Celebrating Americana in Home Décor

Americana design celebrates our heritage by reflecting the lifestyle and values of the American family. It’s homegrown, casual and kid- and pet-friendly. It’s farmhouse, industrial, rustic, nautical and primitive. Sometimes it’s a combination of all five. The best part is that it’s versatile, classic and stylishly understated because it’s approachable.

Celebrate your patriotism by bringing home Americana style. Here are five characteristics to look for:

Americana decor
The Magnolia Home Spindle Back Chairs is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
1. Modern Farmhouse

First up is Modern Farmhouse, a design that is quite popular today thanks to Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper. The “modern” slant includes sophisticated details and chic accents. Kitschy pieces, like roosters, are replaced with sleek accessories, like white pitchers and window frames. And shiplap is a staple.

Americana decor
The Arlington Writing Desk is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
2. Industrial

Next, is Industrial. This home design look gets a nod from America’s work ethic because it uses raw materials that include iron, steel and reclaimed wood. The look celebrates the industrial revolution, giving rooms lots of character and texture as well as a sense of history.

Americana decor
The Nelson Bedroom Set is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
3. Rustic

Another design is Rustic, which gets a fresh twist with weathered wood and metal details. The look is inspired by nature because it uses materials in the great outdoors. Rooms also feature comfortable furnishings and minimal fuss. Rustic Americana meshes the indoors with the outdoors, inviting you to kick back and relax.

Americana decor
Nautical Oar Décor is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.


4. Nautical

Celebrate a spirit of American adventure with nautical-inspired décor. Crisp white and royal blue set the tone, while accents include everything from the sea, such as decorative oars, lighthouses and shells.

Americana Decor
The Magnolia Harper Side Chair is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.

Finally, Primitive Americana features handcrafted objects, such as Shaker-style furniture, pottery, and woven rugs. The design looks cozy and well-loved, with distressed finishes and crafted designs.

Which Americana design is your favorite? The great news is that they work well together, and you can love and use them all!

Style 101: Coastal Style

Life’s better at the beach. So why not bring some of those good vibrations home? Coastal style gives you the feeling of being on vacation all year long. Its casual attitude and breezy energy makes it an easy-to-live-with option that is classic and fun.

If you like Coastal Style, here are five things you should bring to your sea-worthy residence:



Coastal style sings the blues. Choose your favorite shade of blue or introduce a palette that combines more than one. From sky to turquoise to midnight, blue helps you feel calm and relaxed, and you can create depth by layering shades of blue and using patterns. For accent colors, look to other sea inspirations, such as sand, coral and green. The result will be refreshing.

Lots of Light

Dare to bare your windows, or keep them minimally covered when possible. Coastal rooms are known for letting in the light. In rooms that require treatments, such as bedrooms, consider draperies that can be pulled back during the daytime. Or choose white Plantation shutters that are classic Coastal Style.


Sea-Inspired Accessories

Bring the feeling of the sea into your room with items you might discover on the beach. A basket of shells, beach glass or driftwood adds a touch of nature. An antique telescope or sextant gives your room a maritime feel. Or choose a nautical-inspired print or decorative chest. But be careful not to overdo it – you don’t want to like a seafood restaurant! Less is more when it comes to creating the right balance.

A Casual Feel

Coastal Style promotes barefoot living, so make sure your home is casual and comfortable. Warm up wood or tile floors with a nice rug. Choose furnishings that encourage people to lounge and linger. Add an ottoman that beckons you to enjoy an afternoon spent with a book.

White And Bright

Coastal rooms get definition from crisp white woodwork that amplifies the blue hue. Use white in furnishings, as well. Or choose light wood varieties like oak, maple, and pine in natural finishes. You’ll want to avoid heavy, dark woods, opting for painted varieties instead. Or lighten the look of dark wood by toning it down with white accents.



How to Mix Metals

Once upon a time, mixing metals was considered a design faux pas. You would never add a nickel-based lamp in a room with a chrome table or – worse yet – a brass chandelier. And if you purchased a piece of furniture with pulls in a different finish than the other items in the room, your first stop would be to the hardware store to swap them out for something that matched.

Fortunately, design rules have relaxed in recent year, and mixing metals is much more acceptable. In fact, it can look downright rich when done well. The key to making it work is to follow some basic guidelines. Here are five things you need to know about decorating with metallic:


Mix metals, match finishes. Look to the reflective quality when combining metals. Pairing polished brass with chrome, for example, will give your room a stylish effect. Or pair brushed brass with gold leaf. You’ll get maximum impact by mixing warm metals, such as gold and brass, and cool metals, such as silver and nickel.

Mix finishes, match metals. The opposite approach is also a good way to go. You can pair sterling silver with chrome, for example, keeping everything in the silver tone. Or mix textured finishes, such as matte, polished and hammered. The combination will add depth and interest to the room. Choose a dominant metal tone. Then use a contrasting metal as an accent. The dominant metal will create an overall sense of unity, while the accent metal will add pops of metallic in certain spots within your space. This approach will help create balance in the room.

Choose a piece that marries the metals. An accent item such as piece of art or table that contains two metals will marry your mixed metal scheme. It can serve as an inspiration piece, and will make your mix of metals look deliberate.

Mixing Metals 4

Repeat the metals more than once so the combination looks purposeful. Stand back and take in your room as a whole, then play with the balance moving things around your space until it looks just right. If you have all gold in your room and a single silver tray, it might look like a mistake. Adding a small gold sculpture on the tray, however, will tie it all together.


Design 101: Wingback

If wingback chairs look cozy and comfortable, it’s because they were designed to be just that. The back and sides were originally meant to protect users from chilly drafts that were common in homes before central heating. Today, the wingback is as elegant as it is practical, and the design has been utilized in headboards, settees and barstools.


Here are four wingback furnishings that will make you feel totally modern as you celebrate its long history.







Design 101: Midcentury Modern

Midcentury Modern is a classic style that never grows old. It came to be in the mid-1940s. According to the remodeling and design website Houzz, “[Midcentury modern’s] uncomplicated, fresh aesthetic arose from a desire to propel postwar America into the modern era and recast design through a bold new lens.”

The style puts an emphasis on simple forms, contemporary patterns and natural materials. Here are five of its signature characteristics.


Clean lines. Midcentury Modern furniture features simple lines and taut upholstery. The look is understated and there is minimal ornamentation. The Bradley Gray Tufted Chair is a great example. Designed with the sleek scale in mind, it’s covered in soft grey linen and features a tufted back and birch-finished legs.


Organic shapes. Complement the straight lines of Midcentury Modern seating with tables that feature graceful curves and geometric or organic shapes. Cocktail tables are an important furnishing in this era (think about the cocktail hour on the TV show Mad Men.) The Rocket Cocktail Table is a perfect example, with its faux metal top and pecan wood base. The eye-catching design is chic and sleek.



Wood. Furnishings in Midcentury Modern rooms are often crafted from wood with finishes that showcase their natural beauty. The dark walnut finish of the Casarano Midcentury Desk showcases the sleek curves and contrasting white drawers.



Statement light fixtures. In a streamlined Midcentury Modern home, every piece counts. Add a style statement with an unusual light fixture or lamp or pendant with clean, geometric lines. The tripod base of the Dryer Floor Lamp is a Midcentury Modern classic, with its wood base and textured shade.


Neutral hues with a jolt of color. Midcentury Modern rooms use neutral tones as their base, but the look is completed with pops of strong color in wall art, throw pillows or decorative furniture. The Pascal Chair combines the beauty of a natural wood frame with a bold red seat for a look that’s retro and fun.