Interior design, like many other fields in life, grows with time. It is influenced by time and location. Depending on the history of that time period and a particular location, people act and express themselves in a particular way, a way that is not only trending during that time period but one that also expresses who they are.
As time goes by, people's perspectives change and so does the way they express themselves. But all is not destroyed. People don't destroy their past as time goes by, they evolve. They learn and experience more which develops their character taking along with them their beneficial experiences and lessons.
As they are building their character and discovering themselves, the objects in which they express themselves with also evolve. Bringing with them objects they identify with and leaving behind objects that no longer resonate with them. It's the same for fashion, languages, and even interior design. The present is built on the past that carry the characteristics and behaviors of a particular time and location that resonate with people.
Choosing a rug for a room is a complex decision. We had to find a way to combine the personality of the customer with an interior design. We have identified the foundation and baseline of particular feel and identified styles that evolved from that foundation.
Generalizing the rugs into feelings of a particular style will give the user the freedom to choose a rug that fits under their personality. Just like how humans evolve taking with them experiences that shaped them, style and fashion also evolve with humans. Because we can’t identify how the individual will design their rooms, we give a general pool of rugs that might catch your eye, making the process of choosing a rug a little less complicated.
there are three major generalized styles that can help the user get an understanding of what they are looking for: Traditional, Transitional, and Contemporary
Classical interior design is a style that is inspired by the Greeks and Roman’s model. It is everything that is balanced, harmonious and proportioned. The feeling of nobility and warmth is present in this style. The furniture has depth and age visible with colors being welcoming and warm.
Neoclassic - Just like classical design, neoclassic shares the characteristics of Greeks and Romans. This style of movement differs from classical by also integrating the homes of the wealthy European and American style in the 1700s and early 1800s. The home, however, still evokes a timeless, elegant and historical aesthetic. A traditional style rug is perfect to pull this style off
Baroque - this period of style emerged from the late 1500s to early 1700s from Europe that is associated with high class and luxury. Sleek materials such as marble and granite are used through the house to give off that timeless luxury. Symmetry is a big factor in this interior design style that can be displayed in furniture, décor and in the architecture. Irregular curves, candles and lanterns along with iron lanterns can bring this look together for the high class, classical feel.
This interior design style surfaced early 1800s until the 1900s due to the wealth coming in for the middle class due to the industrial revolution. As inferred by the name, Victorian interior design was inspired from Queen Victoria's reign in the United Kingdom. To get this look, furniture would need to be constructed out of dark, glossy wood, lightning would consist of some chandeliers and colors would include teal, mustard yellow, lavender, and rusty red to match the already dark furniture.
Old World - Old World interior design stems from a variety of locations such as Spain, Italy and France. Colors of Navy, Burgundy cream, and green are most commonly used colors, deriving a little bit away from the Victorian style. To add more character to this style, oven tapestries, floral and striped patterns are used. Wood ceiling and dark oriental rugs are used to add texture and depth to this particular interior style.
Tuscan - this popular style emerged from Italy around the 1840s and can still be seen in today's trends. The welcoming feel is brought together by warm earthy colors like golden yellow, dark oranges, purples and olive greens - the colors you would expect to see in a Tuscan village. Persian style rugs that emulate grape vines are perfect for pulling the room together along with wood antique looking furniture. Accents such as candles, flowers and exposed wood beams are other methods of creating a welcoming, cozy atmosphere.
English - this English inspired interior design has more of a traditional feel, something that would be found in a Jane Austen novel. The furniture is curvy and welcoming with wood frame furniture. Four-poster bed, chair cushions, and floral patterned drapes are key into completing this style. While this style does not have the feel of high class and elegance, it is considered a style that is traditional in America that is inspired from Europe.
This style of interior design is the definition of self expression without any limitations. It's a mix of styles that comes together to create a laid-back atmosphere by incorporating bright colors like purples, reds, and pinks with intricate patterns. One may incorporate a traditional style rug with a vintage couch next to a modern lamp all differing in color. Everything is unique to the personality of the individual, and the individual who can pull this style off has a free boundary personality.
