Design Terminology - Part 6

Moroccan:  This style takes its roots from Moorish architecture. Furniture can be simple and low set but some pieces such as tables and poufs can be decorated quite intricately.  Intricate patterns, colourful mosaics, metal lanterns, textured walls, jewel colours, Oriental rugs, piles of pillows in elaborate throw pillows made from luxurious fabrics and ornately carved wooden accents are some of the key accessories.

Neoclassical:  Neoclassicism emerged after the discoveries of ancient Roman cities like Herculaneum and Pompeii. Neoclassicism became a transatlantic phenomenon that spread across the ocean after having flourished in Europe.

Old World: Architectural styles of the Old World include exposed wooden beams, arched windows and doorways. Materials include natural woods, stone and metal work. Furniture is slightly rustic and heavy pieces; couches and chairs with wooden frames and cushions in rich colours and textured fabrics. The room should have a lived in, yet formal appearance which invites people to come and sit down.

Retro: Retro interior design of the sixties looked to the past decades for much of its inspiration. The image of the open plan living room is an example of modern retro interior design and mezzanines were the big addition to a space in the sixties.  Andy Warhol became extremely popular on the art scene in the 60's; via pop culture he immortalized the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Lennon, the Campbell’s soup can and so on. Colours that lie on opposite sides of the spectrum were introduced. The other colour scheme that was very popular in the 60's was monotone. So you could keep your theme black and white. This look was extremely vogue in the 60's. Retro home decor is all about the plastic, ball chair or pod chair that is often seen in James Bond movies or the film is an iconic piece of 60's furniture.

Have you seen your home decorating defined in the style terminology list yet?

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