Washington DC: The Capital Inspires Home Design

April 1, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016
In recent years, Washington D.C. has become a destination for design and culture enthusiasts.
In recent years, Washington D.C. has become a destination for design and culture enthusiasts.

The capital is an important part of our nation’s history, but it’s safe to say that Washington D.C. has never provided much inspiration for home décor.

Think of D.C., and you’ll likely remember snippets from your class trip there, where memories of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument –while significant, wouldn’t have provided much in the way of inspiration for interior design!

But that image is slowly but surely changing. The capital is now home to a number of artsy shops and unique boutiques. Artists, interior designers, and architects have helped to infuse some much-needed art and style into the city.

Curious about how the capital’s sense of style can impact your home? Here’s how you can bring the best of Washington D.C. into your home.

View: Naya Cushion
View: Naya Cushion

Colors: Black, White, Grays, With a Hint of Color

When you think of colors inspired by the capital, black, white, and grays may come to mind –but there’s no reason you can’t dress things up and add some bold, rich colors. Opt for one or two strong, modern shades, or consider accenting with classic and bold colors like crimson and navy blue. Touches of silver also wouldn’t be amiss in a D.C. inspired home.

View: Capital Lighting Fifth Avenue Traditional Classic Chandelier
View: Capital Lighting Fifth Avenue Traditional Classic Chandelier

Décor: Minimalist – With a Touch of Glamor

Washington-inspired design can easily feature a blend of old and new. The best way to pull this look off is with some solid, timeless artifacts –combined with an ultramodern infusion. The result? Open concept, minimalist, urban, modern, classic –with just a touch of whimsy. Like the Federal style architecture found throughout the D.C area, contrasting with the swanky new shops and boutiques –somehow, it just works.

View: MATINEE COFFEE TABLE SET
View: MATINEE COFFEE TABLE SET

Furnishings and Decor: Both Modern and Classic

Simple seating arrangements such as armless couches and chairs, glass tables, and silver or glass lamps would be at home with Washington-inspired design. Look for pieces of décor that are modern or classic. Just like the city, a blend of these two styles complement each other better than you might think.

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