The basis of Traditional design is classic elements paired with sumptuous furnishings and fabrics. This style features dark woods often in Cherry or Mahogany with red undertones. Curved lines, rolled arms, turned legs, and bun feet add detail and interest. Nailheads and carved appliqués add decoration and embellishment. Fabrics are often layered and repeated in a room and may include stripes, velvet, jacquard and damasks.
Transitional décor blends the new and old. In Transitional design, the focus is on simplicity and sophistication, while using contrasts to create balance. Color palettes are typically neutral thus creating an uncluttered, tranquil environment. Wood finishes range from very dark to very light. In fabrics, the lack of vibrant color is made up for by using interesting textures such as soft suedes, nubby chenille and pliable leather playing off one another.
Contemporary design relies less on traditional design elements and instead incorporates simple and streamlined aesthetics. It depends on the simplicity of the lack of detail rather than the presence of it. A single shape may be repeated throughout such as a circular shape emphasized with round tables alongside a circular patterned textile on an upholstered piece. Wood tones will typically play dark off of light – for example, a dark wood leg against a glass tabletop. Finishes are often smooth and polished creating an orderly look and feel in a space. Fabrics with texture or solids fabrics play well alongside large graphic patterns.
Eclectic Bohemian or “BOHO” style is characterized by décor that is influenced by many different styles, time periods, textures, trends and colors. Bohemian comes from the French word ‘gypsy’ thus combining many cultures. The opposite of minimal, this style embraces the “more is more” philosophy. Bohemian furniture tends to be collected over time – a mixture of styles and eras, vintage and new. Colors are often deep jewel tones and textiles from around the world are incorporated in eclectic bohemian decor. Accents and lighting use interesting objects and shapes to create an environment that is visually stimulating.
Old World Charm style evokes images of stone houses in small villages in Europe - comfortable and enduring steeped with history and tradition. Dark and distressed wood finishes, iron scrollwork, and richly-textured fabrics with fringe, tassels, and beaded trim are used throughout. Aged, honed finishes rather than smooth, reflective surfaces are paired with deep, rich colors. Typical architectural accents in Old World Charm include stone facades, arched doorways and rough-hewn beams. Accents and accessories include woven tapestries, distressed gilding on objects d’art and Aubusson rugs.
In Coastal décor, the colors of the ocean are paired with fabrics and textures to bring the feeling of the ocean indoors. Pale blues and greens alongside crisp whites are common throughout often alongside soft shades of greys to provide beautiful contrast. Painted furniture in crisp whites to more vibrant shades with simple lines create an uncluttered, clean feel. Fabric in stripes or sea themed patterns play well against textured accessories such as sisal, rattan and wicker.
Industrial style is characterized by clean lines with an urban flair. Inspired by the trend to convert old factories and industrial spaces into living spaces, the elements of industrial style include weathered/reclaimed wood, exposed brick and pipes, concrete finishes and industrial lighting. A muted, natural color palette of grays, neutrals, and rustic colors provide a simple backdrop for sparse decoration and salvaged objects repurposed and given new life.
Country Casual style is based on a relaxed, laidback lifestyle. American Country Style has little in the way of ornamentation on case goods and instead function is emphasized over ornamentation. In Traditional décor, nailheads are used ornamentally whereas in Country Casual décor, they are used where needed to reinforce joints. Medium Oak and Fruit woods in orange tones are common with nicks and dents adding character and a casual, unfussy feel. In fabrics, comfortable is key and patterns often includes checks, stripes and natural elements such as leaves and florals.
Shabby Chic décor celebrates the old and weathered. A cottage type “look and feel, Shabby Chic case good pieces are often purposely distressed and aged to give them the look of a true antique piece. Chipped chalk and milk paints with glazing and waxing techniques gives furniture in the Shabby Chic style a well-worn and unpretentious style. Colors are soft and muted incorporating neutral whites, beiges and light grey tones. Upholstered furniture has soft, unstructured lines and loose flowing slipcovers and skirting. Accessories used in Shabby Chic décor are often original architectural salvage or vintage pieces paired with vintage style reproductions.