A Quick Guide to Decorating Styles

Any amateur homestead owner who wishes to decorate his or her residence is confronted with a big dilemma when it comes to picking a decorating style. Some people are not even sure of what each decorating style implies.

Sometimes these styles should be combined in order to properly reflect the resident’s personality. Nevertheless, the first step, prior to the decorating process itself, is to familiarize yourself with the most widespread decorating styles.

  • Traditional

The key elements of this style are classic, refined items. Each piece of furniture should be complex, but not hectic, so when shopping look for curved legs, graved details and woodmill-produced objects. The wooden items should display darkish nuances, whereas the metal ones should be a tad softer, made of gold, brass or copper. Avoid plain, upright lines and go for items which accentuate curves. The Traditional decorating style is predictable, symmetrical and formal. You can use both black & white and vivid nuances.

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  • Contemporary

This decorating style is based on the current trends and fashions. It places a big accent on clear spaces, with few items. Upright lines are preferred and they can be contrasted with only a few circular ones. Use glossy and exquisite colors. The best palettes are neutrals and monochromatic colours, in addition to chrome, steel or glass.

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  • Transitional

The Transitional decorating style combines the sophistication of Traditional with the simplicity of Contemporary. The furniture comprises both straight lines and curves, thus being elegant and glossy at the same time. The hard materials and strong colours of Traditional are replaced with simpler designs. It makes use of neutral colours and patterns are kept at minimum. Textures are abundant.

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  • Eclectic

This style involves combining all sorts of ideas in order to reflect your individual style. The design of your home is shaped in accordance with your own beliefs and preferences. However, the key to implementing a proper Eclectic style is to plan everything by the book and to only combine elements that truly go together. The use of contrasting items with only one element in common is encouraged.

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  • Hollywood Regency

In short terms, Hollywood Regency means glamour, theatricality and a lot of reflections generated by mirrors and varnished furniture. It uses luxurious fabrics such as leather, velvet or satin. The colour palette is usually made of similar nuances. Curves and straight lines are mixed together.

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  • French Country

With strong European influences, this style involves the use of antiques, genuine textures, rusty metal touches and discrete nuances. The neat curves make such a house seem sophisticated, while the old aspect makes it appear informal and hospitable.

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