Best Bathroom Colors

Whether youu2019re looking for an easy update of your bathroomu2019s accessories or choose to completely redo everything, youu2019ll first need to come up with a cohesive color palette. No matter which way you go u2013 be it bold or subtle, you need to make sure the color suits your personality and works in relation to the other rooms in your house.

As with any home color selection, itu2019s critical to determine your design style. This will also guide your choices for plumbing fixtures and lighting if you are undertaking a major redesign. Luckily, the bathroom is the best place to take chances with color. Given its small square footage, if you manage to choose the wrong wall color, itu2019s fairly easy to repaint.

To help you along, weu2019ve pulled together a gallery of dreamy bathroom hues. Whether you prefer coastal blues, cheery yellows or soothing neutrals, thereu2019s a representation of almost every color imaginable. Weu2019ve got 26 designer bathrooms in mind that will inspire and maybe even get you to rethink your current bathroomu2019s color scheme.

Seaside Blue

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Blue paint is the focal point in this vintage bathroom. In a sea of white, a blast of color gives this narrow space visual depth. The homeowner chose an eggshell finish to help bounce the light around in this often-cloudy Tacoma, Washington guest bathroom.

Sophisticated Yellow

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A pale yellow wall color works as a neutral background in this traditional master bathroom. Soft butter yellow brings out the warmth of the custom wood cabinetry and natural stone tiles.

Graphic Grey

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The designer of this modern bath wanted to create a sense of movement without the help of paint or wallpaper. She installed blue and white tiles to form wide horizontal stripes and a checkerboard pattern. The graphic designs add life to the space without being too busy.

Vanilla Creamn

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To create a soothing retreat, choose soft colors and opulent textures that blend effortlessly with other design elements in the space. In this neutral bathroom, lush fabrics combined with touches of antique white, cream, taupe and ivory gives this bathroom a luxurious and calm demeanor.

Winter Whiten

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Pure as the driven snow, this white bathroom is anything but boring. The timeless neutral paint color is easily gussied up with a variety of stunning fixtures. The elegant lighting and antique reproduction faucets up the style factor in this classic bathroom.

Brilliant Rougen

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A daring designer wanted to create edgy drama in this diminutive bathroom. Scarlet tiles dominate the space and look fabulous paired with creamy white and dark brown. The handsome floating vanity in a light stone finish exemplifies the less is more aesthetic of modern design.

Warm Mochan

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An easy-on-the-eyes shade of rich mocha takes center stage in this traditional bathroom. Beautiful suede finish walls bring texture to the monochromatic palette. Warm custom cabinetry topped with exotic stone counters play off the roomu2019s primary color while providing a visual break from all the brown.

Royal Navy

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The classic columns and recessed bathtub in this guest bathroom are a subtle hint to this Savannah homeu2019s early life as a small playhouse where touring actors performed. The navy blue walls give the space a regal pop of color and add to its historic and refined southern character.

Grassy Greenn

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The homeowners wanted to give this ultra modern bathroom a distinctive personality. The easiest way to achieve that goal is through the use of color. Super smooth white flooring is just the right counterpoint for the lively grass green color on the walls.

Sunrise Citrusn

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Cover the walls in an energetic shade of yellow for a bold and unexpected result. The strips of mosaic tiles in this citrusy bathroom repeat the signature hue and carry the eye around the space. The yellow vanity sink adds a whimsical touch.

Black Marblen

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Similar to the allure of the little black dress, this little black marble bathroom has become everyoneu2019s favorite room of the house. Gold accents and pure white porcelain give this jewel box of a bathroom drama and sex appeal.

Raspberry Parfaitn

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Pretty pink wall color provides the perfect foil for bright white accents. Wood flooring and cabinets warm things up while the expansive vanity mirror gives this smallish bathroom the illusion of more space.

Navel Orange n

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Orange tile flooring and a mirror border give a big jolt of color to the kidu2019s bathroom in this Caribbean house designed by a local architect. Beautiful light wood vanities, glass block and white surfaces make this cheery space even brighter.

Perky Purple n

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There are few colors that make a visual statement quite like purple. This unconventional bathroom color gives even the smallest room in the house an air of luxury and distinction. No matter the shade, purple has a majestic appeal that is irresistible.

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The homeowners of this 1930s Atlanta bungalow wanted to give the main bathroom the feel of a southern sleeping porch. The rubbed bronze light fixtures, plants and soothing sage green paint color make the space seem like it would be the perfect place to snooze on balmy summer evening.

Calypso Aquan

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In the guest bathroom of a seaside condo, the designer wanted virtually every square inch of the walls and floors to be covered in a striking shade of aqua. To break up the solid color, she used sea glass mosaic to front the tub and as an accent band around the room.

Copper Pennyn

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The owners of this previously plain-Jane bathroom transformed it into an elegant space by painting one wall in shimmering copper and adding an antique tub as the focal point of the space. Thereu2019s nothing more glamorous than a freestanding bathtub clad in a copper leaf to add deco flair.

Sandy Beachn

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Sandy gold travertine tiles line the shower walls and floor of the master bath. The subtle hint of the beach creates continuity and flow with the du00e9cor in the rest of this California coastal residence.

Black and White Combon

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A bright white vanity topped with glistening black marble anchors the guest bathroom. A mix of gold, glass and silver adds additional interest while the antique Swedish clawfoot tub refinished in black and white takes the room from country to classic.

Rich Mauven

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Deep mauve walls create a colorful backdrop in this small but stylish guest bathroom. Pairing old and new details gives the space a sense of history. The dresser turned vanity adds warmth and coordinates well with this exciting bathroom color.

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It is warmer than most greys but is less severe than black. Charcoal offers a cool and modern vibe that mixes easily with a variety of patterns, finishes and accessories. Reflective elements like the bathroomu2019s lacquer finishes and chrome details help lighten the somber tone of this dark color.

Bronze Beautyn

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In powder rooms, most people tend to overlook warm, rich hues in favor of light and bright colors. Thatu2019s a shame because deep colors create beautiful contrasts and drama. In this space, rich woods and bronze come together to create a cozy and sophisticated room.

Van Dyke Brownn

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This modern bathroom looks beautiful with dark brown walls to play up the bright, white mid-century tub and vessel sink. The rustic waterfall vanity is a fantastic counterpoint to all the sleek finishes in the space.

