Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Travel in style with these eight trips to explore architecture, and use our tips to help you re-create the look at home.
New York, New York – The Chrysler Building
For a taste of glamorous Art Deco, head to the Big Apple. When the Chrysler Building was constructed in the early 20th Century, it was intended to be the tallest building in the world. That’s appropriate for Art Deco, which is all about showing wealth through extremes, ornate design, bright metals, lush fabrics and bold colors included. If you visit the Chrysler Building, travel no further than the lobby to see prime examples of Art Deco – sharp geometric shapes and angles, chrome and marble, and no shortage of patterns.
Mill Run, Pennsylvania – Fallingwater
Fallingwater is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic homes, largely because of its harmony between design and nature. Look no farther than the water cascading from beneath the house. The exterior is made of sandstone local to the Pittsburgh area, and the color palette was intended to help it blend with its natural surroundings. This groundbreaking “organic architecture” is the reason Fallingwater is a National Historic Landmark.
Washington, D.C. – The White House
Not surprisingly given its age, the White House is typical traditional architecture, specifically Federal style. Federal homes commonly have porch columns, lots of windows that often are topped by elliptical fanlights, plenty of symmetry and curved stairways. Front facades tend to be ornate and made of brick or clapboard depending on the region.
Charleston, South Carolina – Drayton Hall
Staying traditional, the Georgian architecture of Drayton Hall shares many design elements with the White House’s Federal style. This plantation home has never been restored, giving a rare opportunity to see an unaltered Georgian structure with its original materials. If you visit, you’ll see plaster rosettes on the ceilings and towering porch columns similar to Federal homes. The home also features overall balance and proportions with the same number of windows flanking each side of the door.
San Francisco, California – Painted Ladies
San Francisco’s Painted Ladies, sometimes called Postcard Row, are a prime example of Victorian architecture with their colors galore, balconies and large porches. Although Victorian is considered traditional architecture, it certainly does not follow the need for symmetry that the other traditional styles do. Doors are skewed to one side of the home, making room for bay windows, more decorative gables and plenty of textures.
Tuscany, Italy – Castello di Reschio
We head overseas for the best examples of Tuscan and Mediterranean architecture. The Castello di Reschio is a grand home that exemplifies classic Tuscan style with earthy colors and a nod to the natural. Think terracotta flooring balanced with aged-looking wood. You’ll also see beamed ceilings supporting rough plaster walls and simple windows that let in natural light.
Copenhagen, Denmark – The Royal Danish Playhouse
Visit Denmark’s national theater to see the streamlined geometry, sleek lines and abundance of glass doors and windows common in Scandinavian architecture. These windows tap into the important role light and nature play in this style. Design is characterized by simplicity – no ornate Victorian curlicues or crazy colors here.
Löbau, Germany – Haus Schminke
Bauhaus architecture – modern and minimalist – was born in Germany. What you’ll find in Bauhaus homes is an emphasis on geometric form. Ornamentation does not get in the way of function, although the style’s stark qualities are often still eye-catching rather than feeling bare and overly industrial. If you visit Haus Schminke, you can do more than just tour. The former family home welcomes overnight guests.
Get the Bauhaus look by incorporating clean lines with sharp edges into your design. Your color palette should be bold, but unlike Art Deco, focus on solids rather than patterns. Bauhaus ultimately led to what we know today as Mid-Century Modern, so don’t be afraid to pull in some of those more familiar elements. For fixtures and hardware, try Bright Chrome or Matte Black finishes. The Upland trim with the Schlage Northbrook lever will help you pull off this look.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. If you can’t hit the road, find it virtually. Schlage’s Style Selector tool online can help match you with the right look, and there’s also Pinterest and Instagram to help get the creative juices flowing.