Decorating Your New Home with Style

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From mid-century to Victorian, you can create a cohesive look outside in no matter what era your house was built in. Finding a home requires trade-offs, whether in the house or neighborhood. And though it’s not easy to change your neighborhood, you can certainly change the way your home looks and feels.

America’s Most Popular Architectural Styles

What architectural style do Americans love most, and where are they most likely to find those homes? To find out, a new Trulia survey conducted online by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 Americans age 18 and older asked and found that the top home styles Americans cite as their favorites are craftsman (43%), ranch (41%), and colonial (36%). However, this varies by age.

mufreesboro home stagingMillennials, age 18–34, were more likely to favor craftsman-style homes (52% vs. 36% of those age 55+), while older adults, age 55+, were more likely favor ranch-style homes (52% vs. 28% of millennials). Despite the overwhelming popularity of craftsman-style homes, ranch homes are much easier to find on the market.

In middle TN, he most common architectural styles are colonial, ranch, craftsman, Victorian, and mid-century.

Consider augmenting your home’s classic style with textured, woven baskets of natural materials like rattan, sisal, or water hyacinth. Houseplants, including dramatic palms and ferns, are also good options to create this effect. Give a nod to the colonial style’s spartan take on neoclassical grandeur. Collect handcrafted wooden bowls and ladles, and seek art that involves the crude human figures of the colonial period. The colonial style emphasizes wood tones and handcrafted elements. Keep those features feeling fresh with dramatic bright or dark paint choices on walls or furniture. You might also embrace the rustic inspiration behind the ranch style with Western-flavored elements like cowhide and leather ottomans, rugs, and pillows. Wood elements like floating shelves, trays, and coat racks also help.

Ranch style emphasizes social space and natural light. To capitalize on those elements,consider using neutrals with no heavy patterns and grabbing a bar cart and serve-ware for entertaining. Make modern statements on the style with elements like cement floor tiles, light floor stains, and minimalist trim and molding. The ranch looks best when you embrace its modern simplicity. Stick to clean-lined furniture but adding personality through rattan accents and an eclectic mix of metals.

For a craftsman? Use charming, symmetrical exterior by focusing on curb appeal with floral boxes or large planters. Contrast geometric patterns with pops of accent color.

And for a Victorian? Try hearkening back to this architectural style’s namesake era by choosing lace, ribbon, or embroidered linens in neutral or white for tablecloths, curtains, and bedding. Mismatched antique furnishings are also a good look. Britto and Charette recommend painting baseboards dark espresso or high-gloss black to mimic the dark wood elements that were popular in the era. To add personality, follow another Victorian tradition and fill a curio with collectibles. Victorians enthusiastically embraced patterns, but Owens suggests modernizing by wallpapering one feature wall while keeping others neutral. An ornate furniture piece can also make a nice accent.

With a mid-century home, simply and inexpensively by swapping out the legs on your existing furniture for the tapered legs characteristic of the mid-century style. A low-profile sofa or arched floor lamp are other easy ways to achieve this style. The right furniture is crucial, but price can be an issue. Find modern designers and stores whose products mimic the style of the time period.