Perfect Pearn

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A gorgeous grommet shower curtain is the same hue as the yummy pear colored walls and accent tile in the shower. The frosted oval window lets in just enough natural light to highlight this warm and inviting bathroom color.

Deep Pewtern

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Why not introduce the coolness of pewter into your bathroomu2019s color scheme? Here, an incredible freestanding pewter tub becomes the main feature in this theatrical master bathroom. The same metallic sheen is picked in up the wallpaper pattern to reflect the soft glow of the accent lighting.

Black and White Bathrooms

Black and white is a classic color scheme. It works for kitchens, master suites and, best of all, bathrooms. Black and white, whether it be just for the tile floor or the entire room, makes the bathroom feel timeless. When searching for a color scheme, sometimes it’s best to stick with the classics.

Wall to Wall Blackn

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This wall to wall black is stunning. The large square black tiles on the walls and floor creates a beautiful nook for the square sunken bathtub. The wall-mounted light fixture looks like a piece of futuristic art.

Wonderful in White

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Bold use of black tile break up the abundance of white tile in this spacious bathroom. The large, soaking bathtub is the highlight of this room. The chrome accents finish the space beautifully.

Beautiful in Black

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Thin rectangular black tiles, highlighted by white grout, make this bathroom feel elegant. The large bowl sinks, outfitted with chrome faucets, look upscale and modern. The black countertop completes the space.

It's all in the Detailsn

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This bathroom is awash with intricate details. Note the horizontal stripes on the tiles behind the chrome towel warmer or the tube lights on the opposite wall. Though each detail is small, they make a big impact. The cabinets are sleek, the ceiling-mounted light is beautiful and the bathtub is aligned with the window. Perfection.

Simply Stunningn

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Bold use of black make this bathroom stand out from the rest. The bold black grids of the shower door make a huge impact when contrasted against the white tile. The chrome accents, especially the towel warmer, looks steam punk. Finally, the black-and-white tile floor unifies the space.

Gorgeous Gables

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So many gorgeous details are at work in this bathroom. Details such as the square toilet, the gabled ceiling, the complementary colors of the small square wall tiles. The large square black tiles for the floor and bathtub surround create a serene space.

Bold in Gold

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Gold details, such as the light fixtures and plumbing fixtures, pop against the wall of black tile. The white-and-black marble floor provide the ideal complement to the black-and-white clawfoot bathtub.

A Touch of Red

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The small touches of red make a huge impact in this predominately black bathroom. The small strip of red tile is eye-catching when used with the dark black tile. The strips of wall tile on the wall in addition to the white sink bring in much needed color to this space.

Modern Beauty

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This black-and-white bathroom is a real stunner. The white grout provides contrast for both the wall and floor tiles. The use of white cabinetry and white fixtures balances the space. The use of a large unframed mirror in the dark corner of the bathroom brings in some light.

In the Clear

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This small bathroom makes the most of its size and its angled ceiling with its clear glass shower door, pedestal sink and skylight. The use of black-and-white tiles around the mirror and on the floor provides visual interest.

Terrific Tile Floor

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This renovated bathroom is stunning. The black surround of the sunken bathtub is a bold contrast to the white bathtub and white tile walls. The black painted walls complement the black-and-white floor tiles.

Gold Details

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This renovated bathroom is stunning. The black surround of the sunken bathtub is a bold contrast to the white bathtub and white tile walls. The black painted walls complement the black-and-white floor tiles.

Stunning Simplicity

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The beauty of this bathroom is in its stunning simplicity. The white clawfoot bathtub shines underneath the pendant light fixture. The black curtains complement the black tile floor. The chrome towel warmer provides subtle color to tie the room together.

Bold in Black

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The black tile surround of is a bold choice for this predominately white bathroom. The black tile backsplash behind the sink both protects the wall and complements the bathtub tile. The clear glass shelves positioned in front of the inset mirror provides light and bright storage.

Magnificent Mosaic

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The contrasting colors of this bathroom’s mosaic tiles walls are stunning. The use of large pieces of square white marble not only adds visual interest but a sense of luxury as well.

Magnificent Mosaic

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The contrasting colors of this bathroom’s mosaic tiles walls are stunning. The use of large pieces of square white marble not only adds visual interest but a sense of luxury as well.

Artful Touches

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This bathroom is a work of art. Note the black-and-white mosaic tile art that seems to extend from the oval ceiling-mounted light fixture all the way down to the floor. The blown-glass features on the light fixture give it an other-worldly appeal. The round bathtub lends a sense of quirkiness.

Minimal and Modernn

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This minimal bathroom looks like a modern art installation. The square toilet is eye-catching and the black vanity with round sink basin is also visually stunning. This bathroom proves that everyday fixtures don’t need to be mundane or boring.

Marvelous Marble

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The gray streaks of this predominately white marble floor beautifully balance the blocks of black and white tiles on the wall. The square shapes of the bidet and toilet balance the narrowness of the double sinks.

Small Yet Stunning

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Details, such as the minimal use of the textured black tile and the unique-shaped wall-mounted sink, make this small bathroom shine. The clear glass surround of the shower keeps this predominately black bathroom from feeling like a cave.

A Touch of Art Deco

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This black-and-white bathroom is over the top. Textured black wallpaper provides an ornate backdrop to other ornate features such as the black-and-white clawfoot bathtub, wall-mounted mirror and pedestal sink. The black-and-white checkered floor is complemented by the chair cushion and window curtains. The chandelier ties the ornate space together.

15 Best plants for apartments

Placing houseplants inside your living space will uplift your mood and help purify the air. Though you might think that you need a huge space to grow houseplants, that’s where you got it all wrong. Like our bodies and homes, house plants also have different sizes and shapes. However, those who reside in condo units, apartments, lofts, or other small living areas have a hard time choosing the best house plants to tend. Among indoor plants to consider snake plants, peace lily, air plant, zz plant, a fern or two, and succulents. You can make an indoor garden with all the choices. Good thing there are a wide array of ideal houseplants for tight living quarters just like apartments.

