European Styling

Do you often find yourself dreaming about someday owning a Parisian apartment? How about a little English cottage in the countryside? Or perhaps you’d like the cool, minimalism of Scandinavian style? The fact is, across the pond, there is a smorgasbord of styles that can be brought back to your own home on this side of the pond. While interior design crosses many arbitrary lines, there are certain elements that permeate different countries and cultures and today, we’re exploring just a few of them.

So if you are dreaming of what it’d be like to live in Europe, we thought we’d share a selection of what you might consider for a little Euro style of your very own.

English Country Style Decor

English Country Style

The appreciation for traditional details, a connection to nature and the simplicity of comfort are all around when you look at English country decor. It’s a perfect style to emulate if you love your home to feel lived in and loved with thoughtfully arranged books and mementoes surrounding you. Consider painted furniture, layered vintage rugs in classic patterns and plenty of flowers and plants to make this look your own.

French Style Decor

Parisian flat
Photography by Marie-Claire Fresquet for Bel Ordinaire / Design by Stephanie Ross / via Remodelista

There’s a clear juxtaposition of classic and contemporary in your typical Parisian apartment. Ornate high ceilings and plenty of decorative wall moulding alongside beautiful marble fireplaces in a backdrop of white are what you’ll want to look for. Consider using an aged mirror propped up on the mantle and a chandelier dropping with crystals too. And then get creative by mixing this traditional backdrop with more contemporary designed furniture and plenty of textural accents in warm, neutral colors or with just a touch of pink as a final French flourish.

Scandi Style Decor

Scandi bedroom My Scandinavian Home
My Scandinavian Home

The paired back Scandinavian style is popular for good reason. With a focus on a clean, uncluttered aesthetic, look out for pieces with simple lines that are made to last and avoid anything that’s too ornate or overly styled. Add a few bohemian touches for texture like woven pieces and natural wood and keep your color palette restrained. While plenty of white and grey is popular with this look, don’t be afraid to add some tonal accents to warm things up as in our example above.

Spanish Style Decor

Valencia Spain Home
Laura Losada via Apartment Therapy / Photo by Alicia Macias

For those of you who love a warm and rich look bursting with details, consider the Spanish style which incorporates plenty of traditional patterns and textures. Encaustic tiles are a must for this look and charming vintage furniture with history adds layers and a bohemian feel. This look is perfect for those who love “the hunt” almost as much as “the find” and are looking for an eclectic mix that’s comfortable and inviting.

Berlin Style Decor

West Berlin Apartment
Clare Celeste Borsch via Apartment Therapy / Photography Abe Martinez

And finally, if a charming Art Nouveau apartment with soaring ceilings and parquet flooring are more your thing, Berlin style offers all this and more. With more traditional details acting as the backdrop in many of the 100+-year-old buildings, you’ll want to contrast this look with mid-century modern pieces as well as clean contemporary furniture, accessories and artwork. The resulting mix is cool and comfortable and remarkably easy to live with.

 

Which style is your favorite? If you prefer New York style interiors, you’ll love our post here.

 

 

Image Credits: My Scandinavian Home, Oak Furniture Land, Remodelista, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy

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