Mediterranean casual style of Provence and Tuscany
Stone walls, colorful shutters, easy-going gravel, and plants that are allowed to grow into their natural forms make for a pretty and cozy setting. This approach is also low-maintenance and ages well. When people, especially in the US, try to recreate this look they often create an unnaturally pristine version and miss out on the perfectly imperfect charm.
^ Even fully-paved narrow alleys can be charming with colorful stucco, shutters, and wild and free potted plants.