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 - 10 hours online
$1,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,640
SQFT
9132 Saddlebow
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentmeade Subdivision
New Listing - 11 hours online
$998,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,480
SQFT
9495 Wicklow Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Glenellen Est Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$354,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,265
SQFT
9420 Little Gem Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Concord Place Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$675,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,759
SQFT
2505 HUGH CATES PLACE
Brentwood, TN 37027
BROOKFIELD Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$849,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,485
SQFT
28 Colonel Winstead Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club The Ph 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$664,750
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,528
SQFT
1036 Gracelawn Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hillview Est Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$499,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,438
SQFT
9534 Faulkner Sq
Brentwood, TN 37027
Taramore Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$417,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,037
SQFT
405 Highpoint Ter
Brentwood, TN 37027
Jackson Valley Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$323,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,682
SQFT
Terraces At Brentwood Chas #412
412 Old Towne Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
New Listing - 3 days online
$979,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,167
SQFT
405 Oakvale Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Meadow Lake Sec 6 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$859,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,277
SQFT
8225 Donaway Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brenthaven Ph 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$590,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.62
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
6458 Penrose Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Avery Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$535,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
9007 Forest Lawn Dr.
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Park Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$429,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,699
SQFT
5709 Cloverland Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Cloverland Acres Subdivision
Open House 12/14 at 8AM
$406,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,982
SQFT
808 Old Thrasher Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Cottonport Plantation Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$550,000
Land For Sale
Active
5.01
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
1165 Waller Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$560,000
Land For Sale
Active
2.32
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
440 Beech Creek Road, N
Brentwood, TN 37027
Beech Creek Hill Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$635,000
Land For Sale
Active
1.38
ACRES
DAVIDSON
COUNTY
1784 Woodsong Dr (Lot #40)
Brentwood, TN 37027
Voce Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$599,900
Land For Sale
Active
1.08
ACRES
DAVIDSON
COUNTY
5314 Camelot Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Camelot Acres Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$720,000
Land For Sale
Active
2.21
ACRES
DAVIDSON
COUNTY
5655 Granny White Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
Forest Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$419,900
Land For Sale
Active Under Contract
1.32
ACRES
DAVIDSON
COUNTY
1701 Woodsong Dr (Lot #14)
Brentwood, TN 37027
Voce Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$248,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.8
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
713 Ashley Run
Brentwood, TN 37027
Cambridge Hills Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$427,000
Land For Sale
Active
2.1
ACRES
DAVIDSON
COUNTY
9420 Old Smyrna Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Banbury Crossing Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$385,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.5
ACRES
DAVIDSON
COUNTY
1605 Windy Ridge (Lot #23)
Brentwood, TN 37027
Voce Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$379,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.41
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
8 Cherub Ct Lot 360
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club Ph 13-A Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$6,850,000
Farm For Sale
Active
100.76
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
1235 Hidden Valley Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$175,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.44
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
20 Cherub Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club Ph13b Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
8,388
SQFT
5032 High Valley Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
High Valley Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$795,000
Land For Sale
Active
3.01
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
412 Wilson Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
6,206
SQFT
1221 Old Hickory Blvd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Neals Three Lot Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,059,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,950
SQFT
9203 Bradbury Ct Lot 131
Brentwood, TN 37027
Witherspoon Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$419,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,808
SQFT
108 Ridgewood Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Concord Forest Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$289,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,869
SQFT
Brentwood Villa #5916
5916 Stone Brook Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Open House 12/13 at 8AM
$285,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,166
SQFT
127 Villa View Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 7 days online
$2,980,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
9,132
SQFT
6449 Penrose Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Avery Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$799,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,518
SQFT
1919 Harpeth River Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Wildwood Valley Est Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$349,500
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,032
SQFT
Brentwood Pointe Sec 3 #1243
1243 Brentwood Pt
Brentwood, TN 37027
New Listing - a week online
$1,020,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,261
SQFT
1938 Parade Drive #12
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$956,300
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,057
SQFT
1941 Parade Drive #100
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,221,795
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,587
SQFT
1853 Pageantry Circle #106
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,062,270
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,466
SQFT
1902 Traditions Circle #47
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,051,860
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,515
SQFT
1931 Parade Drive #95
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,103
SQFT
1855 Pageantry Circle #107
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,574,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
8,185
SQFT
2 Missionary Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club The Ph 5 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$433,440
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,580
SQFT
6717 Autumn Oaks
Brentwood, TN 37027
Autumn Oaks Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$212,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,088
SQFT
512 Brentwood Pt
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - a week online
$399,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,424
SQFT
Townhomes Of Fredericksbur #138
641 Old Hickory Blvd Unit 138
Brentwood, TN 37027
New Listing - a week online
$514,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,687
SQFT
7032 N Lake Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Southern Woods Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,841
SQFT
1214 Lipscomb Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Meadows Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$769,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,735
SQFT
9519 Midlothian Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Northumberland Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$875,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,810
SQFT
7 Torrey Pines Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club The Ph 10 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$395,000
Land For Sale
Active
1.34
ACRES
WILLIAMSON
COUNTY
418 Wilson Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
Owen Lynn Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$715,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,364
SQFT
9430 Smithson Lane
Brentwood, TN 37027
Chenoweth Sec 14 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,290,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
11,394
SQFT
488 Jones Pkwy
Brentwood, TN 37027
Annandale Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$839,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,853
SQFT
103 Governors Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club The Ph 8 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$285,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,858
SQFT
119 Villa View Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$939,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,486
SQFT
874 Arlington Heights Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Arlington Heights Subdivision
Open House 12/12 at 8AM
$345,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,128
SQFT
7516 Oakledge Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Autumn Oaks Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$829,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,980
SQFT
6114 Pleasant Water Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Windstone Ph 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,205
SQFT
1211 Round Grove Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Cartwright Close Subdivision

 

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