Sure, you’ve decorated a home before, but was it in Marbella? Properties, views and lifestyles are different here, not to mention the climate, when compared to other parts of Europe, so it’s important to have all of this in mind when creating the décor and ambiance for your new home.To start with, Marbella properties tend to be lighter than their northern counterparts, and this applies to the brighter golden sunlight as well as the lighter-toned plasterwork and marble or tiled floors. This wasn’t always the case, as older homes tended to have fewer windows in order to let in less of the summer heat, but the properties offered for sale on the Costa del Sol today tend to be bright and breezy, with large windows that let in natural light and views. Automated climate control systems ensure you can do this whilst maintaining the home’s temperature at a pleasant level, so today’s modern villas and apartments on the Costa del Sol are bright and sunny.

This, together with light, modern architectural styling and open-plan interior layouts connected to exterior living spaces such as lifestyle terraces, has caused a change in the décor of homes in this region, with a shift from darker tones to paler ones. This said, the grey, white and black minimalism of a few years ago has been largely replaced by a more mixed, eclectic interior design trend in which natural materials such as matt finish wood combines with lacquered finishes in cupboards and tables. Ceramic floor tiles in light colours remain popular, but marble is making a comeback, while splashes of warmer colour and the inclusion of natural feeling textures ensure sofas, curtains and also wallpaper are richer and more vibrant.

This, together with some lively art and decorative details, adds heart to a home that will have a mainly gentle palette of whites, creams, greys and beiges. For the furniture pieces you can choose either ultra-modern or more retro-contemporary pieces, but remember that in spite of the great climate, it remains pleasant to curl up in front of the TV and relax in comfort, so look out for a large, cosseting sofa, as well as a good bed and mattress. Furniture on the terrace should be weather and waterproof, comfortable and stylish, as you’ll be spending a lot of time here, and if it has an informal, welcoming feel, so much the better.

Contact our property services department for more information and support services for your new home’s décor – they’ll either arrange it all for you or set you on your way with help and advice.

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