istorical architecture is worth celebrating – When styling historic homes, embrace their timeless aesthetic. Unique features such as custom millwork, pocket doors adorned with intricate hardware, and antique fireplaces are worth celebrating. Let these features be the focal point of each room and allow their character to dictate the floor plan of the space as well as the direction. Arrange area rugs so custom details in the hardwoods are not covered. Keep the pocket doors slightly open to show off ornate hardware. Remove heavy draperies to reveal original trim work. The character of an older home cannot be replicated, so be certain they are the center of attention and foundation for styling.
Foundational pieces – For the furniture pieces in each space, opt for traditional and timeless, with one or two ornate pieces. Incorporate a sofa with angled arms and tapered legs for casual elegance. Use armchairs and ottomans to increase seating and allow areas to congregate. Source a coffee table with curvy legs and carved wood details to break up straight lines. Historic homes (because of their age and delicate details) can feel stuffy and unwelcome – use soft furnishings and textiles to create a warm inviting space.
Lighting – Switching out lighting is an easy and cost effective way to bring personality to a space. In a historic home, I’d recommend selecting fixtures that are transitional in style with an aged patina. An aged finish gives a vintage feel with an updated look. If budget does not allow a lighting update, switching out the bulbs alone can work wonders. Remove warm, often yellow-casting halogen or incandescent bulbs and switch them out for fresher LED bulbs. That alone can make a tremendous difference!
Accessories – When styling historic homes, antique pieces and heirlooms are pivotal. Source from antique stores locally that are filled with treasures. Frequent Round Top or Antique Alley to score pieces with individuality. A space that is only accessorized with contemporary items will feel out of place in a historic home. Source vintage rugs with natural wear and “lived in” aesthetic. Reframe art in vintage frames. Preserve original cabinetry but update with new hardware. Be careful not to go overboard with the number of accessories…stay simple and minimal. Let the surfaces breathe. Doing so will allow the beautiful historical architecture to shine.
Whitney Bang is the owner and lead designer of Remedy Home Design, a full sevice Interior Design firm based out of Waxahachie. As a fourth-generation Ellis County native, she’s passionate about the restoration and revival of local residential and commercial properties alike. From renovations to interior styling, pouring her talents into the homes of her community is an honor. She prides herself in con-necting with her clients and their families and helping them discover the joy of home.