• Italian Farmhouse Decor Goes Minimalist – The New Rustic Decor

    Italian Decor – Rustic Decor At It’s Best

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    Italian farmhouse or rustic decor blends two characteristics to create a simple luxurious country style that has real Rockstar appeal.

    It’s no longer building layers. Minimalism has hit Italian country decor in a big way.

    The color palette is light. Rustic furniture is still used but the emphasis is on ‘sparingly’ not a bright or rich color palette.

    Style Files have an article on A Rustic Italian Farmhouse including photos shows some great examples of this Mediterranean style .

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    The best way of delivering the Italian farmhouse look is by placing smooth surfaces and textiles against rough natural surfaces. This creates impact through contrast. Think linear, smooth surfaces against irregular unfinished surfaces. The new Italian country decor is more pale and interesting than wild and colorful.

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    Textiles and bedding are whites, creams or neutral. They are not only soothing to be around  but also very practical to life with. Textiles are usually made of dense cottons, which stay cool in warmer weather and easily laundered. It’s a great Mediterranean style that remains strong today.

    Italian rustic style is looked at closely in, ‘The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia. You can read a book review here at Andrew Harper.

    Italian Farmhouses by Masseria

    Italian country decor uses natural woods and stones generously. These can be white washed or left natural  for a lighter color palette. And while exposed beams remain a strong feature, the new rustic style means they are often painted white, making spaces look bigger and uncluttered.

    A few pieces of rustic furniture in dark wood tones are a great contrast against them.Its common for Italian farmhouse decor to include white washed or white walls with warm terra-cotta, stone  or wood features as accents. Stone and tiled flooring are not only practical but almost essential for rustic decor. Natural terra-cotta and reds are perfect for warm Italian weather and stay cool underfoot.

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    Raw brick or stone is often left exposed and adds to the authentic atmosphere of the rustic style. Wherever possible vaulted ceilings clad in stone, exposed beams and unfinished brick or stone floors are used to house rustic furniture.

    The main characteristic of rustic style Italian decor is personality. The new rustic style Italian country decor creates this by taking away rather than adding to.


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    What you are left with is an understated elegance. Rustic decor furniture and accessories are more about texture than ornateness or color. Italian decor may appear to have narrowed their color palette but woods and natural tones from terra-cotta and stone give rooms a subtle warmth and layering while maintaining a simple Mediterranean style.

    The Italian farmhouse varies from the supremely elegant villa to the smaller habitat that is more the size and feel of  a monk’s cell. Not all country homes are using rustic decor, choosing instead to widen their Mediterranean style and color palette to include brighter or richer shades of more modern Italian decor.

    Either way, the addition of rustic furniture and a natural color palette make Italian decor both welcoming and beautiful.

    Italian country decor uses a style that creates beauty by focusing on contrasts.

    Blending  special and intimate wood floors with rustic furniture the Italian farmhouse remains classic country decor.

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3 Responsesso far.

  1. Thanks a lot for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more.

  2. www.ericgoetzmasterbuilderinc.com says:

    Just wanna state that this is invaluable , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I love italian decor; makes sense since we loved Italy 🙂 I also love the rustic look, but sometimes with European decor there can be a lot of stone; which I love but sometimes it helps to blend it with woods and warm tones to warm it up a bit. The photos above are done well to demonstrate this.

    Thanks for the ideas, love them 🙂


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