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Wood floors are among the popular features of regional home styles

January 30, 2014

Historical periods and regional differences show up in home design all the time. Drive down a residential street in the Midwest and you're sure to see some bungalows, while the same drive in the Northeast will find many colonials lining the sidewalks. But just as you don't have to live in a particular location to have classic hardwood floors like those in Anderson's Urban Pioneer collection, you don't have to live in a certain locale to have the architectural or furnishing style you like best.

Historical periods and regional differences show up in home design all the time. Drive down a residential street in the Midwest and you're sure to see some bungalows, while the same drive in the Northeast will find many colonials lining the sidewalks. But just as you don't have to live in a particular location to have classic hardwood floors like those in Anderson's Urban Pioneer collection, you don't have to live in a certain locale to have the architectural or furnishing style you like best.

Early American style
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 modern furnishings and paint techniques from earlier eras are still used today.

According to HomeDecoratingCoach.com, 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. Those painting techniques are a good substitute for wallpaper in moist environments like bathrooms and kitchens.

To carry through the Early American theme, accessories may include pewter pieces 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.

For tablecloths or runners, patterns that are reminiscent of homespun fabrics from the colonial era add another touch of authenticity. Or, home decorators who have a flair for craft work can use fabric paint to create old-style marbled patterns on pillows and other soft furnishings.

Mission in the Midwest
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 bungalow room design.

Mission features fit beautifully with today's trends, such as the growing popularity of geometric, wood-stained furnishings and wood flooring. The style has historically had a masculine look, but now suits any taste with its use of striped wood grain oak and simple hardware.

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, along with area rugs in nature colors. Other materials that embellish the Mission style include metals, stained glass, painted tiles and fabrics featuring floral motifs.