Decorating a Tudor style home requires a trip into the medieval time period where kings ruled castles and peasants worked the fields. Tudor style homes have an old English sentimentality that is both dark and boding yet full of classical architecture and dramatic woodworking. Exterior decoration defines a Tudor style home and sets the mood for the interior design.
Classical Inspiration for the Exterior
Traditionally, Tudor style homes have a clearly defined exterior that is easily recognizable. The exterior of a Tudor home usually has a white, off-white or light brown paint color. The house itself is often made with a type of clay or plaster similar to stucco. Of course modern examples of the Tudor design use modern synthetic materials to create the modeled texture. Most importantly, Tudor style homes have some intricate brick or stone accents and large wooden trim accents that cut across portions of the house. These wooden trim accents are usually a much darker brown shade, and they run at angles across large portions of the exterior of the house. The stone or brick materials along with arched entryways and medieval hardware are reminiscent of the days of chivalry.
Bold Entryways and Garage Doors
Tudor homes bring out the magnificence of large entryways and garage doors. During the medieval period, garage doors didn’t exist, but carriage doors were a popular and necessary addition to any home. These carriage doors that have now been translated into garage doors are large and overdone in a most dramatic and appealing way. They are made of heavy wood and included dark black wrought iron hardware including locks and hinges. In addition, the front entryway is created from long and heavy planks of wood. The dark wrought iron hardware including a knocker and hinges is also used on the front door.
Heavy and Ornate Furniture
The interior of the Tudor style home continues with the dark and heavy colors and mediums that were already visible on the exterior of the house. Wrought iron sconces, wall art and picture frames make for some of the best bold and dramatic wall decorations. In addition, furniture should be dark and cumbersome with heavy woodworking and hardware. Shades of deep brown, tan, and black are used to create the castle like atmosphere. For a more modern interior decorating style for a Tudor home, you can use patterned fabrics and soft colors to brighten and liven up the living space. Deep shades of red or purple will also create the medieval drama without the heaviness.