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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Using Paisley Print Needlepoint Pillows in English Style Home Decorating

Using paisley print throw pillows adds opulence when added to richly toned furnishings -- especially if you're really going all out with velvet and damask. Paisley can be quite dramatic and when used in small doses really gives a Colonial-era feel to a space decorated with lots of traditional golds, maroons and sage greens.

Paisley Needlepoint Pillow at NeedlepointPillows.com
Persian influences in embroidered pillows also set the tone for old English design, and can nicely echo rugs either in the same room or in another area in the home.

If there's too much color and the space feels overwhelmed, choose self-patterned silk cushions in light cream or duck-egg blue (in other words, a matching shade that's two or three times lighter than those of the paint or upholostery fabrics). This will help keep the overall effect from becoming dense, while still retaining the integrity of color, pattern and design.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ornate Victorian decor and home accessories

If you're decorating a room with Victorian furnishings and decor, using embossed wallcoverings is one way to authentically recreate the era. Although you don't need to completely cover your walls with the ornate decoration, using pieces like wall borders and mouldings can bring the essence of the period to life. Accessories like appropriately designed needlepoint pillows or silk throw cushions will enhance the authenticity of the look - concentrate on floral prints or dense, repeating geometric patterns.

Savonnerie Needlepoint Pillow from NeedlepointPillows.com
Victorian style uses tones of "faded grandeur" in its palette, dominated by warm terracotta (reddish-brown) shades. Although both the Georgian style (which ran from 1714-1837) and the shorter period of the Victorian style of decorating (1837-1901) are those most often thought of when referring to traditional English design, it's actually the Victorian era that uses the warmer, richer shades.

In other words, think Persian rug tones and you've got it.