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Local Interior Design Influences

 

American Country
 
Rooms decorated in the American Country style are generally relaxed and comfortable with simple adornments. This décor commonly references American heritage through the use of traditional materials and a country motif. Homes are inviting, cozy, and comfortable, often with wood floors and stone or brick fireplaces. Spaces look “lived in” with the use of antique and functional decorative elements such as pottery, carved wood, hand-formed metal, and baskets. Furniture is typically made of leather or soft fabrics in muted colors with floral or gingham patterns.

Elements of design:

  • Spaces are inviting, cozy, and relaxed
  • Wooden or stone floors
  • Oversized furniture in leather or simple patterned fabrics such as gingham, striped, or floral  
  • Painted American flags
  • American heritage antiques
  • Decorative elements such as pottery, carved wood, hand-formed metal, and baskets
  • A muted color palette
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Art Deco

Art Deco style is a decorative take on modernist style from the early twentieth century. Interior architectural elements include smooth walls with rounded corners, parquet wood floors, glass block windows, and porthole windows.  Furniture is modern, often with mirrored facades, and is heavily lacquered or with inlaid geometric designs. Common materials also include veneer, stainless steel, or chrome. As with modernist style, spaces are uncluttered with minimal furniture or display.

Elements of design:

  • Smooth walls with rounded corners
  • Parquet or tile floors with geometric designs
  • Mirrored wall panels, glass block windows, and room dividers
  • Modern furniture including mirrored or veneer façade
  • Color palette is bold; often black and white with bright accents
  • Geometric patterns, including chevrons and sunbursts, are often incorporated into the design 
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Victorian

The history of Victorian design is rooted in nineteenth century England – during the reign of Queen Victoria. It was an era of ornate and excessive decoration in all things. Victorian design is defined by orderliness and ornamentation; surfaces are usually filled with objects that reflect the owner's interest, such as antique vases. Many Victorian homes have formal entertaining spaces towards the front of the home, such as a parlor and formal dining room. Carved wood chairs and furnishings are typical of this design aesthetic, and are generally small in scale to fit these rooms. This style is commonly more colorful and feminine than other traditional home styles, so decorating with lace, embroidered textiles, and floral fabrics fit this design style well.  Velvet is commonly used for upholstering furnishings and drapery, giving a sense of luxury to a simple room.

 Elements of design:

  • Victorian decor emphasizes elegant, ornate, rich, and formal details
  • Furniture is generally made of dark wood; marble tops are also common
  • Chair and sofa legs are normally made of carved wood
  • Sideboards in a range of decorative styles, often ornamented with veneers and inlays
  • Feminine details such as lace or embroidery are common
  • Velvet upholstered furniture and drapery
  • Other details might include brocades, oriental carpets, and romantic touches of roses and lace 
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Arts & Crafts

The Arts & Crafts style was formed as a part of the decorative arts movement of the late nineteenth century, becoming popular in the United States in the early twentieth century. The style was a response to the industrial era, where handcrafted work was being replaced by mass-produced, factory-made home wares. Textiles, ceramics, furniture, and metal work were handmade by artists in simple forms for home use. The objects created were typically functional as well as decorative. The color palette of homes decorated in the Arts & Crafts style is one that reflects tones that are found in nature, with warm oranges and browns as well as various shades of green.

Elements of design:

  • Household items have the look of being handcrafted
  • Handcrafted items often include textiles, tile work, metal work, and ceramics
  • Furnishings are simple and functional, not overly ornamental
  • Oftentimes furniture is built into rooms, as a part of the architectural design
  • Construction elements are exposed to show handiwork, such as exposed beams or joints in the construction of furniture
  • Autumnal color palette with tones that reflect nature
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Asian Inspired
 

Asian-inspired home interiors primarily reference Japanese and Chinese design aesthetics. The style is grounded in eastern philosophies, although diverse, striving to create a balance between the external world and internal being. Minimalism is the core virtue of Asian-inspired design. By eliminating clutter, ornaments, and furnishings, these spaces are thought to be enhanced and promote harmony. Design philosophies, such as Feng Shui, provide guidance for achieving balance between natural elements and encouraging the flow of energy. Natural fabrics and materials, household plants, the inclusion of water (such as a fountain), and natural lighting are all common elements. 

