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How to Use Your Home’s Architecture for Decor Inspiration

Sarah C
Written by Sarah C

Any great design needs a solid base to work from—that is why architecture plays such an important role in shaping the look, theme and feel of your home’s interior design. Since there are many different types of architecture to choose from—traditional, ranch style, modern, craftsman, just to name a few—we have narrowed down the list to find the best ways to marry your home’s architecture with the décor that lives within its walls.

Oldie but Goodie

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Victorian goodness turned contemporary and fresh. Going for a fully modern redo doesn’t mean foregoing the architectural details that make your home unique. A great way to keep the integrity of your home is to give it a clean slate with a full wash of paint. With a clean palette like this turn-of-the-century apartment, contemporary accents and furniture can live peacefully and even complement the antiquity of the home.

Farmhouse, from Scratch

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This rustic lakefront estate by Wade Weissmann Architecture, in collaboration with Barenz Builders, was an opportunity to create something entirely unique by building from scratch. This is a rather grand example, but with the freedom to build from the ground up, this home can accommodate different styles throughout. The kitchen is filled with farmhouse details (note the pitched ceiling complete with a barn-style window) but is also kept within a rather modern context.

Beachy-Keen

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Originally built in the 1950s as a beach bungalow, this home was renovated by Space International with modern day beach vibes in mind. In a sense, the environment informed the home’s architecture, which ultimately informed the interior’s design. When designing with a bright and open floor plan like this, it is always wise to stay minimal with your décor to the let the architecture really breathe and take center stage. Plus, it leaves more room for entertainment, much like this outdoor fire pit is begging for a late night hang-out.

Fine Craftsmanship

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Born out of the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 1800s, Craftsman-style homes became a popular architectural style that focused on handcrafted details and natural materials…eventually leading to an architectural boom in American suburbs. Still predominant in historical neighborhoods, Craftsman homes can range from modest to grandiose. With such a focus on handcrafted details and built-ins, when decorating a Craftsman home, the architecture does a lot of the work for you. This makes it easy to incorporate your own personal style and put your furniture and decorative items on display.

Teeny Tiny, Big on Design

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When space is at a premium, you almost have no choice but to get creative with the décor you place in your home. Take the tiny home trend: opting for modular furniture pieces with dual functionality is the way to go when laying out your small space. With that in mind, it is also important to stay tidy when living in narrow places like this. So you can’t be afraid to get cozy!

It’s clear that there are many architectural styles and interior designs to choose from, but ultimately architecture is the foundation for a well-designed home. Whether you stick with historical details or embrace a fully modern style, using your home’s architecture as a reference point is a great place to start on your next home project.

About the author

Sarah C

Sarah C

Ever since receiving her first home décor magazine at a young age, Sarah has been drawn to the design world, leading her to work creatively as the Marketing Production Coordinator at Y Design Group. When she is not gushing over interior design on the interwebs, she is usually writing about it. In her off time you can find her hiking, enjoying a nice long brunch, and exploring the awesomeness of Northern California. IG: @sarahwinningham

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