The first thing that you
need to do, before you start furnishing your house, is
to decide on a home furnishing style. Once you decide
on a style it is easier to choose the furnishings and
accessories that suit that style. Given below is a
general overview of a few home furnishing styles,
which you can consult before deciding on a particular
The word cottage brings to mind a quaint little house, with a
white picket fence, tucked away in the countryside or by a lake.
For this style:
Use white couches and chairs or white wicker
furniture and for the cushions use floral prints.
Paint the house in pastel shades.
Use soft lighting and use dimmers if
For curtains use sheer fabric or gauze. This
will create the ambience of a cottage.
Place antique accessories around the house.
Use patchwork quilts as throws.
This style of home furnishing is associated with the Italian and
Use warm colors like earth colors or yellow.
Use fabric with simple patterns in blue
enhanced with a little gold.
Use natural wood furniture.
Decorate with pictures of flowers especially
sunflower and ships.
This style involves using simple and sleek Oriental patterns.
While trying to create this style remember
less is more.
Use little furniture.
Use tables made of teak wood and lacquer and
Furnish with Oriental rugs, silk fabric with
Use pictures of dragons, cherry blossoms and
This style is the original classic home furnishing style, which
is elegant but not loud.
Use fabric with floral prints for curtains,
cushions, couches, sheets etc.
You can use plaids and damasks for furnishing
Use heavy material to make curtains.
Use mahogany for furniture.
Decorate with china, crystal.
Used framed landscapes to decorate walls.
This style is the beautiful and grand styles used in the
mansions in England during the Victorian period.
Use furniture that is small and elegant like
couches and armchairs.
Use silk fabric for cushions in stripes and
with simple floral patterns.
You can use velvet and rich brocades for
furnishing your home.
Decorate with porcelain and dried flowers.
Choose a style that you like and that reflects
your personal style and use it to furnish your home.