If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I absolutely adore "Old World" decor. For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawn to the elegance of the rich colors, textures, and embellishments that define this style. What I love most about "Old World" decor is that it is classic. It is not defined by trends; and it can be enhanced over time. Old World fabrics include tapestry designs, luxurious silks, damask patterns with gorgeous scrolls and subtle floral patterns. Modern versions may include faux animal prints and furs. Embellishments like fringe, tassels and beaded trim add to the multi-layered look.
The essence of Old World design is a comfortable, aged look. Textured walls and natural stone finishes exemplify the style. Distressed, matte and honed finishes are preferable to highly polished, reflective surfaces.
The color palette is deep and rich, but muted for a timeworn effect. Colors typically seen in Old World decor include persimmon red, olive green, ocher and cream.
A combination of finishes can range from dark-stained surfaces, with ornate carvings, to painted, glazed and sanded finishes that emulate years of use. Wrought iron is often used as a decorative accent.
via Carolina Rustica
Architectural features include rough-hewn beams that balance the more sophisticated elements in the room. Other features of Old World-styled homes include arched doorways and windows.
I love the rich woods and iron candelabra in this kitchen...
Photo via That's Haute
The copper hood, with the iron detail, just does it for me!! LOL!
Photo via That's Haute
While the trend is leaning toward lighter and brighter interiors, I can't totally lean one way...lol!! I still love the cozy feel of a room filled with rich, warm colors...but, there are some rooms where I prefer a lighter version of Old World style. I find that as I am out shopping, I gravitate to the boutiques and shops that cater to this style, in general. Sometimes, it is rich with color; and other times, it is a more subtle version. I just love the elegance of luxurious fabrics and textures...and I love the challenge of creating the look on a budget! I have found some wonderful pieces, to incorporate into my decor, that have come from some of my favorite stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Ross, Home Goods, and Big Lots. I look forward to sharing my finds with you in the coming weeks!
I hope you have enjoyed my post today; and Happy Decorating!!
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