Design Terminology – part 2
Baroque: Originating in Italy during the 1600s, this highly ornamental style includes twisted columns, floors with inlaid wood designs, lots of luxurious fabric and regal colours, i.e. gold, purple, as well as deep colours like red, green, and burnt umber.
Biedermeier: A German style from the 1800s combing strength and comfort with a light palette. Light-coloured woods are used in both linear and curvilinear forms for furniture and parquet floors present geometric designs.
British Colonial: Inspired by the arrival of British colonists in the West Indies, this style combines the tropical and animal motifs of the Caribbean with a simplified Victorian elegance. Mahogany, dark walnut or teak furniture is paired with leather, wicker and cane inserts.
Colonial: From the 1600s through the 19th century this style dominated American furniture and usually included simple spindle chair legs and backs; simple and rustic reflecting the lifestyle of Americans as they populated a new nation. Trait of the colonial style house is symmetry, central stair with central entry door while rooms branch off of the central hall.
Contemporary: Developed in the second half of the 20th century, this style uses clean lines with a focus on shape and form. Neutral elements and bold colour are paired with softened and rounded lines.
Cottage: Comfort and soft colours, including painted furniture, together with graceful lines and textural elements such as baskets, fibber rugs, window coverings and weathered finishes. Cottage style is all about vintage character with an eclectic mix of home accessories ranging from brand-new finds to vintage treasures.
Country: A style which incorporates a number of looks, from the French Country designs of Provence to the floral English Country design to rustic Americana; abandoning the style of classic design in favour of a comfortable, lived-in look.
Ana Aguilar-Corney is a columnist for Heart Home and authors the blog Let's Blog Design. Ana founded aguilarinteriors.com after studying at Inchbald School of Design. She lives in Lewes, a town that mirrors her: quirky with a deep history and a sense of fun that doesn't take itself too seriously. You can follow her on Twitter @aguilarinterior. Read more posts by Ana Aguilar.
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