How To Decorate Your Home With Creole Twist
Of all the architectural and decorating styles around the world very few take the best from others and make it a little better in a way that is often called the “French Creole” style. The truth is that while this famous architectural style in New Orleans is really borrowed from many other cultures, it is uniquely New Orleans at the same time.
Creole architecture for many is reminiscent of the complicated work of wrought iron, long shutters (to cover windows during the initial storm), large windows and doors (this is designed more than ordinary houses in other parts of the country to create a wind road convenient for the wind to come in the hot summer months), and bright colors that you will most likely not find in a multimillion-dollar environment. The style of architecture and decoration of this house is also famous for its large balconies – also with wrought iron fences.
The amazing thing about Creole’s home decorating style is that there isn’t a single identifiable feature that labels the design style as Creole. Lagniappe is a term often used by people in and around New Orleans. For those who don’t know, that means “a little something extra”. From extra donuts to free bookmarks and many things in between, something extra has a long history in New Orleans from architecture to music, there are always a few extra things that you can’t get anywhere else.
Creole’s interior design style is also very similar. Some consider it striking but locals consider it a little extra and that. You might find a bit of Gothic style, a little Jazz, and lots of Mardi Gras in one room and that’s pretty good because you get all of that and just a little bit of it too. Home decorating in a Creole country is an art form that defies logic but makes sense for cultural wealth and inheritance covered.
For those who need a little inspiration who want to put a little Cajun or Creole spices into their living space, maybe the following suggestions will prove useful.
1) Red peppers. Nobody says spices like red pepper. There are all kinds of items that you can find with red peppers in them ranging from wallpaper to blown glass peppers, jar toppers, pot holders, kitchen towels, lights to the terrace – even kitchen tubes decorated with red peppers. There are all types of options available to enter this theme into your home or one room in your home.
2) Music notes. Most people cannot think of the Cajun country without thinking of music that calls this great part of the country a home. Music notes are a great way to symbolize the music that made New Orleans famous.
3) Mardi Gras Masks. Many people find that New Orleans symbolizes Mardi gras in their hearts and minds even though New Orleans is not the birthplace of Mardi Gras. Masks are a way for people from all over the country to bring ‘the spirit of New Orleans’ home with them and decorate their homes with an attitude that can only be called Creole in many hearts and minds.
4) Food. Believe it or not, food is part of the Creole house like other design elements. For this reason, a French Creole style kitchen is often the best way to decorate a home in the Creole style. The kitchen is the heart of the Cajun house and food makes it heart. Use a jar of peanuts, rice, pasta and other lagniappe as part of the overall design and you might be amazed at how Creole starts to look.
The most important thing to remember is that Creole is more an attitude than a design style. Bring the “Don’t Worry” attitude into your home’s design features and you will have a true Creole style as art.