Trend Alert: A Fresh Take on Old World Style
European elegance made its way over to the New World and with it, brought the perfect way to infuse a little history into your design.
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Rich wood tones and metalwork are hallmarks of Old World style and bring yesteryear charm to this brightly chic kitchen. The deep wood island provides a striking contrast against the white cabinetry, and a galvanized metal-and-brass range hood doubles as a holder for classic copper pots. Wrought iron detailing in the glass cabinetry adds a decidedly historic touch to the space.
Rooted in Tradition
This modernized kitchen embraces historically inspired appliances with this steel-and-nickel range made in Burgundy, France. Another true immigrant from the old country finds its way into the backsplash, where a 1700s iron fireback is surrounded by glossy subway tiles.
Whether using antiques or antique replicas, the time-honored lines of the Queen Anne table and balloon-back dining chairs never go out of style. Damask-printed curtains soften the bay window and bring a classic pattern to the dining room.
This elegantly traditional living room has notes of Old World charm through the curved chandelier and accessories on the fireplace mantel. Architectural details, like the coffered ceiling and French doors, bring timeless character to the room.
For this updated traditional kitchen, time-honored pieces combine for a welcoming and family-friendly space. Centering the room is the walnut and burled-walnut island, custom designed with a teak countertop and William and Mary-style legs. The vintage-inspired French stove and range hood sit against a counter-to-ceiling marble backsplash, while overhead the ceiling is designed to look like an English conservatory.
The Richness of Color
Old-World rooms are draped in deep, rich hues, like the forest green and burgundy shades in this traditional dining room. Calling to mind the tapestries hung in stone manors to keep drafts at bay, the velvet curtains framing the French doors and windows add warmth and coziness to the space.
A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and elaborate woodwork ceiling sets the scene for a living space of days past. Overstuffed furniture in warm, muted tones gives the room a grand yet inviting feeling where family and friends can gather in essential comfort. A modular ottoman breaks apart for extra seating.
Small windows and French doors pour natural light into this two-story living space, where pitched wooden beams add Old World character to the room. Traditional lantern pendant lights get a contemporary upgrade with blue glass and a sleek cylinder shape.
While most Old-World rooms have a regal yet comfortable sensibility, the style can be incorporated into cozy, understated spaces as well. Classic artwork, distressed furnishings, exposed wood beams and traditional patterns take this room from minimal to delightfully sumptuous.
Textured surfaces, from the elaborately detailed built-in pantry to the glazed cabinets, showcase the artisan-like touches that were an integral part of custom-built Old World homes. Rather than the color palette being seeped in rich, earthy hues, this kitchen opts for soft creams and grays to create a light and airy atmosphere that allows the detail work, moldings and chandelier to be the highlights of the room.
The Old-World setting of this dining room with its stone wall and rustic wood ceiling is the perfect juxtaposition to the eclectic mix of furnishings. A sleek wooden table is paired with glamourous tufted navy chairs, while abstract artwork adds bold color to the room.
Symmetry of Styles
The easiest and often favorite way to add a touch of this historic style to a room is through a chandelier and exposed wood beams. Silver-plated accessories and traditional art add to the overall feel of Old World design in this living room, which balances comfort and formality beautifully.
All About the Art
Add a touch reminiscent of the old masters with gold-framed classic artwork. The cozy, Spanish-influenced living room with its stucco fireplace and built-in bookshelves for displaying favorite books and accessories is highlighted by gilded paintings.
Head Outside in Classic Style
Even when your outdoors boasts lovely modern amenities — a fully stocked outdoor kitchen and completely comfortable dining area — Old World style gives the space a warm-meets-formal atmosphere. Brick archways and an exposed wood ceiling surround this updated outdoor entertaining space. Weathered woods and antiqued metals combine for a showstopping chandelier that also evokes a centuries-old aesthetic.
Feeling Right at Home
This simply neutral kitchen is crowned with a barrel ceiling featuring herringbone-laid bricks. Arched leaded-glass windows follow the curve of the ceiling and add to the timeless architectural details of the space. Sleek pendant lights and open shelving are a nod to the contemporary.
Stepping Out Into History
Lush, mature landscaping creates the feeling of walking around an old English manor. Rustic doors with wrought iron insets, oversized urns and copper planters complement the time-worn aesthetic of this outdoor space. The roughhewn patio leads out to a stone walkway that meanders throughout the property.
Striking a Mediterranean Note
Making a grand statement in this Mediterranean-inspired bedroom is the ornately carved, oversized four-poster bed. Simple neutral walls help to offset the grandeur of the elaborate furniture, wall hangings and light fixtures. Area rugs in muted tones add softness underfoot, pull the hues of the room together and add simple pattern to the space.
Farmhouse Meets Old World
Not only does the rustic stone wall create a statement-making backdrop for the bed, but it adds warm tactile appeal and a nod to Old World style, which easily blends with the farmhouse look. A simple black bed is dressed in layers of gray, creams and white, and a barn door entry creates country appeal.