Although you can certainly decorate your home in a perfectly matched style, using a mix and match technique can create a look that is interesting and uniquely your own. Though matched furniture pieces and other decor items can create a pleasing effect, many people prefer the more eclectic look that can be created when different styles of furniture, different colors and even different decorating styles are used together in the same room. There are even decorating styles that are based on this overall approach, such as “shabby chic” and other methods of combining multiple styles of furnishings to create a personalized look. Follow up blogs will address a few guidelines to help you make the most of your mix and match decorating style including Victorian, Shabby Chic, Romantic, Classic and Antique.
October 26, 2010
October 14, 2010
The country look associated with the old farmhouse theme is a very warm and traditional look. Today, the country look embodies everything that a farmhouse represents—hearth, home, food and family. Patchwork quilts, framed stitchery and homemade cloth dolls are just some of the accessories to showcase in an old farmhouse. Distressed furniture in bold country colors of deep blues, burgundies, hunter greens and mustards, adorn furniture such as pie safes, shelves and weathered benches. Dried flower bunches in either mason jars, galvanized pails or coal hauls offer a natural touch to the corners of each room. Scented grubby candles in small tin candle holders surrounded by homemade potpourri gives off scents of home baked apple pie, cinnamon rolls and peaches while providing a decorative touch. Victorian accent lighting gives the home a perfect glow. Homemade soaps offer luscious scents of lavender and clove while providing country visual charm along the rim of a deep farmhouse sink.
October 7, 2010
Classic Victorian designs that promote the original style and decor of the home are great for decorating farmhouse homes. Using antique wallpapers to line the walls that carry large floral designs or those reminiscent of colonial revivals and Victorian Classicism create originality. Tin and copper ceilings are also a great way to add Victorian flair to a kitchen or dining room area. Lace doily’s and table cloths can showcase small Victorian accents such as porcelain dolls and antique ironware. Dated Victorian photographs and animal prints in mahogany frames held by fabric ties can line walls or adorn dated mahogany furniture tables and shelves. Displays of dated Victorian hats can make colorful wall art for parlors and entryways. To light it all up, Victorian lampshades will add the finishing touches.