How to Decorate a New Orleans-Style Home


Bring the flavors of the French Quarter into your decor with wrought-iron accents, bold wall colors and fleur-de-lis pieces. Masks, posters and prints of jazz musicians reflect the culture and diversity of the region. Use posters from Jazz Festival and other New Orleans events to connect to the Crescent City and include items featuring symbols unique to the city such as the famous water meter cover designed in the 1920s. Take advantage of the rich art culture of the city with art from local artists including paintings, prints, sculptures and masks.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Drop cloths
  • Trays
  • Painter's tape
  • Ceiling fans
  • Light fixtures
  • Furniture
  • Lamps
  • Fleur-de-lis items
  • Mardi Gras masks
  • Posters
  • Prints
  • Sculptures
  • Introduce New Orleans flavor with bold colors like mustard yellow or French red walls. Frame brightly-painted walls with crisp white or stark black crown molding for contrast reminiscent of 19th-century city architecture. Intricately-patterned wallpaper, chair rails and wainscoting add height to mimic the cathedral ceilings common in upscale New Orleans homes and add formal flair to parlors, guest rooms and foyers.

  • Install ceiling fans in bedrooms, living rooms or parlors and outdoor areas such as patios or porches. Wrought-iron features in the lighting and framework of the fans echo fences and lampposts of the French Quarter, a theme that can be continued in wall sconces and chandeliers.

  • Accessorize rooms with posters, prints and sculptures of jazz musicians and Mardi Gras masks. Harlequin-diamond-pattern canvases accented with fleur-de-lis add dimension to solid-colored walls, while stark abstract sculptures contrast well with damask wallpaper and paneled wainscoting.

  • Use artwork by New Orleans or Louisiana natives to inject local flavor throughout the decor. Prints by George Rodrigue featuring the famous Blue Dog, watercolors by local street artists of Jackson Square or posters of the famed New Orleans water meter accessorize less formal spaces and add modern edge.

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