Home decor styles are defined very differently by people who reside in different locations, so much so that there are stark contrasts and seeming contradictions within the same country, let alone same continent.
Homes, apartments, and accommodations are as diverse as the pool of individuals who dwell in them. And the decor can be inspired by anything from a big-city skyline dotted with skyscrapers to a cozy little white sand strip of beach in the South Pacific.
Here are three completely different locations and three different ways how they affected the homes of their inhabitants:
New York City, Downtown Financial District
Business and pleasure never mixed so much. Many homeowners here live in luxurious apartments, like 15 Cliff in the Financial District NYC. These apartments are like islands of serenity in the midst of a non-stop, bustling metropolis.
Stylishly designed, these apartments often feature white or pastel base colours on the walls with splashes of colors added through vibrant chairs, pictures or cushions.
The iconic skyline and surrounding buildings and views keep you constantly aware that you are living in the heart of one of the trendiest cities in the world and the homes usually reflect it.
That feeling affects the chic studios with plush bedrooms, high ceilings and spacious design on the inside.
From rooftop lookouts to unbeatable indoor pools to fully stocked fitness centers, relaxing spas, and on-site upscale cafes, these Big Apple accommodations are like “apples of gold in silver-framed pictures.”
Oahu, Hawaii: Beach Homes in Paradise
As different from New York as night is from day, the island of Oahu in Hawaii is nonetheless a perfect picture of paradise.
Cool sea breezes, a mix of native-style furnishings and modern appliances and electronics, carefully manicured outdoor gardens, and of course, bright blue Pacific waves landing gently on a white-sand beach dotted with swaying palms.
That is the prototypical scene that is an everyday reality in Oahu.
In the distant past, a trip to far-off island paradises like Oahu entailed leaving your ordinary life and work behind and even roughing it a bit while enjoying the idyllic surroundings. Today, in Oahu you can be amazed by the luxury living trends that are getting stronger and which have been attracting many home owners.
The home decor is usually strongly affected by the local scenery and history – you will see different influences dating all the way back from the era before Hawaii even became an American state in 1959 with brown wood flooring, single-wall tongue-and-groove constructions, and similar. Nowadays, more modern living impacts are showing, creating a beautiful fusion of old Hawaiian style and more modern approaches to home decor.
Ranches, Deep in the Heart of Texas
Texas is well known for its longhorn cattle, endless prairies, and tough but courteous residents. But the second-largest state in both area and population and the fastest-growing state economy in the US has molded their home decor in a very unique manner.
The style that many Texans prefer, however, is quite distinct. You will find sprawling acres of well kept, fenced-in grasslands with ranches that mimic the Old Spanish Colonial Style. The rolling hill country just northeast of Houston is particularly beautiful and the scene of famous Texas luxury ranch resorts.
But don’t let the Western, cowboy-like facade fool you. These ranches are packed with every amenity imaginable.
Some staples of Western or “ranch” themed home are cowhide accent pieces, wood textures and grand beds in the master bedroom.
There is no doubt that every variety of landscape, cityscape, and local culture across the whole country can viewed as a great source of inspiration for your own home. That’s good news for those who want to style their homes right in their own region, and also for those who wish to experience a new style of home decor.