how to decorate for your home's style: an East Coast case study

In yesterday's post I wrote about my affinity for homes that reflect the environment around them and the geographical area that they're in. Continuing with that thinking, I also believe that the interiors of homes should stay true to the architectural style. It's always best (and simplest) to work with, not against, the existing architecture of your space. For example, if a house has modern architectural lines (straight, simple, minimal), decorating the inside with ornate and very traditional furnishings will make the home feel "off", no matter how well done. The flip side is tougher- many of us have older, traditional style homes but want to live in contemporary fashion. Updating to all the modern conveniences that we want can be done while still staying true to a home's architectural and/or historical style - it just takes a little creativity. Use the architecture as a jumping off point, add in the modern and comfortable elements you want, and accent in a fashion suiting the house style.

how to decorate for your home's style - be true to architectural style yet display your own personality

A great example of this is the vacation home of my uncle and aunt in Eastern Canada.

They have a rustic log home in a rural forested area, and though they live a modern and contemporary lifestyle, they renovated and decorated the interior in a way that stays true to a country cabin aesthetic.

Red is a traditional country barn colour but also works well with the modern black appliances and the newly painted black hutch. The ceiling is clad with white plank boards to keep the country feel, also accomplished by displaying antiques and collectibles on open shelving, which is painted black as a modern touch. Today's everyday kitchen things are out on display and easily accessible, next to the charming antique jars, baskets and tools.  

Natural wood is used throughout to maintain consistency with the logs used for the home's frame. Family items found in the house were brought out and used for decoration instead of buying new. It adds character and a nod to history and family. 

Trim around windows and floors needed replacing, and the new ones were square-cut and stained to keep the wood look. Even needed new furniture like this side table keeps the look of the rest of the home. 

The bathroom counter was made by hand from wood, but the rich dark colour picks up the modern, sleek black found in the kitchen appliances, and complements the modern nickel accents. Check tomorrow's post  to see how it was done. 

Isn't this a fabulous reno? Do you agree that a home's decor should stay true to its roots Thanks Larry and Jill for giving us a glimpse into your wonderful home!

Kelly Anderson

Refreshed Designs

A re-designer focused on natural, sustainable and holistic design.