The Cape Cod style home is known for it’s simple design, and architecture. Originating in the late 17th century in New England, and becoming very popular between the 1930’s – 1950’s the Cape Cod style home represents America in it’s simpler times. It is usually a one to one-and-a-half story home with a chimney in the center, steep roof, symmetrical appearance with the door in the center, and multi-paned windows with shutters. When designing for a Cape Cod home, or giving your present home a Cape Cod feel just keep in mind where and when the design originated and this will make it simpler to design a theme for your home.You have a lot of freedom with a Cape Cod home; it can be casual or elegant, and does not necessarily need to be nautical. You can use the periods from the 17th century all the way through to the 1950’s, and decorate according to the styles used for those periods. From a casual rustic decor, from vintage 1920’s with all it’s elegance and style, to the primary colors used in the 1950’s. You can also, think of the natural surroundings of the home’s area. Imagine all the colors of the seaside, with it’s peaceful blue water and sky, the subtle shades of the sand, the shells on the beach, seagulls in the air, watching the sunset at the end of a peaceful day. Carry this image with you, and pick five to seven colors with inspirations from these natural surroundings and your on your way to a balanced, peaceful, harmonious theme for your home. Perhaps robin egg blue, sunrise yellow, sunset red, cobalt grey, and creamy sand. Add splashes of these colors throughout your home with paint, accessories, and accent fabrics. The eye is drawn to color and texture. Adding splashes of color, and texture throughout a room creates balance and draws your eye around the room.