February 21, 2013
When it comes to defining the term old world, words can be elusive. It's an aesthetic, a style of thought, a character and personality. It's found in the hardwood boards of Anderson Floor's Virginia Vintage line of flooring. It's emblematic of heritage furniture and antiques. In fact, old world means just about anything quaint, attractive and immutably tied to the past. And integrating it into your home design might just be the best renovation decision you ever make!
Old world style isn't for everybody, but it does have the versatility to work with a variety of design schools, including some on the more modern and contemporary end. Going for an old school overhaul though requires a few must-have features. Don't neglect any of these!
The first step is to adopt hardwood flooring throughout your home. Hardwood is both an old practice and one that's remained popular for a reason. Consider how the solid, hickory boards of Anderson's Colonial Manor collection adopt classic flooring conventions - hand-crafting, extra thick planks - and bolsters these with modern staining and durability. Best of all, these boards are reminiscent of those in the finest of 18th century homes, giving your own abode an antiquated and stylish air.
One feature of classic homes that you're surely going to want to adopt to get that old world feel are floor-to-ceiling shelves. Building these into the walls is ideal, then decorate and stock as you see fit. Walls of books make for a fantastic academic environment in some rooms.
Looking for antique furniture without emptying your bank account? Get thrifty with estate sales and flea markets. At these events, you can find excellent, quality furniture for significantly less. If you're a handy DIY-type of individual, you can do some restaining and painting on your own as well!
This small touch isn't to everyone's tastes, but it can do a lot to add old world elegance to a home. It doesn't need to have the Frank Lloyd Wright touch either - just a little colored sunlight can set the desired mood, especially in a spot like the foyer. Of course, throughout the house be sure to let in plenty of sunlight! All the better for you to really appreciate your new aesthetic with!
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