Contemporary style has 20th century
designers to thank for its clean, sleek lines. The style has no ties to
the past; in fact, it celebrates technology and honors innovations such
as modular-steel construction and laminated wood.
Light background colors and high contrast create a sleek, clean,
serene environment in which personal collections come into sharp focus.
Bold geometry, light wood grains and unexpected materials make
flooring a key element of contemporary rooms.
The simplicity of Contemporary style makes it and ideal backdrop for
all kinds of personal collections as long as they're simply and sparsely
Imperfections lend country style homespun charm and comfort,
linking it to a sense of fond remembrance. Today, country is
merging with a more modern sensibility that minimizes clutter
and honors utility.
Country's favorite color palettes range from earthy shades of
brown and green to crisp blends of blue, white and yellow.
Wood grains, both natural and washed with muted color,
exemplify country floors, as do checkerboard tiles and bricklike
Country style is pure, simple and sometimes primitive. It can
be both masculine and feminine too.
Witness the strong lines of cabinets and architectural
details, as well as the softness of a skirted table, window
shade or fresh flowers.
The vast array of country collectibles takes in
everything from ironstone plates and pitchers to handmade
baskets and simple Shaker boxes.
Traditional style is rooted in the
early days of European opulence. Think Chippendale or Hepplewhite, and
you’ll picture the stability and quality for which traditional style is
Lighting fixtures make fine use of brass, glass, silver and gold,
yet something as modern as a recessed light can blend seamlessly into a
Jewel tones and rich colors are the hallmark of traditional style.
Fabrics include deeply textured tapestries and rich crewels, as well as
timeless stripes, plaids, toiles and floral patterns.
Earthy colors, the marbling and texture of stone and brick and the
high-sheen finish of hardwoods all exemplify traditional style.
Refined and distinctive, traditional collections might include china,
porcelain or crystal. Displayed with decided formality, they connote
luxury and good taste.