This post is the last in a series of three articles presenting definitions of decorating styles. Today we’ll cover style definitions from R to Z.
This complete list of style definitions has been compiled to help you become more familiar with style terminology and help you to more easily recognize the style of a structure, piece of furniture, accessory or room design.
Style Terminology R-Z
Rococo: This style originated in France during the early 1700s and is considered a refined version of the heavy Baroque style. It features rich wood furniture with curved forms and elaborate scrollwork.
Romantic: A pastel scheme created from soft floral fabrics, laces, painted furniture, filtered light and fresh flowers. It appeals to the senses and offers welcoming comfort.
Rustic: Primitive interiors with exposed walls, wood paneling, rough-hewn beams and stone set the scene for a simple style reflection of country life. Simple-yet-sturdy furnishings feature natural and worn finishes.
Scandinavian: Encompasses three different Nordic styles — country, Gustavian and Scandinavian modern. A light color palette and an abundance of wood pieces counteract the region’s dark, cold winters. Wide-plank, wood floors, birch or pine furniture and fabrics with minimal patterns in white-washed hues are prevalent. The Gustavian style marries country pieces with elegant accessories, like crystal chandeliers and gracefully curving furnishings. Scandinavian modern evolved in the 1930s and features an emphasis on line, shape and form.
Shabby Chic: Accessible, affordable, comfortable and eclectic, this popular style features white painted furniture, painted motifs, muted colors, slipcovers and vintage fabrics.
Shaker: Originated in the mid-1770s by an American Shaker religious sect that believes an object’s beauty is found in its usefulness. They created simplistic furniture with clean, spare lines.
Southwestern: Inspired by the vast open spaces of the Southwestern landscape, this style uses earth-tone colors, terra cotta clay tiles, rough textures and handcrafted furnishings.
Traditional: This style springs from 18th century England, the French countryside or even exotic Eastern lands. The most popular styles in this category are 18th century English, 19th century Neoclassic, French country and British Colonial revival.
Transitional: A smooth blending of traditional and contemporary results in transitional. This style features neutral palettes of taupe, tan and vanilla with furniture lines that are simple and sophisticated, with either straight lines or rounded profiles.
Tropical: A style featuring ornamental carvings in island motifs, exotic woods and framed botanicals.
Tudor: A highly decorated style favored from 1485 to the late 1500s. Elements include stone or brick floors, contrasting colors and ornate furniture. The style relies on a consitent use of textural fabrics on beds, windows and walls.
Tuscan: A warm, rustic, sun-drenched style characterized by aging stone, simple and sturdy furnishings accented with iron, terra-cotta tiles, textured walls, chunky and worn wood, detailed murals and trompe l’oeil designs.
Victorian: Inspired by Queen Victoria during the last half of the 1800s, this style includes mahogany, walnut, and rosewood furniture highlighted with elaborate carved floral designs. Oval backs on chairs and beautiful marble tops on tables and dressers are common. Bold patterns in strong colors are prevalent in fabrics and both draperies and upholstered pieces are embellished with lush trims and fringe.
What’s Your Style?
After reviewing decorating styles from A – Z (well, actually A-V!) for the last three weeks, what’s your decorating style? What are you drawn to? What could you never live with? Share your thoughts by clicking the Comment link at the end of this post – I’d love to hear your thoughts.