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Interior Design Styles

 

CONTEMPORARY

This refreshing, interior style features very clean lines. Sleekly edited and very functional, it's oh so chic!

Confused by what's considered contemporary? With more emphasis on home design today, it can be difficult to distinguish between the array of design styles.

Contemporary (or "modern" as some may call it) is characterized by clean lines and smooth surfaces without intricate details. But that doesn't mean your home will look stark, cold and sterile. Long gone are the days of boxy furniture and eccentric decorating. Today's updated contemporary look is a blend of comfortable, livable elements that create a sophisticated, fresh feel. To create this look in your home, start by incorporating these five key elements: color, metal accents, texture, wood tone and lighting.

Color

Contemporary design is offset by neutral color palettes. When painting the walls, choose shades of brown, taupe, cream or pure white. However, neutral does not mean boring, so be sure to infuse the room with small splashes of a more vibrant, bold color. This may include painting one wall with an accent color, adding a bold red sofa, or adding vivid accessories, such as decorative pillows, towels, rugs or art. Just be sure not to over-accessorize -- the key to contemporary design is simplicity.

Metal Accents

Stainless steel, nickel and chrome metals are prevalent in contemporary design, providing a decorative framework of sleek finishes. Furniture, end tables, lamps and even bathroom fixtures featuring beautiful metal accents provide this look in all rooms of the home. The bathroom features clean, geometric lines, a high-arc spout and Chrome and Brushed Nickel finishes. Plus accessories such as a robe hook, decorative tank lever, towel bars, and glass shelf, it's easy for homeowners to coordinate the urban, stylish look throughout the entire room.

Texture

To offset the clean, smooth lines of the metal accents, use fabrics such as silk, crushed velvet, linen or wool in your room to add texture and create a more natural, inviting feeling. In the bathroom, this may include fluffy rugs, towels or fabric shower curtains. In family rooms, this could include over-stuffed pillows, window treatments or the furniture upholstery. Texture can also be added to walls. New wallpapers made of linen can be an interesting way to add depth to the vertical surfaces of the room. But, one word of caution -- stay away from elaborate patterns or intricate details when choosing fabrics, as this will confuse the clean, contemporary look you are trying to achieve.

Wood

When it comes to wood surfaces, contemporary designs bring out the extremes, featuring very light or very dark tones. When incorporating woods into your design, look beyond the coffee table and utilize wood surfaces in accessories such as picture frames, large dramatic flower pots or shelves. Feel free to mix the design styles of the wood accessories, but be consistent with the wood tone and carry it throughout the room for a professional appearance.

Lighting

Lighting is extremely important in contemporary design, often seen as the key in illuminating the room's design. When choosing lighting for your home, there are many new choices available that provide interesting, clean lines. Track lighting or floor lamps are popular in contemporary design and often utilize metals or bold colors to reinforce the other metal accessories or splashes of color incorporated into the room.

By looking at these five different elements and incorporating them into your home décor, you'll be on the path to creating a sophisticated, yet contemporary-styled home. Just make sure that you choose items that you love and elements that inspire you and you'll be on the right path to a beautiful and inviting room.

Surfaces

Surfaces in the contemporary home are clear and uncluttered. Resist the temptation to litter your surfaces with pictures in frames, ornaments or other clutter: instead, a few, well chosen ornaments in striking colors will make the most impact against the clean walls and smooth lines of the modern home.

Making the Contemporary Home Liveable

One thing modern homes tend not to have is that "lived in" look we're so used to. In fact, some contemporary homes can look more like showpieces than family homes! Contemporary style interior design can create some challenges for the home owner to deal with, but try to remember that the whole purpose of contemporary design is to create a living space which is, above all, functional. Wood floors don't just look nice: they're also much cleaner than wall to wall carpeting. And while that uncluttered space can create a nightmare when it comes to finding storage space for all of your belongings, contemporary style interior design provides the answer to the problem.

Modern storage solutions include under-bed storage, attractive, stackable, storage containers, closet organizers and other wonders designed to help create that minimal look whilst providing storage space that's anything but minimal. Stores like ikea are your best friends when it comes to contemporary style interior design, and are chock full of everything you'll need from clever storage systems to funky chairs and minimal style furniture.

TRADITIONAL

Elegant and inviting. This style emphasizes finely crafted details and beautifully patterned fabrics. With a nod to the past, it undoubtedly remains the most popular decorating styles.

Traditional home decorating is elegant and refined. Many decorating styles are actually under the definition of traditional style. Actually a broad range of styles appeared during this time period. If you are deciding to go with the traditional home decorating scheme, there are different time periods and locations you may want to consider. Are you interested in 18th or early 19th century? What country are you looking at? France, England, Italy all had their own decorating styles in that time period. For our definition on this page, we will consider the Fine Traditional furnishings that hailed from England in the 18th century.

A Formal Home is Most Appropriate for This Style

For carrying off a Fine Traditional home decorating scheme, a large formal home is the best background. Intricate moldings , fireplaces, French doors, finely proportioned rooms, chair rails. wood floors, a formal dining room, built in bookcases; these are the hallmarks of traditional home decorating.

