Streamlined, geometric style of home furnishings popular in the '20s and '30s featuring rounded fronts, mirrored accents, sleek lines and wood furniture with chrome hardware and glass tops.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Arts and Crafts style furnishings became popular in the United States between 1910 and 1925. The focus was simple in form, without extraneous decoration, often showing the way pieces and materials were put together. Architecturally speaking, Arts and Crafts covers Craftsman style, work by Frank Lloyd-Wright as well as the bungalow style popularized by Greene and Greene. "Truth in Materials" is very important to Arts and Crafts, often use of local materials.
Inspired by the design elements from Japan, China, Vietnam and Thailand. This look fuses natural fiber elements, bamboo and colors taken from nature to create a serene, calm environment. Furnishings may be lacquered or handpainted with ornamental designs, punctuated with brightly-colored accessories or statues of animals or mythical creatures.
A little eclectic, a little modern, but always vintage. This bohemian style serves as an inexpensive expression of individuality with a diverse blend of contrasting design styles and accessories. Achieve this style by mixing and matching what you already have, with flea market finds, unusual antiques, and some new, modern pieces.
CONTEMPORARY / MINIMALIST
Contemporary / Minimalist design often has clean, sleek lines and is marked by solid colors, predominantly muted neutrals or bold punches of color in furniture and accessories. Furniture is sleek, lower to the ground and often has metal frames or straight legs with an emphasis on basic shapes and forms. Graphic elements in artwork or as accents work well with this look.
This catch-all style borrows from several other design styles and evokes a sense of imagination and surprise with unexpected contrasts. The style is not simply throwing together everything and anything, but rather relies heavily on the building blocks of design (color, pattern, texture, composition) to make the space look cohesive. A multitude of fabrics is characteristic, whether patterned, textured, solids or all three.
Rustic farmhouse has a charming aesthetic. It hints to a simpler lifestyle, in a fresh, rustic way. The use of rustic wood tables and stools, heavy wood accessories, industrial metal elements, and hanging lights are common in this style. Earthy, neutral creams, rusts and other natural tones go a long way to give a rustic feel. Incorporating an arrangement or two of lovely wildflowers or green herbs add a finishing touch.
This style evoques old Hollywood glamour. Repetition, reflection and symmetry are some of the elements used. This style walks the tightrope between minimalism and excess.
HYGGEE / SCANDINAVIAN
Renowned for simplicity, utility, and beauty. Scandinavian style is a pure, pared backed style centered around warm functionality, clean lines, craftsmanship and understated elegance. The use of light is considered to be extremely important. Characterized by coziness, the use of earthy muted tones and honest materials.
Inspired by the coastal regions of Spain, Greece and Italy, this look favors colors that echo the sea and also include terra cotta, yellow and lavender. Furniture pieces are short with ornately turned legs and feet; hardware is heavy and often burnished. Velvets, linens and textured fabrics mix with textured walls.
A look originating in the '50s and '60s and epitomized by the Rat-Pack days in Palm Springs. Scandinavian designers and architects were very influential at this time, with a style characterized by simplicity, functionality and natural shapes. Architecture shows off its minimalist design with walls of glass. Pops of deep colors such as orange, yellow, olive green and chocolate brown add to decor. An updated version of this look is found at stores like Jonathan Adler, marked by fun, colorful and quirky furnishings.
Rustic style is an enduring trend in home decor. The key element of rustic style is that it is constructed of natural materials or finished in a natural hue. It may include stone walls and terra-cotta tile floors. Rustic fixtures, furnishings, architectural elements and textiles may consist of wood, stone, bamboo, rattan, sisal, nubby cotton, wool, paper, glass, clay and various types of metal. Rustic decor is homespun, timeworn, handcrafted and distressed.
Furnishings are usually 18th-century English, 19th-century neoclassic, French country and British Colonial revival. Use of classic styling and symmetry to create a calm, orderly decor. Color palette is usually in the mid-tones and fabrics are muted, usually simple florals, solids, stripes or plaids.
A look inspired by beaches of Hawaii, French Polynesia or other tropical destinations. Thatched furniture, heavy prints of palm leaves and bright colored flowers find their way onto upholstery. Muted colored rugs or sisal and seagrass carpets cover the floor.
The style includes a plethora of floral designs that are feminine and lacy. The use of wallpaper, elaborate furniture carving, plush fabrics for upholstered furniture, elaborately designed oriental rugs, rich trims and embellishments mark the distinctive Victorian decor. Victorians loved pattern and used it lavishly throughout their home.
This style is a way to bring the world into the room, combining different elements, decor pieces, handcrafts, and styles from around the world. It provides travel inspiration and encourages curiosity about the world.