Keep Your Interiors In-Line With Your Setting.

By : Nick Marr

Buying, owning or renting property abroad has become increasingly popular, and it’s no wonder why. Who wouldn’t want a foreign retreat to escape to once in a while, or better still, on a permanent basis?

There are a variety of things to consider when you decide to invest in a European property including certain legalities and requirements to consider. But once all the paperwork is complete you can get going with the interior and exterior design of your new venture.

This is your opportunity to really make your investment your own by injecting your own tastes into the property. It’s worth paying attention to the decoration will fit in with your surroundings, whether you chose to go down the traditional style route, or maybe go with a modern twist. This blog includes certain signature European styles to help you choose from.

Barcelona townhouse

Up first is a townhouse in Barcelona. Think of open plan spaces, spread over two or three floors, along the Spanish cobbled streets. I often envisage a terrace of beautiful stone properties with typically white, Spanish shutters. The example I have chosen below is a slight modern take and has a bright set of orange shutters. In contrast to this is the sleek and clean white interior that still utilizes the original brick and stone feature of the wall, just with a coat of white paint over to keep it clean and modern.

If you really want to be chic, you should have a chic home as well. Use feathers, metalic elements, fur and rich patterns at your bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom and even outdoors. Be elegant and see more decor tips, here:

Dulux Decorator Centre have two high quality paint colours perfect for this look, the orange being Moroccan Flame, and the neutral, Egyptian Cotton.


Portuguese sea-view apartment

Why not go for a Portuguese sea view apartment. The inspiration I have taken today is a classic and traditional interior and exterior that stays completely true to its surroundings. The white washed walls make it an extremely simple interior to achieve with subtle Portuguese details that add to its charm.

Love clay pots in varying shapes and sizes:

Choose blue tiled steps that lead up to a roof terrace, paired with the original terracotta tiles. This colour scheme emulates natural and earthy wood detail, contrasted against the blue of the sea view. Simplicity and light is the key here. Dulux Decorator Centre has two perfect coloured paints to achieve this look.

TILE THE TREAD FACES. If you have exterior stairs, you can tile the facing step. This is most often done with Mexican/patterned tiles, but anything would work...mosaic stone, glass, etc.:

Jade white is a subtle way of incorporating a blue under-tone to compliment your ocean view, while the Jamaican ginger tone can give off that wooden and earthy texture.


Greek Villa

No Greek villa would feel truly Greek without the striking and charismatic combination of snow white with sky blue. Whether you decide to take that combination and run with it in a modern direction, I truly think any look containing these colours is just quintessentially Greek and fabulous.

Stone lined streets in the Greek Islands:

Dulux Decorator Centre’s Instagram and Pinterest feature all of the images and interiors incorporated into this blog, and I have to say I think the Greek inspired blue tapestry on the wall below has to be my favourite. It’s bold and bright and only incorporates a touch of white, while the striking blue stand out.

Absolute white and Azure sky 1 from Dulux could achieve this style in any interior, so if it’s a Greek villa for you, get experimenting.


Whether you’re looking into purchasing an apartment, villa, or town house in Barcelona, Portugal or Greece, or you already have properties in Europe then hopefully this blog will inspire you on some European interiors. Whether you like to keep it traditional, or prefer to mix things up a little, buying and decorating a property can be so much fun.

For more interior inspiration in a variety of other countries and properties then head over to Dulux Decorator Centres’ Instagram and Pinterest pages where you will find all of these styles and more! Alternatively head directly to their website and browse around their collection of colours and high quality paints for any surface, that are waiting to create your individual interiors.