When President-elect Donald Trump takes up residence in the White House in January (the First Lady and Son to-be will remain behind in New York until the school year ends), he’ll have the option to make changes to the living quarters. The President-Elect has stated in interviews that he wants to leave the building pretty much as is in respect for its tradition. But MarketWatch editor Catey Hill explores the type of changes the Trumps could make.
Here are what a couple interior designers had to say:
Some interior designers foresee a gilded age. “By looking at the Trump family’s primary residence in the penthouse of Trump Tower and the luxurious Mar-a-Lago, the White House will take on a formal opulent tone reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles,” says Sandra Nunnerley, the founder of New York-based design firm Sandra Nunnerley, Inc.. She’d expect to see “sumptuous Louis XIV appointments, framed by marble and gold leaf with glittering chandeliers added throughout.”
Cheryl Eisen, the president and CEP of Interior Marketing Group, which has staged and helped sell Trump properties, says that “Trump tends toward castle-like, Baroque-style finishes” and, while the White House is currently designed with a more traditional American-colonial style, “we imagine Trump to bring in flourishes of gold and brass hues, black onyx and green marble.” She adds that “gilded, mahogany furniture and ornate patterns” might also be in play, and that “oversize mirrors and chandeliers wouldn’t be surprising.”
Whatever the changes may be, incoming presidents are typically given a decorating budget. It’s been reported that George W. and Laura Bush were given $100,000 for redecorating during his second term.