Discovering Your Furniture Style

Discover Your Furniture and Design Style

There are so many styles to choose from, discovering which styles you prefer is a great place to start looking. Think about your friends’ and family’s homes and their style. Flip through some decorating books or even take a preliminary trip to our showroom to see first hand what styles are available. Consider shapes, colors, textures and materials when looking at different styles. Here is a quick outline of some of the most popular styles today.

Traditional
If you want your furniture to look simple and homey, consider the traditional furniture style. This style usually has neutral colors and simple floral patterns. The fabrics are usually matte and not very textured. Pieces are balanced and look easy to relax in without any extensive fussing required to look settled and in place.

Casual
If you like the comfort of traditional furniture but want a more modern look, look into the casual furniture style. These pieces are often overstuffed and oversized. They utilize many natural and neutral colors like gray, beige, whites and denim blue. They look as comfortable as they feel. Wood pieces in this style usually tend to be made of soft woods and have a chunky look to them.

Contemporary
Contemporary furniture uses a wide variety of materials such as metal, glass, stone and wood. Departing from traditional style, contemporary furniture makes regular use of bold, bright colors. Floral patters are very rare, though contemporary furniture often uses other patters such as geometric shapes or animal prints. Like traditional furniture, contemporary furniture tries to avoid any fussy details like extra pillows, pleats and tassels.

Formal
Formal furniture often incorporates antiques or is based on furniture from major movements in art history. This style is full of details, including ornate carvings and very strict symmetry. Lots of dark hard woods are used in this style, usually with very glossy finishes. Pieces can be very tall and often coordinate intricately with one another. Fabrics used in this style are elegant, including silks, velvets and brocades. Unlike traditional furniture, this style frequently employs details like tassels, buttons, pleats and fringe.

Mission
Mission style furniture can also be referred to as arts and crafts style. This style is characterized by simplicity, durability and practicality. Hard woods are used abundantly, often with repeating wood slats as details. The simplicity of the style brings out the beauty of the wood, grain and the art of quality craftsmanship.

Asian
Asian furniture is a growing trend in the furniture industry today. There are many styles within this group, but they often share common features. Materials such as bamboo and exotic woods like ginko and kiri stand out in this style. Many pieces are constructed to be very close to the ground, including tables and beds. The ornamentation of this style of furniture varies greatly between the specific countries or cultures they originate from. Look for differences in the amount of hardware, lacquer coatings, hand painting, materials, symmetry and featured animal symbolism in different varieties of Asian furniture.

Retro
Another growing trend is the retro furniture style. This style relies heavily on designs and colors used in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Certain colors like avocado green, burnt orange, dark brown and robin’s egg blue are very common. This style can incorporate newly manufactured furniture with original items from that time period for a cool, funky design.

French Country
This style incorporates many specific patters that immediately identify it as French. These include a variety of toiles and fleur de lis, as well as other patterns like bold stripes or checks. This furniture often looks distressed and usually incorporates many pieces with complimentary, but not exactly similar, patterns in one space.

Leather
Leather furniture used to be constrained to offices and studies. Not anymore! Leather is a growing trend in every day areas of our homes, including family rooms. Leather sofas come in all kinds of styles, from traditional to modern. Leather is easy to care for and looks distinguished and comfortable. Use it as a unifying theme or as an exciting accent.

These are just some of the popular styles available today. If you have an idea of what styles you like, come visit our showroom and let our friendly sales people guide you towards what may fit your taste. And remember, you don’t have to be strictly confined by just one style, let it inspire your design and open up new possibilities!