Qualities of Ideal Apartment Plants

Don’t just buy whatever plant you fancy, instead know how big it will grow, its light requirements, and how much care it needs. For your new plant to thrive inside your living space, take your time in choosing the ideal variety for you. If you have adequate space, you can splurge and create an indoor garden. Here are several tips to consider when looking for apartment plants:

  • Apartment plants don’t require a lot of effort to take care thus they are low-maintenance. They just need watering and a dose of fertilizer from time to time.
  • They are not sensitive and they can instantly rekindle once you forget to water them.
  • They don’t make a lot of mess since they don’t bloom or drop their leaves everywhere.
  • They live longer.
  • They don’t produce flowers with a strong odor that could spread throughout the apartment.
  • They are smaller – specifically floor-sized.
  • They are flexible when it comes to their light requirements.
  • They are unique and appealing.

Below are 15 best plants for apartments:

1. The Happy Bean or Pincushion Peperomia

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The Happy Bean is one of the favorite houseplants among apartment dwellers. It can only grow up to 10 inches tall and it needs bright yet indirect sunlight. This houseplant has hefty, succulent leaves that are shaped like green bean pods. You have to water it every day but it should be placed in the dry area of your apartment. You only need to fertilize it once every three weeks from May up to August using a liquid organic houseplant fertilizer 

2. Silver Sprinkles

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Silver Sprinkles has small, silvery leaves that aren’t much larger compared to a mustard seed. It’s extremely low-maintenance, perfect for a bookcase shelf or side table. This houseplant thrives in the ground when placed on its natural habitat, but when treated as an apartment plant, this is best placed in a decorative container. Maintain proper moisture and don’t let this get too dry since it has a tendency to drop its leaves everywhere and you’ll end up with a pile of silvery leaves.

3. Panda Paws

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Is it a thing that apartment plants have adorable names? Panda Paws didn’t get its name for no reason, it has leaves that look like the paws of a fuzzy panda. And just like the furry creature, this plant is well-loved by kids and adults. Enveloped in soft, fluffy, white hairs, Panda Paws is a variety of succulent that needs to be kept dry after watering. It also needs to be placed in an area that receives bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight – preferably in the west or south-facing window. This can grow up to two feet tall but you can keep it shorter if you want to. This is one of the most resilient house plants on the list, as long as it is given enough supply of sunlight.

4. Dwarf Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant

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You can never go wrong with a Snake Plant because it is one of the most fail-proof indoor plants for apartments you can have. It is easy to care for. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, your success rate with this one is quite high. Forget to water this? No worries, this will even make it happier. Just remember to keep in on the dry area of your apartment.

5. Zebra Plant

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Zebra Plant is small, low maintenance, and tolerant to limited light, which makes it one of the most popular apartment plants nowadays. This little guy has a tentacle-like, stuffy, green leaves with white stripes. Over time, this can grow into a little clump with young offsets that could be separated from the mother plant and easily repotted. Note that this needs to be kept dry after each watering session to avoid turning it into a gooey overwatered plant. Zebra Plant is a great addition in your bookshelf, kitchen table, or bathroom vanity. It’s even an ideal choice at the back of your toilet tank, provided that you have a window in your bathroom.

6. Heart-leaf Philodendron

Heart-leaf is a classic apartment plant. This gorgeous living thing exhibits slightly variegated and shiny leaves. They flow down the edge of the plant container or the vines can be assisted to grow upwards in a long shelf or curtain rod. When it comes to low maintenance growing, this houseplant is difficult to beat, since it only needs a little amount of sunlight.

7. String of Bananas

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The String of Bananas belongs to the family of succulent plants and it has lengthy, drooping tendrils full of little, 3-dimensional, banana-like leaves. It is somehow related to one variety of succulents named String of Pearls, which displays round, pea-shaped foliage. It requires medium to bright light and it should be placed on the dry side. The vines of String of Bananas can grow up to four feet long but you can always trim it shorter.

8. Wax Vine

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Wax Vines are peculiar, trailing apartment plants that have thin vines with leathery foliage. You can let the vines spread out of the pot or train them to thrive in a topiary form. When this houseplant is well-taken care of, they create a bunch of star-shaped flowers. The flowers are glossy and waxy, with a subtle yet pleasant smell.

9. Devil’s Ivy Pothos

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Devil’s Ivy Pothos is one of the best apartment plants that’s straightforward to grow since it doesn’t need a lot of sunlight. This plant has heart-shaped monochromatic foliage and it sits well in dim hallways, home offices, and any apartment area that doesn’t receive much sunlight. The perk of growing Devil’s Ivy Pothos is it will tell you when it needs to be watered. Once you notice that the entire plant is starting to wilt, that’s your cue to saturate the roots in water. You need to water these indoor plants before it loses all of its moisture, however, there’s no reason to worry if you miss it once in a while, since it can bounce back instantly.

10. Wandering Jew

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Wandering Jew has a signature purple foliage which makes them perfect to display inside the apartment. Its multi-colored leaves stuff the insides of a hanging basket and it beautifully cascades down the edge of plant stands or shelves. This is one of the spider plants and is easy to cultivate, provided that it receives moderate to bright sunlight.

11. Silver Philodendron or Satin Pothos

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Satin Pothos is a trailing house plant with heart-shaped leaves that doesn’t demand a lot of effort to take care. If you are intimidated to grow indoor plants for apartments, this one is very forgiving and it won’t give you a hard time.

12. Arrowhead Vine

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Arrowhead Vine comes with variegated, arrow-like leaves. It is simple to grow and very low-maintenance. Compared to other varieties of indoor plants, this guy grows much larger.

13. Chinese Evergreen

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Chinese Evergreen is quite popular in the plants market. It has several species, which makes it hard to choose a favorite. Some species display solid green leaves, while others are variegated with red, pink, white, and soft orange. What’s good about this apartment plant is it is incredibly easy to tend. Green species thrive in a low light environment without any issue, while multicolored varieties need medium light – preferably for windows facing east or west.

14. Dragon Tree Dracena

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Varieties of Dracaenas are plants best fitted for apartments, but the most colorful option is the Dragon Tree Dracaena – according to the opinion of horticulturists. This grows a bunch of slender and strappy leaves that sit on top its thin stems. As these apartment plants age, it starts to look like the tree illustrated in Dr. Seuss book. There are a lot of varieties for this one but the most popular choice among apartment owners is the vibrant pink-streaked leaves. Best for housewarming presents too!

