|Even furnishing is playing its part in Italy’s celebrations. And it certainly won’t be alone in choosing colour combinations that evoke images from the recent past for the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy. Red, white and green are colours that are frequently used for interior design, although maybe we don’t even notice, and they are symbols of happiness and vivacity, a bit like the flag. The kitchen, for example, is an ideal place in which to use these colours, with one on the floor, one for the furniture and the other for vases, plants and foliage. One of the best things about this interplay of three colours is that it can be inverted and overlapped any way you choose. And what could be more fun than a stunning white table surrounded by red wooden chairs and a centrepiece featuring various tones of green? And the bathroom? White fittings are an absolute must but tiles can be designed in any shade of red to complement green towels.
||The three colours can also take on truly diverse intensities, opening up thousands of possibilities for multicoloured decor. We shouldn’t forget that even exotic decorations are brightened up with these three hues, just look at all the things that come from India and the surrounding countries for instance. Returning from a trip to faraway places in Africa or Polynesia with objects featuring this colourful trio is very easy to do. And what about art? Over the centuries painting has dabbled with this trichromatic combination in so many different ways time and again. What about the paintings and portraits by the French impressionists or the delicate images by the early great Italians? Deep down our flag has always been part of our way of life, and so many times we haven’t even realised.