Design terminology – Part 4
I am nearly half way into my journey looking at design terminology. This week I feature some of my personal favourites. I hope you are finding this enjoyable and useful?
Garden: Painted wood furniture, floral print fabric, framed botanical prints, fresh flowers, antique china and lace accents characterizes this style.
Georgian: This style was about harmony and symmetry, space and light, pale colour schemes and woodwork with elaborately carved cabriole legs, ball-and-claw feet, ornate carvings, piercing and gilding earmark this style.
Jacobean: Furniture construction was simple; lines are square and rectangular, most with flat-fronted surfaces. The art of inlay and veneering added a wonderful ornate look, mainly in cupboards and cabinets.
Lodge: Substantial rustic furnishings are created using natural materials such as leather, wool raw exposed wood. Often a house in this style will have high ceilings.
Mediterranean: Known also as “Spanish Modern”, this style originated in Spain, Italy and Portugal. Furniture ranges from simply functional to very formal. Pieces tend to be short with ornate legs and feet – hardware is heavy and often burnished. Mediterranean colours echo those of the sea and sky; depending on the region, can also include warm terra cotta, lavender, creamy tan and yellow. Mediterranean interiors are known for having large areas of mosaic tile, quarry and other rustic in their detailing.
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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