Americana is a celebration of our heritage and history. It evokes American ideals, values and nostalgia, as well as patriotism and a sense of belonging. In this blog, home remodeling contractor Marcela Montoya Remodeling takes a look at this timeless home style.
Visual Elements of Americana
Americana goes more by feel than by strict rules of design, mixed with nostalgic elements. Think of the scenes portrayed in famous paintings by Norman Rockwell and Grant Wood: the simpler, more innocent times that create a sense of home. Today’s Americana-inspired homes typically have more than a few of the following visual elements:
Color palettes, wallpaper or window treatments that use red, white and blue.
White picket fences and a well-trimmed lawn.
Merchandise and memorabilia that features famous American brands like Coca-Cola, ideally featuring vintage logos.
Cultural icons such as framed prints of film posters from the 1940s and 1950s. Popular examples include the Casablanca film poster and the “I Want You” poster with the Uncle Sam iconography.
Period objects such as typewriters and rotary telephones.
Checkered tablecloths and wicker baskets.
Decor with nautical-inspired motif, such as old maps, model ships in bottles or framed medals worn by a veteran family member.
Craftsman Style Homes
The Craftsman style is one of the architectural styles borne of the Arts and Crafts Movement. It is the style often associated with Americana design, perhaps because it happened to be the style that was in fashion around the same time as the two World Wars. Craftsman style homes are characterized by low-pitched gabled roofs, large front porches and are usually one-and-a-half stories tall. Interior design based on Americana style works best on these homes.
Even if your home isn’t designed after the Craftsman style, you can easily achieve an Americana-inspired design. When incorporating one or more of the aforementioned visual elements, it’s better to have a few tastefully-chosen elements than several clashing ones. A good interior design contractor can help you come up with an Americana-inspired design that works with your home, doesn’t sacrifice modern conveniences and still gives your home that timeless look.
Marcela Montoya Remodeling is the home remodeling contractor to turn to if you need a house, bathroom or kitchen remodel. Give us a call at (954) 210-7111 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and the surrounding areas.