Five Characteristics of a Casual Style Home

If you’d love to come home to a place that’s as warm and comfortable as a soft pair of khakis and cotton tee, you’ll love furniture that’s casual style. This unpretentious take on home décor starts with traditional design elements, clears away the fussy and focuses on function. Inviting and relaxed, casual style is a popular choice. Here are five of the signature characteristics of a casual style home:

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1. Simple details

Carved legs and camel backs are beautiful, but casual style furnishings use little ornamentation. Instead, lines are clean and comfort is key. This is not the kind of room that is off limits or for show; casual style is 100% approachable. Furniture is meant to be used and enjoyed by everyone.

2. Warm-tone woods

Pine, oak and cherry furnishings are the hallmark of casual style, as they age well and blend with the palette of a casual style home. Distressed pieces give a sense of history. Choose wooden accent tables for your living room, a farmhouse-style table for your kitchen, and bench seating for the dining room.


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3. American inspirations

Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger are American icons of casual clothing, and the fabrics they choose can serve as inspiration for your home décor. From cotton to leather, the upholstery in casual style is livable and durable. Patterns include stripes, plaids and checks. And colors are crisp, neutral and rich.

4. Functional accessories

The accessories in a casual style room are not just beautiful, they serve a purpose. From throw pillows and blankets, to baskets, trays and books, the accent pieces look nice and are ready to be used when needed.


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5. No hard rules

The great thing about casual style is that there aren’t strict rules – the only prerequisite it that everything is comfortable. That means arms on chairs can be rolled or track. Leather upholstery is as important as fabric. And the color palette has no limits. The only thing that matters is that the space suits your lifestyle – whether that’s the single life or a bustling family on the go.

How to Furnish A Small Bedroom

Whether it’s the master suite, a child’s room or a spot to be used by guests, a cozy bedroom can be a comforting place in which to fall asleep each night. Small spaces, however, bring a special set of design challenges: you need to choose the right size furnishings because large pieces will quickly overwhelm the room, and the choice of patterns and colors can play an important role in peace and tranquility. If you want to create a design that offers a sense of balance, here are five things to know about how to furnish a small bedroom.


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Choose the Right Bed

A king-size bed might offer a lot of room to unwind, but it takes up a lot of floor space – about 42 square feet. Instead, consider a queen-size bed, which takes up about 33 square feet or a full-size bed that takes about 28. The extra space will provide more room for nightstands and storage.


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Go For Light Materials

Instead of a large mahogany headboard or canopy bed, look for furnishings that have an open feel. A metal bed, for example, will allow the wall behind the headboard to show, giving the room a lighter feel. Glass-top nightstands will seem to take up less space because you can see through them.


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Sneak In Storage

In a small bedroom, you might not have room for a pair of nightstands, dresser and chest of drawers. Instead, streamline your space by choosing double-duty pieces. A small accent chest can serve as a nightstand and dresser. Or choose a bed that has storage in its base. You might not need a dresser or chest of drawers at all.


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Consider Monochromatic

An uninterrupted line of vision gives a room a sense of flow when it comes to how to furnish a small bedroom. When choosing wall color, flooring and bedding materials, consider sticking to a neutral and monochromatic palette. Light colors can brighten a room and create an illusion of more space, but darker colors can also work, making walls almost fade away. Choose an upholstered headboard in a fabric that matches the wall color. And stay away from bedding with large prints, which can overwhelm the space.

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Have One Focal Point 

Every room should have a focal point that draws attention. This can be the headboard, a piece of art hung above the bed or a collection of bold pillows. In a small room, the focal point is important because the room can feel cluttered if items compete for attention. Streamline your accents, and put the emphasis on one spot.

How to Design a Traditional Style Bedroom

The classic designs of traditional style are timeless for a reason—they’re an institution of grace and elegance. This holds true in your bedroom, where an upscale, rich feel comes from an abundance of tailored lines. With warm finishes and ornate details, traditional style is a natural in a master suite. Here are four characteristics of a traditional style bedroom:

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Rich colors and finishes

From walls to upholstery, the colors in a traditional style bedroom rich and striking, including saturated shades and jewel tones. In addition, look for dark wood finishes, such as cherry, mahogany and walnut.

Conservative prints

Upholstered pieces in a traditional style home have fabrics with timeless patterns, such as floral, damask, plaid and stripes. The understated look is often embellished with trims including tassels and fringe.

Classic lines

While they’re formal in feel, traditional style bedrooms are not overly ostentatious. Furniture will have a mix of straight and curved lines, and the attention to detail is carried over into the architecture with crown and chair rail molding.

Elegant accessories

Accessories in a traditional style bedroom further the rich atmosphere. Oil paintings of landscapes or still life as well as portraits have heavy frames, many of which are gilt in gold. Flowers fill oversized vases. Other accessories include lamps, urns, books, plants and mirrors.

How to Design a Modern Farmhouse Bedroom

One of the hottest trends in home design is modern farmhouse. While the look is a natural in kitchens and dining rooms, it’s also perfect for the bedroom. Farmhouse style combines modern cabin appeal with French provincial elegance for a feel-good look. Here are four characteristics of a modern farmhouse bedroom:

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Iron Beds

Iron beds are a classic element of modern farmhouse style. Cover yours with an antique patchwork quilt or ruffled bedspread for an old-fashioned feel. Add pillows to soften the look.

Rustic finishes

Look for weathered wood and industrial elements in furniture and accents. Distressed finishes bring a sense of energy to a space. Consider using shiplap on the walls, or a rustic bench at the foot of the bed draped with a throw blanket.

Functional items and antiques

Something old adds history to your room, but something new with old lines does the trick, too! Look for an antique rug or vase that will add unique character to the room. In addition, modern farmhouse accessories turn functional items into objects of beauty, such as a water pitcher that becomes a vase.

Vintage fabrics

Vintage-inspired fabrics inspire a sense of nostalgia. Look for small prints in faded pastels. Ruffles trim pillows for an old-fashioned sensibility.

How to Design a Midcentury Modern Bedroom

Midcentury modern style brings a retro vibe to your home, combining form with function. In the bedroom, its sleek lines and crisp silhouettes create a sophisticated setting for getting ready for work … or sleeping in. The classic look will never grow old. Here are four of characteristics of a midcentury modern bedroom.

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Clean lines and spaces

Midcentury modern furniture features sleek lines and minimal details. Legs are straight and hardware is simple. A midcentury modern bedroom often includes a platform bed and a single nightstand and dresser. The idea is to have lots of open spaces so the eye can take everything in with one glance, for a feeling of calm.

Light Wood

Wood furnishings in midcentury modern bedrooms have light finishes that showcase their natural beauty. The bed, nightstand and dresser match for a clean look.

Statement light fixtures

In a streamlined midcentury modern home, every piece counts. Add a style statement with an unusual light fixture or lamp that features clean, geometric lines. You can even use a floor lamp next to a bed.

A pop of color

Midcentury modern rooms use neutral tones as their base, but the look is completed with pops of strong color in wall art or accent furniture. Add a bold painting above the bed or use an accent chair in a bright color like turquoise.