More Old-World décor trends.

Transform a bedroom for a supremely elegant and casual feel, drawing on timeless Old World décor influences with their rich and exotic aesthetics. The Old World style as we recognise it today, evokes images of Mediterranean villages and the Tuscan countryside, epitomised by a blend of opulent room elements and plush fabrics, organic materials and rich earth tones for wall treatments and soft furnishings. With a little thought and research, transform a room from drab to decadent using a few Old World inspired touches, for a décor style that can’t fail to please.

Regal colours set the mood here so enhance your room space using rich and lavish hues. Choose an earth-toned colour palette to infuse the space with plenty of natural charm and set the tone of the décor by treating the walls with a backdrop of creamy ecru paint finishes or plain wallpaper. Fabric wall coverings might also be appropriate here. The neutral hue of the walls will form the perfect contrast for richer, deeper colours. Show off the bed with a sophisticated chocolate brown and cream toile-patterned bedspread, which will bring to life traditional wooden bed designs, or vintage iron bed creations in true Old World style. Add a splash of colour with gold, burnt orange, green, or deep turquoise decorative scatter pillows, and hang drapes around the bed that pick up on other accent colours within the room, tying them back with a heavy gold braided cord. These fabrics will bring out the best in any rich wooden bedstead and furniture tones, such as dark oak, walnut or mahogany. Find matching dresser, wardrobe, nightstand and occasional table sets, and add an antique burnished gold vase filled with fresh red and gold flowers, for a glamorous touch.

Muted and earthy colours strike a more reserved note here, whenever the room style or personal preference dictates, ensuring that the fabrics do not swamp the overall theme, but instead ensure a natural elegance. Hang mauve and ecru damask printed curtains or drapes and choose a coordinating bedspread. Include decorative pillows and throw blankets featuring beaded trim and gold tassel or fringe details to create a complex look. Continue the theme with a large Old World style tapestry to hang over the headboard of the traditional bed or on a feature wall, featuring luxe gold thread and oversized scroll and floral patterns in jewel- box colours. Other complementary Old World fabrics and patterns that will strike an authentic chord here include velvet, brocade, toile, silk and jacquard.

Add design flourish to the scheme with rustic wrought iron details to extend the persona of a room that features a heavy vintage iron bed design, or to provide an appealing counterpoint with softer wooden furnishing accents. Wrought iron elements are reminiscent of lacy garden archways and fences, curvy stair railings and romantic country house balconies. Choose a vintage desk and nightstand featuring black wrought iron legs for instant Old World appeal. Hang wrought iron wall sconces featuring sculpted grape, leaf and curving vine tendril designs to flank the bed for maximum impact. Fill the sconces with candles to create a warm glow when the occasion dictates, and accent a vanity table with a wrought iron mirror. For the ultimate finishing touch suspend a wrought iron chandelier in the centre of the room or directly above the bed for a splash of ravishing glamour in true Old World vintage tradition…

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