“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” –M.C. Escher
Country home design shares similar characteristics to that of cottage style. It uses muted colors and vintage accessories throughout the home. Flea markets and antique shops offer inspiration for the furniture, lighting, and accessory pieces. Fabrics on drapes, pillows, and bedding often feature floral patterns or stripes to bring personality to the otherwise understated color palette. Furnishings are constructed of warm woods such as pine and oak, and feature clean lines with little ornamentation. Wooden tables, chairs, cabinets, and dressers typically have a worn painted finish. Metal accents, in particular pewter and bronze are brought forth using light fixtures, and lanterns. Milk painted mason jars in soft pastel colors are often used as decorative containers on open shelves as well as grandfather clocks, rocking chairs, and handcrafted tables.
A laid-back atmosphere characterizes the Boho style. A room’s emphasis exists by incorporating nature, intricate patterns, and bright colors like purples, reds and pinks. Boho Chic is about the mixing of the unexpected. Different and interesting colors, trinkets, fabrics, and various types of furniture without any intention of matching or adhering to a specific look, much like the nomadic vagabonds who inspired it. Vintage and flea market finds from a velvet ottoman to a bright-colored statement chair create a room of delight. And it’s the mix of different types of furniture that make Bohemian interiors so versatile. Light fixtures play as important a role as does the furniture. Intricately detailed pendants, chandeliers dripping with crystals and table lamps complete the look with fun and flair.
Eclectic home design embraces numerous styles such from modern to vintage to bohemian. A variety of materials and textures are key to the mix and match flavor of this style. For example, you might see a leather sofa combined with a plush rug, a weathered wood table, wrought iron pendants and chrome wall decor. Unlike minimalist styles, eclectic interiors are often filled with a variety knick knacks, like vintage dinnerware, contemporary sculptures, wooden ladders holding quilts. Mastering an eclectic home is all about drawing on a number of different textures, colors and styles for a unique environment filled with personality.
English country homes focus on warmth and charm. Beautiful carved wood furniture and skirted beds as well as couches, settees, and chairs frequent the interiors. A rich color palette of pinks, greens, blues and reds bring forth that welcoming British feel. Antique accessories are used throughout the home to add a touch of vintage flair. Floral, plaid, paisley, and striped patterns are often used on linens and fabrics, as well as wallpaper and ottomans.
Cozy and comforting best describe the style of décor. Interiors evoke a light and airy feel. Highlighted by lightweight fabrics such as lace and cotton, usually in a color palette of whites and creams come together to create a warm and welcoming home. Weathered woods, distressed paints, vintage fixtures, and unique accessories such as chandeliers, farm sinks and ornate rugs are just a few of the tricks used to produce a lovely farmhouse aesthetic. Slipcovers used to cover sofas and chairs offer a wonderful relaxed feel while woven rugs sit underneath to keep with the look of the home. Bead board, shiplap, and wood planks add character to walls, ceilings, and floors. Natural light is accentuated to illuminate the home, while fixtures such as vintage chandeliers and weathered hutches make the rooms unique. Fabrics for bedding or drapery feature charming patterns like historical and pastoral scenes. Mason jars store kitchen and bathroom essentials while offering a charming, rustic vibe.
French interiors are elegant, sophisticated, refined and ornate. The affluent style relies on soft and subtle shades, like beige and off-white. Typically, the same hues are used throughout the space to create a coordinated and balanced interior. Rich materials like gold, silver and bronze frequently are used on wall decor, faucets, light fixtures and cabinet hardware. French furniture has an antique, heirloom feel to it, and pieces like couches and chairs feature dark glossy wood covered with engraved ornate detailing.
The cornerstone of any Regency home is details…Chandeliers, for example, are adorned with crystals, while lampshades and pillows are embellished with fringe, and cabinets paneled with ornate glass. The fabric on lampshades, drapes, and bedding emphasize silk and velvet. Furniture surfaces give off a glossy, bright and opulent feel. 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. Vibrant, rich colors are used throughout the home. Hues favored tend to be deep reds, bright yellows and dark purples, colors that contrast with the high sheen on tables, light fixtures and wall decor.
Industrial interiors give off a cool, modern vibe. This style blends new and repurposed items for a unique combination of modern and vintage. Clean, open, connected rooms define the space with every area from the kitchen to the basement containing high, spacious loft-like ceilings. Color palettes are kept cool and subdued, often with mixes of grays, blacks and whites. 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 countertops to stairwells and faucets. Industrial chic decor has become the style of choice for many urban spaces that were formerly factories, schools or other old buildings with exposed brick and rafter ceilings.
Mid-century modern interiors, viewed on the popular AMC television show “Mad Men,” epitomizes an era of design that came to life during the 1940s-1970s. Homes have a seamless flow from the inside to the outside thanks to sliding doors, picture windows, skylights and patios. Furniture features statement pieces in unusual shapes and materials. The egg chairs serves as a good example. Many pieces, such as the Noguchi table, are asymmetrical and feature amorphous components, which make the feel more sculptural. Elements like floors and ceiling beams are stripped down to their original form, while walls are dressed up with graphic wallpaper featuring bold geometric patterns.
