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Victorian design was also heavily influenced by increasing globalization and communication. The design moved from just being a way to showcase wealth and turned into a way of showcasing one’s personal style. Thanks to new publications like The Ladies Home Journal, the idea of design trends, with the various decor being “in” or “out” for each season, started to develop. Trends traveled all over the world, with motifs from cultures like Egypt, Greece, and Asia becoming popular. People started to create distinctive interior styles, like Arts and Crafts or the Aesthetic movement, to show off their style. Victorian home decor is an ornamental and lavish style that represented high status during the Victorian era. Rooms could contain a mix of historical styles, like pulling decorative ironwork from Gothic revival architecture or fleurs-de-lis drawn from medieval influences for decoration.This eclectic nature of the design combated the idea that, when it came to Victorian decorating, an undecorated or bare room was an indication of a lack of taste. Therefore, these highly decorated Victorian rooms contained opulent furnishings, tapestries, patterned wallpaper, rich colors, flowers, and sentimental pictures and drawings.Ranging from the 1830s to the 1900s, the Victorian era was a time of innovation…
Inspired by the ocean, coastal style pairs traditional fabrics with beachy accessories that make you immediately think beach or beach house. The look is sophisticated and crisp, with a perfectly distinct palette of neutrals, whites, and blues. Fresh flowers and botanical prints bring in hints of color. Accessories include shells, pieces of coral, coastal art all carefully curated to evoke an unfussy, sophisticated feel. Light and breezy, coastal style furniture features easy-going pieces that evoke cozy cottages. Organic, natural, clean lines and heavy distressing with muted grain-baring finishes bring to mind long walks on the beach and nightly bonfires. The Coastal Living Resort collection from Stanley Furniture blends warm cottage love with modern sophistication to create the laid-back casual feel that is a hallmark of coastal style. Whatever shore style you like – nautical, tropical, or coastal – you can find the perfect piece to complement your decor at a Bear’s Furniture showroom near you. Whether you want one piece or an entire home redesign, one of our in-house designers can help you find tropical-style furniture that will achieve the look you want.Elements of Coastal Decorating StyleLike any interior design style, the coastal style is distinguished by a few stand-out…
The AestheticUnlike the Nautical aesthetic’s utilitarianism, the Coastal aesthetic is much more relaxed and easy-going. The whole goal of the coastal style is to attempt to convey the feeling of the beach into an indoors living space. As such, the coastal style is a much more abstract theme than that of the nautical style, which directly refers to something tangible. It is a modern, elegant, but natural style. You may find that the style is flexible too — the coastal style varies around the world to accommodate the local beach environment. Color Palette: light, neutral tones; layers of blues to emulate the incoming tides on the beach; lots of whites Decor/ Materials: natural, breathable fabrics like linen or cotton to evoke the breeze; light-colored woods like driftwood or white-washed woods Complimentary Styles: Traditional, Transitional, Mediterranean Coastal Design Keeps It Natural.In order to create a relaxed, easy vibe, coastal design usually incorporates many natural elements. This comes in through the furniture, often made out of wicker, rattan, or light, weathered woods, and fabrics. Rugs are generally straw, seagrass, or jute, and fabrics are simple and devoid of shine. You won't find many metallics or flashy textures, but rather, natural materials or…
Nautical interiors are popular any season of the year, but they really explode when the weather’s warm and more people spend time by the ocean. Instilling that carefree, coastal lifestyle into an interior can often boil down to the color palette and materials used in the room, and there are some essentials to stick by when it comes to this look. From blue and white to rope accents, each element has its inspiration in the sailing tradition of large ships, and can easily translate when it comes to home decor. My favorite elements might be the subtle lines of shiplap walls and the combination of striped patterns, but it all looks good when it comes to beachside living, really! In short, the Nautical style explicitly references sailors and emulates the interior of a working, sailing ship while the Coastal style emulates the relaxing feeling and environment of a beach. A Fashion FirstThe Nautical style originates from 19th century England during the reign of Queen Victoria, who dressed her young sons in sailor suits. As it rose in popularity, the style generally referred to white and navy striped apparels that mimicked sailors’ clothing. The nautical striped shirt that they adopted eventually…
