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Back when the sun never set over the British empire, English colonists in tropical locales like India, the West Indies, Africa and throughout the Caribbean fell in love with the local design, natural elements and climate of their new homes. They worked tropical materials and motifs into their traditional Victorian furnishings, resulting in a wonderful blend of cultures.
The overall palette is light and airy, setting off dark wooden furniture touched with accents of wicker, rattan, and leather. Whimsical tropical motifs like palm trees, monkeys, flowers and pineapples are common, as are ceiling fans, sheer curtains, and white or light colored bedding.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Taste of Tuscany
The Tuscan-styled decorating theme is warm and welcoming, yet maintains the formality of the Old World. A palette of earth tones -- mustard yellow, pumpkin orange, loamy brown, olive green, rich red and aged gold -- brings heat to the look.
Heavy wooden furniture with a bit of ornate design and inlaid touches of leather, nail heads or wrought iron give the style elegance, but the typically distressed finish keeps the look from being too dark or overwhelming.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Functional, simple, clean and classic are the hallmarks of the contemporary bedroom. The palette is generally muted, leaning towards neutrals like gray, brown, cream and black.
Furniture with simple lines and minimal clutter are typical in the contemporary bedroom, as are interesting lighting fixtures and the use of mirrors and glass as accents. A mix of textures keeps the style from being cold or unwelcoming.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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The Asian-influenced bedroom typically has dark furniture, often lacquered and with ornate insets in Asian motifs. The palette leans towards natural colors, with dark browns or black lightened up with creamy white, soft yellow or tan, and brightened with touches of red.
While the overall style is somewhat ornate, it isn't at all fussy, because accessories are kept to a minimum. The clean design, simple palette, and natural-themed touches keep the Asian-influenced bedroom peaceful and elegant.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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With a cheerful color scheme, plenty of natural accents and whimsical motifs like palm trees and beach scenes, the tropically-decorated bedroom is a relaxing retreat even if you live far away from the ocean. Mid-tone greens, blues, sandy tan and sunny yellow keep the style exuberant, while natural materials like wicker, seagrass, sisal, and rattan add a touch of tranquility.
Have fun with the tropical motifs, but don't get carried away -- with a tropical or beach-themed bedroom, it's a fine line between just right and tacky.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Today's country bedroom is a far cry from the fussy ruffles, cutesy decor, and pink-and-blue palette from decades back. The look today is still casual, warm and welcoming -- with aged finishes, natural elements and a mix of patterns -- but the overall feel is more peaceful and uncomplicated.
Keep the furniture simple, but add plenty of color and texture with bedding, throw pillows, and blankets.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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You don't have to live near the coast to love this easy, peaceful beach style. With a palette of mostly blue, green, white and tan -- sometimes with touches of red for vibrancy -- the mood is quiet, yet the overall look is cheerful. Natural materials like wicker, seagrass, and sisal, mixed with aged, painted wood keep it casual.
Use a few coastal decorating motifs, such as anchors, sea life, shells, and boats, but don't go overboard.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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The traditional bedroom is formal, yet still comfortable and welcoming. The furniture typically is matched, with touches of ornate styling or details.
While the color scheme leans towards neutral tones, it's easy to liven things up with bolder color on the walls or bedding. Add personality with artwork, lamps, throw pillows and photographs.