Not only will they be used for cooking, but the fresh, spicy smells of basil, oregano, dill, and rosemary will add a bit of Italian scent to the room.

Colorful, flowery, overstuffed furniture with cheerful throws casually tossed over an arm or a back will make visitors feel instantly welcome. Doilies under a lamp, a candy dish, or on the arms of a chair, are of finely crocheted lace. Low footstools that can be easily moved to accommodate aching feet, show your concern for the comfort of your guests.

There is simply nothing as colorful, comfortable, and welcoming as a busy, Italian style home!


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