Chiara Del Core 13 mar 2019 Articles 0 comments

•   THE MINIMAL TERRACE

The perfect style for those who love Scandinavian order and rigor is the minimal one.
Introduced in the 1960s as an artistic movement that stood in sharp contrast to previous currents, it quickly gained acclaim all over the world.

One of the most important representatives of the current was Mies Van Der Rohe who with his slogan “Less is more” outlined the cardinal principle: ban on useless decorations in favor of purity of forms. The characteristics of this style are: purity of forms, concreteness, functionality, refined elegance. The reduction to the purest lines and the elimination of the superfluous and the sumptuous are the basis of a philosophy that has made essentiality a real lifestyle. As for the MATERIALS typical of minimal language, concrete is perhaps the one that most characterizes this style; left exposed it is typical of floors and walls and conveys a sense of solid and austere concreteness. Furthermore, it is a resistant and long-lasting material that is nowadays also highly appreciated from an aesthetic point of view. For the furnishings, on the other hand, innovative materials are used such as metals and lacquers for structures and profiles, crystals and glass for the tops and plastic and leather for the seats. This type of choice blends traditional elements with modern solutions with a hi-tech flavor.

The COLORS palette includes neutral shades that include white, shades of gray, black and sometimes shades of brown. If you want to surprise, an element of intense color such as red or yellow is allowed in order to create an unexpectedly appreciated contrast. Other colors that can be found in a minimal environment are the pastel ones of sage green and yellow, but these are particular cases in which the taste of the user meets that of the typical colors of the 60s.

The spatial arrangement of the FURNITURE is of fundamental importance, each piece must be placed in an orderly manner without being too bulky. Functionality is the basis and everything must be within reach; often the seats follow the perimeter of the terrace, while the table acts as the only central fulcrum.
The favorite shapes for all the furnishings are geometric, pure and with a clean and square cut, according to the rigor and minimal elegance. Remembering to eliminate all that is superfluous and unnecessary, cushions, rugs and vases with solid colors and bright tones in contrast with the neutral whole will be welcome.
Attention to detail and attention to detail will make your environment unique: focus on ornamental plants and light points to be able to use your terrace even in the evening. Few lamps, with simple, geometric shapes and white light, preferably in metal so that they give a modern and sterile touch.
   
Below is an example of a minimal style terrace where neutral colors and contemporary furnishings predominate.


•  THE MEDITERRANEAN TERRACE

Influenced by the southern European and African cultures bordering the Mediterranean Sea, this style is contracted to be refined and elegant. Italy, Greece and Morocco are considered the precursors of a culture that embraces the colors of the earth and the traditions of ancient peoples. The underlying principles are the emulation of natural elements such as the earth and the sea in shapes and colors. The ultimate goal is to make the open-air environment welcoming and familiar by proposing chromatic and formal choices that recall nature and the sea and convey feelings of peace and relaxation.
The chosen MATERIALS for lovers of the Mediterranean style are natural ones: white lime, stone, terracotta, stoneware, wood. The walls of the terrace are strictly white, with exposed plaster or enriched with majolica characteristics, small tiles that show sinuous designs and motifs. In fact, ceramics are a real leitmotiv, usable on floors and walls, they cannot be missing.
The flooring of the Mediterranean terrace as well as featuring mosaic-effect ceramic tiles can be made of terracotta or porcelain stoneware, a versatile and resistant material. As for the choice of COLORS it will be very simple! Just be inspired by the colors of nature and the seascape. The earthy shades of the red and yellow sands blend with the bright colors of blue and turquoise typical of the sea. Do not miss the white of the sea foam, the aqua green and the ocher yellow, symbol of a luxuriant nature.
From the standpoint of the setting, the terrace will become a warm and welcoming environment where the FURNITURE will be enriched with accessories and decorations entirely inspired by nature. The tables and seats can be in colored iron with sinuous shapes and inlays but rattan furnishings with wrought iron profiles and inserts in rich fabric also adapt well to the environment. Depending on your tastes, you can choose lighter and more modern or elaborate and powerful furniture, the former will give a fresh touch, the latter will give an older look.
       
To enrich the furnished space, lanterns, candles, rope ornaments and shells are just some of the evocative elements of the maritime landscape. However, this type of terrace is not linked to its location, so suitable for summer residences by the sea, it can be an excellent corner of paradise in the townhouse. The most chosen decorations are the handcrafted ones: amphorae, ceramic vases, poufs and cushions with rich textures and deep blue colors. The fabrics that are placed on seats and sofas are natural and light: linen, organic cotton and raffia. To complete the project of the open space, an element that enriches and refreshes is the green; the most suitable for this environment are the plants of the Mediterranean scrub and citrus fruits, some species of which can be planted in pots.

Below is an example of a Mediterranean-style terrace where intense and bright colors and elements inspired by the seascape predominate.
    

 

•  THE ETHNIC TERRACE

Unlike the other two styles, for the ethnic one there are no specific rules to follow, it is a real mix of different cultures and elements and the greatest difficulty lies in obtaining a harmonious and not too redundant result. The solution to the problem lies in finding a common thread, an element that unites all the furnishings and accessories even if they belong to different styles. The color, a material, a shape, will be enough to create a harmonious and pleasant to the eye.
The origin of this colorful style is distant and can be found in different cultures: Morocco, India, Africa, the Far East. It is essential to observe the differences that distinguish each territory and to understand which cultures to refer to specifically. At the base is creativity and personal taste thanks to which you can recreate a balanced environment without referring to rigid dictates.COLORS are of fundamental importance for the ethnic style, bright and lively must be used sparingly to avoid heavy and too much effects. chaotic. The warm and lively colors of yellow, orange, red and purple prevail, mixing with sand colors, giving the environment a lively and welcoming touch.

On the choice of MATERIALS it is better to prefer natural ones, wood for the floors, teak, bamboo and rattan for the furnishings. The wood is available in various formats and qualities: planks, polished pallets, in dark and light shades, with a more raw but also more refined effect. A more sophisticated solution is that which involves the insertion of cement tiles with colorful shapes and colors on the floor, an excellent choice to enhance the environment and give it a retro flavor.

As for the FURNITURE there are no real distribution schemes but the choice of the type of furniture is really important. In fact, if you want to recreate the typical atmosphere of "a tea in the desert" the first rule is the low table, accompanied by cushions and poufs used as seats, it will be perfect for a break in the open air. On the ethnic terrace, furnishing accessories and fabrics will not be missing that will enrich the environment: perforated lanterns, candles with spicy scents, hookahs, incense, fabrics and silks with strong tones and embroidered textures.
The final touch to make the terrace more vital and ensure a greater degree of well-being, consists in inserting some species of plants and in the specific case of the ethnic style the most suitable are succulents, with an undemanding maintenance, giving color and originality. to the environment.

Below is an example of an ethnic-style terrace where the mixture of elements and color gives originality and evokes images of distant destinations.
   
      
       
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