Understanding Styles, Trends, and Furniture
What Do You Really Need
The first thing you should be looking for is when designing your home are the basic pieces. What kind of things will you be doing in this specific area of the house? This is really important for deciding what you will be putting in your home. You are going to want a bed first, sleeping on the floor isn’t very fun. You want something sturdy and beautiful, and don’t forget a good mattress (that’s what gives you the comfort!) Mattress Guides has info on buying the right one for you.
You should measure your space, that way you will know the right size of furniture you will need for certain functions. Most importantly, remember that besides enjoying the beauty of your furnishings, it should be useful and efficient.
Look At Your Architecture
It is crucial that you look at the existing architecture of your house. This includes windows, columns, ceilings and more. This way, you can plan properly while keeping these things in mind because if you miss something or mark it down wrong, your furniture either won’t look good there or won’t fit. Any interior designers will tell you that the design of the inside of your home really does matter.
Get A Theme
Selecting a theme is very helpful. (And it’s the fun part!) If you put your furniture in a room that has absolutely no theme, it won’t necessarily look bad, but you might really be missing out on its potential. You want to choose a theme that reflects you! Then make your furniture fit in with the idea you have chosen. If you are trendy, up to date person, then get modern pieces. If you are quite a diverse person, then why not mix and match your furniture?
Best Value For Your Money
You should always try and make the most out of your budget. Furniture is an investment. You have to consider the material used, the finish, and comfort. Buying furniture to match your style is a great idea, but you can’t do that without going over every factor and having a great eye for detail. (And having a little patience!)
Choosing furniture is a little difficult for some people. They may know what they need but aren’t sure as to what type of furniture to put inside the house. Luckily most interior decorators have a whole variety of things available that is so vast, you will never run out of options to choose from. Just always remember to trust your own judgment, no matter what anyone else tells you. It’s your home and you can do whatever you like with it!
Styles And Trends
Antique furniture includes pieces from an earlier period. It is often crafted out of wood and its age, condition, unique features, and rarity determine how collectible the piece is and therefore, how high its value. Genuine antiques are at least 100 years old and often have to be purchased from experienced dealers to guarantee authenticity.
Vintage furniture is used when the furniture exhibits the best of a certain quality, or qualities, associated with a particular era. Therefore, a Vintage 1940’s wishbone chair may be very different to a Vintage 1980’s wishbone chair as the vintage for when they were made is different.
Traditional furniture is formal furniture from the Victorian period. It combined features from the Queen Anne period: graceful and elaborately decorated, Chippendale style: artistic embellishment and straightened outlines and Sheraton style: delicate pieces with tapered legs and contrasting inlays. Together this creates a comfortable and warm environment with handcrafted, dark timber pieces, overstuffed, plush sofas and elegant fabrics.
Rustic style furniture is influenced by many different styles coming together to create warm, natural and honest interiors. If furniture is rustic, it will often be made of a warm timber or a natural material like animal hide, cotton or linen. It has a worn and homely appearance and is often more relaxed than formal.
Art Deco is an eclectic style that combines Machine Age imagery and materials with traditional crafts. The style is characterized by geometric and angular shapes, materials like chrome, glass, shiny fabrics, mirrors and mirror tiles as well as stylized images of airplanes, cars, and skyscrapers. With the success of The Great Gatsby movie and TV series like Boardwalk Empire, Art Deco is back in full force.
Retro furniture can be a little harder to define. When we think of Retro design we usually conjure up ideas of mod, geometric shapes in teal, yellow and brown or flashbacks to the kitchen from the Brady Bunch with its tulip table and orange splashback. Technically, retro furniture design is defined as aspects of modern culture which imitate trends, modes, and fashions of the recent past which had come to be unfashionable.
French provincial furniture is exactly what its title depicts. This furniture style has a classic yet country feel to it. Ladder back dining chairs with woven seats, simple scalloped carving, large armoires or French sideboards with decorative moldings are all key features of this style.
Shabby Chic furniture, while similar, is more casual and often has a distressed appearance. The Furniture is typically white with a feminine and romantic feel. Like French provincial, this style originated from country houses but incorporates more up-cycling and salvaging of furniture.
Modern furniture originated under the modernist movement in the early 1900’s. It often combines leather, vinyl, steel, molded plywood and plastics with a monochromatic color scheme to create a sleek and stylish interior. The Barcelona chair is a timeless example of modern design.
Modern furniture design is a defined style and will always refer to the modernist period, contemporary furniture design, however, refers to furniture that is popular and used now, in the present. Furniture will often be described as ‘modern and contemporary’, which is where the confusion comes in between these two styles.