Embracing the past and the current is a fool-proof way to decorate a century home. Although you may be partial to using your century home to show-case treasured antiques, marrying your décor with current pieces can soften the look and make it more inviting. “In with the old and In with the new”.
My personal opinion is that decorating a century home is less challenging than decorating a mid-priced new build. The century home, most likely has architectural elements and good bones, giving instant ambiance before the decorating process begins. With high ceilings (possibly with original beams or embossed tin), generous sized molding, thick carved wooden doors, stained glass or leaded glass windows, deep window sills, original wooden floors, possibly stone or brick has been exposed over the years, or the lucky owner has inherited lovely century old built-ins (cabinets or shelving); the palette is there….waiting to be finished by you (or your decorator/designer).
The style you choose can vary from Traditional, Country (French and English included), Contemporary, Eclectic, Retro and World Flair. I have included photos of some of the various styles and will go in to more detail of each style as my blogs progress.
The choice is yours….keep your rooms true to their period; if renovations have occurred over the decades you can bring your rooms back to what they looked like before they were modernized; continue with a modernized look adding back some of the original features; or go with contemporary if this is your preference. Everyone has their own tastes and styles…..choose what you feel comfortable with, that is the first step in decorating your century home.