Is Your Home Smart or Casual

Although there are many styles of home which are reflected in choice of color, furniture and flooring, I think that most of them fall firmly into one of two camps and you probably know by instinct which one you belong to. You may prefer a smart formal style or a relaxed casual look in your home.

The Smart Formal Look

A smart formal home has a style which has been thought about in advance and planned in the finest detail. Nothing has been forgotten and there is a reason for every item in the room. Meticulous care has been applied in putting together a color scheme which is both smart and suitable for the use of the room, the direction the windows face and the amount of light the room receives at various parts of the day and year. The curtains have a classic heading or they are topped by valances which fall into crisp formal folds or by a fixed cornice. Sofas are firm yet comfortable and are decorated by a precise arrangement of cushions designed to go well together.

The Casual Look

The casual look may seem as if has been put together in a minute but it actually takes quite a lot of planning to make a casual look work successfully while seeming casual. It is simply a more relaxed look but if you just let it happen all you will achieve is a mess of colors and styles. The casual look is due to a careful choice of styles for every object in the room. So you might have squashy sofas (rather than upright ones) festooned by a pile of great cushions and a couple of throws, which seem to be casually placed but they are there for a reason – to make the sofa have a great relaxed look! With curtains, you will have a simple gathered or tied heading or a window valance treatment which is draped casually over a pole at the top of the window. While it might seem casual, that draped effect may very well have taken an hour to pin into exactly the right position.

From this you can see that both types of styles take work. The only style which does not is no style at all!

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