1 | Arches And Beams
Old-world design style is a mix of 16th and 17th century European influences, such as French, Spanish, and Italian, which are mostly identified with the arched doorways and windows. Another architectural detail that gives it away is the exposed beams that run across the ceiling.
2 | Earthy And Natural
Natural wood, stone, and metal are dominant materials in this design style. Wood may be used in the exposed beams, and in heavy and huge furniture pieces such as dining tables, cabinets, and bed frames. Stone may be used in flooring, while metal may be used in doors, window treatments, and lighting fixtures. Other earthy elements that you can add are pottery and terra cotta. Leather is also a material often used in this design style. The earthiness and natural textures and colors of these materials exude a certain weathered and aged charm.
3 | Rich, Warm Tones
With the materials all earthy and natural, it’s only instinctive to pull colors from nature and old-world towns as well. Choose deep, rich, and warm colors of burgundy, navy, forest green, and ocher that are regal but muted to keep a warm and inviting space that also gives off the feel of timeworn charm.
4 | Prints And Patterns
Accessories in this design style are particularly conspicuous and curious. Animal prints, as well as skulls, might be peculiar, but these details give a whimsical feel to the space. Woven tapestries, Aubusson rugs, brocades, damasks, fringes, and silk fabrics also add to the old-world charm.
5 | Well-traveled Feel
Luggage trunks, maps, vintage books, binoculars, and other items that reminds anyone of Professor Archimedes Q. Porter, father of Jane from Tarzan. These accessories give a well-traveled impression, as well as a Safari feel, which adds to the timeworn effect.
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