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Session # 2 Identifying Style

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Happy Saturday & welcome to session # 2 Identifying style

Style

  • Style: (=combining distinctive furniture pieces and accessories) 

There are 100’s of styles out there these days, from Art Deco to Zin, but I have chosen the top 10 most popular and recognized in today’s designs

Examples:

  • Bohemian
  • Coastal
  • Contemporary
  • Farmhouse
  • Glamour
  • Industrial
  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Modern
  • Traditional
  • Urban

To better help you identify each Style and its specific characteristics I have included a brief definition and a few inspirational photos of each   

TIP: Every style can and will lend itself to a vast array of different moods. As you will see in the photos below I have shown how each style can be designed with a completely different mood. A coastal design can be casual or sophisticated, Mid-Century can be classic retro or ultra modern, farmhouse can be anything from primitive to contemporary. This is why in session # 1 I emphasis the importance of deciding on a mood, before moving on to style

If you missed session # 1 Guidelines – click on the categories select button to the right

Bohemian style:

Bohemian-style homes are equipped with a laid-back atmosphere and place an emphasis on nature, intricate patterns and bright colors like purples, reds and pinks. In fact, all of these elements are frequently combined to create an eclectic and unique aesthetic. Boho chic is all about mixing interesting colors, trinkets, fabrics and various types of furniture without any intention of matching or adhering to a specific style, much like the nomadic vagabonds who inspired it. You might see a contemporary couch featuring striped upholstery alongside a vintage velvet ottoman and a bright-colored statement chair. It’s the mix of different types of furniture that make Bohemian interiors so versatile. Light fixtures are just as unique as the furniture. Intricately detailed pendants, chandeliers dripping with crystals and table lamps complete with fringe are fixtures common for Bohemian homes

Eclectic Hippie Style
Natural Minimal Style

Coastal style:

Coastal style gives off a relaxed, subdued and carefree vibe. Beach-inspired elements such as sand dollars, sea glass and driftwood are used as decor throughout the home. A crisp white color palette is common in coastal style, with occasional splashes of blues, greens, aquas and corals. Light is a central element in coastal interior design, therefore, homes feature plenty of glass doors, skylights and windows. Coastal furniture typically comes with a lived-in, by-the-sea feel, so you will often see painted wood chairs and tables with a distressed finish or a natural woven wicker chair. Light fixtures also use natural elements to keep up the beachy ambiance. Chandeliers made up of cascading petals of sea glass or hanging wooden pendants that feature a worn away finish are both appropriate for a coastal home

Classic Sophisticated Style
Casual Cottage Style

Contemporary style:             

Contemporary style is often interchanged with modern design – however, there are a few differences. Unlike its modern counterpart, contemporary style borrows from various time periods, creating an eclectic environment. For instance, sleek, simple furniture and art can be combined with detailed molding around walls and windows. Contemporary style also takes a note from minimal home design, as layouts are open and airy with no clutter in sight. Furnishings have sharp, 90-degree angles and are upholstered with simple fabrics such as wool, cotton and linen that have no ornamentation or patterns. Instead, sofas, chairs and stools are covered in neutral colors like black, white and tan. No fringe, skirts, trim or tassels can be found on contemporary furniture, as all legs are exposed. Light fixtures are made up of sleek materials like glass, ceramic, polished nickel or stainless steel

Neutral Elegant Style
Cool Refined Style

Farmhouse style:

 Farmhouse interiors share similar characteristics to cottage homes. A combination of whites is used on everything from furniture to linens, and the ambiance is warmed up using weathered woods and rustic finishes like oil-rubbed bronze and copper. Wood counter tops, open shelving, farmhouse sinks and brick accent walls characterize the design. Tables are often classic vintage farm tables and made up of high-quality woods like maple or oak. Fabrics like bedding and drapes feature charming patterns like historical and pastoral scenes. Mason jars are used for storing kitchen and bathroom essentials because they offer a charming, rustic feel to the interior

French Country Style
Primitive Style
Modern Style

Glamour (Regency) style:

Regency homes have a Hollywood glam about them, and interiors are all about the details. Chandeliers, for example, are adorned with crystals, while lampshades and pillows are embellished with fringe and cabinets are paneled with ornate glass detailing. The fabric on lampshades, drapes, curtains and bedding includes silk and velvet. Furniture never has a matte finish – instead, surfaces give off a glossy, bright and opulent look. Because regency-style homes are focused on entertaining, the living and dining rooms are arranged in a way that encourages guests to interact with one another. Therefore, couches and chairs are rarely faced toward a television. Furniture should fade into the background, so sofas, chair and chaises are typically low to the ground and modest in scale

