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When it comes to decorating a room or entire home in formal décor, you would typically see this in historic buildings, period homes, or places such as fine hotels. Generally, the architectural features are elaborate. For instance, you would see high ceilings, crown molding, hardwood floors, and intricate detailing.
To create a formal setting, you need to keep both lines and symmetry in mind. The furniture would be arranged in a straight line inside the room and in most cases, furniture and accessories would be arranged in pairs. Many times, these pairs are actually matched sets. If you do have pieces with straight lines, they would be accented with elaborate detailing.
The surfaces of furniture, floors, mirrors, and light fixtures would be polished to a bright shine. Usually, the wood of cabinets, furniture, and floors are dark with a high gloss. The fabrics used for bedspreads, pillows, couches, and window treatments are very luxurious and rich. When patterns are used, they are always traditional and regular.
You will also with formal décor that items such as Oriental rugs, antiques, oil paintings, and crystal chandeliers are a part of the decor. The formal décor, although sometimes a bit rigid, is also a space that is livable and comfortable. While couches and chairs are upholstered in rich, expensive fabrics, they are also inviting and comfortable. Pillows are also important with the formal décor and will be luxurious yet fluffy and soft to cozy up to. Some additional guidelines to follow include:
- Tall windows, floor-length, formal window treatments, oversized and imposing fireplace mantles, large mirrors and artwork, and long corridors are all a part of the formal room or home.
- The fabrics as mentioned are luxurious but they are also tightly woven and generally made from linen, silk, cotton, damask, brocade, or velvet.
- Tapestries are often used as wall decoration
- Furniture pieces such as an armoire, hutch, tables, and so on, are dark and shiny. Some pieces may have a marble or granite top, leather inserts, or hardware made from highly polished brass.
- Window treatments are always crucial when creating formal décor. Draperies would include braided trim, tassels, cording, buttons, gathers, pleats, fringes, and anything fancy imaginable.
- Balance is created by using object of equal weight.
- Most items in a formal room are precisely detailed, meaning the mirrors are gilded, the legs of furniture carved, benches are button tufted, etc.
- Most light fixtures are china, crystal, porcelain, or brass.