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Often times when our (award winning) designer Debbie McCarter meets with clients the hardest part of her job is helping them find their perfect style of decor. If you think about it there are a lot of styles to choose from. So to help get you thinking about your fabulously perfect space, we are going to explore some of the most beloved decorating styles plus some fun and fancy styles you may never have considered. Let's jump in and take a look!
Let's start with a traditional approach
So what is traditional decor? In this style everything is neat and orderly, calming and predictable. Traditional decor has nothing wild or chaotic and furnishings are classic in their style. It is the most popular style due to its use of comfortable furnishings, warm colors and symmetrical lines.
Traditional design finds much of its inspiration in 18th and 19th century European decor, which helps make it a timeless and elegant style. This is accomplished by using matching pieces and keeping accessories to floral arrangements, framed prints, and china vases. fabrics are usually not too shiny with muted plaids, and understated stripes.
To achieve the formal look furniture is arranged on a straight axis in the room, meaning a couch should face either perfectly parallel to the fireplace or the room's main feature (although you can set it perpendicular). The use use of wood furnishings is common and they will usually have curved lines and be stained in a darker color.
There will be moldings usually painted in glossy white and lighting will be lamps with silk shades, wall sconces, or ceiling to floor pinched pleat drapery.
The traditional style is a perfect choice for formal entertaining and for those who like a semblance of order in their surroundings.
Modern style took off in the 1920s and since then has made its mark as a very popular style. While the term "modern" is often misused, the style itself pares down the unnecessary use of detailing in a space. Modern style furnishings use earthy or neutral tones, and natural materials.
The modern feel is monochromatic as it comes from a simple unadorned look. In this style "form follows function" meaning the design, furnishings, and decorative objects show what their overall intended purpose is. Everything has a practical purpose, and if it doesn't...you eliminate it.
The main elements include straight lines, lack of "fluff", low horizontal furniture, natural light, steel or chrome, and natural wood or veneers.
This style of decor is perfect for those who prefer an uncluttered and functioning space.
Bring in nature with Rustic Style
When defining rustic decor you need to remember one thing...it embraces nature. At the core of this style the emphasis is on rugged, natural beauty. It celebrates nature and its feel with textures, earthy and easy colors, and organic look. True rustic is not flashy but more "homey"
To achieve the best look in this decor you should generally begin with a rustic setting. When you live close to nature it helps the transition from outside the space to the inside. Choose raw elements like wide wood plank floors, a fireplace, and paneled walls to create a sense of earthiness. Details like wooden beam ceilings create the feel of nature above you.
Colors should be neutral in sands and rich browns with green accents, and use furniture that is large and chunky.
To keep the look light and airy try mixing natural light and fabrics. Textiles like burlap, linen, and canvas are great choices. Use handknit thick throw blankets, braided rugs, animal skin, and baskets as storage to create a feel of comfort.
The overall theme to rustic...keep it as close to natural state as you can.
Set a Southwest heading
As we look at southwestern decor you will notice it's characterized by several very specific ideas. The use of earth tone colors, rough textures, and an abundance of terra cotta.
Colors reflect a traditional palette of green, adobe red, and neutrals like sand and brown. To keep an exciting and brighter look add shots of color in turqouise, yellow, and orange.
With this style it is easy to lose the comfy factor so try accenting the room with woven fabrics and suede or leather on the furniture. Knotted wood tables are perfect and some will have metal inlay details. Accessories on the furnishings are kept to large knitted blankets and colorful Serapes (knitted shawls you can use as a throw).
Succulents or plants in painted ceramic pots or Talavera pottery (pottery with roots in 16th century Mexico) add color and bring in the desert feel. Don't forget the must have...painted tiles in bright colors either on the floor or walls.
This is a great style for those who like a brighter rustic version of nature.
Let's go on Safari
If you like the idea of earthy decor but want an edgier look then Safari decor may just perfect for you. So let's "map a trip" through your space and bring the Serengeti to you.
The basis of safari style decor is the colors. Choose wall shades from ivory, khaki, buff, tawny, sienna, and brown. Bring in touches of black, charcoal, and green to accent and create contrast. To add a bright feel and keep the room from getting to dark, think sunshine colors for more accent. Try warm yellows, golds, burnt orange, and rust or umber.
In a safari room the furniture is darker in color to contrast the walls, and it stands out. Try a zebra ottoman with a leather couch to create a natural feel and use wood grains or bamboo in pots to add nature to the room. also, a ceiling fan in dark wood or fan shaped blades will really add impact.
The best fabric for this style is linen, and drapery is a perfect way to use it. To grab the eye try creating a gallery of safari themed art on the wall framed in dark wood or bamboo frames. Accessories can be small carved wood pieces and animal statuary (try a large animal statue in a corner for impact).
To bring nature into the space use trees or tall ferns in black pots or bamboo in an animal print pot. These will add the feel of the plains to any space.
Safari can be an elegant look but remember...don't overdue the accessories or it will tend to look cluttered.
Now on to the Orient
We all seem to live in a fast paced world, but coming home should provide a calm and peaceful place that lets us escape the daily pressure. With Asian inspired decor you can accomplish this as the style is based on balance and harmony. Now you can't just add a few vases and call it Asian decor, in fact the style is based on precision, care, and clear thought process.
When we say "asian decor" we are referring to several styles that range from Japanese to exotic Indian themes, but the one thing the have in common is the precision of placement of color and furnishings in the room.
Asian design revolves around color...the colors of nature and often the decorations will mimic landscapes. Since soothing is the goal, try wall colors in buff, ivory, pale grey or pale blue. The colors should be elegant in their shade and never harsh or bright. To create color you can choose vibrant accents that will stand out. Gold, black, red, vibrant purples are all colors that will enrich the neutral backdrop and add a bit of trendy infusion.
For fabrics must haves are organic in nature and you can create a textural balance by adding glass partitions, natural stone decorations, and wooden floors.
Finally, an absolute must have...a cool water feature. a small waterfall feature or koy pond outside or a table sized water feature help bring a calming effect know in this decor style.
Again, this is a great style for someone needing balance in their space.
Off to the Farm we go
Do you prefer a warm and cozy more relaxing character to your house? Farmhouse style is really for you.
To do farmhouse right you need to keep a balance of new and old. Keep the overall feel clean, warm hearted and stylish. Think charming but elegant.
Farmhouse is practical and has very little precious or delicate items in it. Hand me down or flea market finds are a necessity and are combined with newer items...think stainless steel appliances with shaker cabinets and modern light fixtures.
Stay away from matchy-matchy so don't make it look like all your furniture came from the same store, and pair things like vintage chairs you had reupholstered. This style requires a bit of time as you need to hunt out the right items such as barn doors. You can add touches like exposed wood beams or butcher block counters but keep the colors light and airy. White is the most used backdrop.
Look for little touches like chair slipcovers, wicker items, and stay away from kitsch.
It is easy to go astray with this style so take your time and make choices wisely.
So many styles...
Coming off the farmhouse look you can move into beach or shabby chic easily, as they have similar color palettes and the choice of accessories dictates the overall feel. You can even hit Victorian with a similar start in colors. The choices are endless in decorating and don't be afraid to experiment until you find your perfect decorating fit.
So there you have it...some inspirational ideas for wonderful styles that are vast in choice. In this blog we touched on just a few of the decors out there, but Interior design is about finding your perfect style and letting everyone see it when they enter your home. This blog was the start of a journey, and working with a designer can help to really bring your perfect space to fruition.
I hope we inspired your creativity...as always drop us a comment...what was your favorite style we blogged about?
Until next time..Have a stylin day!