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    ` With so many things on the market available for home decorating, it may be difficult to decidejust what your favorite decorating style is.

    ` The Decorating styles will help you focus onyour likes and dislikes and learn elements thatwill help you achieve your dream room or makeyour home express your very unique taste.

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    ` Traditional Style` Modern /Contemporary Style` Country Style` Art Deco Style` Victorian Style` Cottage Style`

    Craftsman Style

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    ` Traditional home decorating is elegant andrefined .

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    Many decorating styles are actually under thedefinition of traditional style.

    ` Traditional home decorating consists of classicthemes, colors and fabrics to give a home aclassic and timeless look.

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    ` F or carrying off a F ine Traditional home decoratingscheme, a large formal home is the best background.

    ` Intricate moldings, fireplaces, F rench doors, finelyproportioned rooms, chair rails, wood floors, a formaldining room, built in bookcases; these are thehallmarks of traditional home decorating.

    ` F avored colors in traditional decorating lean towardthe jewel tones. Topaz and Golds, Deep Reds andRose Quartz, Marine Blues, Vibrant Greens, alongwith Grays, Beiges, and Whites form the color

    scheme for the traditional home decorating palette

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    ` The emphasis on furniture selection should be onpieces that reflect a refined sense of style withproportion and symmetry, along with soft curvedlines with an abundance of detail andornamentation.

    ` This time period includes Qu een Anne f u rnit u rewith its curved legs and smooth lines, Baroq u ef u rnit u re with it ornate designs, and Chippendale

    with its cabriole legs, ball-and-claw foot, andbroken pediment scroll top on tall case pieces.

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    ` Traditional furniture is generally m ade of hardwood , suchas cherry and mahogany, and has fine carved details, withinlays. These furniture pieces are usually heavy and darkin color.

    ` A traditional room might also use lighter woods as long asthe lines of each piece are classic.

    ` Fu rnishings for the bedroo m include a four poster bed, alowboy, a highboy, or an armoire.

    ` F ootstools covered with needlepoint and fringe are the

    norm as are embroidered cushions which are scatteredthroughout the room. Table are often skirted.

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    ` D ining roo m f u rnit u re can consist of a large tablewith abundant seating, a buffet, sideboard, or a

    breakfront cabinet that show off a variety of china,glassware, and silver.

    ` T he china may be classic gold rimmed or a simplefloral design.

    ` Among the u pholstered pieces is oversized seating,and an ottoman or two can be placed in the livingroom.

    ` Sofas and chairs are upholstered, along with the seatson formal dining room chairs.

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    ` D raperies are full and heavy and held back withornate tassels. Draperies are usually topped

    with swags or scalloped valances cover sheer curtains and add elegance to the room.` N eedlework and tapestries are often in evidence.

    ` Patterns used are florals, stripes, and Jacobean

    crewel work.

    ` T ie backs and heavy tassels pull drapery panels tothe sides to give the curtain a scalloped look as wellas to enhance the window.

    ` O ther window treatments include sh u tters , and under treatments of pinch pleated sheers . Cornices mayalso be featured.

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    ` For art, include

    mirrors , paintings with still life,and family portraits. The frames can be gold leaf

    or bronze.

    ` The lighting should reflect the time period.

    ` L a m ps such as crystal chandeliers and wallsconces help complete the traditional look.

    ` O ther lighting includes la m ps with silk shadesand floor la m ps that are fairly plain and ivory or white in color.

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    ` Victorian decorating is a traditional look that is the effect of acombination of influences, including classical, O riental, Gothicand Italian.

    ` When you hear the words "Victorian house", an image thatimmediately springs to mind is a fancif u l, ornately orna m ented,gaily painted ho u se with gables, ro u nd towers and h u geporches . This is the predominant style that symbolized theVictorian era.

    ` However, many of the Victorian homes were in the Greek Revivalstyle, such as the Southern plantations, while many Victorian

    homes on the East Coast were done in Gothic Revival with tallpeaks, pointed arches reminding one of church windows, andnarrow windows

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    ` An important element in Victorian decorating iswhat wall color and art is used.

    ` Since the wall color is an essential component,using colors, such as deep reds, Persian blue, richgreens, dark plum and wine, terra cotta, along withitems having vintage appeal will give the space a

    dramatic effect.

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    ` Since the wall color is an essential component,using colors, such as deep reds, Persian blue, richgreens, dark plum and wine, terra cotta, along withitems having vintage appeal will give the space adramatic effect.

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    ` Tubs and sinks were enclosed in wooden surrounds toresemble furniture. S inks and toilets were handpainted with all manner of scrolls, florals, and seafigures.

    ` Bathtubs had claw feet that were often gilded withgold. Pedestal sinks were often used but many sinkswere attached to the wall and had exposed plumbingas Victorians learned through experience that the

    enclosed fixtures created a perfect breeding groundfor mold, mildew and vermin.

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    ` Pieces of small furniture such as shaving stands,small tables and if the room was large enough

    even a small sitting area added to the comfort of the victorian bathroom

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    ` H eavy, flamboyant, excessive are words often used todescribe Victorian style decorating. F urniture wasusually made of dark wood with ornate carving andtables with marble tops were the norm.

    ` Wooden pieces like side tables and curio cabinetslook amazing .

    ` Victorian decorating and furniture are intended to bethe focal point in a room because of the largeproportions, sturdiness, darkly stained and radiant

    woods.

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    ` The Victorian bedroom is furnished with beds that areornate and made of wood or cast iron with bolsters.

    ` The bedding consists of a long pillow, two pillows,sheets and blankets covered by an eiderdown quilt for extra warmth.

    ` F or chairs, most have upright backs, with ornately

    carved legs.` Another favorite in this style of decorating is

    the grandfather clock. This antique clock has a strikingair of sophistication and is an heirloom piece that can

    be passed on from generation to generation. Its gentletick tock is comforting and adds grace and elegance toa room.

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    ` H eavy drapes` You can work with layered drapery, velvet curtains, or

    heavy draped curtains that come in a variation of fabrics.

    ` To fully dress your windows, use at least three distinct,flowing layers of curtains and shades.

    ` The optimal color choice is white fabric because thewhite layers will enable the sunshine to filter througheven with completely covered windows.

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    ` Also, shades that were dark and rich were the mostpopular color designs in the Victorian period.

    `

    Stained glass windows were also a popular featurein the Victorian period.

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    ` Use area rugs such as oriental rugs, genuineantique rugs, or reproductions to add warmth to

    the room.

    ` Adding accessories helps tie your Victoriandecorating together. Incorporate old photos,artwork, mantle clocks, vases filled with flowers,and vintage fabrics to bring out the charm of your

    Victorian interior, while giving it an interestingappeal.

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    ` Choose table and floor lamps with metal basesthat are finished in iron, brass, copper, or silver.

    ` U se silk lamp shades as well linen and parchmentas alternatives.

    ` Crystal accented chandeliers add a sense of lavishness to your dining room.

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    `

    The Art Deco furniture style was popular during thelate 1920s and early 30s, with the term originatingfrom the Exposition Internationale d