You like things light and breezy and use things you found washed up from the tide as decor. You like lots of light and sunshine, and wonder what season there is besides sunny and warm. You’re laid back, and you never worry about someone or something messing up your furniture.
You love raw materials, like rough-hewn wood beams. You love scouring thrift shops and roadsides for anything you can repurpose in your home. You’re rugged, you love the outdoors, and you think about texture first when choosing a piece of furniture.
A rustic elegance is characteristic of this look. Some country looks are marked by extensive use of white wood paneling and soft floral patterns, muted hues and pops of red, black or pure white accents. Floral, checked and striped vintage fabric patterns are standards, and elements have a handmade, rustic quality: wood, handmade pottery, baskets and hand-forged metal to name a few. Primitive furnishings have history to them, and are bought in antique shops and flea markets.
You love simple forms, clean lines, natural materials and anything Eames, Knoll, Saarinen or Noguchi. You’re outgoing, and you love cocktail parties and dressing up.
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.
You avoid the big-box furniture stores and head straight to the salvage yard. You love vintage pieces and simple engineering, like cinder block shelves and repurposed commercial kitchen tables. You like raw materials that can bear a lot of weight. You are strong minded and love getting your hands dirty.
Often seen in loft apartments and restaurants, the industrial design style is known for exposing building elements that are usually hidden, such as pipes, duct work and brick walls. Industrial-style spaces typically feature open floor plans, large windows, neutral color palettes and furniture made from rustic wood, metal and leather.
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.
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.
Contemporary 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.
Rooted in minimal, true use of material and absence of decoration. A clean, streamlined furniture and architecture style from the 1930s. It's characterized by a neutral color palette, polished surfaces, strong geometric shapes and asymmetry.