Elements of design:

  • Minimalism is a core virtue, ridding the home of clutter and unnecessary furnishings
  • Extensive use of natural elements, ranging from natural fabrics and building materials, to the inclusion of plants, water, and natural light
  • Function is equal to form
  • Design style is without excess ornamentation
  • Color palette is typically neutral and reflects muted colors found in nature, such as bamboo and stone
  • Decorative wall panels, room dividers, orchids, and statues of deities are common elements
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Baroque
When you think of luxurious or over-the-top ornamental home décor, Baroque style typically comes to mind. This style was adopted by European royalty in the seventeenth century and was the preference of palaces and churches throughout Europe through the mid-eighteenth century (Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles is done in a Baroque style). The Baroque color palette is often rich, incorporating dark reds or greens to enhance gold accent features that are commonly used to decorate mirrors, art, and accessories. Baroque interiors are highly detailed, including intricately carved wood detailing paired with luxurious textiles used for furniture, wall, and window coverings. These fabrics are often damask or floral patterned. In the early eighteenth century, Rococo evolved from the Baroque style, keeping the opulent design elements, but adopting a pastel color palette and taking itself less seriously with whimsical art.

Elements of design:

  • Characterized as dramatic, opulent, and luxurious with rich colors, intricately designed furniture, gilded and ornamental accessories, and high-end textiles
  • Floors are typically made from high-end materials such as solid wood or marble
  • Large room-sized, hand-woven rugs are placed to soften spaces
  • Furniture is intricately detailed to accent embellishments with curved legs, carved details, and gilding
  • Gold frames and gilding on statues and pottery are common
  • Large mirrors, crystal chandeliers, door knobs, and pulls are commonly used
  • Luxury fabrics in damask and floral prints are used for upholstery, wall coverings, and floor-to-ceiling window coverings
  • Rococo is a lighter, more whimsical version of the Baroque style, using a pastel palette and light-hearted art 
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Coastal

Whether you are decorating your home or a beach cottage, Coastal design is a fun way to bring the outdoors in. Often inspired by the beach with natural wood, white walls, and blue and yellow accents, the color palette is characterized as “breezy” with bright or pastel hues influenced by the sea and sand. To achieve the interior look of a beach cottage, bead board and clapboard are commonly used as wall coverings. Natural light is often enhanced through the use of sheer window panels or white slatted blinds. Furniture is comfortable and functional so as to fit in with the active beachfront lifestyle. Interiors are often accented by nautical, fishing, starfish, and other regional design elements from well-known beach communities, like the Hamptons, Nantucket, Pacific Coast, or Caribbean.

Elements of design:

  • Coastal design is characterized as breezy, with neutral elements and accent colors reflecting beach motif
  • Light, wooden floors are common because they are easy to clean and common to coastal areas
  • Light color palette that reflects the beach with white walls, soft yellows, blues, and light wood floors
  • Bead board or clapboard are common wall coverings, and are typically painted white
  • Sheer window panels or wooden slat coverings are often used to let natural light in through open windows
  • Functional, low-maintenance furniture that can be easily cleaned
  • Incorporation of nautical, fishing, sea life, and other regionally-inspired themes
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Contemporary

Contemporary style is characterized by open spaces, modern, clean lines, and carefully selected accents in bold shades. Like most modern styles, there is a lack of ornamentation in contemporary design. Instead, spaces are kept open and decorative accents are carefully selected. Floors are typically hardwood, tile, or polished concrete. Contemporary style can be achieved in any architectural space; however, industrial spaces or contemporary-built homes with large, uncovered windows and high ceilings are more common for this design aesthetic. Furniture and walls are usually white, neutral, and black, with bold accent colors in the form of an accent wall, large-scale art, or geometric floor coverings. This design style often highlights architectural elements that have texture, such as exposed wooden beams, brick walls, or air ducts.

Elements of design: 

  • Open spaces with high ceilings and large, open windows
  • Furniture is modern with solid color fabrics and clean, straight lines
  • Textured textiles in natural fabrics add interest to the contemporary design style
  • The color palette consists of white, neutrals, and black with the addition of bold accent colors
  • Contemporary design is often enhanced by large pieces of art, accent walls, or accent details like pillows and rugs
  • Ornamentation and clutter is kept to a minimum
  • Chrome and metallic surfaces are common, especially in contemporary kitchen design
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Eclectic
 
An Eclectic style can be a mélange of any design style or a mix of objects from different eras. Eclecticism differentiates itself from chaos by unifying diverse collections through color, scale, texture, and groupings to make a cohesive room or home. While this style is not minimalist, it requires meticulous thought in its display, so as not to cross the line from “style” to “stuff”. 

