Postcards From Italy

Italian Style


We hope that you will enjoy seeing some of the highlights of our 2014 trip to the Italy to research Italian residential design and architectural details.  As always, we go right to the source to gather details that make our Italian Casa Classics so popular. 


This year, our trip took us to one of the most beautiful areas of Italy.  From the stunning Ligurian hills along the Italian Riviera, around Genoa to Sestri Levante, into Tuscany and the hillside villages of Umbria and down to Rome. We experienced the broad range to colors, textures and forms that make Italian architecture so exciting and will share details that are uniquely Italian.



As we drove from France into Italy, we could see similarities of design elements found in Provence, along the Cote d'Azur into the area known as Liguria. Liguria is bordered by France to the west, and Tuscany to the east. It lies on the Ligurian Sea. Winding around Genoa and south along the coast, we noticed the familiar low, terracotta roofs, buff colored stucco and stone walls and dark, stained shutters one often associates with Italian residential design.


Contrasting with the French design of, say, Normandy and northern France, these houses look less ornate and more practical in design. Ancient villages cling to the hillsides and clusters of homes massed tightly together have a striking effect. Along the coast or Italian Riviera, around the Cinque Terre, these village clusters are often painted in a rainbow of bright colors and appear to be about ready to fall into the sea!



As you scroll through these photographs, look for the use of color, form, space, light and texture and how all affect the architecture. Stone is combined with stucco and brick, woods are stained and walls are often painted in soft pastels. Shutters are utilitarian and serve to block sun and provide privacy. Note how all the variations compliment one another and there appears to be a uniformity without sacrificing individual tastes and styles. There is a casual randomness of how some materials such as stone and brick are combined, yet there is a well thought out sense of scale and proportion.


You may be surprised to see that very ornate windows are created using a three dimensional painting technique called trompe-l'oeil. Trompe-l'oeil is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.It may be as simple as painting a colored border around a window or door to highlight it.

Colors, Textures And Illusions Of Italian Architecture

Trompe l'oeil Around Windows in Sestri Levante

Bruce Eason Italian House Plans

Buongiorno! I hope that you will join me here for a photographic tour of the architecture and rolling countryside of Italy. These photos from our 2014 trip should give you a sense of the charm that is exclusively Italian.......... Ciao!




Copyrighted photographs by Bruce Eason, AIA

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