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What is Your Style?

by Kathy Burns-Millyard

There are many different styles of decorating out there. Many people know what styles they prefer best. But there are some who haven't the faintest idea of what style suits them best. In the world of decorating there are a few basic styles to go by. Below you will find a listing of some decorating styles and which characteristics are common with each one.

Country-Country style is trademarked by is simplicity and practical use of decorations and furniture. It is the type of home that is well balanced and is steady through the best of times and the worst of times. A country style home is best described as a home that screams simplicity. And its owner wishes for a simple and rural life. Some characteristic features of the country style are handcrafted furniture, wood planked floors, simple hung curtains and plain white walls. The plain white walls are accented by primary colors such as red, green and blue.

Colonial-The colonial style is characteristic of bold colors and attractive décor. The colonial style is a mixture of the world of ideas, philosophy, science and nature. A colonial style home is one that has either painted floors or stylish Oriental rugs. In a colonial home wainscoting is a prevalent method of wall treatments. An obvious example of a colonial home is that of George Washington's home. Although the colonial style is not very popular today, there are still a few older homes that have this décor and look very well with it.

Southwestern-The Southwestern style is characterized by it thick and commanding adobe walls and it Native American décor. Most modern southwestern homes have beautiful kiva fireplaces in the main room. This gives the room a beautiful and homey feel of the desert southwest. Bright color furniture is great in a southwestern home.

Traditional-Traditional style rooms and homes are open and allow air to pass freely throughout. A traditional style imitates the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is common for rooms to be either painted in bold colors or papered with bold wallpaper. Although it is common for the traditional style to have boldly painted rooms, it is customary to use white paint in coordinates with the richer and bolder colors as an accent.

Victorian-Victorian style is excessive. A Victorian home can be described as one that uses everything in excess which inadvertently created a dark and oppressive surrounding. The Victorian style pays close attention to detail.

Contemporary-Contemporary style is defined as clear and straightforward interior designing. Contemporary style is characterized by linear and geometric shapes and design. A contemporary home is usually white accented by black or any darker bold colors. The contemporary style is a style which showcases a certain object in the room. Loud and bold colors breathe life into a white contemporary room. An example of a contemporary room is an art museum or a fresh urban studio apartment.

Whatever your preferred style a guide into some of the basic styles of decorating will help you choose which way to go.

Kathy Burns-Millyard - Kathy is a professional published writer who covers a variety of popular topics such as health, fitness, decorating, and gardening. Find more home decorating ideas at The Do It Yourself Home Decorating Network  


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