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• Traditional decorating is calm, orderly, and predictable. There is nothing wild or chaotic   in a traditional room.
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• Furnishings are classic and might feel outdated. Nothing is a surprise. Pieces match and are consistent.
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• Furniture and accessories are place in pairs and centered in the room. There is nothing  out of place or of a different style. Everything has the look that it goes together.
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• Traditional rooms are not ostentations but rather somewhat casual. Furniture pieces are   often reproductions. Modern, eclectic pieces have no room in a traditional space.
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• Traditional style homes feel comfortable for any age group. It's a familiar look that you'd see in magazines or furniture show rooms. A traditional room is not a place to showcase a piece of modern art or stainless steel furniture.
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• Upholstered furniture in a traditional room exhibits classic lines and understated details.
   It is functional, unfussy, and restful looking. Edges are soft, smooth, and blend into the
   whole.
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• In general, a traditional room will use a mix of vertical lines with more restful horizontal
   lines. Gentle curves are seen in furniture, pillows, and accessories.
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• Fabrics in a traditional room are generally neither too shiny nor too textured. Florals, plain
   colors, muted plaids, understated stripes, geometrics, tone-on-tone and small all-over
   patterns are common.
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• Color in a traditional room is often in a mid-range of tones, though very dark and very
   light colors can also be used. Pretty multi-color floral are often the basis of a traditional
   color scheme that uses the lightest color on the walls and deeper hues for upholstery
   and flooring. Avoid neon bright and jarring combinations.
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• The overall ambiance of traditional decor is homey, understated, and non-jarring.
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• As in formal settings, furniture in a traditional room is often arranged on straight axis
   within the room. The sofa will directly face or sit perpendicular to the fireplace and a
   bed will back up to the center of the longest bedroom wall.
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• Wood furniture will usually have a mix of straight and curved lines. There may be light
   carving details as well. While wood pieces will often be finished with darker stains, a
   traditional room might also use lighter woods as long as the lines of each piece are
   classic.
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• Interiors in a traditional home will often feature trim and molding that is painted glossy
   white. Crown molding is common and adds to the formal look. Walls might have a chair
   rail and simple molding details, with wall surfaces done in a flat painted finish or
   wallpaper. Ceilings are often white and may have simple beams.
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• The dining room in a traditional home is generally a separate room, often with some built-
   in corner cabinets for china storage. A large area rug sits on top of a hardwood floor. The
   table is rectangular with a set of matched chairs placed evenly around the perimeter. A
   matching sideboard, buffet, or china cabinet is centered on one wall.
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• Dressmaker details are not particularly important in a traditional room. Trims, tassels, and
   fringes are used sparingly if at all, in favor of a simpler, calmer look.
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• Window coverings in traditional rooms show classic style. Look for narrow shutters,
   traverse draperies, and under treatments of pinch pleated sheers. Cornices and valances
   may also be featured.
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• Accessories include pairs of lamps, urns, plants, mirrors, framed prints, china, vases, and
   collections of books. Pairs of objects are usually arranged in balanced symmetry.
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• Light fixtures exhibit classic styling. Lamps with silk shades, wall sconces, and floor lamps
   might all be used. Shades should be fairly plain and in ivory or white.
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• Traditional dining rooms can show off a variety of china, glassware, and silver. Plates
   might be a classic gold-rimmed style or a simple floral design. Use either beautiful
   tablecloths or pretty fabric placemats and napkins.

Casual Style

• You prefer your home to be simple and warm. Your upholstery is soft and round, and
   fabrics are usually in earthy or neutral colors.
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• Seating is arranged informally and everyone immediately feels as though they can plop
   down anywhere. Accessories are lighthearted and whimsical.
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• You might like a contemporary style of decorating if you like to keep current with styles,
   enjoy things that are modern, of today, right now.
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• While it's been thought that modern interiors are cold and minimalist, today's
   contemporary interiors are comfortable and welcoming without being cluttered and dark.
   It's a style that is equally appropriate for offices and stores, lofts and homes.
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• A contemporary style home can be a quiet and comfortable retreat. To achieve the look of
   a contemporary home, it's important to stick to some basic rules.
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• Fundamentally, simplicity, subtle sophistication, texture and clean lines help to define
   contemporary style decorating. Interiors showcase space rather than things. By focusing
   on color, space, and shape, contemporary interiors are sleek and fresh.
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• Learn about some more of the characteristics and elements of a contemporary style of
  decorating and how you might bring the look into each room of your home.
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• Use furniture and accessories to make a bold statement in contemporary style interior.
   Use a basic background and shout out with your favorite color on a piece that will stand
   out.
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• Less is more! In a contemporary style interior, don't use ruffles, excessive carved details,    fringe, or floral prints. Abolish cute and small. Go basic, bare, bold, and structural.
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• Floors in a contemporary style home should be bare and smooth in wood, tile, or vinyl. If
   you must use carpet for sound control or warmth, choose commercial grades. Add color
   and texture with plain or geometric-patterned area rugs.

Contemporary Style

• You prefer a sleek, sophisticated design with clean lines.
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• Accessories are minimal, but what you have could be described as elegant simplicity.
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• Some may consider your home to be cold and stark. There may be lots of glass and
   stainless steel.
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• Your choice in colors may range from black and white to bold and vivid.

Eclectic Style
• Your style is a mix of two or more of the above styles. You occasionally rebel against conventional design rules. I would also describe my own decorating attitude as Eclectic.

 

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