Home Decorating Styles Explained

by starfurniture on November 7, 2013

Arts and Crafts
Craftsmanship is key in this handmade folk style. It originated as an anti-industrial reaction and also stood for social economic reform.
Characteristics include:
– wood
– blocky shapes
– exposed joints
– strong lines

Classic Contemporary
Complementary colors guide the eye around the room for an uninterrupted emphasis, this innocuous style is recognizable through the use of simplified shapes.
Characteristics include:
– round furniture lines
– inviting soft textures

Contemporary
This style has evolved considerably since it’s birth and is now a combination of the old and new ideals. Some contemporary ideas are influenced by nature, futuristic, and cutting edge aspects of the style, others lean toward the industrial, technical, and oversimplification side.
Such characteristics include-
– straight lines
– sharp corners
– wide curves
– spherical shapes
– solid colors
– empty walls
– sleek appeal

Country
There are many subcategories to this style, but almost all versions have a cozy and quaint feel to them. Distressed wood is frequently used, as well as antiques that have an old barn or farmhouse vibe.
Characteristics include:

– distressed wood
– antiques
– raw wood exposed beams

Eclectic
Possibly the most difficult decor to describe, it’s essentially a combination of all others. Matching a myriad of styles is heavily encouraged, typically incorporating vintage and bright colors.
Characteristics include-
– vintage pieces
– bright colors
– pieces from all different styles
– contemporary offbeat items
– mixed motifs
– generous accessories

Modern
This style originated in the 1900’s with the Bauhaus Movement, an architectural and visual ideal where form and function came together. Furniture was starting to be mass produced in a manner that was pleasing to the eye, whereas it was once commissioned one piece at a time by the wealthy. Then, a manufacturing shift occurred and produced a host of new materials, including-
– chrome
– black leather
– glass
– ultrasuede
other characteristics include-
– natural forms of materials or lacquered finishes
– simplified shapes
– functionality
– ergonomic

Rustic
Furniture comprised partly or wholly of locally found materials such as bark, roots, branches, burls and other natural forms define the unique way rustic furniture is constructed. “Quality rustic furniture accents the sculptural beauty, contrasting textures, and whimsical shapes of materials found in nature (cherrygallery.com/aboutrustic).”
Characteristics include-
– raw materials
– distressed metal
– stone
– wool
– fireplaces
– cozy seating

Shabby-Chic
Originating from Britain, this style relies mainly on flea market finds that are usually refinished. “Popular decor items are pillows made of vintage barkcloth fabric, vintage linens, chenille bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses on it. It is a soft, relaxed feminine romantic way of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting. Also called cottage style (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabby_chic).”
characteristics include-
– colorful vintage items
– distressed furniture
– white walls

Traditional-
regal and often detailed furnishings from a variety of different time periods make up this style, which is considered classic and exudes an ageless feel.
Characteristics include-
– rich colors
– plush fabrics
– curved lines
– intricate details
– dark woods
– tapered legs
– lustrous accent materials
– crown molding and decorative trims

Transitional-
The offspring of traditional and contemporary furniture, which takes aspects from color and finish, as well as the materials and fabrics. Transitional design embraces a livable and soft appeal, while radiating a classic flair. “The scale of the pieces is ample but not intimidating. A lack of ornamentation and decoration keeps the focus on the simplicity but sophistication of the design (hgtv.com/decorating-basics/transitional-style-101).”
Characteristics include-
– simple lines
– monochromatic colors
– soothing pallets
– soft shapes

Tuscan-
While living in the countryside of Italy, the tradesman and farmers there initiated the renowned style today know as Tuscan design. The colors reflect the hues found in the Italian countryside landscape, including neutrals, rich reds, and ochers.
Characteristics include-
-stucco
-terra cotta tiles
-scrolling iron
-patterned and bright accessories
-exposed wooden beams

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