Many rooms follow a recognized décor. These include formal, traditional room settings, like Queen Anne or Colonial, or informal decors, like Early American or Country French. Whatever décor a client chooses, there are appropriate wallcoverings to complete the look and tie all the furniture, floor coverings and decorative accessories together.
Top looks, and the best wallcoverings choice for each setting are as follows.
TRADITIONAL DÉCOR – FORMAL
• Décor: Queen Anne
A furniture style named after Queen Anne, the ruler of England from 1702-1714. Although she ruled England for just 12 years, her style is immortalized in design history by the graceful furniture she favored. Queen Anne-style furniture features curved lines, with slender arms and legs. Cabriole legs and chairs with fiddle backs are common in the collection. Shell carvings in the woodwork are also common. Most Queen Anne furniture is carved from walnut and mahogany. English pottery serves as a popular accent accessory.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: To complete the look of a traditional Queen Anne décor, floral wallcoverings are recommended. Wallcoverings with formal textures, like damasks and moires, are also a good choice.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Reds, blues, yellows, oranges, greens and violets in soft – not bright – hues are representative of the period, as are shades of white.
• Décor: Colonial/Early American Georgian
The Colonial Period, also called American Georgian reigned from 1700-1781. Colonial Williamsburg personifies the era and furniture by Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton is typical. Furniture lines are a mix of both straight and curved; chairbacks are ladder pierced splat, shield, oval or square. Woods used in this era include walnut, mahogany and satinwood. Accessories include Chinese porcelains, Oriental rugs, silver and crystal.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: To accentuate a Colonial setting, stripes, formal textures, florals and documented reproduction prints including neoclassic, Oriental and architectural murals are appropriate.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Rich, saturated reds, blues, yellows, oranges, greens and violets are key colors. Beige, grays and whites round out the color spectrum.
• Décor: Federal
The Federal style flourished in America after the Revolution, from about 1781-1830. Influenced by traditional English (Hepplewhite and Sheraton) and French (Directoire and Empire) style, New York cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe interpreted these traditional designs and added a distinctly American flair. Paw and claw feet emerged, curved arms and legs became typical. Mahogany was the wood of choice. Accessories of this period included sliver, brass, sandwich glass and decorated mirrors.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: Floral, stripes and formal textures set off the Federal style.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Soft reds, blues, greens, yellows, oranges, violets, beiges and grays accent the furniture of this era.
• Décor: Louis XV (also known as French Provincial)
The furniture style named after Louis XV, or Louis Quinze (kanz), King of France from 1715-
1774, is synonymous with Rococo. Furniture with curved backs, legs and arms joined in continuous curves, and scroll carving was typical. Common woods were walnut or fruitwood, and accessories included porcelain vases, statuettes and busts.
Recommended Wallcoverings Pattern: Stripes and formal textures characterize this era.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Light reds, blues, yellows, greens, violets and whites complement this style.
• Décor: Louis XVI (also known as Italian Provincial)
Louis XVI, or Louis Seize (sez), King of France from 1774-1993, brought back straight lines and classic motifs. Legs were often fluted or carved. Chairs with wood frames, padded oval backs and padded arms are typical. Woods used include walnut, mahogany and satinwood. Accessories of this era include glass and ceramics. Aubusson and Savonnierie are common.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: Stripes and formal textures, as well as grasscloth, silk and shantung represent this era.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Light reds, blues, yellows, greens, violets and white are appropriate.
TRADITIONAL DÉCOR – INFORMAL
• Décor: Country English
The furniture of the 17th century England covers a wide range of moods in varying degrees of formality. Furniture is robust and legs are usually turned with shaped stretchers often set between the feet. Gateleg tables, spindle-back chairs and Welsh cupboards are typical. Walnut is the most common wood, with accent pieces made of brass and pewter.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: Small florals, foulards, paisleys, plaids, stripes and checks are popular with this décor.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Earthy hues of red, blue, yellow, orange, green, beige, brown and black set the style.
• Décor: Early American
The furniture of the first settlers in the New World (1608-1720) is a simplified version of 17th century English styles. Furniture is sturdy; ladder back chairs, open hutches, and cobblers are typical. Most common woods are maple, oak and pine. Accessories include braided rugs, strap curtains and homespun fabrics.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: Small florals, plaids, stripes, checks, woven textures and thematics recreate the era.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Earthy reds, yellows, and oranges, greens with a predominance of blue, beiges and browns exemplify Early American color schemes.
• Décor: Country French
Country French is the simplified version of the French styles found in more sophisticated cities. Furniture lines are a combination of straight and curved. Chairs with salamander backs, armoires with molded panels, and commodes with chicken wire grills are typical. Distressed woods of any variety are common. Accessories include copper, pewter and painted tin.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: This style relies on small florals, toiles, plaids and checks for pattern.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Light reds, blues, yellows, greens, violet and whites are common colors.
• Décor: Victorian
Not a style of furniture but an era that spanned the 64-year reign of Queen Victoria of England and the first two decades of the 20th century. During this time, decorating styles from Gothic to Greek Revival were brought back. Furniture lines were mostly curved. Decorations, on furniture and with accessories, are ornate. Marble-topped tables and buttoned upholstery are common. Woods range from dark mahogany to white wicker. Accessories include tables with layered cloths, ruffled pillows, lace and detailed wrought iron.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: Florals and formal textures including flocked paper depict the era.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Deep reds and greens for formal styles and darker woods; light reds, blues, yellows, oranges, greens and violets with white wrought iron and wicker.
• Décor: Southwest
Composed of a blend of Spanish and American Indian cultures, furniture of the Southwest is casual and unpretentious. Trestle tables, rush-bottom chairs and the "trastero” or great cupboard are typical pieces. Furniture is hand carved and usually painted. Accessories include Indian pottery, tinware and Navajo rugs.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: Geometrics such as flamestitch and Indian blanket designs are unique to this décor.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Earth tones of beige, grey, white; sunset brown sand dusty desert pastels support the Southwest patterns.
• Décor: Modern
Modern design completely departs from the past and is characterized by the form-follows-function design that began in the Bauhaus. Danish modern and Japanese styles are also typical. Woods are pine, beech and oak. Plastic laminates are also common. Accessories are minimal and are limited to useful objects.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: Stripes, geometrics, textures and abstracts complement modern décor.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Bold primary reds, yellows, blues and black and white dramatize modern patterns.
• Décor: Contemporary
Contemporary is defined as furniture that is designed and made today using current materials. Lines can be curved or straight. Forms are borrowed from various periods and made functional for current lifestyles. Common woods are walnut, mahogany, oak and teak. Accessories include chrome, glass, wood and steel.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: Contemporary patterns include stripes, geometrics, textures and abstract patterns.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Whites, beiges, taupes, greys, browns and black represent modern colors.
• Décor: American Country
A nostalgic attitude that began in the 1960s and kicked off the American "back to basics” movement that existed some 50 years later. The early beginnings of this movement included open cupboards, ladder back chairs, and blanket chests. Scrubbed or painted pine finished in buttermilk colors and stencil designs are common. Accessories include folk art, rag rugs and quilts.
Recommended Wallcoverings Patterns: Small florals, stripes, geometrics, stencil designs and thematics create the look.
Recommended Wallcoverings Colors: Bright reds, blues, yellows, oranges, greens, violets and whites offset American Country patterns.