Have you noticed how the European design aesthetic is still the one that dominates many interior magazines and blogs? Their classy use of calming colours and natural textures like wood and leather is something that’s endlessly appealing for anyone who’s looking to make their home into a place of style and tranquility.
In particular it’s the look of the chic Parisian apartment that’s been endlessly adapted across the world. They seem to provide a great balance between ornate classical details and an ultra-minimalist colour palate that means that you can have a lot of fun with your design ideas whilst not overpowering the living space.
The Parisian look revels in keeping the walls white which makes full use of the limited natural light that such confined spaces often have. And such muted colours mean that you can really go to town in embellishing the furniture in the room with exquisite picture frames, wrought iron bedframes and of course lots of magnificent floral arrangements!
But it’s not just the French who’ve been providing a masterclass in interiors style, as the Scandinavian look is one that’s great for 21st century living as it delivers a perfect blend of natural tones, clean lines and sudden bursts of colour.
The Scandinavian look is one that makes full use of lots of lovely wood in the furniture to offset the sometimes striking modernist chairs and table designs. But such an ethos can also be applied to other natural textures, so if you’re looking to get a classy leather bed, then Bedstar have lots of designs that again offer a great balance between modernist chic and the timeless appeal of natural materials.
And if you’re caught between the classic charms of Parisian style and the modernist utopias of Scandinavian design, then it could be worth taking a few tips from some of the best Dutch design bloggers.
Sites like Chapter Friday are a great source of inspiration for anyone who’s looking to find a place for their unusual pink sofa, as this site shows that it’s themes of fun, life and eclecticism that fit in with the freewheeling Dutch aesthetic. Again these sites seem to relish in using bold textures like leopard prints, leather furniture and vibrant colours against clean white walls that show that it’s contrast that can often have the biggest effect in your interior design scheme.