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Cajun French Decorating StyleIf you'd like to add a bit of Creole spice to your home's decorating scheme, the Cajun French style could be just what you've been looking for. For the most part, the Cajun French style of decorating tends to borrow the various components that make up the overall look from a variety of different cultures and areas.
However, when these elements are blended together, the overall effect tends to have the unique look and feel of the New Orleans area. Here are a few decorating tips to keep in mind if you would like to add a touch of Cajun French Creole to your home.
Architectural StylesTraditionally, the Cajun French architectural style tends to focus heavily on a few specific elements, such as long shutters on the outside of the windows to protect against hurricanes. Additionally, you'll also find that wrought iron is used extensively in Cajun French-styled home.
Large doors and windows are also the norm, allowing the homes to take advantage of a good breeze when the weather turns stifling hot. Bright and vivid colors also tend to be the norm.
Although you might not be able to change a lot about your home's overall architectural design, there are a number of different ways to add a bit of Cajun French flavor. For example, the mere addition of one or more wrought iron wall grilles can go a long way towards adding a bit of Creole flair to a room.
It's also easy to brighten up your home's overall look by using a few brighter paint colors in strategic locations. However, in most cases you'll probably not want to use the brightest colors on the exterior of your home, in the interest of maintaining visual harmony with other homes in your neighborhood. It's usually best to save your brightest color touches for the interior of your home.
Interior Decorating TechniquesIf you're not accustomed to the overall look of the city of New Orleans, you might be initially a bit surprised at the somewhat gaudy look it embraces. Overall, the look is a fun and pleasant combination of Mardi Gras, jazz, and traditional gothic style. You'll definitely sense the presence of "a little something extra," which is a concept embraced by people who live in New Orleans. The combination of the often brightly colored elements is definitely lively, eye-catching and exciting.
Cajun French Decorating ElementsWhen choosing decorating elements for the Cajun French-styled room, there are a few choices you won't want to miss. Music is very important in the New Orleans area, so anything that symbolizes music can be a good choice. Red peppers are also a natural with this style of decorating.
Whether you choose to go subtle with red pepper printed dish towels in the kitchen or go all out with a red pepper border around the top of your dining room walls, these zesty little vegetables will really add a nice added touch to your Cajun French décor. In addition to the focus on peppers, food in general is embraced as part of the everyday New Orleans lifestyle.
Try decorating your kitchen with glass jars of shaped pasta, rice, and colorful beans.
It's also almost impossible to decorate a room in this style without paying homage to the Mardi Gras celebration in some way. As such, one or more Mardi Gras masks used as wall art or perhaps a few strings of beads displayed around the room would add an authentic touch.