When it comes to redecorating and revamping your home, there are many outlets to turn to for inspiration and ideas. We have Pinterest, multiple interior design blogs, websites, magazines, and plenty of decor shows on channels like HGTV, to use as a point of reference. When it comes to me, I not only use all of these resources, but I also like to tap into different areas of the world to draw inspiration from. European interior design has never steered me wrong. Europe seems to be ahead of the curve when it comes to style, design mediums, and showcasing a different outlook when transforming a space. European decor trends make you think outside of the box, which is perfect for playing around with different types of patterns, furniture, and color. I have gathered the top 5 European home decor trends that are extremely popular so far in 2015. I’ve gone “window shopping” online to bring you budget friendly options that you can try in your own home.
Copper has been a home decor trend for quite some time now, but Rose Copper is gaining more traction within spaces today. Rose Copper is a lighter look that allows more free range of styling without the heavy feel and look of original Copper. Copper and Rose Copper should mainly be used within accent pieces and lighting, so not to overpower the space you’re working in. So I’ve found some pieces that you can use to accomplish a metallic look.
Anthropologie – Plaited Metallic Pillows, $48.00-$98.00
Pottery Barn – PB Classic Pendant-Metal Bell Lighting, $99.00-$159.00
West Elm – Moscow Mule Mug, $24
A lot of people have mixed feelings about velvet and it’s totally understandable. But when it comes to home decor, velvet is an amazing accent fabric. Velvet vest? No. Velvet ottoman? Absolutely. I consider velvet to be a “neutral” type of fabric; it’s classic and it can essentially be showcased in virtually any room. Care for velvet can be a bit daunting as far as cleaning up stains and avoiding marks, but here are a few velvet pieces that won’t have you thinking twice on whether or not you should invest!
West Elm – The Elton Chair (in “Ink Blue”), $499
Urban Outfitters – Ava Tufted Sleeper Sofa (in “Charcoal”), $749
Hayneedle – Skyline Tufted Ottoman (in “Peacock Blue”), $219.98
Oh how I love a good industrial piece. Industrial pieces are fantastic simply for contrast, and surprisingly enough, balance. Rustic design and industrial influence have been a trending style within the last few years. Salvaged metals, woods, and design, bring life to a room lacking character. Plus it can be the perfect amount of masculinity to pair with feminine pieces.
Bed Bath & Beyond – Loft Living Wood & Metal Rolling Cart , $49.99
Kohl’s – Fetco Aisha Wall Décor, $89.99
Joss and Main – Warton Bed, $499.99
This is where European style really shows! European design isn’t afraid of bold colors and busy prints, but there is a way to have such design in your space without an overwhelming feeling that you’re in a jungle. As you can tell by this article, I’m a lover of accenting. I’m also a lover of the “Go hard or go home” mentality. With colorful botanical and floral patterns, you can fuse both of these philosophies beautifully. Take a look.
Crate & Barrel – Elyse Chair, $899.99
Society 6 (Catherine Holcombe) – Botanical Throw Pillow, $20
Pier 1 Imports – Midnight Floral Curtains, $44.95-$49.95
Modern Bedroom Furniture
As we all know, your bedroom is your sanctuary; it’s supposed to feel light, relaxing and soothing. Incorporating modern pieces into your soothing sanctuary may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but again, let’s talk accents: a mirror, a dresser, a patterned comforter…
All Modern – Jane 4 Drawer Dresser (in Walnut), $1699
Home Depot – Silver Diamond Mirror, $69
Wayfair – Thumbprintz Modern Geometric Duvet Cover (in “Mint”), $104.95
There are many creative and original ways to have European style in your home. You can start small and then gravitate toward bigger projects. The beauty of trying out these trending styles is the simple fact that these decor options will forever be considered timeless. Modern furniture, floral printed fabrics, velvet sofas, and even copper accents will always have a place in the home even when the interior design revolving door keeps spinning.
Written by Michele Morano. Michele is an Interior Design Student who attends The New York Institute of Art and Design. She’s interned doing event installations for DesignLoveFest and Professional Prop Stylist, Alyssa Hoppe. She currently works at Magnolia Lane Design, in New Jersey, as a shop stylist.