15. Rattlesnake Plant

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The Rattlesnake Plant has lengthy, tongue-shaped leaves with one of kind variegation. It has a beautiful burgundy red-purple undersides and green patterns above its paddles, almost similar to the skin of a rattlesnake. This apartment plant thrives well in humid areas, such as kitchen or bathroom.

Picking the Best Apartment Plant

Shopping for apartment plants is an exciting and enjoyable chore. But, don’t rush into purchasing without inspecting the growing environment in your apartment and choosing the ideal plant that goes well with its condition. Note that even if apartment plants are low-maintenance and easy to tend, there will be cases where some of them won’t make it. Don’t stress over it, instead grab that opportunity to get yourself a new one. This time, you’ll know how to take care of it properly.

10 Most Popular Interior Design Styles

Arts and Crafts

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The appeal of Arts and Crafts style is its simple design and straightforward values. The movement was a reaction to the overly ornate and industrialized excesses of the Victorian Era. Arts and Crafts style is based on natural materials, hand-made quality and pride of craftsmanship.

Contemporary

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This term is probably the most misunderstood in the world of interior design. Contemporary, unlike the other types of design is not really a definitive style. It is often used synonymously with modern, which is tied to a definite period in history and is a design movement with specific rules. Correctly used, contemporary style actually means of the moment—so it is constantly changing over time.

Cottage

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Cottage style requires a different mindset and a bit of reprogramming when it comes to decorating. It is a style that highlights the imperfection of flea market treasures, thrift store gems and furniture without pedigree. Cottages themselves tend to be small, unassuming and full of charm, which also describes the style’s overall design aesthetic.

Ethnic

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Ethnic style is known by a number of different monikers—world decor, global design, and tribal chic, just to name a few. It crosses continents effortlessly and is influenced by some of the most exotic destinations in the world. While many tend to lump “ethnic” into a singular style, each culture must be appreciated for its unique history and traditions.

Mixed

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Mixed style takes a variety of periods and styles and merges them through the use of color, texture, shape and finish. Mixing takes some practice but it makes the decorating experience much more enjoyable. This loose style serves as the great equalizer in interior design—mixed style snubs its nose at the rules by blending old with new, cheap with pricey, bold with subtle and classic with trendy.

Modern

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Modern style has been around for close to a century and is still a favorite among those who appreciate sophisticated and minimal design. One thing that makes modern style timeless is the overriding principle that form follows function. In other words, the foundation of modern design is practicality over style.

Old World

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The trademark of Old World style is its comfortable, aged appearance that is reminiscent of European manor homes, estates and villas. Details like hand troweled plaster walls, exposed stone surfaces and rugged wood beams are the basis of this style. Add to that oversized furniture pieces, lots of texture and rich color and you have the formula for a stately style that’s not afraid to show its age.

Traditional

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Traditional style embodies timeless furnishings, classic symmetry, elegant patterns and rich colors. Some might feel it is too formal, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Traditional homes have a warm, welcoming style that showcases the best of the past.

Traditional Interior Design

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Traditional style embodies timeless furnishings, classic symmetry, elegant patterns and rich colors. Some might feel it is too formal, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Traditional homes have a warm, welcoming style that showcases the best of the past.

Traditional

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Traditional design elements originate from a wide variety of places and periods. Popular influences are historic styles of the 18th and 19th centuries including neoclassical, French provincial, British colonial, Georgian, regency, federal, baroque and rococo.

A traditional room can be best described as formal yet comfortable. Beautiful millwork and molding featuring egg-and-dart or dentil detail, handcrafted furniture and classic lines characterize this conventional decorating style. Gracious furnishings, elegant fabrics and timeless accessories make traditional style so easy—to create and experience.

Symmetry

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Traditional style is logical and symmetrical. Everything from structural design and room arrangement to placement of accessories and art is all about balance and order. While symmetry is a hallmark of traditional style, it is more than acceptable to occasionally stray from this exacting design standard to create a more relaxed and livable space.

One of the most common types of traditional furniture placement consists of seating pieces positioned across from one another. For example, two sofas or a sofa and pair of armchairs can be placed face-to-face to encourage conversation. The room’s focal point would be situated on either end of the grouping. This arrangement is great for entertaining, reading, watching television or enjoying a roaring fire. Enhance the room’s symmetry by using identical decorative pillows, one on either side of the sofa and in each armchair.

When shopping for lamps and side tables, always buy in pairs. On its own, a single lamp can look forlorn and lost. Identical lamps perched on matching side tables flanking a sofa provides even illumination. A pair of matching accent chairs on either side of a library table creates a sensible seating area.

Symmetry even extends to the placement of artwork. Centering artwork horizontally and vertically around or on either side of a center point will maintain equilibrium. Use identical frames and consistent spacing to reinforce repetition—another important characteristic of symmetry. You can add visual interest while maintaining symmetry by mixing artwork styles, sizes and mediums.

Color and Pattern

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Go with subtle and serene colors in traditional rooms. The best way to achieve this is to choose colors from the middle range of a paint chip. Stay true to the style by staying away from extremes—colors should be easy on the eyes with nothing too weak or too saturated.

Avoid using different wall colors from room to room. Make each room a shade darker or lighter along the same paint chip. This method keeps colors consistent without jarring contrasts. Pleasing color palettes for traditional rooms range from jewel-tone primary colors that look stunning with rich wood tones to nature-inspired color schemes that are elegant, warm and appealing.

Stripes, plaids, damasks, florals and toiles all work in traditional spaces. Believe it or not, a combination of prints can even coexist in the same room. You can use several patterns but they should all be compatible with regard to color, style and scale. If your first choice is a large floral, you can easily add progressively smaller patterns such as checks and paisleys to the mix.

Wood Furniture and Accents

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Whether it’s a matched set of cherry dining chairs or rich walnut wainscoting, dark wood tones are fundamental to this enduring style. Chippendale, Sheraton, Louis XV and Queen Anne are among the furniture styles at the forefront of traditional design.

Traditional wood furniture features turned legs, curved backs, bun feet, bobbin frames and ornamental carving creating shadow and movement that straight lines just can’t equal. Wood furniture pieces can be painted or stained, but purists always opt for authentic wood tones over modern affectations. Natural wood offers just the right touch of visual warmth and sophistication that is so central to the style.

