Decorating Styles: Formal

There is one style of décor that is known for its symmetry, symmetry and more symmetry. It is the formal style of décor. Order rules this type of décor, from the rooms shape to its layout.

Decorative elements are arranged around what you determine the focal point of the room will be, or where you want the attention to be drawn. If you would like the fireplace to be the focal point of your room, you would arrange your furniture and accessories in straight lines around it to bring your eye to the fireplace.

To balance your formal room, and to maintain symmetry, you will arrange most of your décor elements in pairs.

The furniture style that is most appealing in the formal style would generally be tall and sleek. Woods, such as oak, mahogany, Bombay mahogany, and walnut would be dark and polished. With the style of the furniture tending to be tall in nature it works best if ceilings are vaulted and doors and windows are tall.

Windows are generally covered from top to bottom with two layers of covering: a flowing fabric and a more rigid fabric on top to pull everything together.

With the conservative look that goes along with the formal look, antiques would be a great addition to your room.

To achieve the expensive and classy look associated with the formal style room, the walls can be upholstered. If this choice is not an option you would like to try, there are alternate painting methods that can be used to mimic the feel of an upholstered wall, at a much lower price.

A formal style home also has dark, rich hardwood floors that will blend nicely with the dark furniture, especially in common areas. Oriental or Middle Eastern rugs offer both your living and dining rooms a nice warm feeling.

The formal look certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s an appealing style that tends to maintain the order of a house. If you’d like to incorporate this style into a room in your house, the dining room is a great option,as it is well suited to the formality of this décor style.