By Lorette Modeste. Home Decor. Published at Friday, April 06th, 2018 - 06:02:57 AM.
The Versatility of Black. Black can be used in any room, in any style. Whether it's a sleek and modern couch or geometric patterned rug, or an elegant and feminine headboard or scrollwork table, black can be masculine, feminine, serious, fun, severe, or romantic. It's all about how you use it.
Natural stone walls are left natural. Stuccoed walls are colored with Venetian plaster, color washing or faux painting techniques to give a worn, well-loved look. True old Tuscan style rooms can have low ceilings and can be small and dark. But today's Tuscan rooms use wooden beams, plastered ceilings, and can have an open, airy feeling.
Accents, such as the handles on drawers, will be made of brass. Sofas and chairs tend to be deep-seated and upholstered with patterned fabrics. Throw pillows or upholstered pads soften the look and feel of wooden chairs and window seats. Display racks, built-in bookshelves and china cabinets throughout the home show off treasured items and family heirlooms, such as straw baskets and tea sets. English country emphasizes the functionality of furniture and pieces tend to be well-worn, yet sturdy.
The Victorian era, named for Queen Victoria, who ruled England from 1837 to 1901. This era was marked by peace and prosperity in England, and inspired a new wave of engineering and design. In fact, the influence was felt far and wide, including the United States. You can still see evidence of Victorian-era architecture in cities like San Francisco, where ornate details and color are key.
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