7 Home Interior Design Ideas from Classic European Styles

CEO Khai Intela
Are you looking to give your home a touch of classic European elegance? Look no further! In this article, I will share seven interior design ideas inspired by classic European styles that will help you...

Are you looking to give your home a touch of classic European elegance? Look no further! In this article, I will share seven interior design ideas inspired by classic European styles that will help you create a beautiful and timeless home.

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What Makes a House European Style?

Classic European style is characterized by symmetrical designs, neutral colors, and traditional furniture pieces. It showcases ornate architectural details such as intricate moldings, large windows, beautiful arches, antiques, chandeliers, and artwork. Traditional materials like wood, stone, and marble are often used.

In modern settings, classic European style is mixed with contemporary elements, incorporating natural materials like wood, stone, and tile, minimalistic furniture, open floor plans, and ample natural light. There is a focus on nature and the outdoors with large windows, outdoor patios or decks, and lush gardens. Colors are generally neutral with accents of blues, greens, and yellows.

Make Your House Look More European

Europe is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, and many people dream of bringing a bit of European charm into their own homes. In this article, I will share seven key elements from classic European interior design styles that will inspire you to decorate your home in a more European way, based on my first-hand experience touring Europe.

But before we dive in, if you're interested in house design and exterior inspiration, check out my previous post on European Exterior Design Inspirations. And for all the garden enthusiasts out there, don't miss my article on English Garden Ideas from Chelsea Flower Show.

Since European home style is such a broad category, I will focus on classic European interior design styles and how we can incorporate them into our own homes.

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7 Interior Design Ideas Taken from Classic European Styles

If you're ready to bring a touch of classic European interior design to your home, here are seven ideas to make your house look more European, accompanied by photos I took in the UK, Italy, and France.

Embrace Beautiful Architecture with White

Classic architectural designs are undeniably beautiful. If your home has cool architectural features such as arches or intricate moldings, painting them white can enhance their beauty. White walls and arches create a sense of openness and airiness, making a room appear larger than it actually is. Decorate with pops of color and texture using furniture and decor to add interest and depth. White also provides an excellent backdrop for displaying artwork.

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Rich Wood Moldings and Paneling

Rich wood moldings and paneling bring sophistication and luxury to any interior space. Stain the wood in a medium to dark color to showcase its natural beauty and texture.

Alternatively, if you prefer a light color palette or a more modern interior style, consider painting the wood panels in neutral colors such as black, light gray, or muted blue. This creates a classic and timeless look.

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Incorporate Patterns

Incorporating patterns in your home's interior design is another great way to bring European flair, especially if you love English or cottage interior styles. Patterns can be used to draw attention to specific areas, create focal points, or tie different elements together.

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Use Timeless Materials for the Floor

Choosing timeless materials for the floor adds a classic and elegant European style to any room. Natural stone and wood planks are excellent choices.

Black and white marble checkered flooring is a classic option that complements almost any interior style. Aged wood planks can also add warmth and character to a room, providing a warm and aged look. Chevron or Herringbone flooring patterns work particularly well.

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Incorporate European Antiques

Incorporating antique furniture, art, and decor adds a touch of classic European character to your home. Look for antiques from popular European countries like France, Italy, and England.

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Window Style and Treatment

The type of windows you choose can greatly impact your home's interior style. European homes often have tall rectangle windows with grids. Painting the window grid and frame with the same color adds a charming touch.

Curtains can soften the lines of a room and enhance the beauty of your windows. Sheer curtains are an excellent option to maintain privacy while allowing natural light to fill the space.

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Incorporate Copper and Brass

If you want to create a European-inspired kitchen, consider incorporating copper and brass. These metals add warmth, a luxurious feel, and a timeless atmosphere. They can be used in fixtures, appliances, cabinets, countertops, wall decor, and tableware.

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Conclusion

I've shared tips and ideas on how to make your home look more European, including enhancing traditional architectural elements and choosing vintage-inspired decor and finishes. I hope you feel inspired by the range of ways to bring European interior style into your home! During my European travels, I was captivated by these elements used in architecture. Let me know which ideas resonate with you the most.

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More Ideas on European Home Design

If you're looking for house exterior inspiration from classic European styles, check out my post here! For those interested in modern European interior style, I recommend reading an article that focuses on interior styles with a neutral palette.

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