Décor Inspiration from Rome

“If we could be reborn wherever we chose, how crowded Rome would be, populated by souls who had spent their previous lives longing to inhabit a villa on the Janiculum Hill”
– Francine Prose

When Rome is mentioned in conversation, what is the first thing that pops into your head? Is it the Colosseum? The Pantheon perhaps? What about the Trevi Fountain? These ancient constructions have truly stood the test of time, which is likely why they’re so memorable in everybody’s minds.

But we can do more than marvel at these grand structures and their sturdiness. We can appreciate their impressive architecture and designs too, by doing as the Romans did and bringing their classic inspiration into our very own homes. Here’s some inspiration if you’re looking to do just that in yours.

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Arches, Vaults, and Columns

The Colosseum is arguably the most famous landmark in Rome – and for good reason. Not only does it mark the centre of the city, but over 2000 years later, it’s still standing. Inspiration can be drawn from its impressive structure, which features the Roman staple of arches, vaults, and columns. Large, dramatic architectural features like these can be brought into your own home, complimented by bold floors, walls, and textures that will give your space a sense of grandeur.

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The Piazza

Rome is filled with large, open public squares and markets, or as they’re better known in Italy, Piazzas. These are famous for being places where people gather, which is why they are the perfect inspiration for an outdoor space in your own home, on a smaller scale of course. Use a variety of durable tiles from the Johnson Tiles Stone Collection, throwing in different shades and textures to make your patio really pop.

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Ancient Baths

For the Romans, bathing was a communal activity where they socialised (at least, it was for those who couldn’t afford their own personal bath). The structures they used to partake in this activity ranged from modest to magnificent in order to accommodate a variety of social classes. For your own bathroom, give your decor a Roman spin with a selection of stone look  tiles. You can go for something plain and elegant, or over-the-top and magnificent.

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The MAXXI National Museum

Rome isn’t all ancient history. It’s a modern city today, filled with contemporary structures that are packed with ideas you can easily draw from. Take the MAXXI National Museum for example, designed by the late Zaha Hadid, a spectacle that “A masterpiece f sit alongside Rome’s ancient wonders”. Its intersecting composition, made prominently from concrete, can definitely inspire a space in your own home. Capture its essence and colours with the shades found in the Johnson Tiles Stone and Urban Collections.