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SHAKER Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

The long-lasting style of Shaker furniture and design has influenced nearly every design style since it’s creation. The Shaker philosophy is form before function; principles that are relevant in today’s chaotic lifestyles. “Don’t make anything unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.”

VISUAL CUES:
1. Ladder-back cane seat chairs, and wood trestle tables
2. Wooden Knobs and pulls
3. Simple design; no ornamentation, fretwork or decorative carvings
4. Peg rails and chair rails
5. Sturdy but soft lines, often with eased edges
6. Recessed Panel cabinetry with square style and rails
7. Custom storage, often built-in, with graduated and varying drawer sizes
8. Turned and tapered legs
9. Graduated drawers (the bottom drawer of a chest is larger than the top
drawers)
10. Plenty of Baskets

It’s interesting that only a few Shaker societies still exist today, even though their craftsmanship is loved by so many. Want to learn more about the Shakers? Click here.

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RUSTIC Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

VISUAL CUES:
1. Rough, exposed wood (beams and timbers, handrails, barn doors)
2. Hand-made accessories (baskets, pottery, quilts)
3. Aged and weathered finishes (antique patinas, seeded glass, etc.)
4. Earth tone color palette
5. Heavy texture, simple patterned textiles
6. Re-purposed objects and artifacts
7. Hammered metals & iron

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MID-CENTURY MODERN Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

VISUAL CUES:
1. Iconic furniture
2. Indoor/outdoor living
3. Simple finishes (no unnecessary trim-work like crown molding or
baseboards)
4. Geometric patterns
5. Heavy organic texture (nubby wool)
6. Statement lighting
7. Sleek surfaces (no-fuss countertops)
8. Pop of color
9. Mid-century artwork
10. Organic shapes

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MINIMALIST Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

VISUAL CUES:
1. Very few, but high quality pieces of furniture
2. Carefully curated art
3. No accessories
4. Bare floors and windows
5. Clean lines (CLEAN EVERYTHING)
6. No embellishment
7. Subtle color
8. Raw, organic finishes
9. Open concept plan
10. Indoor/outdoor living

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INDUSTRIAL Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

VISUAL CUES:
1. Salvaged treasures
2. Raw exposed metals
3. Repurposed everything
4. Oversized industrial light fixtures
5. Aged and patina finishes
6. Bare windows and floors
7. Cool tones
8. Edgy art
9. Mismatched furniture
10. Exposed brick walls, concrete floors, open ceilings

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HOLLYWOOD REGENCY Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

VISUAL CUES:
1. Glamour, confidence and drama
2. Polished metals
3. Reflective elements (mirrors, crystals, rhinestones)
4. Sophistication and swagger
5. Plush upholstery
6. Black, white, and bold
7. Lacquered furnishings
8. Fanciful Asian inspired details
9. Ornate accessories
10. Bold pattern

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FRENCH COUNTRY Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

VISUAL CUES:
1. Elegant, multifunctional case goods
2. Mixed woods (aged and patina preferably)
3. Sophisticated and simple with a little flourish
4. Creamy whites and gently muted colors
5. Painted furniture
6. Stone floors
7. Cheerful
8. Casual florals
9. Purposeful accessories (trays, jars and jugs, baskets, etc.)
10. Layered fabric patterns
11. ROOSTERS!

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ECLECTIC Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

VISUAL CUES:
1. Layered Textures, colors and patterns
2. Playful
3. Methodical mayhem
4. Mixed metals
5. Overlapping design styles and eras
6. High contrast
7. Deliberate rule-breaking

 

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CONTEMPORARY Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

VISUAL CUES:
1. Clean lines
2. Monochromatic color palette
3. Open floor plan
4. Hard surface floors
5. Glossy shine
6. Bold furniture
7. Large, unadorned windows
8. Sparse accessories
9. Large artwork
10. Clean and airy

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COASTAL Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

VISUAL CUES:

  1. Light and bright
  2. Crisp, clean fabrics with minimal pattern
  3. Pale neutrals
  4. Wood floors
  5. Natural fibers (sea grass, rattan, etc.)
  6. Painted wood paneled walls (shiplap)
  7. Light, weathered woods
  8. Casual, slipcovered upholstery
  9. Found treasures
  10. Organic art (coral, sea fans, framed sand dollars, etc.)

NOTE: AVOID GETTING TOO THEMY

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