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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.

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 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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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 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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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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 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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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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20 Fantastic Fall Decorating Ideas

We invite you to bring the sights, scents and warmth of fall to your home with a few simple and creative ideas. Usher in autumn with the like of pumpkins, fall foliage, gourds and pinecones to get your family and guests into the spirit of the season.

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From unforgettable autumn colors to a bounty of festive textures and themes, we have the most incredible fall decorating ideas you could ever imagine. Take in these images of seasonal splendor – we guarantee our gallery will definitely provide the inspiration you need to make your home the coziest it can be this fall!

Foliage Banner

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Enjoy the season of warm wishes and earthy colors by making a harvest leaf banner to hang on the wall or above a window. Collect the leaves and glue them on to a string of raffia or twine for a fun fall decor idea.

Autumn Welcome

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Keep your curb appeal understated with a simple fall welcome for guests. An assortment of pumpkins, potted mums and a dried wreath let everyone know that fall is in the air.

Candle Glow

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This collection of scented candles displayed in a rustic basket brings to mind all the earthy hues of the season. Place it in the center of a coffee table and it will fill the room with the warm colors and aromas of autumn.

Nature’s Bounty

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Dried flowers, branches, leaves and gourds make a stunner of a door wreath to signify the arrival of fall. Beautiful chrysanthemums, baby crookneck squash and oak leaves come together to create a gorgeous welcome for visitors.

Dainty Arrangements

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Head to the craft store and pick up a variety of dried flower buds to make these adorable pumpkin centerpieces to grace your fall dinner table. Choose oranges, rusts and golds and finish with a few sprigs of lavender and berries for bright pops of color.

Gourds Galore

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This idea will dress up your front stairs with a veritable cascade of pumpkins, gourds and ivy for an impressive greeting for all who enter. Vary the sizes and colors of fruits to add dimension and visual interest to the arrangement.

Multicolor Maize

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Fall just wouldn’t seem right without ears of ornamental corn adorning wreaths, displays and centerpieces all around the house. This decorative corn variety appears in grocery stores and farmer’s markets from late September through November.

Cute Autumn Display

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All it takes is a little effort to make your yard come alive for the harvest season. Our idea involves nothing more than simple fall welcome sign, one pumpkin and cool weather pansies for a cute curbside display.

Sensory Perception

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Capture the sights and scents of fall by filling the compartments of a shadow box with fragrant favorites like cinnamon, star anise, coffee beans and dried orange slices.

Urban Welcome

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You can bring a bit of the fall countryside into the city by creating a still life for your entry stairs. This idea features a range of mums in yellow and purple interspersed with pumpkins and a pair of decorative pots filled to the brim with seasonal plants. A scattering of straw completes the look.

Autumnal Table Setting

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Give your afternoon tea a fall feel with these easy touches. A bouquet of russet roses or carnations along with pillar candles wrapped in cinnamon sticks and a mini pumpkin make for a charming table for two.

Pumpkin Pyramid

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This project is easy to do if you have access to six fruit crates or wooden boxes. Stack them up and arrange your pumpkins to create a pyramid. Decorate with dried leaves for a unique fall display for the veranda.

Scarecrow Squaredance

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Don’t forget the kiddos when it comes to fall decorating. Scarecrows are a favorite of the little ones and they look adorable placed in pairs by a stand of cornstalks. An idea great for your porch or positioned next to the front door.

Elegant Gourds

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If you love fall decor but want something a bit more elegant, use an oversized urn to create a formal pumpkin arrangement. Use a rigid foam insert inside the urn and place a bed of hay on top. Secure the pumpkins to the foam and each other with wooden dowels.

Forest Foraging

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Take a walk in the woods and gather a bag of pinecones for a straightforward and inexpensive decorating idea. Take a basket of any shape and fill it with your harvest. You can display the pinecones through fall and into the holiday season.

Simple Centerpiece

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You don’t have to go overboard to create a fall centerpiece for your dining or buffet table. Two shiny gourds, seasonal berries and pillar candles are all it takes to make a striking arrangement.

Outdoor Cornucopia

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This colonial home is all decked out with an assortment of fall vegetation creating a lush cornucopia on either side of the entry. Fall flowers, ornamental lettuce, gourds, pumpkins and cornstalks guide visitors to the front door.

Hayride Season

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Nothing reminds us of fall more than the fun of a hayride shared with friends and family. Create the same feeling with a festive grouping of hay bales, giant pumpkins, cornstalks, a basket of colorful gourds and beautiful calico corncobs.

Artful Arrangement

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Make an arrangement that’s as pretty as a picture for a side table or anywhere you want to add fall color. Statuesque sunflowers, lily blossoms and variegated pumpkins create the look of an autumn country still life.

Wreath of Plenty

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Greet your guests with a beautiful autumn wreath made from grapevine and adorned with silk mums, leaves and mini gourds. Unlike wreaths made from real plant materials, this faux version will maintain its fresh look year after year.