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"Downton Abbey" inspires homeowners to go historical
By Seth
2/11/2014 12:34:00 PM

If you're in the market for new window treatments and you don't know where to begin, you might want to take a look at some of the hottest trends in interior design. Whether you're interested in drapes, blinds, shades or shutters, scoping out new styles can give your home a fresh look.

One trend that's taking the interior design world by storm is historical patterns, according to Lake Michigan Shore magazine. If it seems a little far-fetched, don't rule it out just yet - this style has primarily become popular thanks to the hit PBS television show, "Downton Abbey." The fictional program, which is set at the turn of the 19th century, mainly takes place on a Yorkshire country estate owned by the Crawley family.

"The rooms and furnishings are beautiful, and I'm sure it's part of the reasons that some viewers are attracted to tune in," Cecilia Zubler, center director for the Barker Mansion in Michigan City, Indiana, told the news source. "As someone who has also had to work with interior design firms to recreate and restore the history presented in room decor, I can appreciate the precision and resulting beauty."

More experts are saying that the show is influencing what homeowners are looking for as they redesign their living spaces. Sarah Cole, marketing director for Farrow & Ball, states that intricate one-of-a-kind patterns are all the rage.

Achieving a historical look
Just because your home was constructed in the 20th century doesn't mean that you can't harken back to a different time period through your interior design. There are many ways that you can incorporate this style into your rooms, and doing so can bring more character to your home.

One easy strategy you can use is to apply curtains or drapes to your windows with detailed patterns. As seen on "Downton Abbey," this type of decor can instantly make a space more eye-pleasing and elegant. Check out our many designer curtain options here: www.paylessdecor.com/Window-Curtains/Window-Curtains.asp

Another way you can add character and a sense of age to your interiors is by bringing in vintage items, according to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Visit yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores to find antiques that can add visual interest to your rooms. By taking these few tips into account and some of the hottest interior design styles, you can create a living space that you'll love to show off. Our distressed blinds can add a warm, antique look.

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(as seen with Parisian Pleat, honey silk curtains and roman shades)


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