Furniture styles ranged from Empire, Renaissance, Louis the IV through Louis the VI. Others break the time period down into other sub-styles like Queen Anne, Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton which comprised the Federal period in America

Traditional styled rooms feature warm, dark, rich finish woods, often with intricate carvings. The lines of the furniture tend toward elegance and sensuous curves. The traditional style furniture has ornate carvings which give a very majestic feel. The decorating style tends toward a busy floor layout

Favored colors in traditional decorating lean toward the jewel tones. Topaz and Golds, Deep Reds and Rose Quartz, Marine Blues, Vibrant Greens, along with Grays, Beiges, and Whites form the color scheme for the traditional home decorating palette.

When thinking of fabrics for traditional decorating this elegant and opulence. Silks, satins, velvets and brocades are the fabric of choice. Needlework and tapestries are often in evidence.

Patterns used are floral, stripes, and Jacobean crewel work.

Draperies are full and heavy and held back with ornate tassels. Footstools covered with needlepoint and fringe are the norm as are embroidered cushions which are scattered throughout the room. Table are often skirted.

Furniture is upholstered in heavy luxurious fabrics. Button tufting, fringe, braid, and other trims create details on the upholstered pieces.

Lighting could include crystal chandeliers and brass light fixtures. Walls are hung with gilt mirrors, formal pictures of horses and landscapes with elaborate frames, and pictures of your ancestors (or someone else's if you don't have any of your family). Chinese screens provide decorative accents.

Floors are covered with Aubusson carpets and Oriental rugs. Cabinets are filled with Dresden and Wedgewood china. The dining table is set with leaded crystal and heavy ornate silver.

Floral arrangements are large, formal, and consist of traditional flowers such as roses, lilies, and peonies.

If you crave luxury and elegance and you have the home to provide the backdrop, this is the style for you. Canopy beds, plush surroundings, beautiful accessories, all add up to the abundant and rich style of fine traditional home decorating. If when you think of traditional decorating you dream of Mount Vernon or Monticello, consider the simpler but still elegant Federal style of traditional home decorating.

ASIAN

Whether it's Japanese interior style that is calm and minimalist in approach or Chinese interior style that displays more glitz, Asian style has an appeal that is all its own.

Black and whites interior design are not considered colors in our customary view but, throughout the Orient they are important color elements. The black interior decorator is put to distinctive use defining form and aligning structural geometry.

Consider that the most widely used interior colors are off whites and neutrals that take their cue from nature. Black doesn’t clash, it defines, and is seldom used to make a statement. It works in harmony. Think of opaque white rice paper room dividers with polished black wooden frames, a thought where calmness rules.

When choosing color, don’t let it to stand in the way of the architecture of the room. Neutrals will help you imply an orderliness which you will soon discover, should be, will need to be, an underlying objective of your entire Japanese decorating plan.

When vivid color is put to use, resist the urge to apply it in multiples. Primary colors are used to stand out and stand alone on a single object or architectural feature chosen to be a focal point.

Western thinking would have us stand back and decide “if it looks good there then lets put some more of it here”. However red lacquer on a single bamboo post or column is a strong statement; repeating the Japanese themed decor around the room loses potency.

Continuing the Japanese search for balance

As with color, selecting materials of strongly contrasting finish and texture is not a contradiction to your goal of achieving tranquility, balance and order. Keep thinking yin and yang, the widely known Buddhist doctrine of balancing opposites.

Long grained cedar wood matched with a perfectly crafted, shinning lacquered box. Floors of engineered bamboo hardwood surrounding a single large slab of quarry-stone. Wicker furnishings topped off with silky smooth cushions. Strive for simplicity. Nothing complex.

A heavily textured, natural fiber mat centered and stretched taunt and inlayed into as opposed to onto a smoothly finished, similar tone wall is transformed into a finishing material. This is not simply a hung accent as we might traditionally consider such an item but, rather an integral part of the search for balancing contrasts.

There Cannot Be Peacefulness Where Clutter Is Present

he underlying design feature of a room or series of rooms is dictated by the Japanese fixation on simplicity and approach to Japanese design flowing interior. Furniture placement and display follows prescribed rules of fluidity. Our tendency to decorating a room Japanese, is to arrange on it’s perimeter, creating traffic patterns Chris crossing-crossing the center. In contrast, Japanese design establishes a focal point toward the center with little obstructing free visual flow and physical movement about the perimeter.

The central theme can be furniture grouping unmistakably arranged for facilitating conversation, a simple pebble dry garden, an open fireplace, or perhaps a shrine. Always, keep in mind that serenity cannot be achieved where their is clutter. Keep the lines and appointments of these focal points cleanly defined.

Rather than something to stick things up on, or rest things against, or push furnishings close to, your walls have now become an element in the overall scheme. Allow them to be clear for movement and transitory traffic but consider an alcove to display an important collectable piece in a key location, or a place for a single, impact art work.

Asian Interior Decorating, Less is more

Japanese furnishing overload is definitely out of the question. Don’t be afraid to allow for lots of open space if the area you are decorating in the Japanese style happens to be large. Should your space be confined, rejoice in the fact a huge investment in furnishings isn’t mandatory. Many items are and should be multi-functional. A futon is a good example. Rolled up and set on end the futon is a decorative piece which might be flipped down on edge for seating or a foot-rest, then find itself rolled out as an exercise mat. Should you be inclined that same futon can be a great place when an afternoon nap is in order.

