Furniture Style Express Your Taste and Makes a Beautiful Home

Furniture style is all about what you like and how it makes you feel. When it’s time to redecorate your furniture style preferences will drive your purchases. Are traditional pieces more your interior design style or do you prefer a rustic furniture style? Maybe cottage style is perfect for what you have in mind?

Furniture Style

Picking a Furniture Style

There are so many furniture styles available it can be hard to decide, and besides, what distinguishes each one?

Among the popular interior design styles, contemporary furniture style usually features simple silhouettes that can be curvy or linear. The color palette is typically neutral, especially incorporating trendy hues such as shades of gray.

While the materials in this furniture style vary, the pieces generally have clean lines and not much ornamentation.

In a rush? Here’s a handy guide to all the main furniture styles to help make your decorating project go smoothly.

FarmhouseArt Deco
VictorianMinimalist
ContemporaryMid-Century Modern
TransitionalEclectic
ModernCoastal
TraditionalGlam
RusticCountry
CottageFrench Country
Shabby ChicFrench Provincial
IndustrialScandinavian 

Top Furniture Styles for 2022

Trends come and go, even within enduring furniture styles. For 2022, the trends you’ll be seeing include some that are already on the rise:

  • Curved furniture profiles. Angular looks will be less popular as more people search for softness and comfort in contemporary furniture.
  • Vintage and reclaimed styles. More people are looking to history for meaning and a grounded feeling. The desire for sustainability plays into this trend too.
  • Colorful Pieces. Neutral tones are a good foundation but without color, it can get a little boring. Colorful furniture accents will be popular in contemporary style.
  • Lasting Investments. Quality over quantity is becoming the mantra. Buyers are seeing the value that comes from investing in quality furnishings and retro furniture. 
  • Textures. Furnishings that bring added texture to a room will be increasingly popular. 

Difference Between “Antique” & “Vintage”?

Difference Between "Antique" & "Vintage"?

Primarily the difference between antique furniture and vintage furniture style comes down to age. An antique piece has to be at least 100 years old. For vintage-style pieces, they typically have to be more than 20 years old. The same holds true for vintage accessories.

If you’ve investigated antique shops, you know that antique furniture tends to cost more in many cases. The best examples are true mid-century modern pieces or other furniture that is now iconic. Other types of retro furniture are also popular, whether or not they fit the definition of antique furniture.

Traditional vs Contemporary Furniture Style

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Part of the difference between traditional and contemporary styles is hard to pin down. This is because contemporary furniture is always changing to reflect what’s going on in the current moment. Contemporary furniture style evolves over time. 

In the case of traditional furniture styles, the look is fixed. Pieces are heavier and more ornate. Inspirations from style eras like Queen Anne style, Victorian or Chippendale styles. Pieces have more carved embellishments and upholstery choices are very conservative, unlike contemporary design.

What’s the Difference Between Cottage Style and Farmhouse?

The farmhouse style grew out of the true American farmhouse while cottage style is a little more feminine, romantic and fussy.

  • Farmhouse-style furniture is bigger and heavier and the color palette starts with white.
  • Cottage-style furniture is more delicate than other furniture styles and features flourishes and soft colors, along with some floral prints.
  • Both styles are comfortable and more casual than many other types of furniture. 
  • Mixing and matching work in both these styles.

38 Furniture Design Style Ideas To Choose From

Mission-Style Furniture

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Simple lines and flat planes are characteristics of Mission furniture style. Actually, it’s associated with the arts and craft movement. These features really highlight the grain of the wood, which is the primary material. Some consider this a subset of traditional furniture. A few other characteristics are common in this style:

  • Substantial and made to last. Mission-style furniture uses the best types of wood which means you can hand it down through the generations. Popular hardwoods include oak, mahogany, walnut, or hickory.
  • Little if any ornamentation. Function rules when it comes to Mission-style furniture and the designs have straight lines. Hardware is usually iron or copper and high-quality and well-made.
  • Leather upholstery is common. With an eye toward longevity, most upholstery is genuine leather because it lasts longer and is more durable.

Farmhouse Style Furniture

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Primarily practical, farmhouse-style furniture is simple in form and function. Usually, it looks a bit worn or weathered with lots of natural materials. This interior design style uses lots of different textures, warm neutral tones and plenty of vintage decor pieces.

Perfectly Imperfect

In general, farmhouse-style celebrates imperfections and so does this furniture style. Everything feels cozy and casual and there really aren’t a lot of frilly embellishments. Finally, decorating with farmhouse-style furniture is a great opportunity to mix and match everything. 

