Design terminology - Part 8

This list of design terminology has been compiled to help you become more familiar with and to more easily recognize the style of a piece of furniture, accessory or room design.

Shaker: Distinctive style of furniture developed by the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing - a religious sect founded by Jane and James Wardley who came to America from Manchester, England in 1774. Believing an object’s beauty is found in its usefulness they created simplistic furniture with clean lines.

South-western:  This style uses earth-tone colours, rough textures, handcrafted furnishings, brightly coloured woven fabrics, with an abundance of terra cotta and clay tile roofs.

Traditional: The overall ambiance of traditional decor is cosy, understated, and classic. The most popular styles in this category are 18th century English, 19th century Neoclassic, French country and British Colonial revival.

Transitional: A smooth blending of traditional and contemporary results in transitional.  This style features neutral palettes of taupe, tan and vanilla with furniture designs that are classic, timeless, simple and sophisticated, with either straight lines or rounded profiles.

Tropical: Tropical style is all about comfort, ease, and embracing the warm hospitality that goes hand in hand with island living. To get a tropical look use natural materials such as rattan, jute, wicker and bamboo.

Tuscan: Inspired by nature and simplicity; combining comfortable, warm, rustic, simple and sturdy furnishings accented with iron, terra-cotta tiles, textured walls, chunky and worn wood a room becomes warm and inviting.

You might have noticed you I’ve omitted two other styles, Tudor and Victorian, which I will feature in a separate article in the future.

So for now what is your decorating style?  What are you drawn to?  What could you never live with?  Do share your thoughts – I’d love to hear them.

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