Interior design styles: home-maker

This interior design style is based on the pre 1960's when the majority of women stayed at home and became the 'home-makers'. This may be an antiquated idealism which the vast majority of us are glad to see the back off and yet during times of austerity and the move towards home-made rather than mass produced, the Home-maker interior design style is seeing a huge revival. It doesn't mean that all women have to return to old days and not go to work or have their own careers, being tied to the home knocking up batches of scones and making strawberry jam sends shudders down many women's spines!

What it does mean is that old handicrafts are revived or learnt by both men and women, with up-cycling and recycling very much at the forefront of modern and contemporary interior design. Making cushions is probably the easiest soft furnishing for novices and while a sewing machine will make the process faster it isn't an absolute necessity. Choose wholesale fabric in colours and patterns which will compliment your décor and interior design style. Dining chair seat pads are another relatively easy sewing project and of course those who want the look but not the work can always buy ready made!

You may also like to try your hand at patchwork, again this is relatively easy and can be very relaxing. To begin with you don't have to work complicated patterns simple squares or triangles sew together will give you a home-maker look. Take a look at an online fabric warehouse for a variety of fabrics from which to make patchwork, different textures, patterns and colours will add a touch of stylishness and individuality, which is the essence of the Home-maker style. Of course you could also choose Retro as your interior design style and have furniture, furnishings and colour schemes which were popular in the 50's.

Pale green fridges, Formica fronted cupboards, kitchen table with table cloths and seat pads to add comfort to wooden kitchen chairs. The patterns and colours of the 50's, along with the end of rationing (after WW2) enabled people to re-build the homes in fresh modern ways. Retro can also mean that you step back to the 50's 60' or 70's and have fun items, such as duke boxes along with mismatched patterns, swivel chairs and hanging seating, bright bold colours which shout vitality and enthusiasm!

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