[ UK /dˈɛkɹətˌɪv/ ]
[ US /ˈdɛkɹətɪv/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose
    cosmetic fenders on cars
    the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative
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How To Use decorative In A Sentence

  • Miles, the more successful, exaggerated the decorative qualities of his father's style to the point of mannerism.
  • Ice the sides with the chocolate icing, then pipe a decorative border of chocolate icing around the top, encircling the coconut topping.
  • The building used to look a bit fancier, and much more decorative, but it was never rebuilt.
  • Robert Dossie described three categories of watercolor painting — miniature, the most delicate; distemper, which is coarser, uses less expensive colors in a glue or casein binder, and is appropriate for canvas hangings, ceilings, and other interior decorative painting purposes; and fresco. reference As a technique practiced by the Romans, fresco painting was a subject of particularly interest in the antiquity-obsessed eighteenth-century. The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe
  • Secure with rubber band and then cover with a decorative hair ornament.
  • All the houses will have a traditional look with curved timber framed windows, decorative roof detail and over-door pediments.
  • Period features throughout include marble fireplaces and decorative plasterwork. Times, Sunday Times
  • Once you have a theme in mind, take a moment to inventory the decorative objects you already have around your house, then hit secondhand stores to complete the look you've chosen.
  • Features include mouldings, polished timber floors, high ceilings and decorative plasterwork.
  • The principal rooms, both downstairs and upstairs, have decorative mantelpieces and cornices that are imaginatively conceived and neatly executed.
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