8 Ways Your Stylish Grandma Would Tell You to Decorate Your Home

We look to our granny for advice on life, love, and how to bake that one weird dessert only she can conjure up, so why not take a page from her style manual as well? Granted, not all grannies are created equal, and with many different grannies come many different granny styles. Today, we tip our (red) hats to the well-traveled, color-friendly, pattern-loving grannies of the world with a round up of chic rooms we love that are sure to be granny-approved.

Granny decorating tip #1: If a pattern isn’t on it, the room doesn’t don it. This granny has decades of experience under her Italian-made leather belt, and every patterned piece represents the culmination of years of travel and good stories. To achieve this look found on Architectural Digest, the more different the patterns are, the better.

Granny decorating tip #2: Let the florals flow. Maintaining her devotion to mixing patterns, she sometimes stays within a theme, like this bedroom from Absolutely Beautiful Things. Whether it’s on the headboard, pillowcase, table cloth, or pulled from the earth, florals are always in style to this granny. Similarly to tip #1, to achieve this look, make sure each floral pattern is in a different style. The more styles, the better.

Granny decorating tip #3: Chinoiserie? Yes, siree. Granny has an affinity for world culture and boy, does chinoiserie up the pattern ante. Designer Ruthie Summers’ California ranch house from Lonny nails the global granny look with a mixture of worldly patterns and cozy comfort.

Granny decorating tip #4: Keep it clean. While some of us may collect/hoard our global goods to granny levels, we also might neglect to preserve them. To get this granny’s look (perfectly executed here by Katie Ridder), running a tight ship is crucial. Her linens are neatly pressed, pillows are freshly fluffed, and dusting is always on her to-do list.

Granny decorating tips #5: When in doubt: wallpaper. What better way to increase the pattern to non-pattern ratio than by covering an entire wall with a print? This fun and classic turtle motif wallpaper is from designer Katie Ridder, seen on Architectural Digest.

Granny decorating tip #6: Don’t go full granny. We understand, if you’re reading this you’re probably not looking to retire (pun intended) your unique style and go full-on granny. Adding an unexpected element, like the large black-and-white Marilyn Monroe print in this bedroom from My Domaine, shows guests your interests may extend beyond knitting and rocking chairs (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Granny decorating tip #7: Granny + glam = golden. Crystal chandeliers and gilded goods hearken back to the golden age of Hollywood, when this granny was in her hey day. Adding a touch of glam makes a granny-worthy space like this pink pattern-filled kitchen from designer Meredith Heron feel a little more contemporary.

Granny decorating tip #8: Be fearless. While we try to pigeonhole granny-style to floral wallpaper and knit cozies, this granny has had a long love affair with life. She proudly displays her vast collections from adventures past and always makes room for new things, making her confidently bold style 100% unique. For more photos from this Peter Pennoyer home, visit Architectural Digest.

Embrace your inner granny and don’t be afraid to be bold with your style.

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