European style homes are loved for reflecting sophisticated tastes – this style home exhibits a blend of historic architecture with the freshness of Middle Eastern and Asian Influences. They are known for their luxurious exteriors and interiors and for exhibiting a romantic feel. Home styles include Italian, French, Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean that are comparatively specific in architectural design.
Although they may differ in designs and plans across different countries; in the UK, such homes are known for larger and elegant exterior detailing and sumptuous interiors. So, if you are dreaming of building a European style home for yourself, get started now.
To help you out we have outlined 5 essential features of a European home that allow you to live life like a king.
European homes are usually 1½ or 2 story floor plans: with an occasional ranch, such homes tend to keep things separate. The homes are multistory buildings with living rooms, cloak rooms, kitchen area, pantries or larders, and entertaining areas on the ground floor and sleeping quarters (bedrooms and bathrooms) above.
European homes are known to have steep, complex roof lines with finely flared curves at the attic: in fact, the second floors are built in attics. The roofs are built from clay tiles that are preferred to other materials for several reasons: clay tiles are fire resistant and are able to withstand strong chemicals; they do not fade over time; they are in-susceptible to biological degradation and they do not harbor mold growth. The dramatically designed smokescreen is flared in such a way that it lends in fresh air all the time.
Such homes have exteriors that imply luxury at the first glance. Exteriors are clad in wide bricks, stones and stucco (mix of various materials is, although, common) with accents of metals like copper or polished wood. The multicolored, textured and elaborate walls are symbols of wealth and status. They are designed in intricate, daring forms to set the owner apart from the rest. Many European villas have delightfully decorated external window frames on the outer wall – windows are usually beautified with artificial hanging baskets that consist of vivid color silk flowers.
European style homes also boast large patios with perfect furniture, luscious green plants and vivid color flowers. However, a few people prefer fake trees and plants to real: in case they do not find enough time to look after natural things as the former does not require any maintenance.
European homes’ interiors, in contrast to the symmetrical lines and simple colors of traditional style homes, show off bold colors (blue violet, midnight blue, indigo) whilst adding dramatic effect to the overall decor. The living rooms (referred to as ‘halls’), in such homes, are recognized by heavy furniture items including lavish sofa sets, exquisitely crafted wooden coat stands, antique design lamps with ivory silk shades, heavy book shelves and so forth.
All in all, European style homes are made to meet the standards of adaptability and elegance. The homes range from Gothic Revival types to Rustic Country Cottages to Manor homes to Queen Anne – you could go for any particular type of home according to your personal preferences.
Author Bio: Ruby Tyagi is a freelance Guest Blogger. She has published articles on various topics such as home improvement, environmental aid, home and garden and on several decorative items like artificial plants, artificial hanging baskets, silk flowers etc.