Feminine Hollywood Style
Masculine Esquire Style

Industrial style:

Industrial interiors give off a cool, modern vibe. The style blends new and re-purposed items for a unique combination of modern and vintage. Industrial design is characterized by clean open spaces – every room from the kitchen to the basement contains high, spacious loft-like ceilings. Color palettes are kept cool and subdued – you’ll often see a mix of grays, blacks and whites complemented by pops of blues or greens. Metal is the most often used material in industrial design. It offers a rugged charm and can be used on anything from light fixtures and counter tops to stairwells and faucets. Industrial chic decor has become the style of choice for many urban loft spaces that were formerly factories, schools or other old buildings with exposed brick and rafter ceilings

Vintage Charm Style
Rugged Chic Style

Mid-Century Modern style:

Mid-century modern homes have a seamless flow from the inside to the outside thanks to sliding doors, picture windows, skylights and patios. The furniture in is entirely unique, featuring statement pieces like marshmallow sofas and egg chairs. Many pieces, such as the Noguchi table, are asymmetrical and feature amorphous components, which make them feel more like sculptures than pieces of furniture.  As its name suggests, mid-century modern came into existence during the 1940’s and ’50’s. However, take a quick glance through any interior design magazine and you’ll notice how prevalent this iconic style still is. There are countless images of chairs with seamlessly molded seats and straight wooden legs, sofas with plain upholstery and stark geometric silhouettes and curving light fixtures made of metal and white plastic. Modern designs are a true meld of simplicity and functionality

Classic Retro Style
Ultra Modern Style

   

Modern style:

Modern homes share similar characteristics with minimalist interiors. The focus of modern homes is simplicity, cleanliness and absence of decor or detailing. Furniture offers smooth, clean lines inspired by architecture from the 1930’s. Modern color palettes are typically made up of neutral shades, such as whites, creams and beige’s. However, unlike minimalist interiors, modern homes contain splashes of bright colors like oranges, pinks and turquoise on items such as dinnerware, curtains and rugs. All electronics in modern interiors are streamlined, so living rooms contain built-in DVD players and kitchens have small flat-screen televisions. Plastic and plywood are frequently utilized in modern style furnishings

Refined Style
Artistic Style

Traditional style:

A traditional home will be filled with furniture from various period styles such as Tudor, Regency, Louis XV and Georgian. Tables, chairs and sofas are typically made from dark woods and are ornately detailed with carvings and curvatures. Windows are similarly designed with scalloped edges, fringe accents and luxurious drapes gathered together with tasseled cords. Fabrics feature a variety of different patterns including damask, floral’s, stripes and plaids. Colors are muted and subdued to create a calm ambiance throughout the home. Rooms are lit up with shimmering crystal chandeliers and silver candlesticks offering a warm flickering glow. Fresh or silk flowers in detailed vases and still-life oil paintings are often used as decorative accessories

Regal Georgian Style
French Country Style
Classic Style

Urban style:

Urban, or Soft Industrial, interiors share a similar sleekness to loft-like homes with a bit of rustic flair tossed in. Exposed brick and stone gives walls character, and industrial pendant lighting made of steel, copper and wrought iron illuminate all of the vintage details throughout the home. Lighting is also an important element because it breaks up the deep dark hues that dress the floors, walls and furniture. Floor to ceiling windows, used to keep things light, are another classic characteristic of this city style. Furniture is made up of a mix of weathered and glossy woods to create a perfect balance of old world style and industrial style

Sleek City Style
Uptown Chic Style

Did you identify your style?  If not, no worries, there is a lot more to come

No matter what style you choose having the ability to recognize a specific style and identify its essential characteristics; you are now one step closer to designing a successful room

Quote

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun”

Mary Lou Cook

Please join me next Saturday for session # 3 Selecting a style

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Terri Ortega

Terri Ortega

Terri Ortega is a professional interior designer. She started Back to Basics Interior Design in 2019 with a mission to teach the basic guidelines of good design. Instead of just showing photos of beautifully designed rooms, she wanted to share with everyone the skills and tools to achieve the same professional results in their own homes.

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