Window Treatments

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Traditional style is all about understated window treatments. Floor-to-ceiling curtain creations frame windows in luxurious fabrics like elegant Dupioni silk, warm velvet or crisp linen. Curtain panels are fairly tailored with pinch pleats and unadorned save for the occasional tassel tieback. For added interest, curtain panels can be layered over privacy sheers, natural woven shades or even shutters.

Rugs

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Traditional rugs never look dated. They are the timeless classics of the design world. Although you are probably familiar with traditional rug styles such as Persian and Oriental, you should also consider European designs like Aubusson, Savonnerie and Anatolian. These centuries-old motifs work with almost anything to create a beautiful backdrop and anchor for traditional furnishings.

Accessories and Artwork

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Accessorize traditional rooms with a few carefully chosen items consisting of refined and graceful lines and scant ornamentation. Concentrate on symmetrical and simple arrangements to keep things free of clutter. If you have collections, edit and rotate items on a seasonal basis. Keep your collectibles such as figurines, books and decorative boxes in a group or evenly dispersed throughout the space.

Hang large pieces of art or mirrors over the mantel or the sofa. For smaller artwork, follow the rule of eye level and hang art in pairs or create a grid layout with similar pieces in matching frames. Add candlesticks, a chandelier and fresh flowers to complete a traditional vignette.

Not all traditional dining rooms are overly fussy and formal, but most do feature customary tableware and accessories like crystal glasses, candles, silver, fine china and stunning centerpieces. Keep your tablescapes relaxed and down-to-earth by mixing neutral ironstone or creamware pieces with elaborately patterned china.

Old World Design

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The trademark of Old World style is its comfortable, aged appearance that is reminiscent of European manor homes, estates and villas. Details like hand troweled plaster walls, exposed stone surfaces and rugged wood beams are the basis of Old World style. Add to that oversized furniture pieces, lots of texture and rich color and you have the formula for a stately style that’s not afraid to show its age.

Old World
Old World style is a European hybrid encompassing a range of design standards dating back to the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its influences come from different countries and regions, but most designers treat it as a mixture of Tudor, Spanish Colonial, Tuscan, Mediterranean and French chateau. Whatever its true origins, Old World is one of those styles you know when you see it—easily identifiable by its time-worn finishes, arched windows and doorways, barrel vault ceilings, fabulous textures and a tapestry of rich colors reminiscent of stately European manors and villas.

If you want a style that creates a flawless combination of reserved and rustic, then Old World is perfect look for your home. Rough elements such as wooden beams, aged plaster, limestone and wrought iron blend beautifully with luxurious textiles such as velvet, silk damask, needlework and brocade. Furnishings are weathered yet retain their aristocratic countenance. Rooms are formal but manage to maintain a welcoming ambiance.

Color Palette

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Old World colors run deep, dark, rich and noble. Imagine aged shades of indigo, raw umber, gold, Prussian green, bisque, ochre and Venetian red—straight out of a Rembrandt painting. Employ a variety of finishes from dark-stained woods to painted, worn and weathered techniques that replicate centuries of wear.

Furnishings

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The hallmarks of Old World furniture are attention to detail and handcrafted design. Furniture pieces include a variety of classic European styles from Gothic to Baroque. One thing they all have in common is their weight and stature. The oversized wood furniture is either ornately carved or basic and rough-hewn.

Seating features distressed leather and exquisite fabric upholstery with hand hammered hardware accents. Look for dining tables with crossbar supports or chunky pedestals. Bookcases and cabinets are imposing pieces with carved detail such as fluted pilasters, acanthus leaf accents and crown and base moldings.

Textiles

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Old World fabrics include richly decorated brocades and damasks, sumptuous velvets and elaborate tapestries. Heavy, elegant and ornate drapery panels create warmth and visual interest hung from substantial wrought iron or turned wood curtain rods. Upholstery, tablecloths, bedding and curtain panels are accented with a variety of decorative embellishments like tassels, French gimp, bullion fringe and braided trim.

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Choose natural materials to create an Old World mood. Travertine, limestone, tumbled marble or salvaged wood planks are good options. A more economical option would be laminate flooring that mimics rough-hewn wood or dark, large-scale ceramic or porcelain tile that looks like stone.

Warm up those hard surface floors with period appropriate area rugs. Look for rugs that have that faded, Old World appeal. Oriental, Aubusson and Persian rugs suit the style perfectly. Even though antique carpets are extremely cost prohibitive, modern manufacturing processes give new rugs that distressed, muted look found in age-old floor coverings.

Go all-in with the Old World look by installing wood paneling, painting, faux finishing or texturing your walls. Picture walls of antiquity with their worn, chipped textures and uneven surfaces. Color washing can give walls a subtle hint of warm, earthy color by mixing glaze and water with pigments of rust, tan, gold or ochre. Create a plaster finish on drywall by applying joint compound with a trowel. The results are rustic yet refined.

Accessories

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Wrought iron candelabra and decorative wall grilles add a romantic, Spanish colonial feel. Oversized vases, urns and hand painted pottery make an Old World room come to life. Paintings in ornately carved frames depicting rural European scenes, portraiture, floral and religious art add a sense of authenticity. Take advantage of large bookcases by filling them with a variety of old books, decorative boxes and period artifacts.

Lighting

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Lighting creates warmth that can’t be achieved with furnishings alone. As with accessories, most Old World lighting fixtures are crafted from metals and wrought iron. Scrolls and curves are common lighting designs. Sconces, lanterns and chandeliers dominate Old World lighting. No style defines Old World lighting more than hoop or multi-ring chandeliers. This style dates back to Medieval times and continues to inspire today.

Modern Design

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Modern style has been around for close to a century and is still a favorite among those who appreciate sophisticated and minimal design. One thing that makes modern style timeless is the overriding principle that form follows function. In other words, the foundation of modern design is practicality over style.

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Modernism began in the 1880s as a philosophical movement to advance progressive and spontaneous thought, which was at odds with the structured beliefs carried over from the Age of Enlightenment. Soon the movement began to affect all aspects of life including art, music, literature, architecture and interior design. Modern interior style began at the turn of the 20th century and peaked in the early 1960s.

Modern interior design grew in several directions, making it difficult to define as a singular style. Simply stated, it refers to the impact of the modern art movement on home interiors. Several key characteristics weave themselves through all modern designu2014minimal spaces, the use of plastics, metals and woods, geometric and organic shapes and bold accent color.

