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Décor Inspiration: The Colours of Lisbon

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Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Facing out into the Atlantic Ocean, its red-tiled roofs sit atop ice cream coloured buildings and its cobbled streets ring with the sound of trams.

The sun-drenched images of Lisbon which follow, captured so beautifully by Australian photographer Katie Mitchell, showcase this pretty capital to perfection. It is known for both the visual feast of sorbet colours and the quintessentially Portuguese tiles which are used on public buildings and private homes alike. These tiles, known as Azulejos meaning ‘polished stone’, will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has visited the city. They come in a myriad of colours and patterns and can be found decorating both the interior and exterior of buildings.

Taking the images of Lisbon as my starting point this week, I have interwoven photographs of Lisbon with interior images which celebrate the colours and patterns of this ancient city. Inspiration for great design really can be found everywhere you look . . .

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

Décor Inspiration: Colours of Lisbon

 


 

Image sources: All images of Lisbon by Katie Mitchell | 3 via Southern Weddings | 4 via Casa Abril | 6 via Kate Marker Interiors | 8 via Traditional Home | 10 via Verandah House Interiors | 12 via House Beautiful | 14 via Better Decorating Bible | 16 via Studio McGee | 18 via One Kings Lane

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Louise Keane, Contributor This Is Glamorous
Interiors Editor, Edinburgh

Louise Keane grew up beside the sea in Dublin, inspiring a life-long love of the coast. She studied French and History of Art & Architecture in Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London to work first in publishing and then in Marketing & PR. After a move to Edinburgh, she decided to heed a creative urge which had been tugging at her sleeve for a number of years, and she retrained as an interior designer. While studying interior design, Louise discovered a love of pen and ink with watercolour illustration, which she now does alongside her interior design work. Louise runs her interior design company, Amalfi White Living, which offers her clients a fresh, elegant style, mixing vintage and modern pieces for a luxurious yet relaxed look. She dreams of renovating a white house by the sea.


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  • My dear friends organized a group trip to Lisbon for my 40th birthday. It was wonderful. Such a beautiful city. The sunshine was so welcome in the middle of winter, which is, by contrast, so gray and dreary in northern Europe. And we ate a fabulous meal at John Malkovich’s restaurant.
    I was impressed enough that I have been on an azulejos kick ever since.

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