Design Terminology - part 3


Eclectic:  A mix of periods and styles that don’t necessarily fit into a specific design style but are tied together by the use of colour, texture, shape and finish.

English:  Green, dark navy, deep red and gold colours are used in plaids, floral, striped prints and paisleys.  Wood flooring, wainscoting and detailed carved mouldings highlight the architecture and decorative collections often featuring silver and china.

English Country:  A more relaxed, comfortable style then Traditional English.  Wood, iron and stone offer a textured interior highlighted by embroidered rugs and muted floral fabrics; wood furniture ranges from light to dark.

Federal: The Federal, or Adam, style dominated the American architectural landscape from roughly 1780 to 1830. A Federal style house is a simple square or rectangular box, two or three stories high and two rooms deep, the Beall-Dawson house is an excellent example of Federal style situated in the Rockville district at 103 West Montgomery Avenue. This furniture style reflects refined lines, tapered legs and contrasting veneers and inlays, much of which were influenced by Sheraton and Hepplewhite.  Large storage pieces include brass pulls and bracket feet.

French Empire: This style originated in Paris during the late 19th century, based on classic Greek and Roman design; motifs symbolize torches, eagles, empire wreaths, mythological figures, lions and the letter “N” (“Napoleon”). Extensive decorations and ornamentation highlight walls and ceilings.

French Provincial/French Country:  These rustic versions of formal French style (such as Louis XIV and Louis XV) were considered peasant furniture.  Instead of heavy, formal upholstery, the chairs have caned backs and seats and the furniture exudes a handcrafted air and is left in its natural state. Colours used include blue, green, yellow, burnt rust, etc.  Wire and wrought iron are used with natural stone and terra-cotta.


Pictures via Elle Decor and AD.