Quality is key to all your selections. Concentrate your search on the appeal and evidence of fine workmanship, like in the Imari Japenese Porcelain. If budget is limited, enforce that limit on quantities not quality and your project will pull together nicely.

Centuries in the making; a lengthy future awaits

There is nothing new about a Japan interior room design features. It has been slowly and tastefully evolving over the centuries. There have been improvements in the materials and processes but the basics have been graciously preserved.

As our world becomes increasingly chaotic, the place of peace and order which Japanese decoration creates inside the home will do nothing but grow in importance. Long term investment does have application here.

CLASSICAL

A very ordered style that that has a stately quietness. Inspired by the art and architecture of the Greek and Roman empires. Visual balance is the key to success.

A primary element in classical style is the use of a focal point around which visual balance is achieved. A grand, marble fireplace flanked on either side by matching, gilded light sconces and crowned with an elaborate, gold framed mirror would be good example of classical balance. Imagine if the arrangement were split down the middle, one half of the arrangement would essentially be a copy of the other half.

The color palette common to classical interior design style takes it cue from the empire periods of history where color choices were often inspired by nature. Consider various yellows, blues, greens, browns as well as softer, muted hues like terracotta, grays and pinks. Adding some ebony (black) accenting within a well-planned design scheme can enhance the classical feel.

The use of classical ornamentation can additionally serve to anchor a room in the classical style. Common classical motifs (reoccurring images) include Roman and Greek inspired columns, busts and urns. Obelisks and other Egyptian inspired design elements might also be used. An ancient motif can be injected into the design through decorative accessories or as a carefully stenciled pattern on the walls, for example. There are also wallpaper borders available with strong classical design elements.

Fabrics used in classical interior design style tend to be elegant but reserved - quiet strength in a very ordered space. Cotton, canvas and velvet are some common examples. If you want to punch it up a bit, try some less reserved options like silk or taffeta.

Natural flooring of wood, stone or marble works best in the classically styled environment. It makes sense. It's what you would have seen during the Greek and Roman periods, right?

Style tips:

• Focus on symmetry. This is key. Make each side of the room's focal point balance visually.

• The use of broad stripes works well. Consider vertical, tone-on-tone stripes on the walls or the draperies.

• Create geometric patterns within stone or marble tile flooring.

• Define a space with a large, natural fiber area rug bounded by a classically inspired pattern - like a Greek key design, for example.

• When accenting with whites, choose off-white if you want to stay in keeping with a more authentic classical color palette. Choose bright white if you want a slightly more contemporary feel instead.

ARTS & CRAFTS

A period style that has left a legacy through the ongoing popularity of Mission Style. It features crafted elements of simple construction to create a warm yet streamlined look.

Several developments in the American domestic architecture of the period are traceable not only to changes in taste and style but also to the shift from the upper- to middle-class patronage. The American Victorian typically took the form of a two-story square house with a hip roof disguised behind a variety of two-storied bays, with an assortment of gables as well as octagonal or round turrets and wraparound porches presenting a complex facade. Typically, the basic square house was also complemented by a back wing complete with its own entrances, and a stairwell that housed the kitchen, pantries, and scullery on the first floor and the servants' quarters on the second. Fitted with inferior-quality woodwork and hardware, and noticeably smaller bedrooms and lower ceiling heights, the Victorian kitchen-servants' wing embodied the aristocratic class distinctions of the Old World.

With the large bays, turrets, and rear wing removed, the front porch simplified, and the ceilings lowered somewhat, it is not difficult to see how the American Foursquare developed from the common American Queen Anne. The middle-class housewife of the era would not have domestic servants (at least not live-in ones) and would be doing much if not all of the housework herself, as well as watching the children. These added roles made it important that the kitchen be integrated into the main house with easy sight lines to the common areas of the main floor (the dining and living rooms) as well as to the back yard. Commonly, the butler's pantry of the Victorian Era was replaced with dining room cabinetry that often consisted of "built-ins", which gave home designers the opportunity to incorporate wood and glass craftsmanship into the public aspects of the home.

Another common design development arising from the class-shift of the time was the built-in "breakfast nook" in the kitchen. The Victorian kitchen of the previous era was separated from the family view and daily routine. It typically had a work table (having the equivalent purpose of the modern countertop) at which the servants would eat after the family meal was served and the kitchen tidied. The Victorian kitchen had no "proper" place for a family member to sit, eat, or do anything else. Again, as the housewife of the Craftsman era was now preparing the family meals, the Victorian kitchen gave way to one designed as the heart of the family's daily life. The breakfast nook often placed under a window or in its own bay provided a place for the family to gather at any time of the day or evening, particularly while food was being prepared.

COUNTRY

Relaxed and comfortable. There is an enchanting simplicity to this understated style that emphasizes handcrafted and time worn treasures. Its representation can range from cottage country to a more elegant French country style.

Country Style Interior Design has a universal appeal. The phrase incorporates a number of looks, from the French Country designs of Provence to the floral English Country design to rustic Americana. All of these country style interior design motifs give a home a cozy, lived-in look and a comfortable, casual ambiance.

