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8 Easy ways to emphasize your decor style

Julie Dana is a professional interior re-designer and accredited staging professional. Her company, The Apartment Stylist, offers online decorating consultations, do-it-yourself decorating plans and real-estate staging. Visit thehomestyl...

8 ways to play up your style

After searching decorating books, using trial and error decorating, and growing up a little bit, you have finally found the style of decorating that you really love. What next? Find out eight great ideas for playing up your home style here!

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Once you have identified a décor style, the challenging part may now be to implement that style and make it substantial enough so others will notice.  (If you are still searching for your style or want a second opinion on what your general home style really is, try taking the fun style quiz on thehomestylist.com.) 

Now, there are eight simple elements that will really help you emphasize this great look.

1Choose a focal point that will reflect your decorating style.

This signature piece is usually the most dominate item you see and sets the tone of the room. If this piece is not your specific style, the room will not look its best. An example could be a beautiful Queen Anne armoire for a Classic Traditional style, or a large rustic log mantel for the Mountain Lodge look.

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2Use colors that are common to that specific style.

Different décor styles are usually shown with a collection of colors that are prominent for that palette. Make sure your room has those colors. For example, French Country is well known for its pretty yellows and blues. Americana Style, on the other hand, would not be the same without red, white and blue.

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3Light up the space.

How you illuminate a room is one of the most important things you can do to instill a mood. Try out a variety of lighting styles to complement your decor: French-style chandeliers, Moroccan lanterns, a modernist colored lamp. Get more ideas to light your home here!

4Collect in a theme that emphasizes that style.

Every ones needs a conversation piece or collection that demonstrates the owner's personality and interests. A collection also doesn't need to be large -- just three to five objects. Think of something like a few ginger jars for an Asian feel, or cute porcelain teapots to emphasize an English Garden style.

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5Get a coffee table book to demonstrate that decor.

Large beautiful books can subtly emphasis the style you enjoy. The book does need to be specifically about home decor, but rather a topic that is related to the style. For example, a volume of vintage advertisements for the Shabby Chic look, or Andy Warhol book for the Metro-Modern look.

6Use plants or flowers that coordinate with the your home's style.

The greenery can be artificial or real, as long as they look healthy. (Nothing spoils a designer look like a dying plant.) Use cactus for the Southwestern look, or a great palm tree for a tropical style.

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7Review your accents and accessories to make sure they blend with your new style.

By reviewing each element individually to see if it blends (not necessary perfectly matches), you can make sure you have a well-coordinated look. Look for a geometric patterned pillow for a Modern look, while you could search for fringed lampshades for an Old World style.

8Frame an authentic object that is original to the country or era.

This simple task does not have to be expensive. Old Postcards from Italy for your Tuscany Villa Style, or wine labels from France for a European Look, will add authenticity and personal touch to the decor.

Take your time

Remember: Decorating is a process. Searching for those perfect accessories to emphasize your style is part of the fun. These tips will help you add the style you want to the home you love.

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