Elements of design:

  • The combination of two or more design styles or eras of design
  • Antique and modern furniture, artifacts from different countries, and art collections are grouped together to create interest
  • To avoid chaos, a unifying theme such as color, texture, furniture scale, and groupings of similar objects is recommended
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French Provincial

French Provincial style is most influenced by the homes in Southern France. Homes in the French country style are a mix of rustic elements and elegant details similar to the Baroque style. Floors are typically dark wood, stone, or tile, walls are a textured plaster, and exposed wooden ceiling and wall beams are common. In contrast to the rustic elements, furnishings are more refined; including upholstered seating with carved-wood frames, window coverings in natural, toile and floral fabrics, and large gilded or carved wood-framed mirrors. Flower arrangements, pottery, and baskets are common decorative elements. Armoires are also typically used for storage, due to the lack of closet space in traditional French country homes.

Elements of design:

  • French Provincial homes are a combination of rustic and elegance, with country elements and details inspired by seventeenth and eighteenth century royalty
  • Dark wood, stone, or tile floors covered with wool or cotton throw rugs
  • Armoires are often used for storage and closet space
  • Furniture is influenced by the Baroque period, with curved features, carved in wood with natural, floral, or toile upholstery
  • Lavender, butter yellow, and blue are common colors in the French Provincial palette, influenced by the lavender fields, bright sun, and sea in Southern France
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Industrial

Industrial design style is often found in lofts or other reclaimed industrial spaces. Open spaces, high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows are common in industrial spaces and defining decorative elements. Industrial spaces show their building materials as a design element, by using exposed brick walls, concrete or weathered wood floors, bare ceilings, structural beams, and metal air ducts. Because these spaces typically have so much texture in their building elements, a neutral palette is commonly used. High ceilings are often emphasized with floor-to-ceiling window panels in white cotton to let in natural light. In industrial spaces where storage is limited or exposed, utilizing bookshelves as room dividers is a common practice.

Elements of design:

  • The Industrial look is most often found in reclaimed factories or converted lofts
  • Architectural detail is emphasized by open spaces, high ceilings, and floor–to-ceiling windows
  • Brick walls, wooden beams, and air ducts are left exposed
  • Floors are typically polished concrete or weathered wood
  • Whites, blacks, and gray color palettes are used to emphasize space
  • Large-scale art pieces or bookshelves often divide large rooms
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Mediterranean

Mediterranean style homes are typically found in warmer climates and feature coastal design elements, such as open spaces and outdoor patios. This design style is influenced by homes in Greece, Spain, and Italy. Walls are typically made of stucco or plaster, floors are marble or tile, ceilings are usually wooden, and wall beams are left exposed. Golden yellows, olive greens, rich reds, and cobalt blues are colors commonly used and can been seen on walls, tapestries, mosaic inlays, pottery, and art.

 Elements of design:

  • The colors and decorative elements are influenced by homes in Greece, Spain, and Italy
  • Typically features a rich color palette in golden yellows, olive greens, rich reds, and cobalt blues
  • Decorative elements include textured walls, tapestries, mosaic inlays, Italian-style pottery and art
  • Open-air patios are commonly used as entertainment space
  • Floors are typically dark wood, marble, or terra cotta tile
  • Stucco and plaster walls with sculpted detailing are common
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Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modernist style epitomizes simplicity with clean lines and minimal decoration. The furniture style compliments the architectural design with an emphasis on straight lines. Mid-century modern homes generally have open floor plans, with large floor-to-ceiling windows that call attention to the natural environment. Natural elements are also brought into the home with stone wall details and natural wood beams. In contrast, mid-century furniture is generally leather or wood and highly polished and sophisticated. Stainless steel and granite are complimentary materials with their sleek surfaces. The color palette is usually quite modern with shades of white, cream, grey, dark brown or black, accented by primary colors for added contrast.

 Elements of design:

  • Clean and simple design with straight lines and minimalist décor
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Natural elements such as light, wood, and stone are common elements to bring the outdoors in
  • Floor plans are generally open with minimal options for enclosed storage
  • Decorative décor is limited to keep clutter to a minimum
  • Black, white, cream, and grey are commonly used with additional primary colors for added contrast
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Moroccan

Morocco was a trade center for centuries and you can still see the influences of Arab, Spanish, and French cultures in this design style. This style is colorful, casual, and welcoming. Walls are generally heavily textured and painted rich colors. Textiles and tiles are common decorative elements and have bold geographic patters like stars or chevrons. Tiled floors commonly feature Persian rugs. Furniture is generally made with wood and overstuffed cushions, and additional seating can be accommodated through the use of floor pillows.