Country style interior design eschews the formal, drawing room style of classic design in favor of a comfortable, lived-in look. No guest need be afraid to sit in a country style living room or drop in for a cup of tea in a country style kitchen. This design style is casually elegant with a compliment of sturdy, practical furniture, colorful textiles, and useful rather than fanciful accents. Country style encompasses French country, English country, and American rustic country style.

French Country Style is epitomized by a bright color palette, reminiscent of the south of France. Typical colors include lavender and deep eggplant sunflower yellow, and deep azure blue. Fabrics are also brightly colored, usually with a small floral or animal pattern. Furniture is sturdy and basic, with pine pieces predominating. Classic French country furniture includes a large plank-style dining table surrounded by caned chairs or benches, a massive carved armoire, and a four-poster bed. Accents and accessories include wheat shafts, lavender wreaths and sprigs, roosters, and wrought-iron railings and lamps.

English country style relies on a floral and slightly battered country estate look. The color palette in English country style is dark, using a lot of deep red, brown, and forest greens. Tweed and leather are commonly used textiles, sometimes combined with floral drapes, wallpaper, and upholstery. Furniture is befitting of an English country estate and often includes large wooden bookcases and cabinets in deep cherry or mahogany, and overstuffed upholstered pieces. Door and cabinet hardware is customarily brass. Accessories include rows of leather books, delicate porcelain figures, and landscape paintings. Accents that reflect hunting and horsemanship are popular.

American Rustic Country Style harkens back to our country's pioneer roots and great expanses of outdoor spaces. American rustic incorporates log cabin, Adirondack, and western styles. The look is characterized by architectural details, such as rough-hewn beams, stone fireplaces, wide-plank floors, and vaulted ceilings. Furniture is practical as well as decorative, with log-hewn pieces being popular. Others include leather chairs and sofas, large round wooden dining tables, and four-poster beds. Accents include colorful blankets, ironware lamps and tables, antlers (either alone or crafted into items such as chandeliers or tables), and hide or skin rugs and throws.

ART DECO

Looking for a unique interior design style that is classically retro? Art Deco style brings together elements of ancient culture with a streamlined, Machine Age vibe from the 1920s and 1930s.

Art deco is perhaps one of the most fun and best known and loved of ‘American’ design trends, although to trace the eclectic roots one must actually go back to the 1925 Paris France World’s Fair!

The “Exposition Internationale” for the decorating arts and modern industries was actually the origin of the then controversial new style.

Characterized by heavy reliance on then modern views of the future, soft edges and bright colors were imbued into objects of all kinds from around 1925 up until 1939 when world war slowed the movement substantially, eventually diluting it into the 1950’s “mid-century modern” movement.

Art deco movement objects whether jewelry, appliances, automobile parts, glass or trains gave people elegant spaces and objects with sophistication and modern cutting edge materials such as plastics and exotic woods.

Artists were in part influenced by earlier Greek, roman and even Egyptian objects but stayed with more simple geometrical lines.

Buildings like the Chrysler Building in New York for instance feature sunbeams and silver spires.

Pink and blue neon and simple but elegant design continue to thrive and evoke feelings of comfort and fun today just as they did then.

Some common materials that were used in the art deco movement included shark and snake skin, gold and silver leaf, lacquers and ivory and even mother-of-pearl: most used in some form of pattern or geometric design.

As far as construction heavy use for the first time of ‘man made’ materials such as Bakelite and Lucite as well as heavy reliance on chrome and aluminum and plastic not only helped set a visual theme but reduced costs in many cases.

The bright and colorful designs of manufacturers such as farberware and chase at the time were simply elegant and inexpensive cocktail shakers and kitchenware but now are urgently sought by collectors and replicated by modern vendors to meet a growing demand for the gentler times they have come to represent.

Art was also influenced with advertising and even the design of the Coca-Cola bottle taking elements from the modern trend. It has even been argues that cubist artists such as Picasso and Braque are Art Deco examples in which reality is reduced to simple lines and shapes.

Modern Art Deco decorating trends try to take the vast amount of artwork, styles and trends and create a theme that is like cubist art reduced to simple lines and angular shapes using common art deco materials and bright colors to invoke that “50’s” art deco feel but is so popular because the extravagant and risqué roots of its design are so forgiving that it is difficult to make a mistake. In fact some decorators claim the catch phrase “anything goes” epitomizes the art deco movement.

Read about the different ways in which you can achieve an Art Decor Bedroom decorating style.

Most modern designers however would refer to art deco as more of a pure form or design phase where unnecessary decorations and lines were melded away leaving just the essential elements of the piece in bright fun colors without the extravagant and unnecessary garnish of earlier design forms such as Victorian.

Geometric designs, bold prints and bright colors in plastics, glass and art are key to a successful art deco décor, but they need not be true art deco objects from the 20’s or 30’s which are often expensive and hard to obtain.

Finding replicas and modern equivalents is not easy but can be fun. Some elements to remember when searching for modern ‘art deco’ equivalents are that pieces should:

Be somewhat simple in form without excessive design work but not ‘square’ like the shaker movement

Make good use of colors, textures and materials with emphasis to ‘man made’ and unique materials such as chrome, plastic etc.

Feature many geometric or Grecian style designs

Not appear too costly or overbearing – simple fun comfort and playfulness is vital to art deco design

There are many examples in movies and books of existing art deco furnishings and styles, and imposing and odd sculptures in the style of the period still reside on street vendor carts and shops everywhere – as is befitting a style that drew influence from both exciting new technologies and capabilities and ancient patterns from Egypt and Greece.

