Friday, September 16, 2011

What Is Your Style ? -French Country-

One of my favorite styles, French Country. The combination of antique furniture, soft tone colors along with natural elements makes the french country living cozy,  elegant, charming and romatanic while adding an old-world feel to it. The look is completed with a big bouquet of flowers somewhere in the room, and , of-course, the rooster.

How to get the look :

1 - The over-all look is rustic, welcoming and charming with natural color palette and distressed wood.
2 - Colors used are inspired by the french country landscape : yellow, blue ,green and red
2 - Rusted iron or gilded metal used in furniture, chandelier, stair railing , accessories and door hardware
3 - The flooring is made of natural materials like stone , terra-cotta , brick and wood. The wood used is oak,  fruitwood ,walnut and mahogany and is usually not or lightly stained.
4 - The walls are painted pale colors with a textured finish and wood panels to give the room an antique look.
5 - The fabrics typically used in French Country are : Boutis, toile,  indienne, natural linen and cotton.
6 - Window treatments are simple and the fabrics used are pale in color.
7 - Lighting : Crystal chandelier and wall scones.
8 - Antique and rustic furniture are mixed with polished and elegant pieces.A popular furniture in French Country design is an armoire with open shelves.
9 - Wood beams on the ceiling can be used as an architectural element . They are usually left in their natural colors to add contrast against the pale walls.
10- Accessorize the room with copper pots , the famous ceramic rooster,  baskets and some wood pieces.

Tips :

 - Some popular French Country motifs that can be on pictures , fabrics and table clothes are  flowers , beetles and ofcourse , the rooster.

- Choose colorful fabric against the light furniture frame for a more casual look.

- To add a modern twist, mix fabrics with strips and geometrical patterns.

This french country livingroom is all elegance and charm with its rustic armoire , furniture, stone fireplace, gilded chandelier and accessories.

The dark oval dining table adds a beautiful contrast to the lighter french chairs and silk drapes. 

This daybed and the different fabrics , including checkered, stripped and toile, are typical in french country design.

From the moment you enter this house, you'll feel the welcomed with the soft tones and white & curvy furniture  

The wood beams on the ceiling, iron chandelier  and the Indienne & checkered fabrics makes this room cozy and charming.

The modern lighting makes this french country console more contemporary.

A leather chair and contemporary chandelier & accessories is added for a modern twist in this french country room. The toile fabric on the couch and the terra-cotta flooring adds the homey feeling in this space.

Here are some rooms inspired by the french country style :

What do you think of the French Country style ?

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Whats your style? - Traditional -

When planning to decorate your house, start by choosing what decorating style you love and make sure that you use it throughout the house. But what is your favorite? There are many different styles out there that all I can do to fit them in one post is just mention them , so instead, I'm gonna talk about one style at a time starting with the traditional.

Traditional style is a timeless design with a homey and comfortable feeling. Its all about fabrics, rich colors, draperies, strong architectural elements (ex. trims and moldings ), antique and upholstered furniture pieces and attention to even the tiniest details.

How to get the look :

1 - Think symmetry. Furniture and accessories should be in pairs and placed around a focal point.
2 - Detailed Trims and molding
3 - Neutral color palette. Repeat different patterns and colors on draperies and upholsters.
4 - Wood is finished in darker tones like mahogany, walnut and cherry.
5 - Famous traditional fabric prints include floral prints, toile, damask and strips. Luxurious fabrics are used such as velvet and brocades
6 - Window treatments are usually layered. Sheer curtains , draperies then valance or swag. Don't forget the tassel fringe.
7 - Furniture is upholstered and have details such as nail-head or cord trims and button tufting. antique and upholstered furniture pieces that has some curved lines Throws and pillows have trims of tassels, fringe and ribbons.
8 - Accessories like crystal chandelier , lamps , frames and mirrors should have bronze details.

As you can see from the pictures above that traditional design is very expected, but you can add a twist  to it by mixing some modern elements and bolder colors  for a fresh look. For example, you can have the curved line furniture and distribute it symmetrically , but upholster it with geometrical patterned fabric.

Smooth curves on the furniture as well as the table and ottoman legs is an element of traditional decor. The blue patterns and polka dot adds an unexpected twist. 

Symmetrical furniture distribution and curvy furniture and toile fabric are all elements of traditional style. The green choice of color adds a modern twist to this living room.

Is traditional your style? if not , then make sure to visit my blog again for more decor styles and more design talk.