DECORATING IDEAS Establish a Style
SELECT a style. This is the first and most basic decision you must make in planning your new interiors. Find the style that suits you, your family, your personal living requirements and the architecture of your home. There is no formula here; it’s mainly a matter of taste. Are you a confirmed traditionalist, or are you inventive and venturesome? Do you prefer the formality of carved French frames, or do you flourish in the hospitality of gracious American reproductions? Do you want cool, architectural modern, or the less serious contemporary interpretations?
Expressing a specific style does not require slavish authenticity. The trend today is to mix and match within the theme, depending upon the degree of authenticity you demand. Many of the sleek,modern lacquered, or glass and metal tables, blend beautifully with traditional furnishings, while antique accessories or one or two period seating pieces, can add immeasurable character to the style of a modern setting. Some of the favored styles of decoratingâ” American, French, English, Spanish, Modern and Contemporaryâ”are illustrated on these next six pages, but you will find countless additional examples throughout this book that express these living styles in a variety of ways.
Contemporary elegance is beautifully illustrated in comfortable but svelte apartment living room (above) designed by T. Miles Gray, Assoc. Stretched plisse fabric covers walls. Vinyl tile simulating polished leather is topped by broad stripped area rug. Note steel bases on furniture and bookshelves, mirrored screen.
French antiques and reproductions framed in a lavishly draped gazebo effect (right) provide a dark apartment foyer with a formal dining room. Gazebo frame can be constructed with a simple carpentry form, draped inside and out. Among modern elements in this room is shaggy tweed nylon carpeting by Caprolan.