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Regional influences found in home design coast to coast

July 10, 2013

Area RugFrom Mediterranean-style low rises on the West Coast to Colonial homes in the East, regional differences show up in all aspects of home design. The influence can range from a house's architecture to the choice of area rugs to accent a certain style. The Colonial colors and delicate floral in the Avalon Garden area rug within Shaw Floors' Melrose collection, for instance, would go well with a house full of early American furnishings.

Chic and sunny
Mediterranean flair conveys the relaxed atmosphere of the shore complemented by chic French country furnishings. Home decorators can recreate the mellow mood of Mediterranean life with subtle blue and white fabrics, accents of green and a mix of stripes and floral patterns. In their kitchens, accessories that include hand-crafted pottery pieces and wooden bowls will add the ambiance of a garden cafe.

One HGTV viewer presented her interpretation of the Mediterranean by transforming a tiny deck off a kitchen into a simple but comfortable place in the sun. A metal-frame outdoor chaise lounge with deep cushions was matched by a metal bistro dining set for two.

Bungalow living
Craftsman and other style bungalows have been a mainstay of Midwestern home architecture for generations. The Mission style of furniture - also called Arts and Crafts - has always been associated with room design in one-story bungalow living.

Mission features fit beautifully with today's trends, including geometric patterns in fabrics, hardwood flooring and wood-stained furnishings. With Mission's clean design lines, homeowners can pair Tiffany glass lamps and upholstered seating in this decor. Deep green, red and brown complement the look. The geometric El Ray area rug within Shaw Floors' Newport collection is an ideal fit with Mission style.

Old-time colors
Colonial home styles are more prevalent in New England than in the American West, but there's no reason why this architectural look can't be featured in homes coast to coast. The colors associated with colonial times are a good match for paint techniques from earlier eras that are still used today.

According to, paint colors in these early homes included red, mustard yellow and moss green, as well as tan and gray. Often, homemakers produced grained or marbled finishes on the walls for a more elegant look..

To carry through the theme, homeowners may want to outfit their spaces with pewter accessories and needlepoint pillows on chairs. Folk art, a popular decoration in colonial times, offers a number of colors that homeowners can choose from this traditional palette.