What Window Treatments are best with European Style?
Traditional Wood Bifold Shutters are beautiful in an English or French country style room while stained wood Classic Plantation Shutters perfectly complement a Mediterranean or Tuscan style room. Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb shades or Hunter Douglas Luminette Privacy Sheers are perfect for a European style bedroom. Customize them with valances and draperies in a luxurious fabric to really pull your rooms together. Just ask the team at the LouverShop for help in getting a European style for your home that is just right!
What is European Style?
European style has been around for hundreds of years but that doesn’t mean it has to look outdated. Many people love to put old world touches in their home for a gracious and elegant feeling. European style is a very broad style – it can range from English traditional to French country to Tuscan rustic. You can choose one or mix them up for an eclectic feel. Look for ornate details and classic colors or go for a more modern feel with Danish or Bauhaus.
What Colors are European?
Again, your choices are very broad. If you want a rustic Tuscan style, then use olive green, deep red, dark brown, and golden yellow. French country uses lots of lighter blues, sunny yellows, and touches of bright red. English country brings in pinks and greens – think of colors you might find in a garden. English traditional uses deeper colors like royal blue or hunter green against a neutral background of cream, taupe, or white. If you are mixing several styles throughout your home, keep the background neutral for a harmonious blend.
What Kind of Furniture is European?
Look for vintage pieces like a wrought iron bed or a large armoire. If your style is more Tuscan or Mediterranean, go for oversized dark wood pieces with lots of detailing. English pieces in Sheridan, Queen Anne, or Chippendale styles look gorgeous in a formal European style home. You don’t need to break the bank either to achieve this style. There are lots of beautiful reproductions available today that can help you achieve a luxurious feeling for your home.
What about Accents?
There are lots of little touches that can really bring an Old World feeling into your home. Look for mirrors with gilded, ornate frames or landscapes of Tuscany, Provence, or an English garden to hang on your walls. Light fixtures and chandeliers are also a great way to get European style. Brass Regency style works well with English traditional while wrought iron is great for Tuscan or Mediterranean. Globes, maps, icons, candlesticks, and crosses all bring to mind the rich history of Europe.