Old World decor is characterized by large-scale furniture, warm earth tones and rustic finishes. Old World decor goes back to a time when natural products were the mainstay materials available. Old-World decor in modern times results in a look that represents a combination of rustic and high-end luxury. The term Old World decor indicates a range of early styles, which have a heavy, dark mystique. Later styles simulate an Old World look via rustic details; the Spanish Revival style provides an example. The palette of Old World decor varies from style to style, ranging from dark hues to earth tones to light patterns. Modern composites leading to contemporary design did not exist, so builders used what was readily at hand: brick, stone, wood, plaster, leather and mortar to name a few.
Natural stones are a common element in Old World Decor. Incorporate stone in your Old-World decor by using it as a covering for tables, wainscots, mosaic insets on walls and floors, as countertops, backsplashes or pillar coverings. Natural stones come in a range of styles and can be used in any setting; there is no right or wrong or “best” when it comes to natural stone, since beauty is in the eye of the beholder.