If you are moving into a new house or simply need to redecorate, the type and style of furniture you choose is quite important. Below are a few types and styles of furniture you would expect in the market today. We carry pieces from all of these styles. Sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming. Especially, if you are transitioning from your parents home, or from dorm room to apartment or from being single to married. This furniture and style guide can help you decide which ones feel like your personality. We would recommend mixing in elements from other design styles to keep your home looking fresh. A purist approach when decorating a home can make your interior design look a bit passé.
Furniture and Styles:
The sleek look of contemporary furniture features clean, often minimalist shapes emphasized by bold hues or an eye-catching mix of materials. The lack of ornate detail creates a fresh, uncluttered look. Contemporary style is what you need if setting trends is your thing. This style tends to be more fluid and varies based on what is new in the furniture industry. It is an ever-changing style, thus it can be changed to suit the needs of every new user. Contemporary furniture tends to be simple, subtle and sophisticated. The furniture works well with uncluttered spaces in your home such as the dining area.
The minimalist furniture type is simple, well structure and reduced to essential elements only. This type of furniture will make the room appear spacious and yet still powerful. Minimalist furniture might not always give you the comfort you want, but will look impressive in any room. You can remove all the non-essential things in the room ending up with a perfect balance of space and furniture. You would commonly accompany such furniture with a nice rug on the floor or art on the wall.
Most furniture designed and produced during the late 19th century and onward is classified as modern furniture. The mid-1900s produced some of the most iconic pieces in modern design. It is characterized by refined lines, minimalist silhouettes, and natural shapes. From Saarinen, Niemeyer, Eames, Noguchi, Jacobsen and beyond, the mid-century modern masters defined creative ways to use new materials like molded plastic, plywood, and aluminum in industrial design. Its pieces are highly versatile and can complement a myriad of design styles.
The modern furniture style uses a clean design with less features. Modern furniture is commonly used with bold accent colors with minimal detail added to the furniture. Stainless steel and chrome is commonly used to give it that 19th century look. Other common materials used in modern furniture include vinyl, molded plywood and plastics. Most pieces have a monochromatic color scheme thus creating a stylish and sleek interior décor.
Urban interior design stems from the modern designer lofts in the major cities. Taking cues from its cosmopolitan environment, urban modern is a fusion of various opposing and complementary traits. Minimalist modern, glamorous chic, ethnic heirlooms, and edgy experimental designs all collide in a distinctively 21st-century setting.
Larger furniture (sofas, beds, etc.) tends to be uniformly sleek with low-profile legs. Feel free to bring home trailblazing modern furniture designs. Decorative accents (pillows, mirrors, end tables, etc.) in urban decor often demands artistic and creative expression – add some elegant geometric designs, or vintage items with traditional embellishment.
An off-shoot of the mid-century modern movement, Scandinavian design introduced a popular minimalist look to the interior architecture field that lasts to this day. Although most people associate it with IKEA, there are a variety of subset looks within Scandinavian design itself.
Featuring gentle contours, playful accent colors, and a balance of engineered and organic materials, Scandinavian furniture are simple, contemporary, and functional. Many Scandinavian designs employ Bauhaus principles and is characterized by fluid lines, focus on object proportions, and populist appeal. A great majority of Scandinavian interiors use white with gray tones as the foundation colors.
This is a look that hearkens back to the turn-of-the-century industrial era. It emphasizes liberal use of exposed steel with distressed wooden elements, frequently complemented by exposed brick walls. The modern variant commonly includes copper-tone accents. Or lamps without shades. In terms of general feel, industrial decor is often rustic and mature.
Traditional or Rustic Furniture
Traditional furniture takes inspiration from a variety of eras, often from the 18th or 19th centuries. Common elements in traditional furniture include intricate details, rich hues, luxurious fabrics and buttery leather. Traditional furniture is often described as formal furniture from the Victorian period. The pieces were well crafted and decorated to provide a comfortable and warm environment. Traditional furniture is often characterized by tapered legs and contrasting inlays.
Rustic furniture on the other hand is a mixture of different styles that would create natural and warm interiors. Rustic furniture typically also features a mix of natural materials with beautiful patina, creating a cozy, vintage-inspired look. Rustic designs often incorporate organic forms, earth tones and barn-inspired details.Such furniture is made of natural materials such as cotton, linen and animal hide Rustic furniture is more relaxed than formal traditional furniture.
