Southerners are well-known for their hospitality, and they have a good reason to be so welcoming. Southern homes are beautiful and charming; any visitor would surely be impressed after being invited to stay in a house decorated in this style.
If you’re an admirer of the Southern style like I am, why not bring the look into your own home? It’s not a complicated look to create, and there are many different defining elements you can use to create the look in your own space. Here are seven to get you started.
1. Wallpaper and faux painting techniques
In Southern style decorating, people often use wallpaper or faux painting techniques to give their walls depth and character. Some of the painting techniques you might try include marbling, splattering, terracotta, ragging and stippling. Common wallpaper designs include botanical and damask patterns.
2. Photograph collages
Rather than displaying only a few picture frames around the house, those who decorate in the traditional Southern style use photographs as wall art. If you have a bare wall that could use some decor, consider hanging photos of family and friends salon-style.
3. Vintage furniture and accessories
Southerners like their furniture and decor to have a history and to be unique. Hit up the local flea market or antique store to find vintage pieces you can use in your own home. If you can find out the story behind the table or lamp, that’s even better.
4. Well-constructed furniture
When following the Southern appearance decorated homes, you not only want furniture with a history, but you also want to be sure that it has been well made. Finely crafted furniture is a staple in traditional Southern home decorating, and this way you can have pieces that will last for generations.
5. Floral designs
I’ve already mentioned that floral patterns are a popular wallpaper choice, but florals can be used in other ways, too. Consider an upholstered chair featuring a floral print or something smaller, like an accent pillow. If you’re not a fan of floral patterns, try bringing in fresh flowers to energize your space.
The Southern flair has a lot of traditional characteristics that help create a warm, welcoming appearance. When looking for furniture and accessories, stay away from those that are modern or contemporary in style.
7. It tells a story
The best part about the Southern style is that it tells a story. You can tell a story through pictures, furniture and accessories – simply choose decor that has a purpose and is meaningful to you in some way.