Eclectic - like bohemian design, this style does not have boundaries that are pre-determined to make it work. There are still multiple styles all incorporated in the room such as modern, vintage, and country. The slight difference is that there is a common thread that is present in the design of the room. This may be a color tone, the art, or the shape of furniture. This theme is what brings the room together and creates a sense of belonging in what might seem a disorganized style.
This style came about in the 1870s and is still going strong. The aesthetic of this style is inspired by the beauty and feel of nature. Materials that are found in nature, such as wood, stone, concrete are found throughout the inside and outside of the house. Walls are usually white and windows are big to bring in as much light as possible. This style can bring about a sense of peace and comfort in a world that is fast pace and demanding.
Vintage - While vintage technically refers to the time period of 1940s-1950s, it is now being incorporated throughout all types of interior design. To sum up the atmosphere of this style, it is anything that comes with a nostalgic, comfortable ambiance. An event, object, or food might give a particular person these feelings that will not cause the same effect of another person - making those trigger points unique, just like vintage pieces. Adding pieces of the past that brings comfort to the individual is a key factor in pulling off this style. Old mirrors, brass lamps and furniture can bring depth to any room.
Shabby Chic - This style is a combination of both rustic and glamour. It has the distressed and worn out furniture that can be found in flea markets and fabrics made out of cotton that feature colors such as white, off white, and creams to soften the look of the room. It's the contrast between the rustic, wood furniture and light airy colors that bring this style together. An airy, relaxed atmosphere is brought to life by the contrast of the dark and light colors.
This style uses a combination of whites and brown that are brought together to create a relaxed atmosphere. The furniture does not have to match in texture or comfort and rustic finishes such as a brick wall and wood beams can bring the look together. Having mansion jars and light metals throughout the house is another way of bringing this look together. As far a s the colors, use light natural colors as the base and add plants to bring out the farmhouse vibe
Country - country differs from farmhouse in the colors that are used. While browns and whites are still the foundation of country interior, this style takes it a step forward by bringing in dark and rusty reds and oranges. In a country home, you will tend to see checkered patterns on drapes and curtains. Other patterns seen in this style include floral, gingham or stripes - all depending on the individual. Mason jars and wooden furniture are still the foundation of this interior style.
Cottage - this style is all about relaxation and comfort, like you were on a vacation by the lake or beach. To get this look, weathered wood, vintage fixtures and a color pallet of whites and creams are a must. From there it can be taken into two different directions where one can bring in colors of blue to make it seem more coastal vibe or bring in colors of green to make it seem more or an earthy vibe. Big open windows to bring in light and a fireplace can make this style really feel like you are on a vacation. Having brick, rocks, wood walls or around the fireplace can really define this style and make it different from the previous two styles.
This style is perfectly displayed in the TV Show “Mad Men” that displayed the era from 1930s-1970s. To pull this style, have unique and seamless pieces such as marshmallow sofas and egg chairs. Have clear, cut lines along with the curvature to bring out the interior design perfectly. The colors are mostly monochrome to fit the personality of the individual. To clearly define this style, add elements of mid-century art, have large windows, and dress up walls with graphic wallpaper.
Retro - this style evolved from the Mid-century design in the 1950s by keeping the same furniture style but changing the color scheme. Retro would include bright colors such as oranges, yellow, red, and greens. Sometimes, two contradicting colors are used in the same room such as bright greens and blues. Nostalgic pieces inspired by vintage automobiles can also be seen throughout this style along with psychedelic patterns that define the 60s.
Hollywood Glam - this style is considered the golden age of Hollywood dating back to the 1930s. This style focuses on entertaining which allows the furniture to be low profile and facing each other instead of the TV. patterns are bold and modern such as trellis, geometrics, and animal print. Colors are just as bold to contrast the high gloss of the furniture such as yellows, reds, and purples.
This style is mostly influenced by location such as Spain, Greece, Moroccan. Although there are slight differences in each location, there are key elements that are consistent in the feel of Mediterranean style. For one the colors are usually deep and rusty, not bright and flashy. The furniture is low to the ground, tiles are used on interior elements such as floors, tables, and walls. The outdoors are embraced and are seen from the Tuscan- like architecture that is mostly defined by arched windows and doors.