Minimalist homes are free of any clutter, only displaying items like couches, tables and light fixtures that are essential for functional living. Interiors spotlight simplicity and effortless beauty. Character is brought forth not through detail, but by natural materials and necessary items. Rooms are monochromatic, usually featuring subdued neutrals. Walls are kept clean with only one or two decorative pieces, like a canvas or a mirror. All surfaces, from the kitchen to the bathroom tend to be completely void of clutter.
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 1930s. Modern color palettes are typically made up of neutral shades, such as whites, creams, and beiges. However, unlike minimalist interiors, modern homes contain splashes of bright colors such as oranges, pinks, and turquoise on piece that include dinner and serving ware, draperies, as well as 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 as well as glass.
Often associated with the southeast portion of the country, Often reflecting the sea, pillows, curtains, rugs, and towels often feature light and dark shades of red and blue with the rest of the interior showing a palette of neutrals, like whites and beiges. Sea-themed items are used to bring personality into the home as walls may be decorated with vintage life preservers, weathered wood oars, fishing floats, ship anchors, glass buoys, and mariner pendant lights. Throughout nautical-inspired homes, design tends to highlight a theme. Stripes are the most frequently used pattern on everything from wallpaper and pillows to rugs and towels. Scents like ocean breeze, salt, lime, and coconut are brought forth by using candles, diffusers and air fresheners.
Retro home design contains nostalgic elements from vintage and Bohemian styles. Perhaps its most defining quality is the use of bold patterns and colors that celebrate the levity of a post-war United States. (Think the Dick Van Dyke show). Shades illuminate the bright and vibrant and can include a mix of oranges, reds, yellows, and blues. Typically, only one or two of those colors are used throughout the home to avoid a chaotic, cluttered look. Patterns are always big and are used on everything from walls and rugs to chairs and sofas. Furniture features circular, curved lines and are constructed with wood or leather.
Weathered, distressed, metals, nuanced colors, stone, tile, leather, suede, animal hides, wood floors, natural fabrics, lighting, beams, area rugs, woven shade or shutters. An emphasis on rugged, natural beauty that embraces unpretentious warmth. Open floor plans, large windows, high ceilings with an aesthetic that balances raw unfinished elements that connect nature with comfort. Its the timeworn with the handcrafted, simplicity with the unique, and recycled with the rare.
Scandinavian interiors can be defined by its simplicity, use of clean lines and earthy materials. Wall-to-wall carpets are rarely seen in Scandinavian homes – instead, hardwood floors are used in every room except the bathrooms. The floors are always light in color, as is the rest of the home. Walls are typically either white or gray, while adding blue textiles for sofas, rugs, and bedding. Scandinavian architecture leans to the minimalist and always features clean and simple lines. Fireplaces typically serve as the grand focal point of a room as well as warm the interior and offer a cozy contrast to the muted colors.
Shabby Chic presents a balance of rustic and romance. Furniture appears worn and distressed with layers of aged paint. Fabrics on sofas, bedding and draperies are typically made of cotton and feature white or pastel colors to keep the room looking soft and delicate. Commonly used materials include weathered wood, wrought iron, slip covers, armoires, and wicker. Textured rugs also play a predominate role. Tables are set with vintage teacups and linen napkins while vintage chandeliers light up the room. We all owe a gracious THANK YOU to Rachel Ashwell, a tremendously talented pioneer that created a new and lovely way to design one's home.
A traditional home may be filled with furniture from various period styles such as Tudor, Regence, Louis XV and Georgian. Tables, chairs, and sofas are typically made from dark woods and 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, florals, 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.
Transitional decor blends a variety of different styles together to create a timeless look. Because there exists a mix of both traditional and contemporary design elements, furniture can feature straight and sophisticated lines, or have rounded features with ornate carvings. Pieces such as chairs, tables and sofas balance both masculine and feminine attributes thus creating a welcoming feeling. For the most part, however, furniture has much less ornamentation than what’s found in most traditional styles. Furniture, often upholstered with graphic patterns and textured materials like creamy white cotton, smooth leather and corduroy, give this style a look all it’s own. Lighting is sleek, much like the couches, tables, and chairs. Wall sconces, pendants and table lamps are equipped with straight lines with a modern feel. Colors include dark browns, taupes, tans, and creamy whites.
Tuscan design highlights warm, earthy colors such as golden yellows, rusty oranges, and olive greens, much like those you would find on an Italian hillside. Floors are packed with detail and contain either worn wood, terra-cotta tiles or a mosaic inlay. Antique rugs add a cozy element to the floors. Windows are always left without detailed treatments so natural light can easily stream in and illuminate the interior. Furniture boasts richly stained wood and intricate hand-painted designs of natural elements such as flowers and fruits. Hanging pendants, candles and wrought iron fixtures create further ambiance. Walls are decorated with art featuring wine bottles, cheese, fruit and flowers, while ceiling feature exposed wooden beams.