Traditional interior design has evolved and come full-circle since the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Some of the hottest design trends are retro pieces inspired by black-and-white films and funky, bright patterns like those you’d see in a roller disco.

American interior design, that is.

If you’re looking for fresh ideas, you might have to start plundering Europe – and we mean that in the nicest way possible.

What’s European Design All About?

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Some French designers, like Olivier Gagnère, prefer to mix inexpensive and luxury elements to create a look that keeps the mind working.

“I love to mix colors and textures, and to harmonize materials that are inexpensive with those that are more luxurious,” says Gagnère.

British designer Sue Fisher aims for sophisticated and comfortable, and that includes incorporating high-performance pieces that make your life easier.

And out of Italy? Lots and lots of light. Designer Giorgio Palermo of StudioAti encourages big windows and well-placed light fixtures, even in small spaces.

Bringing Europe to Middle Tennessee

Start by choosing your theme, and plan to (loosely) stick with it. Whether you want a vintage/modern look or you’re going for a particular era, it’s important to pick your color pallete before you start compiling items.

Remember to choose sheer draperies – you don’t want to shut out any of that spectacular natural light. From there, you only need to remember one thing:

The key to pulling off European design is to use European décor.

You don’t need to search for an antique British chaise lounge or an Italian armoire, but you do need to maintain a theme. (A photo of the Eiffel Tower beside a picture of the Seine doesn’t count as a theme, and it can throw off the look of an otherwise Americanized room.)

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Classic English Tudor style brings European charm to this home Carbine & Associates is building in Kings’ Chapel community. (Architect, Chris Gill, Gill Group)


Want European Design Built Right In?

At Carbine and Associates, we build custom homes in Middle Tennessee that perfectly match our clients’ imaginations. We’ll work with you to create the home of your dreams; just call us at (615)661-9995 or contact us online.