What’s Your Style?

Contemporary interiors are identified by clean, simple, & subtle sophistication. Less is more. Not to be confused with Modern style, today’s contemporary home can be comfortable and welcoming. This is the style for the person who has an affinity for things that are in style & popular, now.

Contemporary interiors have uncluttered furniture arrangements, typically furniture has straight lines.

Fabrics often have a natural look with textural appeal. In a contemporary home you shouldn’t see ruffles, lace, floral prints, or fringe. Prints are never fussy.

Paint colors are typically neutral, while the decorative accents can have bold splashes of brighter colors.

Floors in a contemporary style home should be bare and smooth in wood, tile, or concrete. Color & texture are achieved by the use of plain or geometric-patterned area rugs. Low pile carpet is used minimally if only for warmth or acoustics.

The use of metals, natural stone, & glass as decorative accents work especially well in a contemporary home.

Modern

Sleek, smooth and polished are words to describe surfaces in a modern interior. Modern interiors are influenced by Minimalism. Furnishings are simple & sparse.

White walls are most common in a modern home. The furnishings, decorative accessories and fabrics are typically of a neutral tone-on-tone color scheme.

Concrete, granite and linoleum are used for flooring; chrome and stainless steel are common accents on furniture and in the kitchen. A lacquered finish or unusual wood veneers on cabinets & furniture pieces are common.

Traditional

Influenced by antiquity, Traditional Style presents a formal atmosphere. The pieces are usually large, make a statement, and are often made of wood. The rooms often contain antique pieces.

Fabrics in a traditional home can be florals, plain colors, muted plaids, understated stripes, geometrics, tone-on-tone and small all-over patterns. Fringe & Tassels can be used

Window coverings show a tailored look and may have cornices & valances.

Mediterranean, (Spanish, Tuscan, etc.)

Woods, stone, and color are important elements.

Venetian plaster, color washing or faux painting techniques to give a worn, well-loved look. Walls are textural. The colors in a Mediterranean style interior are rustic & earthy.

Flooring is typically terracotta or distressed wood planking. It is not unusual to see exposed beams in the the ceilings

Furniture can range from simple & sturdy to extremely formal.

Wrought iron, mosaics, & hand painted pottery are popular choices for decorative accents.

Cottage

A colorful, comfortable look characterized by painted and/or decorated furniture with graceful lines, beadboard walls, wainscot. Light subtle colors as those found in a flower garden.

Surfaces show wear and tear of age without looking overly rustic. Wicker or light iron furnishings are a popular choice for cottage style design.

Slipcovered furniture

Arts & Crafts (Craftsman)

Although the style is over 100 years old, Arts and Crafts style has a remarkably contemporary feel. This style can be decorated with reproductions of period influenced decorative accents as well as other more contemporary furnishings.

Popular during the early 1900s, this style glorified craftsmanship in simple shapes with exposed joinery, spare ornamentation and strong lines. The style embraces clean lines and fine hand-craftsmanship of natural materials. Materials used to embellish the look include metals, stained glass and painted tiles and fabrics featuring stylized floral motifs.

Furnishings are typically made of oak or maple, pieces are sturdy, with straight lines with generally little ornamentation.

Floors are usually of wood, stone or tile. Floors may be covered with simple, flat woven rugs that feature Arts and Crafts nature-inspired patterns. Also popular are Oriental and Navajo rugs with subdued coloring.

Warm earth inspired tones are best used in an Arts and Crafts interior.

Asian

Asian style envelopes a variety of looks, including design elements from Japan, China, Vietnam and Thailand, among others.

Eclectic style encompasses a variety of periods and styles and is brought together through the use of color, texture, shape and finish.

Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles. Fabric can range from graphic patterns on overstuffed sofas to textured chenilles on sleek wood frames.