What kind of person are you? Modern? Trendy? Traditional? Your own personality and taste will go a long way towards dictating the style of your home and the furniture within it. But for a little background information and help in defining your personal aesthetic at home, read on for a definition of the primary styles of furniture.
You could say that nothing evokes
homeliness like traditional
furniture designs. With patterned fabrics and rich solid woods such as
mahogany, oak and cherry, traditional furniture has a warmth and cosiness that
guarantees both comfort and stylistic continuity. Traditional furniture pieces
such as sofas and tables can be very sizeable though. So you'll want to ensure
you don't overdo it in small spaces, or the room could become slightly crowded,
stuffy or claustrophobic.
Many people would assume classic and
traditional furniture to be one and the same, but they aren't. Whereas
traditional furniture may be 'classic' in style, classic furniture is called so
because it hails from a classic period in history. For example, some of the key
periods are Victorian, Georgian, Tudor and French Provincial. Though classic
furniture shares some similarities with traditional (mostly the solid woods
used), the ornate decorations and even richer woods define classic furniture as
a style even more luxurious than traditional pieces.
Again, you could be forgiven for thinking
that 'modern' meant the same as contemporary. But in fact modern refers to most
(but not all) furniture designed in Europe or The Unites States after the
Second World War. Don't expect to see many curves or unusual patterns in modern
furniture; simplicity, sleekness and functionality are key to this style.
Contemporary basically means anything that
is currently in fashion today. Much like modern décor, contemporary furniture
at present is very sleek, with straight, geometric lines. It prides itself on
simplicity; plain glass, metal and smooth woods are essential materials that
dominate contemporary styles today. Whilst you could argue that homeliness is
to an extent sacrificed in contemporary furniture, many homes will address this
good balance of both contemporary and classic designs.
Go Your Own Way
Furniture – like anything – is entirely
subjective. One person's idea of stylistic nirvana may be someone else's idea
of a car wreck, so there is no real right and wrong. But there are distinct
styles that you can mix and match according to your own aesthetic persuasions,
all of which are well-represented online at sites such as The Trade Furniture Company.