If we believed that large decoration chains They had finished with the traditional way of decorating each country, we were very wrong. After seeing hundreds (or thousands) of houses around the world (blessed internet), we realize that we can recognize the nationality of the inhabitants only by their way of decorating.
As much as you like the Nordic style, there is something in our decorations that identifies us and with a little practice we can differentiate an American house of a Belgian, a Swedish house (Norwegian or Finnish, which are very similar), of course a French or a British. If you don't believe me check out these images.
North America and order
Let's start with the houses where the order and neutral colors They are the kings. The interior design in North America is clean and looking for the symmetry. Two identical chairs, two sconces, three frames with identical frames and passepartout, two colors or at most three ... a series of harmonic rooms where nothing clashes, nothing "gives the singing", everything is modern, but classic. Simple lines and no risks that could spoil the whole.
France and the decadent touch
I like that decadent touch That French houses have. The fusion is carried out like nobody else in the world. With their moldings 19th century, its checkerboard prints and its used appearance. The French decoration finds in bad taste what is too new, the older, more elegant, more personal.
Their houses have a charm because they are authentic. They have been the first to recover furniture from their ancestors and give them a hand of wax to take them to the center of the dining room or keep those portraits of old men, how fashionable they are now, to "cache" their walls.
United Kingdom and its prints
For their prints You will recognize them. Once the tendency to carpeting to the bathroom has been overcome, the first thing that indicates that you are in an English house (or Scottish, or Welsh, or, as much as it bothers you, Irish) is the wallpaper of the walls and textiles. The British are daring in the wallpaper, with XXL motifs, be they hunting scenes,tartan, flowers or paisley.
They are lovers of their antiques and even if they feel passion for modern design, you'll always see style chairs, leather armchairs and of course, although they try to hide it in the most remote corner there is a picture of horses and / or dogs.
Nordic countries and warm minimalism
We were wrong to believe that all the nordic design It's only in IKEA. A Finnish, Swedish or Norwegian house has much more warmth than serial furniture can make us believe. The wooden floors in cherry or oak tones, the skins, and the houses with huge windows, since immediately it becomes night and with so much white they want make the most of the light.
But they are also lovers of their traditions and demonstrate it by maintaining their iron stoves, your hydraulic tile floors and mixing family furniture With contemporary designs. Let's not forget that they are the descendants of Jugendstil and the great Alvar Aalto and carry the functional and classic design in equal parts running through his blood.
South America and the color
The more colorful paintings, he most modern design and the most natural materials, together with an intense luminosity is what we can expect from houses in Latin America. Brazil, Costa Rica or Argentina surprise us with their wonderful designer leather furniture, and the leafiness and exoticism of its nature It becomes part of the houses, making them an extension of that nature.
It might seem that today we do not know if we are in a Spanish house, since the Castilian furniture that identified us immediately disappeared, although well placed as we saw a few weeks ago, they not only combine fear, but also personalize and give Presence to our decoration.
If we see which are the best selling decorative objects in Spain in 2014, we will see that feather cushions, the fur blankets and the Billy shelves take the cake, but still our houses are still identified by the large and comfortable sofas, the plain colored curtains and the noble woods. Also (like the Italians) we are lovers of marble and we like symmetry in armchairs and side tables.
We Spaniards do not conceive a house without carpets, whether Persian, Turkish, jarapas or jute. We like halogens if we have low ceilings and spiders if they are high. Also the classic moldings, not too flashy not to condition and decorate with Family photos and of friends. The handicraft also has its little hole in our homes and the old earthenware and pottery coexist in good harmony with modern pieces. Natural materials: stone, iron, wood, wicker, linen and cotton textiles ...
A miscellaneous countries and decorations that with globalization they inspire each other but that they continue to maintain unambiguous signs of identification. Tell me how you decorate and I'll tell you where you are from.
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