Old World-style decor, the antithesis of minimalist Scandinavian design, can exude warmth, luxury, and elegance. Whether you are inspired by the once-opulent medieval castles or modest, rural French cottages (see: French Provincial), the Old World aesthetic is distinctly European and can be echoed in any space.

Storied Floors

Design from the ground-up. Flooring alone can set the tone of a room. Hardwood, with all its inherent character, can serve as the perfect starting point. Choose a particularly interesting finish, such as the Monarch Plank Storia II, to add all-encompassing natural texture and interest. Any patterned furniture or accents will pop against the tonal variegation hardwood flooring can provide.

Furniture with Flair

Unlike contemporary furniture pieces, with their clean lines and geometric shapes, Old World-style furniture is ornate — even classical. Chairs and tables outfitted with wrought iron work evoke an early industrial feel. Iron can also be taken up to the ceiling in the form of an entryway chandelier. Supple leather upholstery can lend a handsome touch to any sitting room. For tables, look for carved paw, scroll or turned legs; these originated in the 17th and 18th centuries and only add to the regal appearance you are borrowing from the Old World.

Pattern and Color

Much like large Old World furniture, the patterns tied to that era were scarcely understated. Think tapestries and upholstery featuring over-sized damask or cabbage roses when introducing print to your space. Avoid going too bright with your color palette; stay in rich hues like burgundy and yellow ochre, and keep them muted in tone. Choosing accent pillows and throws in this vein can help your room feel more aged and lived-in.

An Old World-inspired home does not have to feel clunky or dated. A balance of these design principles can spruce up a tired room into one that is teeming with a harmonic blend of textures and character.