Art deco is perhaps the easiest decorating scheme in the world provided you stay true to its’ roots and don’t get carried away.

Beautiful, simple, somewhat blunted or angular with bright patterns and animal prints can never go wrong in an art deco room but some backgrounds or furniture choices may turn an art deco room into some other room with art deco elements. Set the tone then stay with it and you will have a timeless masterpiece of modern design.

GOTHIC

It's almost magical! Gothic style lets you add a dash of mystical charm while you create a space with a distinct look that sets you apart. So let your imagination soar. You know you want to!

Revived more than once as a public and domestic architectural style, the Gothic has also inspired literary genres, art, music, fashion and, at the close of the twentieth century, a synthetic design- and lifestyle known as "Goth."

The Gothic was first and foremost an ecclesiastical style, and symbolized

the triumph of the Catholic church over paganism in Europe. At a time when most people's homes were the humblest possible turf or wattle-and-daub cottages, churches sported arches, pinnacles, vaults, stained glass, and elaborate sculpture.

Medieval builders discovered new ways to support the weight of a soaring cathedral: piers and buttresses, ribbed vaulting, and structurally integrated arches took the building's load off of its walls. The resulting thinner walls could contain large expanses of glass -- leaded, stained, decorated with stone ribbing called tracery.

Now churches, which during the Romanesque period had been massive, gloomy affairs, were flooded with light and air. Lavishly carved cathedral spires climbed ever higher, expressing the medieval belief in the essential divinity of earthly creation.

In the fourteenth century, war, famine and plague put an end to this extremely labor and resource-intensive building style. During the Renaissance, increased attention was given to domestic architecture and Neoclassical style reigned supreme. In the early nineteenth century, after centuries of variation on Neoclassical themes, Western scholars and artists developed a new interest in the Middle Ages. This Romantic backlash against rationalism eventually produced the architectural movement known as the Gothic Revival.

Ceiling medallions, cornices and moldings. Authentic Period and Historic Home architectural ornamentation.

All crafted in genuine plaster.

In Europe and North America from about 1840 to 1870, historically accurate Neo-Gothic churches, government buildings, colleges, and eventually private homes were built. These grand stone houses sported quatrefoil or pointed windows with decorative tracery, leaded glass, and even gargoyles, pinnacles and battlements. In America, where timber was cheap, a style called "Carpenter Gothic" developed, characterized by an abundance of elaborate wooden gingerbread trim.

In designing your own Gothic castle, start with architectural detail:

pointed or ogee arches, tracery, exposed wooden beams, leaded or stained glass windows in complex trefoil or rose designs. But even if you're beginning with a modern interior rather than a scaled-down reproduction of Reims Cathedral, you can still create an imposing and mystical Gothic environment with furniture, surface detail, color and accents.

Elements of Style

Flooring should be stone -- large flagstones are best -- or dark wood. Colors should be rich, dark and dramatic: purple, black, ruby, gold, forest green, ochre. Decorative painting on the walls -- scenic murals, trompe-l'oeil architectural features, or stenciled heraldic designs -- can add medieval drama to a dining room or entryway.

Victorian Gothic reproduction furniture can be used, which simplifies things, but any massive oak furniture, either rustically simple or adorned with Gothic motifs, will do. Chairs, bed frames, and cabinets can feature arches, spiral turnings, carved trefoils, and rich upholstery. A trestle table with matching benches creates a monastic flavor. Even Arts-and-Crafts era built-in cupboards and storage benches will work, as that movement borrowed many decorative motifs from medieval art.

Wall hangings are essential, tapestries if possible. If not, you can cheat with dark red velvet curtains, silver tasseled tie-backs, brocade throw pillows, a midnight blue velvet duvet cover. Stained glass, of course, is quintessentially Gothic. Pewter, wrought iron, and lots of candles are the indispensable Gothic accents. For a truly ecclesiastical look, create your own niche altar with candles and devotional statues.

TROPICAL

Love the look of exotic, seaside places? Redesign your own interior with a tropical design style. It emphasizes natural textures and an easy, relaxed atmosphere. Pina Colada anyone?

Tropical home décor is one of the trendiest vogues today. It comprises of warmth, comfort, and an exotic touch, using natural texture, gorgeous colors, and jungle themes.

The tropical home decoration style uses traditional themes interspersed with touches of fresh appeal. Tropical décor for your home does not mean creating a multi-hued jungle look that you might use in a kid’s room. Rather, it is more about creating a minimalist look with lush overtones, because it involves mixing intricate patterns and plenty of texture with a few large sized accessories along with simple details.

Tropical Home Décor Motifs and Colors

Some of the common tropical home décor motifs are: rattan furniture; grass-cloth; leather; palm trees; animal prints; monkeys; tropical fish; sea shells; and broad leafed banana plants.

As far as colors are concerned, the tropical ambiance is achieved by using neutral tones. For instance, the basis of a tropical themed look is formed by color like pale yellows, mellow gold, dark brown, tan, camel skin shades, beige, and ivory. Overlying these muted tones are greens that range from olive green to jade green to bottle green to bluish green to yellowish green. Accents are created by using dull reds, black, and mahogany brown.

