Home decor ideas inspired by “Downton Abbey”

It's hard to surf the web or turn on the TV without seeing or hearing a mention of PBS's successful British period drama series, "Downton Abbey." Following the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 1900s, this program has captivated audiences across the country. And, according to an article by The Associated Press, it's even inspiring people to bring some of the Crawley​s' interior design styles into their own houses. 

"We've gone so casual in the last decade in terms of home decor. I think there is a desire to be a little more formal, or a little more glamorous," Kristie Barnett, an interior design blogger in Nashville, Tennessee, told the source. "That doesn't mean it can't be family-friendly."

You may want to consider implementing some of these ideas, which are both aristocratic and modern: 

Books on display – If you have an unused space in your home, why not turn it into a small library with a sitting area and some comfortable throw pillows?

Fancy lighting – A classy chandelier can dress up a dining room or even a bedroom without interfering too much with the decor you already have in place. 

Luxurious windows dressings – Long drapes in heavy fabrics that spill onto the floor create a dramatic, romantic feel. At Bazaar Home Decorating, we can create custom window coverings that will make you feel like you're on the set of your favorite TV show. 

Metallic paint – Not only are these shiny hues trendy and fashionable at the moment, but they can also help you achieve that decadent 1920s vibe. Apply some gold paint to your picture frames, mirror edges and other decorative items to give them a regal look.