The enchanting cobblestone roads, the grandeur of historic architecture and the captivating landscapes of countless “old world” countrysides have inspired artists for centuries–and it is within these hallowed grounds that we find the centuries-old essence of European design. From past to present, classic construction has evolved into stunning masterpieces of modern design.
Whether you're drawn to the sleek lines of contemporary design or the charm of traditional aesthetics, achieving a European-inspired ambiance within your home is easier than you might think. No passport required.
The Transcendence of Tradition
The pillars of classic European architecture, such as intricate moldings, arches, antique artwork, and natural materials such as wood, stone, and marble, instantly evoke the allure of serene Spanish haciendas or lavish French chateaus. While rustic in theory, these design elements have withstood the test of time and embody the very essence of timelessness.
This timeless quality is rooted in function. Elements such as the fireplace have evolved from their original, essential purposes like cooking into an architectural focal point, exuding a warm, inviting ambience. (Pictured Right: White Elm - Vantage30 by Eldorado Stone)
Old-World, Meet New-World
Of the many perks in the 21st century, the ability to blend the timeless charm of yesteryears with modern-day conveniences ranks quite high. Rather than strictly adhering to traditional principles, New World design embraces classic European style as inspiration, resulting in a remarkably nuanced expression of personal taste and variety that showcases the best of both worlds.
Within more transitional spaces, the intricate moldings, arched doorways, and natural textures that form the foundation of classic Euro-inspired charm can also complement modern furniture pieces with sleek silhouettes, such as a streamlined sectional sofa or a minimalist dining table. Similarly, the ambience of a contemporary open floor plan can embrace a bit of European flair to add inviting architectural features and warm textural elements such as a timeless brick veneer accent wall.
Finally, the modern architecture of a newer home builds often find meaningful ties to posterity when accented with an old-world feel through copper and brass finishings, fixtures or antique furniture. Look to incorporate ornate details and natural elements like velvets, wood tones, and stone surfaces– decorative pieces that seem to have transcended the boundaries of time. Architectural balance is key.
Your home is a space that should inspire, every day, and gone are the days where your home must conform to cookie-cutter aesthetics and stylings.
Whether it be the charming streets of Riomaggiore or the awe-inspiring maze of artistic masterpieces hidden in the Louvre, the essence of Modern European design transforms the conventional home and elevates its ambience. Personalize the details with a harmonious blend of modern aesthetics and old-world classics that feel truest to you!
Your life’s journey––it’s timeless.
As Director of Marketing and Portfolio Management, Sarah has successfully coupled her design talents with business acumen to refresh, refine and distinctly position five standout brands in the North American market and abroad. She continues to provide design direction for the brands’ variety of best-selling modern profiles and trend-forward color palettes while enhancing the prestige of the category among masons, builders, designers, architects and consumers.