How To Decorate Using An Old World style

Old World Style is not the type of concept often used in the world of interior design. Perhaps it’s because the style is a little more obscure and less popular than others. However, this only makes it more interesting and mysterious.

The style is mainly characterized by a look that shows wear and tear and that features distressed finishes and an overall comfortable feel.

The colors used include rich, deep shades with regal appeal such as purple or red but they’re not particularly vibrant and bold but rather muted to account for years of use. Burgundy is a particularly popular color and other similarly appreciated shades include forest green, ocher, cream and blue.

Contrasts are welcomed in an Old World décor. Elements such as wrought iron and polished accents are often paired particularly to show the contrast and to make each element stand out. Matching details are also used. For example, woven tapestries and rugs are used together.

Patterns and prints are another characteristic of this style. Complex tapestry designs often characterize the decors but other simpler patterns are also used and they include the timeless and always beautiful stripes. Floral patterns are really popular with the style.

The rooms always have a balanced look. If the ceiling features robust wooden beams, then more sophisticated elements are used to complement them such as a glamorous chandelier for example. A predominantly masculine design will also feature arched doorways and windows to give it a more feminine appeal.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on October 14th, 2010


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