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.

Open House 08/25 at 2PM
$825,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,683
SQFT
6203 River Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
River Oaks Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 15 hours online
$2,222,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,130
SQFT
1806 Terrabrooke Ct, Lot 7
Brentwood, TN 37027
Terrabrooke Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 12PM
$804,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,000
SQFT
2145 Key Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hunterwood Ph 1 Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$294,900
Condominium For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,216
SQFT
309 Seven Springs Way Apt 305 #305
Brentwood, TN 37027
St Martin Square At Seven Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 2PM
$569,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,546
SQFT
1433 Red Oak Dr.
Brentwood, TN 37027
Southern Woods Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 2PM
$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,024
SQFT
1714 Andrew Crockett Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Crockett Springs Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,250,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
5,717
SQFT
1652 Sunset Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Sunset Est Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 1PM
$799,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,064
SQFT
9411 Whittingham Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Whittingham Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$287,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,904
SQFT
5502 Prada Dr #5502
Brentwood, TN 37027
High Point Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$299,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,107
SQFT
5617 Kristin Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brenthurst Subdivision
Open House 09/08 at 2PM
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,808
SQFT
608 Forest Park Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Forest Of Brentwood Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 2PM
$499,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,229
SQFT
5232 Almadale Cir
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brownstone Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,500,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
1,655
SQFT
7029 Nolensville Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
Open House 08/24 at 11AM
$575,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,013
SQFT
1729 Reins Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Carriage Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$899,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
6,537
SQFT
7031 Stone Run Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Stone Creek Park Sec 4 Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,100,000
Land For Sale
Pending
1
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
7010 Crews Lane
Brentwood, TN 37027
Oman Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$499,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,190
SQFT
1334 Holly Tree Gap Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,541
SQFT
1958 Parade Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$410,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,105
SQFT
908 Catlow Ct #908
Brentwood, TN 37027
Barrington Place Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$3,600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,700
SQFT
1629 Ragsdale Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,645,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,822
SQFT
5610a Granny White Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
Richland Reserve Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,629,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,838
SQFT
5610c Granny White Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
Richland Reserve Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,180,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,630
SQFT
9511 Glenfiddich Trce
Brentwood, TN 37027
Glen Abbey Sec2 Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$325,000
Land For Sale
Active
5.06
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
Waller Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Raw Land Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 2PM
$569,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,683
SQFT
6400 Tree Ridge Cv
Brentwood, TN 37027
Holly Tree Farms Ph 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,500,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
1.54
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
6827 Nolensville Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,500,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
1.54
ACRES
DAVIDSON
COUNTY
6825 Nolensville Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,669,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,681
SQFT
5610b Granny White Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
Richland Reserve Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 2PM
$459,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,438
SQFT
9542 Faulkner Sq
Brentwood, TN 37027
Taramore Ph11 Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$685,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,726
SQFT
2192 Ella Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brookfield Sec 11 Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 2PM
$880,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
4,191
SQFT
8204 Victory Trail
Brentwood, TN 37027
Concord Chase Estates Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$430,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
408 Turning Leaf Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brownstone Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,934
SQFT
6757 Walnut Hills Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Walnut Ridge Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$1,163,485
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,155
SQFT
1945 Parade Drive #109
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$614,900
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 - 7 days online
$1,194,690
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,293
SQFT
1934 Parade Drive #14
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$599,900
Land For Sale
Active
0.87
ACRES
DAVIDSON
COUNTY
1701 Lischey Ave
Brentwood, TN 37027
William White Lands & Joyw Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$749,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,113
SQFT
6987 Tartan Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Mooreland Est Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$292,500
Condominium For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,857
SQFT
1009 Brentwood Pt
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Pointe Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$675,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,821
SQFT
9445 Waterfall Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Highland Park / Raintree Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,190,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
10,413
SQFT
247 Governors Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club The Ph 1 Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 2PM
$515,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,755
SQFT
5712 Hearthstone Ln.
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hearthstone Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,311
SQFT
1011 Monroe Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Magnolia Vale Ph 2 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,450,000
Land For Sale
Active
4.94
ACRES
DAVIDSON
COUNTY
6944 Nolensville Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - a week online
$949,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,103
SQFT
1014 Doveland Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentmeade Est Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
7,181
SQFT
14 Agincourt Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Agincourt Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$359,953
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,416
SQFT
6824 Scarlet Ridge Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Autumn Oaks Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 1PM
$829,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,800
SQFT
1859 Trebor Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Inglehame Farms Sec 8 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$459,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,808
SQFT
5337 Fredericksburg Way W
Brentwood, TN 37027
Fredericksburg Subdivision
Open House 08/25 at 2PM
$499,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,236
SQFT
6533 Banbury Xing
Brentwood, TN 37027
Banbury Crossing Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,400,000
Land For Sale
Active
16.54
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
1297 Red Oak Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,422
SQFT
1829 Grey Pointe Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Inglehame Farms Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$314,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,737
SQFT
401 Old Towne Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Terrace at Brentwood Chase Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$439,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,566
SQFT
201 Tarrington Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Oakmont Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$979,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,303
SQFT
815 Singleton Lane *Lot 20
Brentwood, TN 37027
Stonecrest Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$490,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,750
SQFT
891 Holly Tree Gap Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hillview Est Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$879,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,243
SQFT
9218 Sydney Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Inglehame Farms Sec 5 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$789,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,832
SQFT
9504 Midlothian Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Northumberland Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$799,900
Land For Sale
Active
7.38
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
935 Edmondson Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Subdivision
Open House 08/24 at 2PM
$309,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,857
SQFT
812 Brentwood Pt
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Pointe Sec 2 Subdivision

 

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