Design Styles – Shabby Chic

For those whose homes were in need of a little tender loving care, shabby chic was the design style from heaven. Starting in the UK in the 1980s and spreading around the world, the style was pounced on by those who were looking for an alternative to minimalist white boxes. All of a sudden old furniture and scrubbed walls were in and we couldn’t get enough of it.

Unfortunately for those of us with decaying run down homes, the designers quickly pointed out that this new interior decorating craze had to be a fusion of shabby and chic and that mere shabby just wouldn’t do. There was a certain irony in this as the inspiration for the design came from the grand old houses of the aristocracy where items such as chintz chairs were expected not just to last for a lifetime but for several generations. In these homes faded materials and patches were signs of thrift and tradition.

The earliest shabby chic style was rather grand in manner, using large pieces of furniture to make a statement. Nowadays it has transformed, becoming softer and more feminine but still aiming to tell a history of the property or piece.

When decorating your home in this style the easiest place to start, particularly in an older home, is with the walls. Often you will find that they have had a succession of paints or papers. Carefully peeling layers of these back allows you to expose the history of the house and the changing styles that it has experienced. However, this layer peeling should be done by an interior designer or someone with an artistic touch. Mere ripping of paper can just leave your home looking like a building site.

Often the wall layer will provide the inspiration for the colour balance …

Decorating Your Home In Tudor Style

You can easily recognize the simple appeal and class of Tudor home exteriors. The Tudor style is integrated in different settings: from small cottages to majestic castles. This style does not have strict rules when it comes to decorating, yet there are certain trademarks and touches that impart its exquisite features.

You can add a Tudor flair to your home even though it wasn’t built entirely for this particular style by adding beams as your interior adornments. Tudor style nowadays can simply be conveyed by the paneling method: this is a simple way to introduce Tudor fashion to your home’s interior.

Generally, either brick or flagstone is being used in the flooring of Tudor homes. In recent years, most people are aiming to create a contemporary twist to this style by using stone tiles. Usually, small wool rugs cover these floors in average homes while fancy Oriental rugs make the look perfect in luxurious homes. The good news is that even an average homeowner can afford buying Oriental rugs in fine imitations on the market.

Beautiful wall tapestries further adds grace to the walls creating a rich, classy look in well-off homes. Most homeowners who attempt to get a world class Tudor home style stick with using these tapestries. You have to consider using them too if you want the best for your home.

The focal point of any bedroom is the bed. Although your home is just average, you can heighten the elegance by installing four post beds. The beds’ posts and feet contain complex carvings that are delicately made to impart a Tudor ambiance to your bedroom. In wealthy homes, they use lush fabrics as canopies for these beds for more privacy and sophistication.

Wall sconces and chandeliers can provide a genuine Tudor atmosphere at any given space. …