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 - 4 hours online
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
10,081
SQFT
9540 Sanctuary Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hampton Reserve Sec 4 Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$457,400
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,712
SQFT
7056 Oak Brook Ter
Brentwood, TN 37027
Autumn Oaks Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$725,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,506
SQFT
1141 Hidden Valley Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hidden Valley Est Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,049,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,878
SQFT
9435 Weatherly Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Laurels West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,090,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,690
SQFT
1750 Tuscany Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Tuscany Hills Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$433,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,025
SQFT
9014 Forest Lawn Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Park Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$3,725,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
10,677
SQFT
291 Jones Pkwy
Brentwood, TN 37027
Annandale Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$765,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,947
SQFT
1606 Newstead Ter
Brentwood, TN 37027
Fountainbrooke Sec11 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$589,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,289
SQFT
9719 Mountain Ash Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Willowmet Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$649,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,160
SQFT
1564 Ragsdale Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
9,907
SQFT
9287 Fordham Dr (Lot #56)
Brentwood, TN 37027
Witherspoon Sec5 Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$835,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,440
SQFT
9108 Concord Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentmeade Est Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$799,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,640
SQFT
1909 Harpeth River Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Wildwood Valley Est Subdivision
Open House 06/04 at 1PM
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,048
SQFT
5625 Cloverland Park Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Cloverland Park Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,749,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
10,782
SQFT
35 Missionary Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Governors Club Ph13b Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$419,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,434
SQFT
117 Lenham Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Southpoint Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$422,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,434
SQFT
129 Lenham Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Southpoint Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$719,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,963
SQFT
1606 Hillwood Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Fountainbrooke Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$439,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,629
SQFT
133 Lenham Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Southpoint Subdivision
Open House 06/07 at 2PM
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$549,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,150
SQFT
710 Wilson Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
Carondelet Sec 4 Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$459,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,065
SQFT
137 Lenham Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Southpoint Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$784,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,368
SQFT
9474 Highwood Hill Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Raintree Forest So Sec 8 Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$395,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,273
SQFT
141 Lenham Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Southpoint Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$7,500,000
Land For Sale
Active
94.93
ACRES
WILLIAMSON, TN
COUNTY
9849 Split Log Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$675,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,004
SQFT
9918 Maupin Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
Private Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,597,500
Land For Sale
Active
12.78
ACRES
WILLIAMSON, TN
COUNTY
9720 Split Log Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Williamson County Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$489,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,196
SQFT
187 Forest Trail
Brentwood, TN 37027
Concord Forest Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$730,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,245
SQFT
1190 Retreat Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Bonbrook On Concord Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
6,176
SQFT
5210 Heathrow Hills Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Heathrow Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
5,586
SQFT
1743 Charity Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Laurels The Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$899,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,110
SQFT
376 Shadow Creek Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Wetherbrooke Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$875,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,036
SQFT
9164 Demery Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Somerset Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,449,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
6
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
7,955
SQFT
9612 Mitchell Pl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Magnolia Vale Ph 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,866
SQFT
904 Stone Box Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Stone Box Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,305
SQFT
1834 Charity Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Inglehame Farms Sec 7 Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,015
SQFT
5309 Meadowlake Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Meadow Lake Sec 6 Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,248
SQFT
9128 Carissa Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Concord Place Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$479,900
Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,338
SQFT
900 Brenton Park Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brenton Park Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$599,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,277
SQFT
9217 Shawnee Trl
Brentwood, TN 37027
Indian Point Sec 4 Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$350,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,983
SQFT
1259 Brentwood Pt
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Pointe Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,132
SQFT
606 Shenandoah Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Carondelet Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,150,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
6,912
SQFT
1758 Charity Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Laurels The Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,419
SQFT
1613 Windy Ridge Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Voce Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,274,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,633
SQFT
9485 Highland Bend Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Preserve @ Concord Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$669,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,843
SQFT
1491 Red Oak Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Courtside @ Southern Woods Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,095,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
7
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
7,785
SQFT
482 Grand Oaks Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Chapel Hill Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$424,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,468
SQFT
1607 Reed Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Mooreland Est Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$789,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,152
SQFT
9216 Hunterboro Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Foxboro Est Sec 7 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$515,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,991
SQFT
5425 Brownstone Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brownstone Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,264
SQFT
1587 Fawn Creek Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Raintree Forest Sec 4-A Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,450,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
2,576
SQFT
7050 Nolensville Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$739,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,526
SQFT
9659 Brunswick Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Bonbrook The Est Of Ph 5 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$549,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,715
SQFT
1057 Beech Tree Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
Cottonport Plantation Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$914,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,901
SQFT
9513 Wexcroft Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Taramore Ph 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$229,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,116
SQFT
5809 Brentwood Trace
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Trace Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,649,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
8,395
SQFT
6320 Waterford Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Waterford Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$524,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,047
SQFT
909 Stone Box Ct
Brentwood, TN 37027
Stone Box Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,999,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
7,630
SQFT
999 Lookout Ridge Court
Brentwood, TN 37027
Heathrow Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$347,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,672
SQFT
440 Old Towne Dr #440
Brentwood, TN 37027
Terraces At Brentwood Chas Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$899,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,617
SQFT
1307 Ewell Lane
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood Hills Sec 2 Subdivision

 

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