French country style is defined as a mix of rustic and refined decor inspired by the homes in the French countryside. It's a popular style worldwide because of its comfortable and casual elegance that's never ostentatious. Now that you have a good understanding of this style, you know the importance of a natural palette, a weathered feel, and a certain type of furniture. Still, to help you make your décor even more immediate and recognizable, we thought we’d share our list of the most French country style items: Softly patterned fabrics in muted colors Distressed, painted, and vintage furnishings and accessories Lots of wood and other natural materials French country style signature elements Upholstered chairs with cabriole legs Cabriole legs in general Painted furniture Benches Toile fabric Distressed cabinets Freestanding bathtubs A large kitchen islands Chandeliers (especially those with crystal drops) Armoires Vanities Exposed beams 5 Clever Tips for Decorating a Narrow Living RoomYou may also hear this type of decor called provincial style. Provincial style is recognized as a slightly more formal, refined look. Some of its elements, such as its rich colors, bold patterns, and gold accents, can be incorporated into the French country style.Colors, Prints, and MaterialsColors…
French country is a creative interior style that combines the elegance of antique French décor with the spontaneous cosiness and natural focus of country settings. talk about an aesthetic that has fallen out of favor in the last few years, but is more than ready to come back. It’s time to talk about French country. While many people are under the impression this type of design is too ornate to fit with today’s tastes, we think that could not be further from the truth. French country design showcases elegant simplicity at its finest — and, if given a chance, could become the next twist on rustic. If you’re ready to give French country a chance, this post is for you. An irresistible mix between sophistication and a humbler rustic feeling, in other words. Inspired by the idyllic homes in southern France and, especially, the Provence region, French country interiors are characterized by distressed wooden furniture with harmonious lines, upholstered pieces, a natural palette, and patterned fabric like toile. Difference between French country and farmhouse styleBoth French country and farmhouse style include rustic and natural elements, but, while they’re often mistaken for being the same décor, they’re still two different and…
Italian MediterraneanMediterranean style features bold, vibrant tones emphasising the colours and textures of the surrounding landscape. In particular, Italian Mediterranean style stands out for its earthy tones (like terracotta, turquoise and yellow) contrasted by bright whites.This style is characterized by coarse village motifs. The charm of the old world is achieved through the dark floor, luxurious solid furniture and wooden ceiling beams. A bold combination of bright orange and red colors is often used when choosing bedding. Terrestrial and neutral colors can be a great background for the bright accessories. Mediterranean style in bedroom interior may also include the texture of Venetian plaster. We should be aware that it’s not a modern style. Therefore, if you don’t know it well, it may result in either an old-fashioned or tacky look. That’s why I’m going to tell you how to get it right in 5 easy steps.Things You Should Focus On To Make The Perfect Italian Mediterranean Interior StyleOverhead beamsNothing screams “Tuscan style” more than dark wooden beams on the ceiling. Italian Mediterranean interior style has got many elements from Tuscany region, beams are one of them.If you want to get balance between old and new that’s the way to go:…
The Mediterranean style in interior design is characterized by simple and romantic aesthetics of Southern European countries: light and warm tones in color scheme, as well as the extensive use of natural materials such as ceramics, wood, wrought iron and cotton. Design combines boldness, simplicity and convenience. Therefore, it could be used in both house or apartment design. If you want to fill your dwelling with the sunny romance of Spain, the abundance of warm colors of Italy, the marine freshness of Greece and the spices of Morocco, the decoration in Mediterranean style will surely become the embodiment of all the above.The daily life on the south coast of Europe, that is full of relaxed and cheerful atmosphere, is reflected in the design of this style: from light outdoor furniture to wooden, forged and stone decor elements (originating in Italy). Each country in this region is has their own typical color palette, fabrics and textures in the design, but there are still much more common features. Let’s take a closer look at them. Design of the apartment: distinctive features This design tends toward colors inspired by the sun. The key to recreating the atmosphere of this style is the correct…

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