Home decor and design inspired by various architectural movements
High-society housewife and interior designer Edith Wharton’s book promoted an innovative style of decorating during the 1890s; her approach included feminine ticking stripes, glazed chintz fabrics, quilts and hooked rugs – an entirely unique take on interior design that remains popular to this day.
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Art Nouveau, French for “new art,” first made its mark during the late 19th century when large urban department stores such as La Samaritaine and Wertheim’s championed this style. Popularly referred to as Jugendstil or Glasgow Style, Art Nouveau deviated from historicism by emphasizing natural elements and organic forms with flowing lines inspired by nature and plants.
decorative details such as wrought iron light fixtures and furniture display the signature curved lines that define movement, which can be further highlighted with floral patterns or motifs evoking an iris or dragonfly wings motif.
Art Nouveau hues typically consist of rich browns, sage greens, soft blues and plenty of cream hues – and art prints or canvas wraps are an effective way to incorporate these aesthetic elements.
Country decorating style combines tradition and a relaxed cottage aesthetic, ideal for new homeowners and those on a tight budget. Country can incorporate natural elements while emphasizing handmade touches – making this style an excellent option when selecting furniture to furnish their space. Heirloom pieces add extra charm, but thrift and craft shops may provide suitable finishing touches too!
Country decor features a mix of stone and berry shades in its palette, such as in this console table display. Mismatched objects and rustic materials such as wood are characteristic features of this style, creating an layered appearance.
Sticks carved wood bowl accentuates the natural imperfections in its wood grain and adds beautiful texture for an authentic country aesthetic. Perfect to bring in without overdoing it!
Eclectic is an ideal style choice for anyone who doesn’t prefer matching decor pieces perfectly or sticking to one particular type. For instance, eclectic decor could combine modern art with vintage mirrors or combine weathered wood table with chrome wall sculptures.
The word eclectic comes from Greek eklektikos, meaning “to select,” and was first applied to philosophers who did not subscribe to one system of thought but selected doctrines from multiple systems of belief. Today it can also refer to anyone who enjoys listening to hip-hop music, Gregorian chant, or engaging in fusion cooking (combining ingredients from multiple national cuisines).
Mastering the eclectic look requires combining various colors and textures without creating an unorganized or disjointed appearance. There should be unifying motifs or themes that tie all elements together seamlessly.
European styles can add elegance, sophistication, and an Old World charm to any home. Textured walls, intricate moldings, and high ceilings often form part of this design style.
Decor elements, like patterned rugs and scatter pillows, add pops of color that complement other features in a room and help tie everything together. European-style homes tend to feature plenty of natural materials like stone and marble in their rooms for an additional element of cohesion.
Add European style with subtlety by installing reclaimed plank floors into your home. Light-colored flooring helps illuminate and open up any room.
Abstract design draws its inspiration from modernist aesthetic, which emphasizes asymmetrical doors and home furnishings with geometric edges, as well as chaotic aspects. Abstract is frequently combined with organic materials for an organic appearance in furniture such as tables, chairs and sofas.
If you’re ready to give Abstract decor a try, begin by identifying each room’s focal point. Consider installing a metallic geometric chandelier in the dining area as an eye-catching focal point with minimal colors; or explore more subdued accent pieces from brands like Regina Andrew.
Color is also key when it comes to abstract decor. Select wall art that complements the hues in your flooring and upholstery for an curated, cohesive aesthetic.