This kind of tropical decorating themes can not only be used in family rooms and living rooms, but also looks great in bathrooms and even in master suites.

Tropical Home Décor Furniture

One of the basic elements in a room decorated with a tropical décor theme is upholstered, comfortable furniture. Horizontally oriented long lines emphasize a casual ambiance, adding to a restful environment. While a grand scale is achieved by using taller elements like screens, artwork, or plants. While furniture made of lighter wood are great to great that tropical look, but when they are combined with lamps and dark tables.

Accent pieces in rattan, wrought iron, bamboo, and wicker are also a must. In fact, rattan furniture and dark wood are a great combo for a tropical style of furnishing. Rattan furniture really creates a natural look because it is made from a tropical tree, which grows in jungles of South India and Sri Lanka. They can be used as decoration pieces beside writing desks, or tropical style computer cabinets. It is durable and flexible, with wrapped knobby joints.

Wicker furniture pieces are also an integral part of tropical décor. Wicker furniture is created by weaving together strands of vine or grass. Bamboo, which is a thick kind of grass that grows in tropical forests, is also used to make furniture. All these natural materials are woven or fashioned into sofas, chairs, tables, divans or backless couches, cabinets, and various other accent pieces. Not only are they beautiful, but are also lightweight, durable, easy to maintain, and are also eco-friendly.

Rattan, wicker and bamboo furniture and accent pieces can be combined with furniture made from tropical wood like teak, mahogany and ebony. Exotic hardwoods like koa and rosewood also make very beautiful tropical furniture. Furniture made from this kind of wood are given extra tropical tones by having motifs like palm leaves, tropical flowers, trees, and pineapples carved on them.

The fabrics of the upholstery should be neutral colored chenilles or any other natural fabric like khadi, a coarse homespun cotton made in India, or even raw silk, especially for the major pieces of furniture. While chairs and ottomans can have upholstery with leafy designs and jungle prints.

Tropical Décor Accessories

Since you will be using large leafy prints and animal prints fairly extensively it is best not to overdo the accessories when using tropical décor in your home. However, here are some accessories that you can use:

Wicker vases with artificial tropical flowers

Wall tapestries with palm leaves, flowers or palm trees

Tropical style table lamps

Palm plant (artificial or real), or other tropical plants

Indigenous art and artifacts

Seashells and conches

Paintings or pictures of tropical trees, animals, or landscapes

Decorative wooden or bamboo screens

Throw pillows with palm leaf or floral patterns

Tropical shower curtains for the bathroom

Jute rugs

Tropical Garden Furniture

If you have the tropics inside, then why not take it outside too. You will find plenty of tropical garden furniture made of molave wood, bamboo, wicker, rattan, and wrought iron, and even hardwoods that are stylish as well as able to withstand the elements. Look for bamboo benches, bars, lounge chairs and patio sets.

RUSTIC

Inspired by the wild, this style is unrefined and time tested. The look is warm and relaxed. When you need to unwind, rustic style will wrap you in a cozy embrace.

by: David Buster

Rustic country ornament and how to decorate bungalow style homes are extensions of American country style decorating. In addition, traditions are borrowed from French, English and several Swedish country looks. Rustic country ornament can be defined as coarse, charmingly simple, unfussy, unfinished and yet with loveable qualities. Rustic country decorating includes the use of natural woods, aged surfaces, rough finishes and simple lines. Bungalow style homes are comfortable, modest, quaint homes that can be ready-made of thick stone or log wood.

Floors in rustic country ornament and bungalow style homes are ready-made with stone or wood materials. Wooden floors were traditionally constructed with boards that were bare and just waxed and hand-polished (high-gloss varnishes did not exist). Sometimes the boards were painted with light colors. If you like floor coverings, use oriental rugs and throws for visual warmth and color. Rustic country ornament is just about handcrafted objects, simplicity, furnishings that you enjoy and connecting back to nature.

Rustic bungalow furnishings is unremarkably ready-made with pine and mayhap painted with hand-painted designs such as flowers, birds, animals, country scenery or leaves. Use ladderback chairs, rocking chairs, benches, wicker furnishings and Windsor chairs. A large rectangular table ready-made of pine is a nice option for your room or eating room table. To give your furnishings a rustic look, brush a coat of paint on the furnishings piece, then rub most of the paint off. After it dries, apply wood stain unevenly for an older worn appearance. It wish be perfect and rustic looking!

Baskets can be used to store wood, pine cones, flowers, plants and needlework. Brass candle holders, oil or fuel lamps, sconces, cyclone lamps, tin lanterns, recessed ceiling fixtures or a vintage wrought-iron or metal pendant provide flourishing lighting for rustic country ornament and bungalow style homes. Colors used in rustic country ornament or bungalow style homes are neutral tones locomote from white to bone, earth tones, red barn, blues and greens.

For rustic country ornament in the kitchen, use open shelves, hutches, buffets, plate racks and cupboards for storage. Often, country room storage is crammed with ceramic ware pots, plain glazed ceramic ware and glass jars. Room pots should be ready-made of copper, steel or cast iron - cooking utensil tends to be large and plain. Use open shelving in the rustic country room to display plates, dishes and tableware collections. Natural woods, light colors and bright fabrics activity great for window treatments. Adding a rustic butcher block island creates a howling visual effect as well as provides useful functionality.