Elements of design:

  • The color palette is both warm and vibrant through the use of blues, yellows, reds, greens, oranges, and bright pink
  • Tiled floors are common, often warmed up with large Persian Rugs
  • Solid wood-framed furniture with comfortable, overstuffed cushions, and floor pillows
  • Decorative tiles with bright geometric patterns, such as starbursts or chevrons
  • Tile mosaic inlays are often used in furniture, on floors, and as wall decorations
  • Wrought iron wall ornaments, sconces, and room dividers are common decorative element
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Northwestern

The climate and influences of the Pacific Northwest have led to a design aesthetic that enhances the experience in a region where much of the season is spent indoors. Modern architects influenced much of the Northwest’s home design through the incorporation of natural elements, such as wood and stone. Lighting is an important element, especially in an area that often experiences overcast skies. Large windows let in light and create a natural extension to the outdoors. Indigenous tribal art and Japanese design aesthetics are also commonly found in Northwestern designs.

Elements of design:

  • Natural lighting
  • Open spaces
  • Warm colors, natural fibers, and rich fabrics
  • Minimalist and modern furnishings
  • Incorporation of the natural landscape through large windows and natural building materials
  • Indigenous art and Japanese design influences
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Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic is a style that combines casual, romantic furnishings with antiques and elegant adornments. The look is achieved by distressing furniture to give it an aged appearance, combined with antiques and overstuffed, casual furnishings. Shabby Chic rooms are generally dominated with white, neutral colors, and light floral fabrics, to create an elegant and feminine space. Chandeliers, candles, and antiques all enhance the cozy, lived-in appeal of this style.

Elements of design:

  • Romantic, feminine style that embodies casual comfort through distressed furnishings, antiques, and overstuffed furnishings
  • Furniture is generally distressed by sanding edges of heavily painted wood for a  layered appearance
  • Light colored palette that incorporates a range of whites, natural materials, and pastels
  • Overstuffed sofas and chairs tend to be covered in light-colored cotton or linen
  • Soft lighting is often enhanced with chandeliers and candles
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SouthWestern
 

Southwestern-styled interiors are known for their desert-inspired designs; including textured walls made of adobe or layered plaster in light yellows and pinks. Floors are usually done in tile or light-colored hardwood, and paired with striped wool rugs for added warmth. Traditional Mexican or Southwest Indian art and distressed wrought iron are commonly used for decoration, and furniture is generally large and comfortable, with wood pieces built from knotty pine. 

Elements of design:

  • Colors inspired by the desert, including sandy yellows, light pinks, greens, browns, and reds
  • Texture to walls may be added with layered plaster
  • Decorative elements, such as terracotta pottery, traditional Mexican or Southwest Indian art, and woven wool blankets
  • Light wood or tile floors paired with wool throw rugs
  • Large comfortable seating paired with knotted pine wood pieces
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Traditional 

Traditional style interiors are an ageless favorite, offering comforting elegance and gracious living that easily adapts to changing lifestyles. Based upon styling first popularized in the 18th and 19th centuries, Traditional decoration relies upon the commanding presence of finely crafted woodworking. Queen Anne colors combined with Chippendale and Thomas Sheraton furniture designs are thought to be the universal benchmark of craftsmanship and lines of design. Fabrics in a traditional room are generally neither too shiny, nor too textured, with solid, tone-on-tone, and muted patterns. Color in a traditional room is often in a mid-range of tones, though very dark colors are often used for window coverings. The overall ambiance of traditional decor evokes comfortably homey, understated ambiance.

Elements of design:

  • Traditional design aesthetic is calm, orderly, and predictable
  • Furniture is carved from dark wood with curved features
  • Hardwood flooring with area rugs under furniture settings is a widely seen practice
  • Floral, plain colors, muted plaids, understated stripes, geometrics, tone-on-tone, and small patterns are common
  • Rooms feature lighter, mid-range tones accented by darker accessory fabrics and floor coverings
  • Generally, a similar furniture style and textile are present throughout a room to keep a formal feel
  • Decorations such as table lamps and vases are often displayed in pairs
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Transitional

Transitional style is a merging of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials, and fabrics, equating to a classic, timeless design. The transitional palette relies on a lack of color to evoke a clean, serene atmosphere. Dark colors are often used to add depth to a neutral balance of taupe, tan, and vanilla. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles. Fabrics can feature everything from graphic patterns on overstuffed sofas to textured chenilles on sleek wood frames.

Elements of design:

  • A merging of traditional design with contemporary furniture and elements
  • The look balances both masculine and feminine attributes for a comfortably contemporary design
  • Neutral colors create a clean palette that is often enhanced by textured fabrics
  • A lack of ornamentation and decoration keeps the focus on the simplicity and sophistication of the design
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