Take a tour of Europe without leaving home

13 July 2020 - 6 min read

Plans to enjoy a European summer these holidays may be on hold but we’ve found a way for you to relax in your own French salon or Turkish mutfak without leaving Queensland.

Follow these makeover tips from Porter Davis Homes Queensland interior design Janelle Miles and turn your home into a European resort.

1. Greece

For a Greek-inspired room, start with a fresh white base and include bright pops of ocean-inspired colours such as cobalt blue, aquamarine and sea green. This creates a coastal feel and will lighten up a space for winter.

Furnishings made of natural materials, such as crisp linen bedding and rattan pendant lights, add an island touch, while marble and textured tiling used across bathroom and kitchen areas reflects European styling.

2. Spain

A touch of Spanish flair can be added to any room with the inclusion of a half-moon or arch mirror that reflects the structural features of a Spanish villa.

Playing with sunset tones such as lemon, scarlet, dusty pink and orange will create instant mood boost. 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 décor choices.

3. Italy

Embrace the rustic luxury of a Tuscan vineyard by incorporating exposed brick and statement wooden features into your décor. You can do this through feature walls or rustic, country inspired furniture.

Choose earthy colours such as reds, terracotta and olive green for soft furnishings and be liberal with them – we’re talking plenty of cushions and rugs. Take things further with candles and fresh flowers to recreate a romantic Italian getaway.

4. Turkey

Colour and pattern are key for 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. Textured scatter cushions and woven throw blankets also add a Turkish vibe.

For bathrooms or the kitchen, the addition of mosaics, terrazzo and textured or patterned wall and floor tiles can act as a key centerpiece to a communal living area.

5. France

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 a home and is reminiscent of the French countryside. Pastels such as dusty blues and lemon can be mixed with deeper inky blues and sage green to add layers to a space.

Minimalist styling with classic furniture pieces will keep the room stylish, and when it comes to art, opt for whimsical prints of birds, flowers, vintage French posters and black and white photos of landscapes.

Originally appeared on Courier Mail Home https://www.couriermail.com.au/, as ‘Take a tour of Europe without leaving home’.