A Guide to Furniture Styles

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When it comes to decorating your home, there are lots of things you can do to add style. Paint and artwork go a long way to putting your personal stamp on a place. But, perhaps nothing says more about your style than your furniture.

Because your furniture takes up a large portion of the space in your home, it is bound to be a focal point. As such, you want furnishings that reflect you and your tastes. But, if you’ve ever gone furniture shopping, you know that there are many different styles to choose from. Here’s a look at some of the more popular styles of furniture you may encounter when shopping and decorating.

  • Antique: When it comes to antique furnishings, the key is that it must be at least 100 years old. 
  • Traditional: With traditional furniture, you will see lots of classic styles that are simple and elegant. Traditional furnishings are often made from dark woods or come in darker shades like browns, deep reds, or black and white. If the furniture is made of fabric, you can expect leather, velvet, or heavy cotton and linen. 
  • Rustic: Made with lots of wood and other natural materials, the goal of rustic furniture is to make your space feel warm and cozy. 
  • Modern: Lots of people love the modern look. With its clean lines, simple designs, and a color palette full of neutrals, it is a style that speaks to a lot of people. Modern furnishings are often characterized by the use of metals, geometric shapes, and glass. 
  • Mid-Century Modern: Mid-century modern is a very distinct furniture style that came about between 1933-1965. The style showcases clean lines, wood grains, and fabrics such as chenille, cotton, and linen. It’s often very simple and does not contain a bunch of ornamental details. 
  • Contemporary: Contemporary furniture is often described as the furniture of “here and now” and, as such, it’s often confused with modern, but that’s not necessarily the case. While it may have smooth lines, they may also curve. And, while the materials are often glass or metal, you may find that woods are also mixed in.
  • Transitional: If you want to combine modern and traditional, then you should look for transitional furniture. It’s truly a combination of traditional furniture styles with modern materials. You will find dark woods mixed with glass and metal and fabrics like leather and velvet.
  • Country: With the popularity of Joanna Gaines, country furnishings are extremely popular right now. Distressed woods, plaid fabrics, muted or neutral colors are all very much a part of this style. Think about things that give your home the look of a farmhouse or barn. 
  • Shabby-Chic: This is a style that originated in England and is most often recognized by white, distressed furnishings. 

When it’s time for new furniture for your home, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you like it and that it’s comfortable. You want furniture that’s not solely based on a certain design style, but furniture that fits you and your lifestyle.

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