I am in Italy for a few months. I wanted to return to my heritage and understand why I adore everything opulent, my name is Gracie Opulanza after all. My christian upbringing was the catholic church and only until I visited Italy did I really embrace the shear beauty of  fresco art.  The following images are a fraction of what I have been experiencing in the last few weeks.  My life is one big Instagram and social media documentary. The infectious fresco artwork within Italy gave me a revival interior design idea.

Why not bring back fresco art within in our very own homes?

The word fresco (Italian: affresco) is derived from the Italianadjective fresco meaning “fresh”, and may thus be contrasted with fresco-secco or secco mural painting techniques, which are applied to dried plaster, to supplement painting in fresco.

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Ceiling Inspirations

As I explore the historic fresco art my imagination takes over. In Italy this is so easy to do. I have walked in homes in where the ceilings are literally created as fresco art. The wow factor is amazing. Here in the Umbria fresco art it is part of the Italian DNA of interior design of historical homes. Which is why my trend prediction for 2019 is everything fresco art within ones homes. I dream all the time of my very own palazzo.

I love the idea that being beautiful and full of ideas is all about reflections of trends coming through in spatial design that sees contemporary properties commanding something different. Yes, fresco art ceilings and walls.

By reinterpreting period style for 2019, why not update classic tropes for the way we live now? Take for example bespoke kitchens space. How often are we in a kitchen, the most used and important feature within anyone’s home? So in the creative space of food creation why not team it with fresco art ceilings and walls?

By being inspired by anything everything 16th Century or under I am thinking, by using copper shelf and brass handles why not create fresco art? So the next time I am baking one can take in some Italian fresco art.

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Bathroom Delights

Please join me on a journey of soaking in a huge classical bath and looking up at your very own fresco art. Plenty of paint shades one can choose by by blending water -based formulas that are loved by decorators. Bring back the revival of fresco art even if it means only using accessories of earthenware mugs, trays, plates and bowels. Research how the Romans used to bath,  I can create  some quirky functional storage for eccentric bathrooms inspired by fresco art.

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Church furniture

Mesmerising Dining Room

When entertaining my eyes are always roaming around to soak up the dining atmosphere. Can one only imagine looking up at fresco inspired paintings, in this case plastered within the walls. Interior design is about a string of accolades mixing global motifs in glamours settings.

The dining room is the very heart and soul of entertainment after all. By teaming it with all the rage on the home front Rattan furniture one can have a very different dining experience.

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Signature Fresco Style

Art at every turning point within a sitting room should reflect ones signature style. I believe in painting with a conscience, no matter what the goal and by reviving fresco art one is returning paint to its roots and formal glory. By using environmentally paint it is the most significant material in interior decorating when it comes to impact, surface area and style.

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Art With A Purpose

By discovering your home style in my case a life time of travelling inspirations. Is why I can come up with my own interior design innovations. Being keen to give parts of my property my own identity, by adopting fresco art techniques. I can adopt my own vision of masterpieces within any home.

There is no denying that those artist who left their artwork within the walls of Duomo’s throughout Italy had one purpose. To leave a legacy of creativity that will and continues to stand the test of time for thousands of years to come.

Italy is sadly struggling to preserve the most wonderful masterpieces on earth, it only makes sense we too play our part by leaving a fraction of inspired fresco art within our own palazzo’s.

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