My friend who has helped me design this blog took a quiz and I thought I would do it too!
I took this quiz to find out my decorating style. Honestly, I think the middle one is more accurate, but regardless, I think this will be helpful as we decorate in the future!
Arts and Crafts 50%
You tend to prefer simple to ornate and natural materials over man-made. Warm tones found in wood and brass make you feel comfortable, and good craftsmanship excites you like nothing else. You enjoy patterns that highlight our natural surroundings such as plants and trees. You prefer rectilinear forms and straight lines, however you love to find intricate details (ooooh, stained glass!) where you least expect it.
The furniture that you are drawn to usually features exposed wood framing in rectilinear shapes with upholstery in natural materials like leather or simple fabrics that highlight function and comfort. What is most important is showing off the natural beauty of the wood and exposing the amazing craftsmanship that went into a beautiful piece of furniture. Accent pieces and rugs bring in ornamentation and color and stained glass lampshades are often found sprinkled throughout. The light fixtures that speak to you are framed in hammered copper or burnished brass. They combine simple geometric designs with elements of nature such as trees, flowers (and the occasional dragonfly!)
Color plays an important role in completing the look for you Arts and Crafts enthusiasts. If you live in an Arts and Craft style home you will most likely see a good deal of wood paneling as well as dramatic, linear moldings around the doors and the windows. For those of you who prefer a lighter, almost airy atmosphere, you will paint these elements white and the walls around them in tones of beiges, greens or blues. Alternatively, those of you who prefer a darker, cozier feeling will leave the wood natural and paint the walls in darker versions of those popular colors found in nature. Another way that you love to bring in color is through the use of stencils or wallpaper that are reminiscent of the beautiful forms and colors you find in natural settings.
When it comes to arranging rooms you prefer it when the interior mimics the environment. The transition between rooms, as well as between indoors and outdoors, is almost seamless. If your home doesn't easily allow this you attempt to bring the outdoors inside - the use of wood throughout all of the furniture is very important. However, the contrast between the heaviness of the wood and the lightness of glass is key in your layouts.
Rustic Revival 33%
You can take kid out of the country but you can't take the country out of the kid... or is your theme "you can take the kid out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the kid?" Either way you play it, you are one of the unique individuals who loves a mix of modern and country. The clean lines of the modern softened by rustic /vintage elements is the perfect mix in your mind. And can we blame you? You've taken the best aspects of two popular designs and mixed them in a manner that appeals young and old alike. A subtle background of white or light colors provides a nice canvas for all the wonderful flea market, eBay or garage sale finds as well as the classic modern pieces that you love.
The material palette for urban country runs the gamut because of the two extremes being mixed. On the countryside you see a lot of wood, woven rope, canvas and linen, rustic metals and wrought iron, cowhide and vintage leather. On the more modern side, you see acrylic, satin and polished nickel and chrome, glass, faux fur, refined leather, fiberglass and sleek woods. It's the mixing of these elements that makes the style work so well. Seagrass and other natural woven materials are often used for floor coverings. Concrete and natural wood floors are very popular, and work really well together.
When it comes to color, think light, casual and airy. White, pale gray or beige, khaki and sage; all of these colors make nice, subtle backdrops for Urban Country style. Think of the colors of natural linen, concrete, and if you'd like to go dark, use the dark brownish-black of iron or the deep burnt orange of rust. The key is to keep the spaces feeling open (go modern!) and yet warm (yay for rustic!), and by going light on the walls and major pieces and more color on the accents and accessories you can achieve this mix really well.
Cottage Chic 17%
Who says that cottages can't be modern and chic? Who says that they have to be floral and cheesy? Not you! You love the carefree spirit that the cottage interior inspires, but you are also serious about your appreciation for modern art and hip treasures. You love old and new alike, and love to highlight them all to expose the uniqueness of each. What better way to show off these treasures than with a light background?
You have a great sense of humor when it comes to design and even like to make fun of the style itself. Which means that you will throw in a toy boat or a vintage life preserver to keep the mood of the place just like the color: light! The fabrics are natural (cottons and linens) and are light in touch. Much of the furniture is wood or wood framed (the lighter the better, think driftwood!) and as long as it's used sparingly or with modern lines, you even throw in a wicker piece here and there.
Your true inspiration (whether you know it or not) is the sea... the colors found at your favorite beach: white and light beige of the sand, a variety of blues for the ocean and sky, and greens and pale grays of the sea glass... but the key is white! Your space should feel light and airy and give off the mood one has when at the beach: laid back! The key with Cottage Chic is balance; in one corner there could be a rustic wood table that looks like it could have been found rather than made, but it is offset with a modern vase while another corner is adorned with a modern Lucite piece.
The furniture is comfortable and the layout is cozy. The more it encourages intimate gatherings the better! Just watch out for the red wine spills on the new white sofa! The color throughout is light and airy - and though you love to accessorize with fun colors (the sky's the limit with a white background), the main color seen and felt throughout the house is white or very light versions of colors so that they feel almost white.