New Listing - 9 hours online
$1,199,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,497
SQFT
3 Torrey Pines Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club The Ph 10 Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$949,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,344
SQFT
6414 Waterford Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Waterford Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,549
SQFT
9706 Onyx Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Woodlands @ Copperstone Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$969,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,377
SQFT
431 Mayfield Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Mayfield Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$635,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,156
SQFT
1705 Overcheck Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Carriage Hills Sec 6 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$479,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,180
SQFT
444 Highpoint Ter
Brentwood, TN 37027
Jackson Valley Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$369,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,365
SQFT
7277 Autumn Crossing Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Autumn Oaks Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,755,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
8,361
SQFT
561 Grand Oaks Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Belle Rive Ph 3 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$329,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,636
SQFT
442 Old Towne Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Terraces At Brentwood Chas Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$599,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,515
SQFT
517 Davis Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Smyrna Road Homes Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
7,126
SQFT
5181 Remington Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Princeton Hills Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$529,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,381
SQFT
6032 Manor Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hearthstone Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,425
SQFT
9555 Sanctuary Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hampton Reserve Sec 4 Subdivision
Open House 06/23 at 2PM
$924,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,294
SQFT
904 Oxford Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentmeade Est Sec 4 Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,830
SQFT
1548 Red Oak Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Courtside @ Southern Woods Subdivision
Open House 06/23 at 2PM
$589,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,778
SQFT
8129 Maryland Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brenthaven Sec 7 Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,579,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
7,257
SQFT
9559 Hampton Reserve Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hampton Reserve Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,657,950
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,895
SQFT
1 Heights Blvd
Brentwood, TN 37027
The Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$340,000
Land For Sale
Active
7.78
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
7075 Nolensville Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood/Nolensville Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$872,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,681
SQFT
1609 Glenellen Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Glenellen Est Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$264,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,629
SQFT
8529 Calistoga Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Villas At Concord Place Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$288,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,470
SQFT
601 Old Hickory Blvd Unit 59
Brentwood, TN 37027
Townhomes Of Fredericksbur Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$589,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,735
SQFT
7016 Mayflower Cir
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood So Ltd Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$405,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,388
SQFT
117 Sterling Oaks Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Sterling Oaks Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
8,483
SQFT
5 Carmel Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club The Ph 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$4,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
10
TOTAL BATHS
12,753
SQFT
9273 Exton Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Annandale Sec 11 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$639,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,612
SQFT
9024 Meadowlawn Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Est Unit 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$418,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,064
SQFT
717 Lake Cir
Brentwood, TN 37027
Subd Southern Woods Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$304,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,040
SQFT
5121 Ander Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
High Point Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$549,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,057
SQFT
1575 Red Oak Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Courtside @ Southern Woods Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$883,276
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
7,117
SQFT
379 Childe Harolds Cir
Brentwood, TN 37027
Fountainbrooke Sec 6 Subdivision
Open House 06/23 at 2PM
$1,479,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,674
SQFT
1939 Old Hickory Blvd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Outside Wildwood-No HOA Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$819,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,545
SQFT
512 Wilson Run
Brentwood, TN 37027
Wilson Run Subdivision
Open House 06/23 at 2PM
$399,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,089
SQFT
1533 Indian Hawthorne Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Chestnut Springs Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$524,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,718
SQFT
1264 Wheatley Forest Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Bridgeton Park Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$699,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,938
SQFT
1543 Red Oak Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Courtside @ Southern Woods Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$465,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,368
SQFT
1513 Puryear Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brenthaven Sec 4 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$195,000
Land For Sale
Active
1.14
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
Holly Tree Gap Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hillview Est Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$545,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,382
SQFT
905 Holly Tree Gap Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hillview Est Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$659,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,473
SQFT
5014 Ashby Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Hills Sec 4 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$499,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,895
SQFT
5740 Cloverland Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Cloverland Acres Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$625,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,170
SQFT
6355 Panorama Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Wildwood Est Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,145,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
6,551
SQFT
6325 Wescates Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Belle Rive Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$549,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,841
SQFT
769 Downing Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Runnymeade Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$700,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.99
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
11 Spyglass Hl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club Ph 11 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$774,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,832
SQFT
1761 Forsyth Park Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Montclair Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$569,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,735
SQFT
6405 Tree Ridge Cv
Brentwood, TN 37027
Holly Tree Farms Ph 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$899,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,521
SQFT
6339 Johnson Chapel Rd W
Brentwood, TN 37027
Belle Rive Ph 1 Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,766
SQFT
1312 Parker Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brenthaven Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$699,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,076
SQFT
1458 Crimson Clover Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Courtside @ Southern Woods Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,679,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,255
SQFT
5108 Seward Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Meadow Lake Sec 4 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,121
SQFT
9233 Carrisbrook Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Annandale Sec 8 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,928
SQFT
1855 Longmoore Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Taramore Ph9 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$714,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,928
SQFT
621 Firefox Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Shadow Creek @ Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,049,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,888
SQFT
907 Sunset Rd W
Brentwood, TN 37027
Wetherbrooke Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$599,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,800
SQFT
1622 Covington Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brenthaven Sec 7 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$724,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,371
SQFT
910 Woodburn Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Chenoweth Sec 3 Subdivision
Open House 06/23 at 2PM
$635,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,392
SQFT
1572 Woodbury Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Raintree Forest Sec 4-D Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$899,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,199
SQFT
9487 Wicklow Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Glenellen Est Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$560,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,957
SQFT
402 Dahlia Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Murray Est Subdivision