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Interior Decorating Themes

There are a variety of decorating themes from formal to informal and everything in between. Which one best describes your decorating style?

FORMAL TRADITIONAL

Furnishings and designs from the Renaissance, Baroque, Early and Late Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian eras. This style is shown with fine furnishings, elegant, refined and exquisite wall coverings, elaborate moldings, formal window treatments and Oriental rugs.

INFORMAL TRADITIONAL

The same eras as above but this style has less refined versions of furnishings. There are more touchable elements, more earthy colors, and some urban archeology without restoration is common. This style is comfortable and inviting.

AMERICAN COUNTRY

This style holds furnishings from the 17th century through the present, all simple with the appearance of hand-crafted work. Two versions are popular today: Upscale Country with the use of more tactile, comfortable elements and very close to Informal Traditional but with a clearly country theme in all the furnishings; and Rustic Country, which sports a reused, recycled quality. The wall coverings and window treatments set the theme and the furnishings have a just-found-it-at-the-antique-market feel.

COUNTRY FRENCH

This style is exhibited in Classic Rococo, Neoclassic or Empire-inspired country furnishings. Wall coverings include florals, ticking, toile, and moirès depending on the level of formality.

ARTS & CRAFT

This simple style is also known as Early Modern or Organic Modern. The era focuses on hard, stained oak furniture with simple, straight lines.

INTERNATIONAL MODERN

This is a look of ultra simplicity, hard lines, and smooth surfaces contrasted with abstract patterns and unusual textures.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Designs in this theme contain colors, textures and very subtle patterns of the earth.

VICTORIAN

This style still is a favored theme for rooms with lots of pattern featuring English garden florals in dreamy colors. Both fabric and wall coverings can be patterned, and clutter decorating – especially with accessories – is part of this look.

ETHNIC AND PRIMITIVE

This masculine approach has many faces from African to the American Southwest, from the lodge-look to the South Seas. Heavy or tactile textures coupled with patterns that are charming because of their lack of sophistication fit here.

FABRIC AND WALL COVERING THEMES

This is a wonderful way to decorate – by selecting a great fabric or wall covering that inherently features a theme. Some examples include sea and shore, sports, outdoor recreation, kitchen or domestic elements, juvenile elements, feminine floral themes, exotic designs from far away lands, and more.

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