Art Deco
Art Deco style, adopted by architects and designers worldwide, grew out of the stylized Art Nouveau movement. The optimistic and frivolous Roaring Twenties introduced the world to jazz, flappers, radio, mechanized industry, skyscrapers, modern travelu2026and Art Deco. Born during the heyday of the 1920s, it survived the Depression and lasted until the beginning of World War II.

Art Decou2019s luxurious whites, gleaming metallics, dramatic monochromatic schemes and tropical colors varied greatly based on geographic location. At the same time interior color was coming into its own thanks to advances in paint and fabric manufacturing. Art Deco style architecture and furniture featured symmetry, parallel lines, grand curves and a streamlined profile with smooth, sleek surfaces.

Geometric patterns could be seen in everything from textiles to metalwork and art glass. Poplar designs included harlequin, fan motifs, herringbone and chevron. Newly invented Bakelite plastic was used in home accessories and furniture as an inexpensive alternative to natural materials like ebony, marble and tortoiseshell.

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Bauhaus
Bauhaus style began as a school of art, architecture and design. Walter Gropius, the father of Bauhaus, founded the German school as the First World War was nearing an end. His mantra of form following function emerged from the Arts and Crafts movement, which was hitting its stride at the same time. As with Art Deco, new materials, developments in manufacturing and mass production of furniture played a big role in creating Bauhaus interior style.

Bauhaus was all about classical shape minus ornamentation. It was an extremely efficient, functional and lean style. Another core Bauhaus concept was keeping material and design real. This is evident in the furniture design of the time. An iconic example is the Barcelona chairu2014epitomizing truth in materials and design with its sleek tubular steel frame and leather upholstery.

Curtains or blinds, like walls were typically white and had no embellishments. Minimal window treatments allowed abundant natural light to illuminate open spaces. Colorful and graphic abstracts graced the walls, pillows and area rugs. Although accessories were based on organic forms and natural textures, they were made with the latest materials and technologies. Wood and stone accents were sometimes used to temper the modern feel.

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Industrial
A buildingu2019s bonesu2014structural beams, weathered wood, concrete floors, brick walls, HVAC ducts, electrical lines and plumbing pipes serve as the foundation of industrial design. This style really took off when abandoned factories and warehouses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were converted into residential lofts in the 1990s. The raw architecture and open concept spaces are still highly coveted among urban dwellers.

Whether you live in a loft or not, you can incorporate these industrial design elements into your home. The popularity of this deconstructed style lies in its total lack of pretense and high regard for reclaimed objects. The blue-collar quality of industrial style is easily relatable.

This interior style shuns large expanses of bright, bold color. It instead opts for a mix of neutral tones to warm up cold, industrial elements. Shades of taupe look great with pops of white or black and amp up the modern vibe. Industrial pendant lighting and tripod floor lamps help light lofty spaces.

Transform ordinary drywall by installing weathered brick veneer. Large-scale wall art or gallery groupings fill expansive walls. Counteract hard surfaces with modern upholstered seating. Polished concrete and salvaged wood are ideal flooring finishes for the industrial look. Use metals, woods and recycled glass for tables and counter surfaces.

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Mid-Century Modern
Mid-century modern style is a representation of advancements in modern design, architecture and urban planning from the 1930s through the mid-1960s. After World War II, suburban tract homes sprung up across America featuring picture windows, spacious floor plans and easy access to the outdoors.

This new residential architecture inspired the furnishings and interior design of mid-century modern style. Simple lines, organic curves and contrasting materials characterize this design movement. Furniture pieces were low profile and showcased the beauty of natural wood and metals.

Graphic patterns and a varied palette of nontraditional colors such as turquoise, orange, citrus, pink, mustard and avocado completed new furniture materials like fiberglass, Lucite, Plexiglass, plywood, chrome and stainless. Popular accessories included starburst wall clocks, Sputnik chandeliers, shag rugs, ceramic animal statuary and large porcelain lamp vases.

Danish modern furniture from the post war period is immediately recognizable for its simple construction, leggy profile and sleek lines. From teakwood tables and tufted sofas to stackable chairs and storage consoles, this furniture style is most closely associated with mid-century modern interior design.

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Mixed style takes a variety of periods and styles and merges them through the use of color, texture, shape and finish. Mixing takes some practice but it makes the decorating experience much more enjoyable. This loose style serves as the great equalizer in interior designu2014mixed style snubs its nose at the rules by blending old with new, cheap with pricey, bold with subtle and classic with trendy.

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Forget the overly matched looku2014itu2019s time to experience mixed style. Creating a mix of furniture styles, patterns and colors is fresh and on trend, but it can also be tricky to do. It takes a few secrets from the pros to mix vintage, modern, ethnic and traditional styles so your room looks coordinated instead of confusing.

Many different interior design styles exist, but few fit into just one category. More and more people are favoring a mixed style that plays off their existing furnishings and incorporates new pieces. Combining what you have on hand with something completely new and unexpected gives you license to invent a uniquely tailored style for your home.

Pulling design elements from different periods and styles allows you step outside your comfort zone as your decorating style evolves. The more you experiment with different styles, the more youu2019ll find that one type of du00e9cor can blend with another. Thatu2019s how interior design professionals often go about creating personalized looks for their clients.

Bohemian
Bohemian or Boho style is highly original, creative and eccentric. The term stems from Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic and its ethnic wanderers who were referred to as u201cbohu00e9mienu201d in French. It grew to mean a tight-knit community of creative people living a socially unconventional lifestyle.

Bohemian decorating transforms the ordinary into extraordinary by deftly mixing vintage and exotic furnishings that exude warmth and individuality. Initially, Boho might be construed as overwhelming with its busy mixture of color, pattern and texture. At second glance, it actually looks and feels downright soothing and cozy with its layers of fabric and deep, rich colors.

When choosing a Bohemian color scheme, stick with jewel tones and earthy shades. For example, go daring with deep red, terra cotta, indigo, aubergine or coffee for the walls. Avoid pastels, bold colors and bright white. Add fabric wall hangings, window swags, art and mirrors. Bring in faded Persian, kilim or dhurrie rugs in coordinating colors to layer the floor. Shop flea markets to unearth distinctive weathered wood furniture and upholstered secondhand pieces.