A rustic country ornament bathroom has neutral tones or soft colored walls, antique-looking lighting, and wooden antiques or antique reproduction cabinets and vanity. Knowing how to decorate bungalow style homes and bathrooms can result in creating a calm and elegant atmosphere. Malformation tubs, pedestal sinks, country style antique brass faucets and old-fashioned country cabinets provide the kind of atmosphere that does you want to spend time there. Plain white towels are suggested instead of blotchy or bright modern patterns. Use wicker or wire baskets to support your sponges, loofas and shampoos handy near the tub or shower.

Understanding how to decorate bungalow style homes means including items like quilts, antique furnishings or reproductions, flea-market pieces, trunks, chests, armoires, stenciling, wallpaper, adirondack chairs, flower wreaths and eating place chairs. These types of elements give bungalow style homes the kind of rustic country ornament that is simpler, really personal and warmly inviting.

Whether in a sea-coast setting, an urban environment, a country location or a bosky mountain retreat, bungalow style homes are cozy and unassuming, combining the past with the present. See all you can find and discover what creating the rustic country bungalow means to you no matter wherever it is located. Enjoy expressing your personality and showing what the definition of house means to you.

TUSCAN

This popular style brings to mind the good life in a golden age. You don't have to live near the Mediterranean to love this old world look! Tuscan style is earthy yet refined.

Tuscany is one of the largest regions in Italy , and over this large geographic extension there are many types of interior decoration, ranging from the magnificent interiors of the palazzi or castles of Florence or Siena, to the majestic decorations of manors of the rolling countryside and hill towns; to the sober interiors of stone farm houses to the ultra-modern furnishings found in many medieval buildings nestled in the villages and this historic centers. Obviously, it is difficult to speak of a "Tuscan style". And yet this is the case because there is an underlying inspiration that unites all of the various home decorating solutions that one can encounter in this splendid region.The following article will discuss some of the uniting themes and characteristics of Tuscan interior decorating. Even if you are not located in Tuscany, you can draw on these characteristics to inspire your home decorating solutions because they have a universal appeal that can be applied in the most varied circumstances. This article will focus mostly on solutions that are adopted in interiors other than those of the various palazzi because the latter often draw their inspiration from wider boundaries as their owners traveled around Italy, Europe and the world.

Stone is widely used in Tuscan interior decorating. One of the reasons for this is that the medieval houses and the farm houses dotting the Tuscan landscape were all built in stone. Tuscan have a tremendous respect for the past, and do not consider that all that is old should be discarded. Instead, they cherish the vestiges of the past. Many a stone wall in the interior of a home is left free to be seen.

At most, it is repaired from time to time, but such walls are regarded an important testimony to the efforts of past generations to build their futures and their fortunes with hard work and with faith in the benevolent forces of nature. There are stone walls in houses that date back two or three hundred years and that are retained as a central focus in home decorating solutions.

In many of the medieval homes, after a period when some of the older parts of buildings were covered with plaster to meet a misconceived idea of "modernism", there is now a distinct trend to uncover the old parts. Thus, one now finds splendid old brick arches or window frames emerging from what used to be a non-descript plastered wall.

Obviously, if one's home does not contain the vestiges of the distant past, this is an interior decorating solution that cannot be adopted. However, the use of stone around a fireplace or in a country kitchen or even for a wall in a bedroom is an interesting and highly decorative solution.

The floor material that is most widely used in Tuscany is the terracotta tiling.

Again, these tiles evoke the past, and although one can purchase newly produced products, these are available in a wide range of natural tones, ranging from the dusty brown to the leather-like red hues. Moreover, there are also tiles with antique finish, including those that seem to have the chips and irregularities caused by time.

First of all, the main uniting theme is the respect for natural decorating materials. Most Tuscan interiors make generous use of wood and stone. The woods are normally of oak, chestnut or cherry, and they are usually characterized by a dull wax finish. It is rather rare to see a shiny mahogany piece of furniture or dining room table. Instead, you will see natural colored pieces that have darkened over time and usage. The maximum treatment given to these pieces is to occasionally pass them over with a slightly tinted liquid wax that is quickly absorbed leaving the wood with a rich and velvety finish.Another feature of interior decorating Tuscan style is the use of natural colors in the basic decorating schemes. All of the colors used evoke images of the harmony of the home in relation to nature. Starting with the colors used for the walls, these are normally a stark white the make a wonderful contrasting background to the rich woods of the furniture or to the stone accents. Other colors that are often used in more sophisticated decorating solutions are tones of burnished orange or light terra cotta. These colors recall the earth of the Tuscan hills and they complement the rich tones of wood.

The furniture used in Tuscan style interior decorating draws heavily on the past. This does not mean that one needs to have a home filled with antiques. Rather it means that one makes heavy use of pieces constructed using the criteria of the past, although a few period pieces are always well represented. In Tuscany, furniture inspired by tradition continues to be manufactured by present-day artisans who take pride in replicating the styles of the past. Thus, one can find wooden tables of all sizes and shapes, or the traditional country chairs with the woven straw seats, or the cabinets used to store tableware or collections of porcelain, Iron headboards for beds continue to be produced, as are stone and iron tables, or iron chairs with soft cushions covered with natural fabrics.

