3 Home Decorating Tips from the History Books

In today's world of interior design, it's common to see designers pulling inspiration from key moments in history, and even entire centuries of design concepts. With so many beautiful concepts throughout the world's history books, it's easy to pick out aspects of each that speak to us. Here's some tips for decorating your home with the history books in mind. Home Decorating Tips from the History Books

Channel the Nifty '50s

The '50s were a decade of optimism. Channel that youthful optimism by bringing trends made popular in the post-World War II era. Designs of this timeframe were inspired by the space race, and developing technologies made new textiles an exciting design aspect with which to experiment. Color Three color schemes dominated popular design in the '50s: pastel, modern, and Scandinavian. Incorporate pastels into your design by adding accents of pinks, turquoise, mint green, blue, and pale yellow. The "modern" color scheme of the '50s embodied a more clean palette of vibrant yellows, electric blues, orange, red, black and white. You'll recognize Scandinavian color palettes by its distinctively earthy feel. Think shades of brown, cream, gray, and brown. Textiles Fabrics of the '50s had patterns such as checks, polka dots, stars, and stripes. Additionally, space-themed fabrics with patterns like the distinctive "boomerang" pattern, which found its way onto wallpaper, tablecloths, curtains, and furniture pieces. Furniture Traditional upholstered furniture, coupled with light-colored wood accents and crisp lines, are reminiscent of the '50s. The more bold designers went with boomerang-shaped coffee tables, chrome-lined dining room tables with formica tops, and matching chairs with vinyl upholstery were all the rage.

Bring Old Hollywood to Your Space

Whether you focus on the Andy-Warhol themed, pop culture aspect of old Hollywood, or the more classical design elements that were popular during that time, an old Hollywood inspired decor theme will be sure to turn some heads. Color Black and Red were huge during Hollywood's heyday. Accented with lush gold pieces that bring to mind the sense of extravagant beauty that embodied this time in American history. If you're more interested in the pop culture of old Hollywood, look for prints of Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn paintings. The hues of these pieces are very colorful, so accent them with blacks and golds to even them out. Textiles Look for clean, crisp fabrics, with subtle patterns. Luxurious flowing drapery should line your windows from floor to ceiling. Mirrors, reflective accents, and maybe even some feathers will pull it all together and finish off the look. Furniture Keep it classic as far as furniture choices for your Hollywood glamor inspired room. Glass-topped tables and straight lines work well. On the other hand, classic Queen-Anne style sofas with button accents for texture add a sense of timelessness to the space.

Embrace Classic Sophistication Victorian Age

This era echos the cultural and economic times of the reign of queen Victoria. It incorporates styles of historic styles that preceded it, revived in an eclectic way, inspired by Asian and Middle Eastern influences. The overall effect of a Victorian-esque interior design is grand excess and ornamentation. Rich textures, lush floral patterns, and deep colored woods. Familiarizing yourself with this style will open up countless opportunities to use texture and color in ways you might not have thought of before. Color As you embark on a redesign with the Victorian era in mind, keep in mind that the colors that were all the rage at the time were rich, dark hues such as burgundy, ruby, plum, forest greens, emerald, and navy. Add a sense of indulgence with gold accent pieces. Purple and light blue tones were not available during the Victorian era. Textiles By the time the 1840's came around, wallpaper was being mass produced, and it was very commonly used in private homes and public buildings alike. Look for very detailed patterns featuring floral or birds. To achieve a more modern effect, try for a neutral tone for the walls, and focus on luxuriously patterned rugs and upholstery. Furniture Furniture during this time was very eclectic; it embodied the styles of many movements that came before it. Crowded rooms were common, with many pieces of detailed woodwork and classic Queen Anne shaped designer chairs and button-backed sofas and ottomans. Ornately decorated lamps, including the "Tiffany" lamps that were made popular during this era, add a dash of color to the room. These key times in history produced some of the most distinct design trends around, but there are many more styles to choose from. With any new design venture, choosing an inspired theme is a great way to start. [smartads] Author Bio: Abigail Clark is an upcoming freelance writer. She graduated from The University of South Florida with a bachelors in marketing, minoring in journalism. When she isn’t up to her neck in coupons she is enjoying the outdoors fishing. She loves doing reviews for technology, home products and beauty products. If you would like her to do a review for you look her up on twitter @downtownabby17.

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