We pushed the lobby door of the King Charles Inn open and stepped out onto Meeting Street. The smell of rain was fresh and had calmed the heat of the day making it surprisingly tolerable for a stroll through the historic streets of Charleston. Moving at a brisk pace through the “Holy City” we passed many churches and I could not wait to get my eyes on some historic homes as we worked our way toward White Point Gardens. I tripped many times on the uneven stone of King Street as my eyes stayed skyward trying to study the classic and timeless ironwork and architecture of the oldest and most stylish city in South Carolina. The “Clop Clop” sound of the dappled grey Percheron pulling the carriage tour down the street seemed to enhance the historic imagery that surrounded us. I stopped for a minute to watch the mammoth horse pass us by and let my mind wonder to the world of decorating, classics and timeless style. If you are doing some home improvement and worry about choices that will stand the test of time, here are a few tips that will keep you as stylish as Charleston somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• White Kitchens
White kitchens are absolutely a classic! They have been around since the beginning of time. They can be modern or traditional in style but white kitchen cabinets will be the reigning classic king! This tip is good if you are considering having your kitchen redone and you have no idea what to do. You will always win with white!
Granite counter tops have remained the reigning king in this department. Other things will always be introduced but granite is still a classic choice. The lighter tones like Bianca Delicatis white granite are the classics while the dark granites definitely will fall into a dated era look. I will bet everyone can name the years that Uba Tuba the deep green granite was popular, especially paired with golden oak cabinets. The early nineties!
• Subway tile
White subway tile as a backsplash is always a great compliment to a white kitchen and stands the test of time. If you don’t have a white kitchen but would like a classic backsplash, consider travertine or tumbled travertine. This is natural stone and can be purchased in squares or a subway cut. A modern application of the classic subway tile or subway cut travertine is to have it installed in a herringbone pattern. This makes a great visual statement.
• Crown molding
Crown molding is always a stylish classic. If you have modern taste crown molding will still look amazing in your space. Remember, nine foot ceilings and over should always be done with seven inch crown.
• Window Casing
Large molding around the sliding glass doors of most models in The Villages looks amazing. If you have a golf course view or a water view, the casement molding will frame and highlight the view like a picture frame.
Wainscoting is a wall treatment in which molding is placed beneath chair railing to highlight a specific room or area of the home. When it is painted white from the chair rail down it always looks rich and classic.
Any money invested in built-ins will be good money. People always need more storage built-ins allow you to customize the storage space. Again, I usually advocate for white built-ins because they do not impose into the space and the white keeps the space light.
• Closet built-ins
Any money invested in having your closet built out with built-ins is a great investment. This allows for high functionality and best use of space. Again, I always advocate for white. White keeps everything light and it does not impose on the space.
Striped fabric is always a classic! The boldness of a large stripe is eye catching and always stylish. I love long curtains in a big wide cabana stripe for punch in a space. Navy and white stripes could feel nautical and tradition, while teal and white stripes might give a beachy feeling to the space.
Black is a neutral and dramatic color. I often will paint furniture that I am re-purposing black and it makes the pieces look so rich. If you are not into black, an expresso color will work. Applying dark color to a piece will hide lots of flaws and increase the visual value.
P.S. –Attention, club presidents! I give free decorating programs! It is lots of fun and very informative. Call and schedule your club today or call Ruth your full service decorator at 352-804-2056
P.P.S Be sure to visit our home decor store, "The Finishing Touch" for your home good needs.
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