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How To Give Your Home a Classy Continental Feel

by Paul Harrison|Apr 07, 2022
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If you’ve searched and searched for the best ways to modernize your home but still don’t feel it's right for you, don’t panic. Although many homeowners have embraced modernism as the number one approach to transforming their homes, it is not the only option. Those searching for a break from the high-tech style can consider something classy, and a continental decor is a great way to achieve this.

Opt for Neutral Paints

The color scheme is one of the trickiest things to decide on when considering your new home decor. If you want to opt for a European feel, neutral paints are a fantastic way to go. Knowing the benefits of neutral colors quickly makes you realize why so many continental homes rely on beige or stone. These colors do not distract from the resort of the house, especially if hanging artwork, and they also reflect enough light to make the house seem brighter, even during the darkest and dampest winters.

Maximize the Light

Speaking of light, you can consider better ways to make the most of natural light, especially now you are into spring and eagerly anticipating summer. Natural light is a superb way to boost your mood, and there are few things better than waking up with the sun shining on your pillow. Researching orangeries can show you something you may not have considered before. These are a great alternative to the classic extension or conservatory and will ensure you make the most of the sunlight when it matters most while adding space to your home.

Source Patterned Tiles

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Patterned tiles are some of the first things people remember when looking back on their most treasured holiday memories in villas deep in the mountains or overlooking the ocean. There are so many patterns to choose from that you’re assured to do something different, but even better, patterned tiles will make any room look bigger and bolder.

Opt for classic patterns, even if they seem a little worn down because that adds to the atmosphere you’re trying to cultivate within your home, just be wary that the tiles may be a little chilly once winter rolls around.

Vintage Pieces and Materials

From exposed bronze pipes to typewriters and battered wooden desks, vintage pieces and materials can immediately make a home feel classier. This decor harks back to the likes of Hemingway and Joyce as they enjoyed Parisian bistros, and they will add character to any room. The main focus for this decor should be the bathroom and your dining room or living room, because you want people to see what you’ve done, after all. The beauty of this approach is that any vintage items or materials will do, and in many cases, the more obscure the better, so feel free to explore as many second-hand shops and antique fairs as possible.


The happy memories you may have from trips to Europe as a child will come rushing back easier than you might expect. These classy upgrades are a superb way to do something different to your home, and all you need now is a bottle of the finest vino, olives, or some creamy cheese to perfect the atmosphere.

This article was written by Paul from Design & Beyond.

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Paul started Design & Beyond back in 2015 as an online space to share his University portfolio and over the years it changed from a portfolio to a blog and a shop.

Throughout the years, Paul has gained experience and learned a lot from the design world. He is passionate about all that he does so follow along on his journey to success!

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