Victorian Style Furniture

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Obviously, at the opposite end of today’s casual spectrum, Victorian-style furniture is formal and ornate. One of the classical furniture styles, pieces have wood that is dark and heavily carved. In fact, Chippendale furniture reproductions date back to the Victorian era too. These pieces often feature ornate carvings. Upholstery is luxurious and often velvet or profusely floral.

Not So Mixable

Victorian furniture style doesn’t always mix with modern or contemporary furniture but can work into others like eclectic and traditional. This reupholstered piece uses a vibrant print to make it more contemporary. Many Victorian furniture pieces are also classified as antique furniture, especially true Chippendale furniture.

Contemporary

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Contemporary furniture is a fluid style, reflective of current trends.

One of the most popular, but perhaps hardest to define, furniture styles is contemporary  This is for good reason. Contemporary furniture style changes with the times because it reflects popular in the current moment. Some use the term “contemporary” interchangeably with “modern” but that isn’t necessarily accurate.

Constantly Evolving

Contemporary furniture may have features from a number of other interior design styles. Actually, it is a fluid and shifting style. Contemporary furniture may be completely different a number of years down the road. On the other hand, this also means that contemporary furniture style easily works in rooms that have an alternative style of decor.

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This Roche Bobois sofa is the highlight of this living room, which incorporates several characteristic elements of contemporary style. While the sofa trends toward the modern furniture style in its overall silhouette, it features a pillow back of assorted textile colors and patterns. Casula contemporary furniture mixes well with other interior design styles like the coffee table and side table, which have mid-century style elements.

Transitional style

Also called classic contemporary — traditional interior design style is really a mélange of contemporary design and traditional. The pieces may have the classic lines of traditional furniture style, but the colors, textiles and finishes are modern.

Many people love this style for its decorating flexibility, especially with regard to redecorating down the road. The neutral colors are a natural choice for those who don’t think they fit one specific furniture style, or who like more variety.

Calm and Relaxing

Transitional furniture styles create a room that is relaxing and inviting. Primarily, it uses neutral tones and sometimes a monochromatic color palette. But, it is not necessarily devoid of colors and patterns. The silhouettes can be varied: Maybe classic lines and a rich walnut finish combine with edgier stainless steel accents or stone elements. Warm, textural fabrics, such as velvet, linen or leather add another dimension to these pieces.

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This interior design style blends the classic lines of traditional furniture with modern colors and finishes. Ginger & Jagger’s armchair has an updated silhouette and is upholstered in a very trendy color choice.

The millennial pink leather keeps the chair fresh and adds interest to the neutral colors. These types of pieces can blend with more traditional furnishings as well as more contemporary ones.

Modern furniture style

Martha Sturdy's pieces have the clean lines and sleek look characteristic of modern furniture.View in gallery
Martha Sturdy’s pieces have the clean lines and sleek look characteristic of modern furniture.

Clean, straight lines and sleek silhouettes are hallmarks of modern furniture style. The minimalist aesthetic is about as different from traditional furniture style as it can be. Some people find the overall sleek look, with its metal and glass accents, to be “cold.” On the other hand, others appreciate the simplicity and uncluttered appearance of modern style.

Artful and Avant-Garde

The color palette in modern interior design styles tends to be neutral, often black and white, perhaps with a bold pop of color. The finishes in this furniture style often include plenty of high-shine elements. Leather is a common upholstery choice and all the pieces have very little ornamental detailing.

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Besides the sleek and angular types you might think of right away, modern furniture style can also be quite avant-garde. Modern designers often push the boundaries of nontraditional materials, creating functional pieces that have a very different look.

In most cases, they are modern furniture style pieces with artistic flair. That is definitely the case with this desk by Theophile Blandet. It is made with PMMA, PETG, nylon, glass fiber and steel and features straight lines in the design.

Traditional

This sofa by Epoca is traditional.View in gallery
This sofa by Epoca is traditional.

Classic shapes and lots of dark rich wood tones are typical of traditional furniture styles. These pieces have a good deal of detailing and a sumptuous, if conservative, feeling. Reminiscent of European styles, traditional furniture has a classic silhouette and curved lines. They often incorporate wing backs, claw feet, and Queen Anne style detailing.

The textiles used for upholstery are rich velvets and brocades, as well as damask or cotton. Overall, traditional furniture style has a refined and dignified feel. Some people consider it to be a little “uptight,” especially the Queen Anne style pieces. Ultimately, the style is comfortable and the rich colors and elaborate floral and striped prints appeal to many fans of classic style.

