Capture Period Style
Without strictly adhering to authenticity, Pam has given her early 19th-century home a decidedly old-fashioned feel. Here’s how you can achieve a similar style:
LOOK UNDERFOOT. Don’t forget to address the floors when creating period style. Oriental rugs, new or old, are a good choice for providing pattern and color. When it comes to flooring itself, consider reclaimed materials, such as brick or pine boards, to get an eraappropriate look. Another option is to paint and stencil wood floors—an artful alternative when your flooring is less than perfect.
FIND FLEXIBLE COLLECTIONS.
Sturdy white ironstone, which was first made in England in 1813, quickly became popular in America for everyday use, especially the undecorated tableware. You’ll find it in a variety of shapes and styles and, best of all, it’s neutral enough to go with anything.
LIGHT IT UP. Don’t forget to add a variety of light sources, from wall sconces to chandeliers, candelabras and lanterns. Incorporate new and reproduction pieces for a mix of form and function.
PICK A PERFECT PALETTE. Aim for neutral walls and add color via trim and moldings. When looking for color ideas, choose paint companies that offer historical color collections to find suitable shades.
FURNISH WITH FLAIR. Mix an antique trestle table with reproduction Windsor chairs; pair Grandma’s dropleaf table with an antique garden basket; cozy a flame-stitch wingback up to a French club chair. Pieces don’t
have to be the same vintage to look great together—seek a common thread, such as color, finish or style, to make it all work.