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From Limestone to Linen: A Guide to Incorporating Salento Style into Your Home

Design Secrets of Salento that’ll help you transform your home into something truly Insta-worthy

Are you ready to add a little dash of Southern Italian spice in your own home? Look no further than the charming region of Salento in Puglia for inspiration. Long popular with Italians and Europeans as a holiday destination, this area located in the heel of Italy’s boot has been under American’s radar…that is, until the rise of Instagram!

From its picturesque beaches and historic towns, to its delicious wine and traditional music, Salento has it all. But what truly sets this region apart is its uniquely “grammable” architecture and design.

Let's start with the trulli houses, shall we? These conical-roofed beauties are made of limestone and are a staple of Salento architecture. Their whitewashed walls and geometric patterns will transport you straight to the Mediterranean. And let's not forget the masserias, the traditional farmhouses built in a quadrangular shape. These bad boys are made of the same limestone and feature thick walls and high ceilings - perfect for those hot summer days.

But it's not just the exterior of Salento homes that are drool-worthy. The interiors are just as stunning, with a focus on simplicity and natural materials like wood and stone. White and neutral colors are popular, as well as natural fabrics like linen and cotton. And let's not forget the traditional elements - woven baskets, terracotta pots, and ceramics add a touch of authenticity to the design. Plus, the Mediterranean culture shines through with an emphasis on outdoor living and the integration of indoor and outdoor spaces. Courtyards and terraces are a must, and plants and greenery are a must-have.

And let's not forget about the local artisans and craftspeople. They're the ones responsible for creating the beautiful pieces that make Salento homes so special. From potters, to weavers, woodworkers, metalworkers and stone workers, these talented folks use local materials like limestone, wood, terracotta, natural fibers, and stone to create unique and beautiful pieces that reflect the traditional and contemporary design of the region.

So, how can you bring a taste of Salento into your own home? It's simple! Here are 5 easy ways to bring the signature Salento style into your space:

Use natural materials

Incorporate limestone, wood, terracotta, natural fibers and stone into your design to emulate the traditional materials used in Salento homes.

Source: Borgo Gallana

Play with neutral colors

Opt for white and neutral colors in your walls, textiles, and furniture to replicate the simplicity of Salento design.

Source: Houzz

Add traditional elements

Incorporate traditional elements like woven baskets, terracotta pots, and ceramics to give your home a touch of Salento's authenticity.

Source: Domino

Bring the outdoors in

Load up on plants and greenery to give your home a Mediterranean feel.

Above all: keep it simple

The real beauty of Salento interior design is in its simplistic nature.

Incorporating elements of Salento's architecture and design into your home will bring a touch of Mediterranean charm and simplicity to your living space. So, go ahead and add a little slice of Italian paradise to your home - you won't regret it.

But wait!...Don't know where to start?

We've created a complete Rustic Holiday in Salento themed shopping list to help you select key pieces to bring a sense of Salento style into your space. Browse the shop now


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