Boho style accessories should look as if theyu2019ve been collected over many years from all corners of the globe. Old framed photos, porcelain figurines, lots of down-filled pillows, glass beaded curtains, fringed lampshades, ornate decorative boxes and bottles, floor cushions, sparkling pendant lighting and paisley throws capture Bohou2019s trademark random yet effortless look.

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Eclectic
When done well, eclectic style allows you to showcase your personal style while following the basics of proper design. Donu2019t worry about staying within a certain period or styleu2014thereu2019s plenty of room for several of your favorites.

The seeming lack of rules in eclectic design is what makes it so popular. But eclectic isnu2019t a no-holds-barred decorating style. Throwing a little bit of this and that in a room does not qualify. Thereu2019s a very fine line between pleasing contrasts and disarray. Choose no more than three styles to keep your room from looking like a thrift store.

An eclectic color palette can be fairly wide ranging, however itu2019s a good idea to tie everything together with a few neutrals. Use color and texture to unify items from various styles and eras. Disparate furniture pieces can be made to look more cohesive with similar decorative paint techniques and upholstery. Layer accessories to maintain a sense of order. Create a cohesive gallery of various art styles by using identical frames.

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Transitional
Transitional style can best be described as a balanced mix of traditional and contemporary du00e9cor. It is a lighter, more current version of traditional style that fits a modern lifestyle. Transitional design embraces classic details and elegant furnishings without the formality of traditional style.
If you feel contemporary is too plain and traditional is too stuffy, then definitely go with transitional.

Transitional rooms combine curvy, overstuffed furniture with clean lines. This style mixes ornate embellishments, elaborate rugs and feminine florals with nature-inspired accessories, sisals and gender-neutral patterns. Keep colors closely related with the occasional burst of color thrown in for good measure. A monochromatic gray room might feature pops of yellow and orange for warmth and contrast.

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Ethnic Design

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Ethnic style is known by a number of different monikersu2014world decor, global design, and tribal chic, just to name a few. It crosses continents effortlessly and is influenced by some of the most exotic destinations in the world. While many tend to lump u201cethnicu201d into a singular style, each culture should be appreciated for its unique history and traditions.

Tribal African
Sub-Saharan Africa is incredibly diverse with an abundance of traditional designs, colors and textiles. The part of the continent that lies south of the Sahara Desert offers a wide variety of decorating choices that tap into the regionu2019s rich tribal cultures and unsurpassed natural resources. From Botswana to Tanzania to Ghana, thereu2019s a wealth of tradition, color and materials from which to draw.

It is difficult to categorize tribal African style and with so many choices, it can be equally difficult to narrow down your options. A good place to start is with fabrics and furnishings that have a close association to flora and fauna. Graphic animal prints are always a great option paired with the color palette of native vegetation. Never underestimate the role of indigenous fabrics in ethnic style. They are not only striking; they also provide insight into tribal art and history.

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Asian
For the purpose of interior design, Asian style includes elements from both Japan, China and to a lesser degree, Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Indonesia. Whichever region you choose, balance is one of the main design principles you will encounter time and time again when planning your Asian-style room. You not only need to create physical balance with furnishings, you also must create visual balance through color, texture and light.

Natural plants and Asian floral arrangements inject a space with texture and artistry. Shoji-style window shades provide privacy and rice paper lamps give rooms a soft glow. Add depth and rich color by introducing a lacquered chest, table or cabinet into the design. Antique wooden benches, beds and screens impart a sense of history to your interpretation of Asian style. While we often associate bold colors like red, yellow, gold and black with Chinese style, organic hues such as brown, cream, green, tan and gray are also common colors in Asian design, especially in Japanese interiors.

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Indian
India is a country rich in style, color and texture. Indian culture is vibrant, colorful, rooted in ancient tradition and has provided inspiration for interior designers for centuries. India is home to some of the most exquisite textiles in the world and its du00e9cor is brimming with detailu2014from intricately embroidered silk curtains to carved mahogany and ivory inlay tables.

Color is everywhere in India. The vivid colors of traditional embroidered saris and the rich hues of spice markets can infuse a room with energy and life. Dark woods like ebony, teak and rosewood are crafted into rustic, oversized furniture pieces. Find balance by pairing a heavy coffee table with an upholstered bench sofa. Create a cozy grouping by adding low seating and colorful accent pillows.

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Latin American
The festive colors, patterns and textures of Latin America are perfect for creating a casual and fun mood in any room. The overall aesthetic includes textured rugs, serape prints and rustic, hand carved wooden furniture. Picture a Spanish colonial dining room dressed in native textiles in shades of bright blue, green and red. Add pieces of Mexican dinnerware to your dining room and kitchen or Central American pottery adorned with a lovely floral motif. Neutral artisan floor tiles anchor the space while soft yellow and terra cotta accents round out this cheerful color palette.

Not all Latin American accessories feature bold colors. Consider items with traditional patterns and graphic prints in dusky tones of red and turquoise accented with warm colors found in the high desert. An elegant and sophisticated Latin American look is created with minimal furnishings and subtle color, punctuated with a large artisan furniture piece as the roomu2019s focal point.

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Moroccan
Moroccan style is rich with Moorish influence from Iberia, Malta and Sicily. It is a hot, parched country situated between the Sahara Desert, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Its people specialize in intricate motifs, which are featured on their rugs, woodwork, tiles and pottery. Deeply hued fabrics are deferential to the ancient designs and traditions of one of the worldu2019s oldest cultures.

The sheer number of elaborate patterns in a single room might seem overwhelming to the Western eye. Conversely, a floor covered in ornate Zellige tiles and offset by lofty cream walls, creates an elegant countenance. Add traditional low, modular benches and round tables surrounded by ottomans, floor cushions or poufs to provide additional seating. Colorful Kilim rugs, pierced metal lanterns, oversized urns and mosaic-framed mirrors create the ultimate Moroccan getaway.

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Country Decor

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Country style is a throwback to simpler times and features the best of both worlds, like modern conveniences along with homespun charm. Think about incorporating country style to give your home an enduring look that is anything but old-fashioned.

Country
While country is a broad style that varies based on geographic location, it always includes aged furniture pieces, vintage fabrics and homey accessories. Casual and cozy best describe this decorating style whether youu2019re referring to a historic villa in Italy, a farmhouse in the south of France or a ranch in Texas. Even if your house is brand new, country design can transform it into a warm and comforting sanctuary away from the stresses of daily life. No matter which version of country style you choose, simplicity is the key.