Antique or Vintage Furniture
Sometimes it can be confusing to distinguish between the two, as they might seem the same. However, antique furniture are pieces that are at least 100 years old. Such pieces are often crafted out of wood and will get more expensive as they age. Antique furniture is generally expensive as it’s limited and no one makes it today (otherwise it wouldn’t be antique).
Vintage furniture is used to describe furniture from an era when certain features were prominent. Such furniture is known to have a taste of that time and still relevant in the present’s modern and contemporary styles. You can feel like you’re back to a certain era with vintage furniture styles.
Primitive furniture, also commonly called early American country furniture, refers to handmade tables, desks, dressers, and chairs from before the era of mass production. These pieces often feature interesting carpentry techniques, such as dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints.
Most of this furniture, made between the mid-1700s and early 1800s, was built by farmers, who were able to supplement their incomes during the dormant months making practically anything their farm or community could need—coffins, axe handles, repaired rails or chair seats, window sashes, etc. When asked, they would also produce their own versions of city furnishings.
We love this category!!! Shabby chic decor emphasizes vintage elements to recreate the antique flea market look. The furniture are characterized by their aged appearance, with distressed wood composition covered in sanded milk paint to show signs of wear and tear.
Decorative accents for shabby chic decor should be soft and opulent, often with an affected feel, in order to bring the overall interior design to a contemporary standard. Generously introduce linen textiles for added style. Though orthodox shabby chic colors are white, ecru and pastel, don’t be afraid to apply some vibrant hues.
Country style encompasses a wide variety of designs, but all share a cozy, inviting feel and antique-inspired details. Country-inspired spaces often feature distressed wood, a mix of patterns and soft color palettes.
Farmhouse decor is a modern approach to cabin-inspired interior design. Mostly transitional in nature with some traditional elements mixed in, farmhouse aesthetic should transport your imagination to French Provence. Source some dried lavender bunches and other greeneries – careful arrangement of vases and planters will really stylize your home.
Farmhouse furniture is characterized by distressed wood and upholstered linen. Color-wise, it is similar to nautical decor with mostly white and beige base colors. Orthodox rules dictate that accent colors should be something similar to turquoise or light yellow, but you can introduce some brighter colors for some pop and definition.
Casual furniture typically includes plush cushioning, generous seating and relaxed styling, making it a good choice for unwinding with family and friends. Casual furniture often features recline mechanisms and special features like cup holders or storage compartments. This type of decorating has comfort and use in mind.
Mission/Arts & Crafts
Mission/Arts & Crafts furniture features clean lines, geometric forms and rich wood finishes that showcase the beautiful grain. The simple forms emphasize the functionality of the pieces and allow the impressive craftsmanship to truly shine.
Warm, relaxing, and positive. Nautical decor (also referred to as coastal or cottage decor) reflects the New England beach house spirit. This interior design style is based on white or sand colored foundation, with blue as the primary accent color.
Material-wise, nautical decor incorporates unfinished wood in its tables or chairs, combined with chic linen upholstery for your lounge seats and sofas. Your options for decorative accents are many: seashells in clear jars, jute ropes, rowing oars, sailboats, navigational maps, and more!
Bohemian decor captures the carefree and adventurous spirit of the avant-garde lifestyle. It features creative application of rich patterns and vibrant colors, especially those with red or purple tones. The key is to carefully present a purposefully “messy” look. Layer on textiles (throws, pillows, rugs, tapestry) for a warm ambience.
When furnishing, look for pieces that possess ethnic or nomadic vibes. Moroccan, Asian Indian, Southwestern, or tribal-inspired designs are currently trending. Composition-wise, boho chic loves textile, wood, animal hide, and metallic accents.
Transitional furniture bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary design. This style typically features clean lines, versatile palettes and timeless shapes, creating a simple, sophisticated look that complements a wide variety of designs.
Eclectic furniture provides a worldly charm with one-of-a-kind finds. The use of bright colors and metallics creates a bold statement and showcases the intricate patterns often used in this design style.
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