This article, the first in a series, provides a general overview of the underlying spirit of Tuscan style interior decorating. Future articles will deal in greater depth on specific aspects of the various parts of the home.

SWEDISH GUSTAVIAN

Beautiful, light and airy! It is neo-classic style with a unique, Scandinavian twist.

Swedish interior design style is characterized by a glimpse that is light, airy and elegant. Whether classic pressure emphasis, country or contemporary in direction, this style underscores an elegant and refreshing atmosphere.

Despite originating centuries ago, the Swedish Gustavian style is a look that is still popular today. factual usually features white painted, neo-classical furnishings – often displaying the patina of age – set against a very light, interior background.

Gustavian grace is named through King Gustav III who ruled Sweden esteem the late 18th century. He had a tantrum for the neo-classical styles more appropriate at that time leverage continental Europe – homologous seeing the Louis XVI style in France, for example. Gustav combined elements of these styles fix his acquiesce royal palaces spell Sweden. (I commitment say the man had good taste.)

Over time, the Gustavian interpretation of a neo-classical interior upping throughout the broader Swedish society further has been recognized as a distinct interior style string its let on right.

Gustavian fairness is variable enough to feature soul and contemporary elements together and standstill look great! obscure that said, there are some style fundamentals to follow.

If you are going for the Swedish interior look I credit one word for you – white! Okay, feasibly not literally occurrence white – that might get pretty lifeless. But keeping the supporting hues light is really finance. Very educated blues, grays again greens are typical of this style, but the overall indefectible hinge should be very argent again airy.

For a Gustavian inspired interior, choose white painted furniture that features a classic silhouette. Time worn or distressed edges entrust further dwell on the look besides is a very superlative attribute. fortification moldings and furniture with raised detail will add greater visual relate credit this largely close environment.

A touch of gold gilding is important as an accent. Hints of physical liability be brought dominion through the raised details of furnishings and by your preferred of lighting elements, delineate further resonate framing, for example.

Your walls and trim should exhibit painted white (or a very soft gray, unhappy or grassy). Alternately, you might choose a wallpaper pattern. If you try with wallpaper, consider a neo-classic style with a very instigate and subdued pattern in soft colors on a white background. A common Swedish sire motif is floral swags camouflage ribbons and bows.

When it comes to floors, wood looks super with a Swedish interior design style. Consider layering your wood floor lie low woven rugs or runners to enhance the Swedish aura.

Now let’s talk windows. If you opine attractive window moldings you might not want to use draperies at unabridged but possibly opt for unvaried sheers or fabric blinds flip over inside-mounted roman shades. If you choose draperies instead, trial something that doesn’t not contrast too sharply ensconce the light colored walls. Your window treatments should complement the subtle yet sophisticated overall effect.

Consider standard fabrics whereas your Swedish interior design style. Linen, cotton and silk are some possibilities.

Finally, receive a bit of bling to your sight in the form of crystal lighting. This could be a classic, crystal chandelier (it’s been uttered that every Gustavian interior has by oneself) or similar wall sconces, for example. The crystals will reflect the light in the airy space and be the crown jewel of your inspired Swedish interior design.

VICTORIAN

The Victorian Interior Design Style

Victorian interior design is an approach to interior design inspired by the Victorian Era, a famous period in British history which lasted from 1837 to 1901. The Victorian Era marked huge shifts in British society, and many of these shifts were reflected in interior design. Many people view this era as a very romantic period in history, and they have drawn heavily on the inspirations of the Victorian age when decorating homes, ranging from real Victorian homes maintained in an authentic period style to modern homes with Victorian-influenced interior design.

One of the key developments of the Victorian Era was the Industrial Age, and the Industrial Age had a profound impact on interior design. Before the advent of mass production, everything used to decorate a home was made by hand, and only the truly wealthy could afford opulent interior design schemes. With the advent of mechanization, the middle classes could afford objects traditionally associated with the rich, and authentic Victorian interior design is dense, lavish, and ornate; it can be almost overwhelming for people who are accustomed to more spare modern aesthetics.

The Victorians may be remembered as staid, but they loved rich, deep colors and textures. Victorian homes were often wallpapered with very bold, bright patterns which included flocking, raised designs with a velvety texture. Furnishings were upholstered with equally bright colors and rich textures, and Victorian interior design featured a lot of gilding, ornate carving, and other lavish touches.

Since electricity was absent for much of the Victorian Era, Victorian rooms were filled with an assortment of candles and lamps which provided low, warm light. Victorian rooms in general tended to feel very cozy and warm, if crowded, and flooring was typically covered in lush rugs for those who could afford them, and painted floorcloths for those who could not. Other decorative touches included things like houseplants in ornate pots, sculpture, and paintings. Some Victorian interior design was also infused with Asian-inspired pieces like folding screens, due to the mania for Chinoiserie which swept the public in the 1800s.

Homes decorated with Victorian interior design which is true to the period can sometimes feel ludicrous and over the top to modern eyes. As a result, most people draw from Victorian influences, but choose not to go all-out with their interior design schemes. They may, for example, utilize rich colors on the walls to offset pieces of Victorian furniture, but avoid the clutter associated with decorating schemes in authentic Victorian homes.

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