Covered porches, antiques and interiors in pastel hues: all these are well-loved details of Southern home design that people love to incorporate in their own homes. The grace, charm and relaxed elegance of the Southern style can be seen in bold details that combine traditional design aesthetics with time-honored customs. Here are a few ideas and tips how to incorporate these décor ideas into your own home regardless of your geographic location.
The front porch
A wrap-around covered porch is simply a must-have to most Southern homes. It’s the place to visit, catch up on neighborhood news or relax on a lazy Sunday afternoon. You can easily achieve the same inviting and welcoming feel on your porch or patio. Select a couple of rocking chairs or a porch swing, add a few accessories in the colors and textures of your interior spaces, and you’ve created a space that’s perfect for relaxing and enjoy a glass of sweet iced tea.
A touch of silver
There’s no need to deny the obvious: silver is a Southern classic. Visit local antique stores and keep an eye out for silver items that you can easily incorporate into your existing design scheme. Snack bowls, tea sets and, of course, candelabras will add elegance and grace to your interiors. The timeworn patina of silver works beautifully with both vintage and modern design themes.
Don’t worry if you don’t have many heirloom antiques. You can make even just one or two items feel grand in scale if you position them properly. Just limit the number and size of dominant pieces of furniture. Make sure you don’t let your antique furniture fight for space or attention as it may lose some of its impact. An antique hope chest or an oversized mirror in your foyer will carry an entire room. And if you have to start from scratch, consider investing in just one fine antique per room and make it a true focal point of that space.
Pick your colors
Southern style can range from a beachfront cottage in the Carolinas to a historic plantation in Alabama. Look for soft, sun-washed tones that are as hospitable and accommodating on a breezy ocean side veranda as they are in a formal parlor served up with sweet tea. Pick a few colors that you love and stick with them.
In the case of Southern design and style, it really is true: details matter! Southern homes exude unpretentious, old-fashioned grace that echoes in many wonderful details that make your guests instantly feel at home. For others, comfort and hospitality truly embodies the spirit of simple Southern style. Why not pair an heirloom rug with a couple of club chairs, a large piece of art and sparkly glass lamps? You’ll have instantly created a welcoming space that is traditional, yet not overly stuffy.
Check out the Phantom Screens Idea Home to see how our CEO Esther de Wolde incorporated her love for Southern design with the restoration of a 1906 Arts & Craft bungalow in Mobile, AL!