Interior Décor and Furniture Styles – Explained

your guide to interior décor and furniture styles

EDIT: see our infographic on this subject

Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts dining

Outback Dining by Hillsdale

art and crafts kitchen

art and crafts kitchen

arts and crafts living room

arts and crafts living room

Arts and Crafts Colonnade

arts and crafts colonnade


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 with prominent grain
– blocky shapes
– rectilinear shape
– exposed joints
– clean but strong lines
– minimal accent detailing

Classic Contemporary

classic contemporary living room

classic contemporary living room

classic contemporary

classic contemporary

Thomasville Studio 455 Bed

Studio 455 by Thomasville

classic contemporary bedroom

classic contemporary bedroom

Complementary colors guide the eye around the room for an uninterrupted emphasis. This innocuous style is recognizable through the use of simplified shapes, a mix of soft and smooth textures.
Characteristics include:
- round furniture lines
– soft curved lines
– inviting soft textures

Contemporary

contemporary living room

contemporary living room

contemporary living room

contemporary living room

forecast contemporary dining

Forecast by Pennsylvania House

contemporary bedroom

contemporary bedroom

This style has evolved considerably since its birth and is now a combination of the old and new ideals. Some contemporary ideas are influenced by nature, futuristic style and cutting edge aspects; others lean toward industrial, technical and oversimplified style.
Characteristics include:
- straight lines
– sharp corners
– wide curves
– spherical shapes
– solid colors
– empty walls
– sleek appeal
– bold colors and high contrast
– monochromatic
– metals and solid surfaces

Country

Country Living Room

country living room

country kitchen

country kitchen

Cambridge by Aspenhome

Cambridge by Aspenhome

updated country bedroom

updated country bedroom

There are many subcategories to this style, but almost all versions have a cozy and quaint feel to them. The palette is a mixture of colors and prints. 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
– soft colors
– small prints and plaids

Eclectic

eclectic bedroom

eclectic bedroom

eclectic dining room

eclectic dining room

eclectic living room

eclectic living room

eclectic office

eclectic office

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

modern home office

modern home office

Modern bedroom- Forecast

Forecast Bedroom by Pennsylvania House

Modern living room

modern living room

modern living room

modern living room

This style originated in the 1900s 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

Rustic dining

rustic dining

Rustic bedroom

rustic bedroom

Rustic office

rustic office

rustic living room

rustic living room

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.”
Characteristics include:
– raw materials
– distressed metal
– distressed leather
– hair on hides
– stone
– wool
– fireplaces
– cozy seating

Shabby-Chic

Shabby-Chic dining: Classic Portfolio: Old World

Classic Portfolio Dining by Stanley

Shabby-Chic dining

shabby-chic dining

Shabby Chic Bedroom

shabby-chic bedroom

shabby-chic living room

shabby-chic living room

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.
Characteristics include:
- colorful vintage items
– distressed furniture
– white walls

Traditional

traditional entry

traditional entry

traditional bedroom

traditional bedroom

traditional room

traditional room

Antebellum traditional bedroom

Antebellum Bedroom by FFDM

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

transitional living room

transitional living room

transitional Tanner Giraffe sofa

Tanner Giraffe Sofa by Fusion

transitional living room

transitional living room

transitional dining room

transitional dining room

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.”
Characteristics include:
- simple lines
– monochromatic colors
– soothing palettes
– soft shapes

Tuscan

tuscan living room

Tuscan living room

tuscan kitchen and dining

Tuscan kitchen and dining

Tuscano tuscan bedroom

Tuscano Bedroom by Kincaid

tuscan style home

Tuscan style home

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 warm hues found in the Italian countryside landscape, including neutrals, golds, browns, greens, rich reds and ochers.
Characteristics include:
– stucco
– terra cotta tiles
– scrolling iron
– patterned and bright accessories
– exposed wooden beams
– soft chenilles


sources
http://www.charlesnealinteriors.com/store/pages/Interior-Design-Styles-Explained.html
http://urbanidnw.com/interior-design-styles-explained/
http://www.designer-daily.com/11-beautiful-home-interior-design-styles-13157
http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating-style-defined-00000000030293/page24.html
http://homeandgarden.homes-extra.ca/Decoration/Gillespie/2005/04/30/1020326.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabby_chic
http://www.cherrygallery.com/aboutrustic.html

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  3. John says:

    Great information and examples of different styles. The style will definitely define what a room is, and the layout will help foster flow and useability of the space.

  4. Kelsey says:

    Your style is really unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from.
    I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark
    this site.

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