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 - 2 hours online
$424,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,134
SQFT
5600 Oakes Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Hall Subdivision
Open House Sun, Jan 17, 2 PM UTC
$899,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,970
SQFT
1237 Cliftee Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Taggartwood Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,649,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,291
SQFT
1897 Traditions Circle *Lot 43*
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$349,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,672
SQFT
504 Old Towne Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Terraces At Brentwood Chas Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$699,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,699
SQFT
2000 Hunterwood Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hunterwood Sec 3-B Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,050,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,758
SQFT
9215 Prestmoor Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Lansdowne Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,420,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,572
SQFT
1110 Rolling Creek Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hampton Reserve Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$424,700
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,458
SQFT
5705 Sterling Oaks Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Sterling Oaks Subdivision
Open House Sun, Jan 17, 2 PM UTC
$549,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,345
SQFT
9718 Glen Eden Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Bridgeton Park Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$430,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,167
SQFT
329 Mayfield Sta
Brentwood, TN 37027
Cottonport Plantation Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,754
SQFT
9603 Brunswick Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Bonbrook The Est Of Ph 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,249,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
8,928
SQFT
10 Camel Back Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club The Ph 4 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,584
SQFT
806 Valley View Cir
Brentwood, TN 37027
Valley View Village Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$360,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,762
SQFT
641 Old Hickory Blvd #405
Brentwood, TN 37027
Townhomes Of Fredericksbur Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$560,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,664
SQFT
704 Edmondson Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,200
SQFT
Edenbrook Court
Brentwood, TN 37027
Edenbrook Estates Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,585,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,703
SQFT
502 Wilson Pike Cir
Brentwood, TN 37027
Delfino Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$239,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
992
SQFT
5743 Brentwood Trce
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Trace Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$232,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
992
SQFT
5743 Brentwood Trce
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Trace Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$549,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,632
SQFT
2775 Hillsboro Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - a week online
$534,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,632
SQFT
2775 Hillsboro Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - a week online
$349,700
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,568
SQFT
601 Old Hickory Blvd #38
Brentwood, TN 37027
Townhomes Of Fredericksbur Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,799,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
6,017
SQFT
1895 Traditions Circle
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Phase 5 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,459,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,677
SQFT
1849 Traditions Circle *Lot 79*
Brentwood, TN 37027
Traditions Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$4,317
Commercial For Sale
Active
2,800
SQFT
1720 General George Patton Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Patton Business Park Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,799,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,260
SQFT
5103 Cornwall Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Meadow Lake Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$289,900
Land For Sale
Active
1.29
ACRES
WILLIAMSON, TN
COUNTY
1623 Sunset Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
. Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$411,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,128
SQFT
7720 Tranquil Trl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Autumn Oaks Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,824,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,081
SQFT
9481 Highland Bend Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Preserve @ Concord Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$379,500
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,040
SQFT
1502 Brentwood Pt
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Pointe Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$690,000
Land For Sale
Active
1
ACRES
WILLIAMSON, TN
COUNTY
502 Wilson Pike Cir
Brentwood, TN 37027
Delfino Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,800,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
8,373
SQFT
409 Saint Edmunds Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Cambridge Downs Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$296,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,176
SQFT
309 Seven Springs Way #104
Brentwood, TN 37027
St Martins Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$5,249,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
8,500
SQFT
1211 Franklin Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Hills Sec 4 Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,975,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
8,357
SQFT
5118 Herschel Spears Cir
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Country Club Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$3,990,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
7,737
SQFT
1624 Ragsdale Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Mastroleo Subdivision
$449,500
Land For Sale
Active
0.568
ACRES
WILLIAMSON, TN
COUNTY
43 Colonel Winstead Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club The Ph 9A Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,030
SQFT
7064 Oak Brook Ter
Brentwood, TN 37027
Autumn Oaks Subdivision
$1,450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
7,114
SQFT
9611 Lineberger Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Bonbrook The Est Of Ph 2 Subdivision
$1,525,000
Land For Sale
Active
2.79
ACRES
WILLIAMSON, TN
COUNTY
1211 Franklin Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Hills Sec 4 Subdivision
$1,700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,804
SQFT
2943 Hillsboro Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
N/A Subdivision
$1,899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
8,414
SQFT
720 Valhalla Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Valhalla Subdivision
$1,433,620
Land For Sale
Active
6.67
ACRES
WILLIAMSON, TN
COUNTY
1674 Sunset Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
$304,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,184
SQFT
311 Seven Springs Way #303
Brentwood, TN 37027
St Martin Square Subdivision
$1,999,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,200
SQFT
1509 Carlybrooke Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Voce Subdivision
$524,900
Land For Sale
Active
0.66
ACRES
DAVIDSON, TN
COUNTY
1613 Windy Ridge Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Voce Subdivision
$3,529,740
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
7,932
SQFT
48 Governors Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club Subdivision
$1,699,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,375
SQFT
386 Grove Hurst Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Annandale Sec 5 Subdivision
$1,625,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,375
SQFT
386 Grove Hurst Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Annandale Sec 5 Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,160,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,958
SQFT
1730 Old Hickory Blvd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Forest Hills Subdivision
$1,749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,126
SQFT
1603 Eastwood Dr, Lot 118
Brentwood, TN 37027
Raintree Forest - Reserve Subdivision
$1,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,914
SQFT
1578 Eastwood Dr - Lot 102
Brentwood, TN 37027
Raintree Forest - Reserve Subdivision
$5,999,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
6,994
SQFT
1761 Woodsong Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Voce Subdivision
$1,155,000
Land For Sale
Active
1.85
ACRES
DAVIDSON, TN
COUNTY
1761 Woodsong Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Voce Subdivision

 

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