Now that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have officially accepted their respective parties' nominations for President of the United States, expect a lot of talk about who's fit to move into the White House next year.
The White House itself is indicative of how the United States wants to be seen on the international stage. And perhaps even more so, how the First Family wants to be seen. So we asked a seasoned presidential designer to forecast exactly what the White House interiors might look like if Clinton or Trump moves in.
But first, how we got here:
According to the , George Washington himself chose the site in 1791, bringing on Irish architect James Hoban, whose – a conservative house inspired by Leinster House, the building where Irish Parliament meets – appealed to officials because it was a far cry from Europe's royal palaces.
It wasn't until Kennedy took office that the public started to take interest in what the inside of the White House looked like.
Jacqueline Kennedy brought in famed decorator Sister Parrish to refurbish the president's living quarters in the '60s and established The Fine Arts Committee – a group dedicated to acquiring antique furniture for the White House, according to the .
Ever since then, subsequent presidents — including the Obamas, who tapped Michael S. Smith, to give the State Dining room a refresh for the first time since 1998 — have tasked a designer with working alongside he and the First Lady to curate and preserve the White House.
The current State Dining Room, redesigned by Michael S. Smith.
Just as fascinating as the White House's design history, however, is the potential of its future. Enter renowned interior designer Kenneth Blasingame, who served as in the White House in 2001, and designed other spaces such as Bush's private residences, the and the .
Blasingame is imagined what the White House — namely, the — could look like if Clinton or Trump moves in. Here's a look at his predictions:
The Clintons seem to have a particular affinity for patterns, florals and, in Hillary's case, turquoise.
"I've seen her in turquoise before, and I always thought she looked good in it," says Blasingame. "To be historical, I would use Mount Vernon blue, found in George Washington's Mount Vernon house, as the room's base color scheme."
Clinton's dining room rug would be custom-made by , the same company that created the Clintons' State Dining Room rug.
"It would have multicolored wildflowers from Arkansas, since the Clintons came to Washington D.C. from there," says Blasingame.
The walls would be covered in an off-white, softly stylized patterned wallpaper with an overall field pattern of leaves from an oak tree — our country's .
The leaves would be a powdery version of Mount Vernon blue, diluted with . The room's trimming, from the baseboards to the crown molds, would be painted in the linen white color.
The Mount Vernon dining room, which showcases the house's signature blue paint, during a holiday party in 2011.
Queen Anne Lighting
Clinton might use a traditional lighting fixture, such as one of the Queen Anne fixtures Richard Nixon used in the White House, says Blasingame.
The dining room table would be round and conversational to accommodate her family (which is now larger with a grandchild). The chairs would be covered in a coral Edelman leather and upholstered with a brass nailhead trim.
The First Spouse's Portrait
"I would do lots of floral paintings," says Blasingame, such as and by Severin Roesen. "Also, I would commission to do a portrait of Bill Clinton since he's now the first spouse," he adds.
The dining room in Trump's White House would be designed around gold accents and bold furniture.
"His house has a lot of gold furniture, so I'm assuming he would want it in the White House too," says Blasingame. "My impression is also that he appreciates fine things that were created by artisans."
Exotic Round Table
A giant round table, supported by carved water buffalo, was once the gift of Philippines president Elpidio Quirino to Harry S. Truman in 1952.
"I was stunned to find it in the White House storage facility, but I fell in love with it because it was so exotic and so bigger-than-life," says Blasingame. "That's the table I would use for Mr. Trump."
Gilded French armchairs with red leather seats ("Red leather is very American," says Blasingame) would serve as the seating.
The water buffalo center table in place in the West Wing Lobby in 1963.
"I would bring the entire Vermeil Collection from the White House and fill the dining room with it," says Blasingame. "There are lots of smaller pieces like tableware, serving trays, gold pedestal compotes, candlesticks and wine buckets that we'd use for flowers."
The lighting fixture would be a gold Vermeil fixture with crystals.
For paintings, Blasingame suggests John Singer Sargent's . "Trump is sort of a Teddy Roosevelt guy in that he's bold, strong and boisterous," he says.
He also suggests by Jacob Lawrence, by Lilla Cabot Perry ("The boy's blonde-headed, so I'm imagining it as Trump as a little boy," says Blasingame) and by William James Glackens.
Trump's art, in essence, would show an appreciation for construction and his hometown of New York City.
Grand French Rug
Trump's rug would be a grand French rug that has been used in the White House's Green Room.
"This rug would look beautiful in this room," says Blasingame. The rug's red accents would complement the red leather of the dining room seats, he notes.
The White House Green Room.
Though the design for each candidate's dining room is incredibly different, Blasingame says he would keep one thing in both rooms: An overmantel mirror.
"There is a mirror that I used for the Bush's that I would bring back because it's a classic," he says. "It's an American-carved and gilded mirror, with ears of corn as details. Even though Trump and Clinton are two distinct people, they're both Americans... so there could be similarities in their designs."