Decorating your home according to its architectural style is the first step to create balance and harmony. Learn how to use color and fabric to complement your Cape Cod home.
The Cape Cod style house is known for its simple design and architecture. Native to the late 17th century New England, and becoming very popular between the 1930s and 1950s, the Cape Cod style home represents America in its simplest times. It usually consists of a one-and-a-half storey house with a fireplace in the center, a steep roof, a symmetrical appearance with the door in the center and multiple shuttered windows with shutters. When you design for a Cape Cod home, or you give your current home an impression of Cape Cod, remember where and when the design appeared and this will simplify the design of a theme for your home.
You have a lot of freedom with a Cape Cod home; it can be laid-back or elegant, and does not necessarily have to be nautical. You can use the periods from the 17th century until the 1950s, and decorate according to the styles used for these times. From a casual rustic decor, 1920s with all its elegance and style, to the primary colors used in the 1950s. You can also think of the natural environment of the house. Imagine all the colors of the seaside, with its water and its peaceful blue sky, the subtle shades of sand, the seashells on the beach, the seagulls in the air, watching the sunset at the end of a peaceful day. Wear this picture with you, and choose five to seven colors with inspirations from these natural environments and your path to a balanced, peaceful and harmonious theme for your home. Maybe robin egg blue, sunrise yellow, sunset red, cobalt gray, and creamy sand. Add splashes of these colors throughout the home with paint, accessories and accent fabrics. The eye is attracted by color and texture. The addition of touches of color and texture throughout the room creates balance and catches your attention in the room.
The key to creating a Cape Cod feel is in the color of the trim. The white trim on the inside and outside is definitely a Cape Cod tradition. Paint your exterior trim, your porch, and maybe even the white shutters. Paint your interior trim, your coat, and maybe even white doors and cabinets. This creates a clean, crisp look that will complement most wall and floor colors. Use a good quality luster or semi-gloss paint to help clean your plate. If you want to go even further with your Cape Cod décor, then parquet is also a traditional Cape Cod feature. The wooden floor anchors a home by adding natural warmth and beauty, and modern technology, gives you a lot of price and design options.
When it comes to furniture and accessories for your home, keep the furniture more expensive, such as neutral ticket items and accessorize with color. One of the easiest ways to add color, balance and texture to your home is to experiment with different accent color fabrics, in your curtains, decorative pillows, throws, runners and rugs. Try mixing solids, prints, stripes, paisleys, tiles and floral fabrics all over your house. This adds balance and attracts attention in the room. Do not get carried away by this or it could create a chaotic feeling. When you decide how to mix and match your decorative pillows and other accent fabrics, get ideas from manufacturers in the fabric stores. See how they incorporate big prints with small patterns, and geometry with solids and do the same thing with your pillows and other accent pieces. You can change the entire look of a room by simply changing decorative pillows, runners, throws, curtains or rugs.
Be proud of your Cape Cod style home; Be creative and experiment with different colors, fabrics and styles. Get inspired by the design and natural environment of your home and you'll be well on your way to creating an inviting and comfortable atmosphere throughout your home.
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