When people think about New Orleans homes, most imagine outdoor spaces with cast-iron railings and lush, private courtyards. Those elements are magnificent, but, New Orleans interiors are pretty special too.
With the city’s mix of French, Spanish, African, Haitian, and American Low Country heritage, nothing is inappropriate. In that town, crumbling plaster can be a decorative element.
If you are looking for that quintessential New Orleans style—whether you prefer an apartment in the French Quarter, a colorful shotgun cottage, or a grand manor in the Garden District—think about antique furniture, ironwork, crystal, and more.
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Antique French Furniture
Elegant French antiques, upholstered and wood, are usually seen in New Orleans homes, whether inherited from original settlers, or just an homage to the city's French origins.
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Low Country Antiques
Settlers of New Orleans brought their French finery with them, but as their households grew, they incorporated furnishings made locally. While lovely, these additions were far more primitive in design. The Low Country items were from South Carolina and other areas in the South.
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If you don't have that French Quarter balcony with the cast iron railings, you can still enjoy decorative ironwork. Hang a gate or fence section on the wall as art or use it as a headboard. Top a three-sided balcony piece with glass or marble to make a console table.
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Chandeliers Dripping with Crystal
From French Empire to fun and funky, every New Orleans style home needs lots of chandeliers to add elegance and create ambiance.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Elaborate Plaster and Millwork
If you do not have deep crown molding and elaborate plasterwork, you can fake it. Add several layers of hardware store molding to mimic elaborate crown, and paint your own ceiling medallions to enhance your chandeliers.
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Gilding and Tufting
Opulent design details like gilding and tufting reflect the glamorous Parisian roots of many of the city's residents.
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The religious influences of Catholicism and Voodoo make for an interesting blend of decorative artifacts. In this case, wax skulls wear Infant of Prague statue crowns for a striking display.
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Mardi Gras Memorabilia
New Orleans residents love Mardi Gras year-round. In the days leading up to the start of Lent, display some of your goodies from your last visit during Carnival time.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Lighthearted Twists on Tradition
New Orleans is a city steeped in history and tradition, but residents like to have fun with their homes. Try an unexpected twist on a serious piece, like this traditional French Bergere chair reupholstered in bright pink linen by The Vintage Laundry.
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New Orleans Artists
New Orleans is rich with talented local artists like Cajun folk artist, Hank Holland. Support the arts and decorate your home at the same time. Mix funky, contemporary artwork with traditional Parisian furnishings for a fun, colorful touch.
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Classical Urns and Garden Statuary
Bring the New Orleans-style courtyard inside with classical urns and statuary. Fill the statues with ferns and tropicals for a lush indoor garden.