Italians have a way of infusing passion, beauty, and life into everything they touch—their food, their fashion, and most definitely their furnishings.
“Italian designers have such a different way of looking at design and spaces,” says Copenhagen Sales Consultant Bryan Moore. “There is also the [superior] quality. These manufacturers have an edge when it comes to creating pieces that look unique and are custom-built but are also practical and comfortable.”
A design-forward furnishings company like Copenhagen with its Italian-crafted and designed pieces means you can infuse color, customization, and clean lines into your home in a contemporary way that instantly reinvigorates your space. Known for its modernist sensibilities, Copenhagen carries a host of Italian designers (even though the company does, in fact, have Scandinavian roots), and many pieces can be customized in leather, fabric, and color.
It doesn’t take much to make a grand impression. Here are a few ideas that provide the kind of show-stopping drama that lends a room a whole new view with modern Italian flair.
Add eye-catching textures and finishes
Unique elements infuse an extra level of design to create an elevated custom look. For example, choosing two pieces that complement each other in their colorways, finishes, or pattern unifies a space.
“Cattelan’s Atlantis Crystal Art Table has a clear glass top with a marble look and beautiful swirls of black, ivory, and grey that make a statement,” Moore says. While the table is a standout in its own right, Moore suggests also featuring Cattelan’s Nasdaq Keramik Desk, which relates to the Atlantis Crystal Art Table with its marbleized ceramic surface.
“The Nasdaq Desk looks more like a piece of art, a sculpture that is both daring and unique in any room in one’s home,” Moore says.
Cue the color
Whether you choose a piece that’s neutral grey or a rich red, color evokes an emotional response, Moore says. “Either consciously or unconsciously, it can energize, relax, calm, inspire, and add that layer of design that makes it uniquely yours,” he says. “Colors, textures, and patterns working together can be truly innovative design elements.”
If you’re starting with a monochromatic palette “add an area rug that brings in colors from other rooms, or picks up colors in the fabrics, draperies, and other elements,” Moore says. For example, Colorworks Rug features abstract multi-colored hues that elevate your floor to modern art.
“Accessories provide an excellent entrée to layering the room with pops of color or adding unique, intricate patterns. You can then add or subtract these accents to match your comfort level, creating a measured path toward a more vibrant palette,” Moore says. “This is a perfect way for a person who is not typically comfortable adding color to see how it feels.”
Make a singular statement
The beauty of Italian-crafted furniture is it’s at once bold and comfortable. And because the quality speaks for itself, adding one key element can be enough to create an inspired focal point.
For instance, the Selfy Large Power Recliner by Egoitaliano merges a striking mix of design and craftsmanship. Combining fabric and leather upholstery in custom colors, the piece deserves prime placement.
Updating just one element in a room is also a way to reenergize the space without having to commit to a complete overhaul. And it’s always possible to gradually add more. The Lianne Sectional, which is part of the Incanto Italia Line, is another statement maker that holds its own in any living area.
“It provides a wonderful opportunity to meld a contemporary piece into a traditional setting,” Moore says. “The cream or grey leather, power reclining, and chrome structure fit many different environments.”
For more design ideas to inspire your interiors, visit Copenhagenliving.com.