Contemporary Country
Country style is often mistaken for a nostalgic memory of lacey curtains, oak furniture, blue and white gingham and an abundance of apples and geese. Luckily, contemporary country banishes those mental images with its clean lines and neutral color scheme. Mix lightly worn woods, painted surfaces and metals to create space that embraces current trends while acknowledging the past.

Shaker style furniture and simple upholstered pieces play to the contemporary vibe while retaining a handcrafted feel. Keep accessories to a minimum. Authentic creamware and white ironstone pieces play nicely with contemporary dinnerware. Add a few storage baskets and a natural sisal area rug to complete the look.

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Early American Country
This country style harkens back to the beginnings of the republic. It draws from the agrarian way of life, natural resources and handmade furniture and textiles of the time. Early colonists brought furnishings from England, which also influenced the design aesthetic of early American country style.

Brighten a room by replicating a historic colonial color palette consisting of saturated hues such as barn red, deep green, Wedgwood blue, gray, rust and straw yellow set against neutral walls. Anchor a seating area or dining room with a painted canvas floorcloth or braided cloth rug.

Fill your home with period furniture such as Queen Anne, Chippendale, Windsor or Hepplewhite. If you canu2019t afford real antiques, there are plenty of affordable reproductions available. Embellish soft goods with period cross-stitch and crewelwork designs. Colonial quilts make colorful wall hangings and are the perfect foils for this country decorating style.

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English Country
Picture a thatched cottage in the Cotswolds and you have conjured up the essence of English country style. The look and attitude are a deliberate combination of antique furniture pieces, handpicked accessories and botanical colors. Current trends need not apply hereu2014patina, worn Persian rugs and faded florals are the basis for this country style.

To create a proper British mood, paint the walls in a creamy magnolia white. Wainscoting is a touch that also lends credibility to the illusion. If neutral paint is not your cup of tea, consider a subtle cabbage rose floral or delicately striped wallpaper in deep mauve, green, yellow and periwinkle blueu2014hues reminiscent of an English country garden.

Overstuffed upholstered furniture looks lovely in formal chintz or more relaxed in rumpled linen slipcovers. Other appropriate fabrics include tweed, cashmere, chenille and cotton in florals, paisleys, damasks and ginghams. Window treatments might consist of decorative lace or lined curtain panels to keep the chill out.

Vintage estate sale finds work brilliantly with family heirlooms. Show off those cherished collectibles in edited collections on trays, tables, hutches and bookcases throughout the house. Oil paintings of still lifes and scenes of the English countryside are the obvious choice to adorn the walls.

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Farmhouse Country
The origin of farmhouse country springs from pre-turn of the 20th century rural life replete with beadboard paneling, clapboard siding, wrap-around porches and white picket fences. The floorplan of original farmhouses consisted of communal rooms in the front with the kitchen and bedrooms housed in the back or upstairs.

Todayu2019s farmhouse design aesthetic is as much a way of life as it is a decorating style. It thrives on simplicity and DIY spirit. Flea markets, tag sales and thrift store finds play right into the upcycling and renovation component of this humble design approach.

Farmhouse country is versatile, making it easy to incorporate bits from other styles. Worn finishes and quilts add a rustic twist. Throw in a crystal chandelier for a dose of whimsy. Metal and wood furniture pieces can take things in a decidedly industrial direction.

Intersperse white painted furniture with aged wood finishes and calming neutrals into the overall design. Use light blues, greens and buttery yellows for subtle contrast. Open shelving, butcherblock countertops and an apron sink create the heart of the classic farmhouse home. Donu2019t forget an oversized table and ladderback chairs to host harvest dinners.

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French Country
Romance is the key ingredient in French country style. Bright white or color-washed walls in subtle hues such as swiss cream, pale blue or buttery yellow against a rough pine floor create the ideal backdrop for wispy unbleached muslin curtain panels and crumpled soft gray velvet upholstery. Curvaceous bergu00e8re chairs and carved armoires in white wash or natural pine further underscore the French country look.

Another way to inject the spirit of French country into your home is to make use of festive Provenu00e7al textiles. Although the fabrics known as u201cles indiennesu201d originated in India, these vibrant cotton table linens adorned with olive branches, sunflowers and lemons have become synonymous with countryside home in the south of France.

Just as typical of French country are other local textiles fashioned into bed linens, decorative pillows and throws. Quilted coverlets in saturated red, yellow or blue floral toile de jouy, buffalo check bedskirts and rooster throw pillows reinforce the theme of French pastoral life. Whether you choose subtle French country or its sunny Mediterranean adaptation, youu2019ll revel in pure joie de vivre.

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Scandinavian Country
Scandinavian country style borrows from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. Recognized for understated design, use of subtle color and painted decorative detail, Scandinavian country is a celebration of the unspoiled and hospitable land of its origin.

Winters in Scandinavian countries are long and dreary, which is why Scandinavian country design capitalizes on light color and finishes. In fact, most of the wood furniture is left in its natural state or painted white. In a nutshell, Scandinavian country style consists of muted pastel colors, tons of white and cream, painted furniture, clean design and simple lighting.

The style might be considered rather austere when compared with other country styles. It is not highly ornamented and features slender, leggy furniture and large mirrors to reflect light. Bleached floorboards, wall stenciling and hand painted decoration are used extensively. Short of the occasional delicate floral print, gingham is the most popular pattern seen in textiles and upholstery. Natural fabrics such as raw silk, linen and cotton are favored upholstery materials.

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Tuscan Country
Tuscan country style is passionate mixture of texture and color. Tuscan character is rustic and imbued with tactile surfaces and natural elements. Rough plastered walls washed in sun-drenched hues and rugged flooring of stone, terra cotta or wood plank take their cues from the warm and sunny Mediterranean climate.

If you are trying to recreate this look in your home, youu2019ll be pleased to find a wide selection of paint colors and techniques that mimic the weathered walls of a rustic villa. Keep furnishings and accessories to a minimum. Tuscan country is a very prudent style. Rooms are fairly sparse and limited to essential furniture pieces.

Furnish a Tuscan country dining room with an antique trestle table, a mix of wood and rush chairs along with a weathered storage hutch. Simple accessories like pastoral artwork, Italian pottery, olive baskets and candles add authentic flavor to Tuscan country rooms.

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