House Theme Ideas
Choose an interior design theme that suits your home and your style
By Julie Hampton
Integrating an interior design theme throughout your home gives it a sense of personality. From decor, colors palettes and fabrics, your tastes, individuality and lifestyle can come through in the theme of your home. There is an unlimited number of themes you can apply, but consider the architectural style of your home before choosing a theme. The two should be integrated to achieve a harmonious design.
French Country Cottage
French country decorating style emphasizes romance. This design style has a slightly lived-in, cottage feel. The furniture may have imperfections, such as peeling or crackling paint and worn edges. Color palettes include yellows, whites and other light colors. Fabrics have a variety of provincial prints, including lush florals and plaids. Artwork and accessories may include roosters, landscape themes or roses. Walls may be white-washed and a variety of accessories are white, including vases and light fixtures.
Also known as Aged European, the Old World interior design style has a slightly masculine feel. The walls may have heavy troweled plaster or faux finishes. Decorative iron work is hung from the walls. Deep yellow ochres, rusty browns and rich reds are included in the color palette. Architectural styles are similar to homes seen in Italy and Spain. Flooring is commonly tile or wood. Light fixtures include large chandeliers in the dining room and kitchen, and sconces as accent lighting.
The traditional home has an elegant feel. The furniture style is similar to early 18th and 19th century British décor. Antiques and ornate sofas and wingback chairs adorn the living room of a traditional home. Windows have swags and tailored curtains for a finished look. Artwork and accessories include portraits and classic landscapes. Fabric is subtle. Small floral prints and plaids are common. The color palette includes navy blues, maroon, greens and ivory.
Bold color and industrial accents are hallmarks of the contemporary home. A minimalist look is common. The contemporary home is uncluttered. The home and accent pieces have sharp defined lines and geometrical shapes. Contemporary themes use a variety of textures including stone and glass. Bamboo wood floors are often used in kitchens and living rooms, and color palettes are often light and airy. Artwork may include large abstract paintings and black and white photography.
About the Author
Julie Hampton is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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