Many of you many not know but I am a Southern girl. I was born and raised in the South. I honestly can’t imagine living anywhere else. Because I have never known any other way of life, I enjoy all things Southern. I love magnolias, sweet tea and beautiful front porches. I remember growing up we would visit my maternal grandparents every summer. I loved sitting on their screened porch drinking sweet tea and talking the afternoon away. I also remember helping my grandmother shell peas and how she would cook fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits and mustard greens for dinner. Life was simple then.
When you think of a home in the South you probably have a certain image that comes to mind. You may think of a large plantation home with a long tree-lined driveway. Or, a home in Charleston, SC with a large wrap-around front porch and rocking chairs. When you think of a Southern home what do you picture it looking like inside? Is it traditional with wallpaper and large chandeliers? Or does it have an open concept kitchen? While places like Charleston and Savannah may have traditional historic homes, I do believe that many Southern homes are being updated. However, I also believe there are several Southern design trends that will always stand the test of time. Let’s take a look at several.
Crown moldings have always been found in Southern mansions. It is an architectural feature that adds sophistication and elegance to a room. Often times they were found in the entry way, living room and dining room. Moldings are an excellent way to add height to a room. The type of molding can vary from simple to very detailed.
You will find hardwood floors in many homes in the South. Particularly historic or older homes. Hardwood floors add a warmth and richness to a home. An excellent way to break up an expansive hardwood floor is by adding an area rug. You will find them under dining room tables, in living rooms and even master bedrooms. Area rugs are a great way to add another layer to a room.
The area rug in this dining room gives texture and color to a large space.
Shutters are an excellent way to create privacy in your home. If you live in the South, however, they are known as Plantation Shutters. Plantation shutters are associated with the historical height of the South. They are reminiscent of large mansions and old plantations. They were used both on the outside as well as the inside of the house. You will find them mostly inside homes today. They come in a variety of colors as well as finishes and you also have several options for slat width. The trend seems to be going with the wider slat between 3”-4 1/2”. Plantation shutters are a timeless design trend in the South. By adding shutters to your windows you do not need to add any type of soft window treatment if you do not wish.
Speaking of window treatments, they have been a fixture in many Southern homes for centuries. Soft treatments such as draperies will never go out of style. They are the finishing touch to any room. Drapes can simply frame a window or add privacy by allowing them to close. The way they fall when hung adds beauty to a room. You can also add roman shades or top any window with a valence which will just add a touch of color and texture.
The last timeless Southern design trend that I would like to mention is art. Southerners love having art on the walls. Visit any historic home in Charleston and you will find everything from family portraits to still life. Now more homeowners are adding pieces of contemporary art to their walls. You can add a large piece of art over a fireplace or group smaller pictures together on a wall to add interest. It is a great way to add interest and can be a great conversation starter. Today it is available at many different price points as well as all shapes and sizes.
. All of these features are a great way to add a touch of southern design and all will stand the test of time.
Until next time,