With an ancestry of admiration for all things beautiful, the essence of Italian style remains unchanged today. These homes are known for having low-pitched, tile-covered roofs and stucco walls. The arched entrances often feature decorative accents around the door, such as pilasters, spiral columns, tile or stone. The interior layout and decor are inspired by the idea that a Mediterranean home is designed around lush gardens, courtyards, and ornate fountains. Interiors often feature arched doorways, high ceilings with exposed beams, and open floor plans.