Mexican - to make a Mediterranean style seem to have a Mexican feel, add bold colors such as blues, oranges, and reds. Pottery can not only be used as decorative pieces but also as kitchen utensils. Mosaic patterns can be found on tiles in the kitchen and pillows are used along with talavera tiles in the bathroom. Candlestick and ceramic pots compliment the pottery to bring personality to this style.
Italian - the Italian feel incorporated natural colors such as off-whites and beiges along with the blues, green and oranges. Stone, slate and granite are the identifying materials along with terracotta tiles. Oversized windows that allow for natural light to come in, exposed wood beams along with plants are an easy way to make the house have an Italian atmosphere
Moroccan - to have a more Moroccan Mediterranean style, try to incorporate bohemian and eclectic styles. This would include adding deep jewel tones such as blues and purples. Mosaic patterns are seen throughout the home along with ceramic or terracotta wall and floor tiles. Low furniture is still an identifying factor for this style that is layered with striped plush cushions. To complete the design, add a Moroccan rug and large leafy green plants.
The art of this style is to have the necessary. Focus on the function of pieces in a simple manner and bring out the character of the room through essential items. Colors are monochrome, clean furniture with little detail, and only having one or two decorative pieces. This style is for those who are focused and determined on a specific goal and lifestyle, they don't want the extra distractions and don't want to waste time to detail with the unnecessary things in life. By keeping homes simple and clean, making decisions and moving on towards their goal becomes easier.
Zen - this style is mostly influenced by japan and china that emphasize the feelings of tranquility, harmony, and relaxation. To create an atmosphere, add earthy colors such as beige, grey, off whites and greens. Add wood flooring, cotton sofas, and rugs that match the flooring color. Add furniture that has clear curves without too much detail, have large ceilings to bring in natural light, and add rocks and bamboos to complete the inspired style of the Japanese and Chinese.
Scandinavian - This style is sometimes described as minimalist who values comfort over functionality. Reason for favoring comfort is because those who are attracted to this style are social and host family and friends gathering. They still resonate the minimalist feel and enjoy space so then to not over decorate. The furniture still has clean and simple lines where colors are natural and somewhat monochrome. The accents and layering really develop this design by adding more art pieces, plants, and furniture for guests.
This style mostly refers to the combinations of modern and industrial vibes. It includes features of a factory during the industrial revolution and modern design to give it depth and warmth. To pull off this look, have open clean spaces with high ceilings with exposed duct. Keep the colors cool so, include greys, whites and black as the foundation and add your personality by adding greens and blues. The materials in this space can be mixed, but to emphasize on this style, use metals for light fixtures, countertops, faucets and more. Add a contemporary rug that brings all the material and color together to easily define the space.
Urban - this style resembles the loft like an industrial home with a bit of rustic feel to it. Brick, stone, and vintage like furniture bring out that rustic feel while blending beautifully with metal, steel, and cooper throughout the home. With high ceilings and windows to match that length, natural light and city night light becomes an important factor that gives the house a different feel during the different times of day.
the style gives off a relaxed and carefree vibe, one that is usually found at the beach. The foundation colors are white, beige, and brown with splashes of green, aqua and blues that can be found in accent pieces. Light is naturally a center feature for this design, therefore having glass doors, skylights, and large windows is a nice feature to make the interior seem more like a beach. Add items such as sea shells, flowers, paintings of the sea to clearly define this style.
Nautical - this style does not differentiate with the coastal theme much except for the feature of having more color, specifically more blues and reds. The foundational color is still white and beiges, sea themed items such as anchors, shells, ship, ship maps, and so on are intensified in this design style. Stripes are the dominant pattern in this design and can be seen everywhere from wallpaper and towels to rugs and pillows.
Tropical - while this style is not usually associated with the ocean, it still has the same feature of the relaxed, carefree vibe that is found in Hawaii. The foundational color of this style is also white, beige and brown. The furnishings such as flowers, palm leaves, and birds give it the Hawaii feeling. Bring in materials such as bamboo, rattan, and wicker for furniture and incorporate jute, and sisal for the rugs. This style works well in environments with open air and large windows such as porches
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