Furniture and Interior Design Styles
Do you know what your interior design style is? There are so many to choose from that it can be difficult to know where to start! Here at Homemakers, we carry pieces from many different interior design styles. From traditional to modern to contemporary, we have everything! Every style is explained below with important elements, a video for more design inspiration and a pinnable infographic that you can easily share and save. You’ll find more design and style ideas in the Interior Design Styles 101 series on our blog.
Rustic furniture immediately brings to mind images of cozy cabins and warm décor. Roughhewn wood, solid functional pieces and a vintage-inspired palette are hallmarks. This school of design encompasses many other styles including farmhouse and Southwestern. Rustic design combines the best of casual comfort and organic appeal.
Substyles Include: Country, Farmhouse, Western, Cabin/Lodge, French Country
Contemporary furniture is all about existing in the moment. It’s not about design rules because contemporary style is fluid and always changing. As of now, contemporary design is all about geometric form and open space. Everyday items such as street signs can be repurposed as art and elements such as glass and chrome are easily mixed. Style details include a monochromatic palette, strong architectural form and abstract accessories.
Substyles Include: Neo-minimalism
Mid-Century Modern style finds the balance between retro and contemporary design. It is a distinct vintage style with well-known pieces such as the Eames chair and tulip table. This movement began in the 1930s and developed through the 1960s. Think organic shapes, splayed legs, arch floor lamps, and geometric patterns.
Substyles Include: Bauhaus, Minimalism, Retro
Traditional furniture takes inspiration from English and French styles of the 18th and 19th centuries such as Baroque, Rococo, Romantic and Neoclassical. Traditional style creates a warm, inviting space through the use of ornate details, rich wood tones, luxurious fabrics and buttery leather.
Substyles Include: Antique, Victorian, Classic
Transitional furniture is the bridge between traditional and contemporary styles. Transitional style draws on the best elements from traditional, modern and casual styles. Understated patterns and luxurious elements like marble and rich wood add visual pops. Key style details include clean lines, neutral colors, minimal accents and a harmonious flow to the room.
Substyles Include: Coastal, Cottage
Casual furniture is all about comfort. Pieces typically include 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.
Mission/Arts & Crafts
Mission and arts & crafts, while two different schools of design, are very close in style. The arts & crafts period began around the end of the 19th century and placed emphasis on clean lines and subtle details. Mission soon followed in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century and incorporated heavier lines and minimal design. Both styles are closely intertwined through shared style elements like handcrafted details, solid wood, rich finishes and organic colors.
Substyles Include: Craftsman