Decorating a home is a personal thing. It’s important to make sure it’s a space that reflects what you’re about and how you feel. It is the very essence of who you are. If you happen to be someone who thinks outside the box when it comes to home decorating, why not pull inspiration from well-known eras of our time?
Is the essence of your style homey comfort and elegance? If so, Victorian may be the home décor style for you. To transform your space into the quintessential hallmark of Victorian design, take a look at these design ideas:
- Think warm colors, lots of patterns on top of patterns and subtle elegance in unsuspecting places.
- Flowers, embroidery and stained glass – these features distinguish the Victorian age.
- Think of decorating with whimsical, jewel-toned décor like Amethyst or Quartz.
- Strong colors like green, raspberry or warm brown will give the space the desired sophistication.
- Tiffany lamps can add another layer of color with the vintage feel.
Glamour, glamour and more glamour defined the art deco era of the ’20s and ’30s. If this luxury style captures your design approach, then take a look at these lavish tips:
- Draw on sensual colors like burgundy, salmon and turquoise.
- Try to take inspiration from items that sparkle; glass lighting, chandeliers and centerpieces with “bling” will really indulge any space.
- Use a canopy with fabrics like damask, antique velvet and silk in a bedroom.
- Emphasize on geometric forms such as rectangles and hexagons in fabric patterns or artwork.
If color makes your heart soar, then think ‘50s decorating, where color took the driver’s seat. To get the eclectic feel from this time period, think about incorporating these tips:
- Decorate with turquoise, sea-green and pinks that ranged from bubble-gum to salmon.
- Use color in especially prominent places such as large accessory items like rugs, side chairs and curtains.
- Poodle themes were also particularly popular! Dot your apartment with dancing poodles, or poodle-themed accessories like bathroom accessories, kitchen décor or figurines.
If these time periods don’t capture your artistic design style, look to other time periods for inspiration. Keep digging through our past to find a motif that best fits your personality. You will not only have an apartment that reflects you, but one that’s unlike any other!
Source: Abigail R. Esman, ”Style Guide for Vintage Bathrooms” on HGTV.com
Photo: SharonaGott Flickr
Category: Decorating, Entertaining, & Dining