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Always Classic

Traditional furniture is definitely not boring when it looks like the bedroom of this West Palm Beach home. The color scheme is light and fresh with crisp white and blue textiles.

A dark navy headboard anchors the four-poster bed and small details like the pineapples atop the canopy make all the difference. It’s a real departure from the stereotypical traditional furniture style that is heavy with dark woods and floral fabrics. Those types are often found among antique furniture pieces.

Rustic furniture style

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Inspired by nature and the beauty of natural materials, rustic furniture style takes its cues from the great outdoors. Logs, planks and natural wood are often prominent features in rustic furniture. Part of the appeal of the rustic style is the warmth and casual vibe it gives off.

This has boosted the popularity of live edge furniture styles that spotlight the natural look of wood pieces. The same goes for furnishings made from reclaimed wood and naturally downed trees. In many cases, talented artisans transform the flaws in the natural wood into desirable rustic furniture features. 

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Highly Customizable

When considering rustic style, you can choose from varying degrees of rustic feel. You’ll find a comfort zone somewhere along the spectrum. This is because rooms run from those that have logs and distressed wood to spaces with a little rustic farmhouse flair, The best thing is that you can amp up rustic interior design styles or downplay them with just a few pieces.

Cottage

Palecek's slip-covered sofa is ideal for a cottage style space.View in gallery
Palecek’s slip-covered sofa is ideal for a cottage-style space.

Cottage-style furniture is the epitome of relaxed and casual décor. Often, it’s a marvelous mix of colors, patterns and textures. All this comes together in a room that is, above all else, comfortable.

This furniture style incorporates wicker items with painted pieces, and items like farmhouse kitchen tables. These can be brand new furnishings, distressed used items or vintage furniture. Upholstery choices in this style tend to be cottons, linens and other casual fabrics in florals and stripes. Sometimes, antique furniture will fit the bill.

Feminine Vibe

The textiles generally stick to a light and airy color palette. The mix-and-match vibe of cottage style makes it is easy to express your personality. It’s also budget-friendly because it’s perfect for mixing in bargain used pieces and elements of shabby chic.

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This serene bedroom is a sophisticated cottage delight. While most examples of cottage style are super casual, that doesn’t actually have to be the case. The white cotton bedding and wall colors are on point and the trellis wall mural really sets the stage for the cottage vibe. 

Shabby Chic

Peacock Park's daybed sofa has the vintage feel that is shabby chic.View in gallery
Peacock Park’s daybed sofa has the vintage feel that is shabby chic.

One of the furniture styles related to the cottage trend is shabby chic. Inspired by vintage furniture and budget-minded, shabby chic can be eclectic or even bohemian in flair. The repurposing trend also drives this furniture style.

Shabby chic style also leans to the feminine side of the spectrum, as cottage style also tends to do. The pieces in this furniture style are generally painted, and more often than not are distressed wood. Rooms can also include rustic furniture.

White and Light

The color palette of the furniture is heavily neutral with white and light cream colors being the predominant hues. Accent colors in shabby chic are only from the pastel range. Décor of this type makes great use of upcycled pieces like crates, bottles and glass items.

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A dream white living room like this is the epitome of shabby chic décor. This is an eclectic space that is super relaxed because it melds vintage furniture with repurposed and casual elements.

Slipcovers are widely used and mean that it’s much easier to transform existing furniture into a shabby chic style. This room also has the distressed wood and vintage chandelier that are also iconic elements of shabby chic. {image from dreamywhites}.

Tuscan

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The inspiration for this style needs little explanation. The Tuscany region of Italy has a warm romanticism that plays out in furniture with plenty of scrollwork, straight-line silhouettes and aged finishes. This style has few straight lines.

The types of wood used are generally dark in color. Natural, earthy colors are the hallmark hues of Tuscan style, particularly terra cotta, golden yellows and earthy greens. Patterns are intricate not only in the woodwork on these furnishings but also on the upholstery: Scrollwork and lively accent patterns are common. 

Cabinets and armoires are trademark pieces in this style. Moreover, you can incorporate them in any room. If your kitchen is Tuscan style, then you can’t do without a long, rough-hewn wooden table for your family dinners!

Warm Earthiness

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Of course, not every Tuscan room needs to sport the terracotta and burnt orange colors most often associated with the style. When the palette has a yellowish tint, a largely neutral space easily falls under the Tuscan label.

Natural elements like this stone fireplace, along with the curved architectural window and brocade bedding create an updated version of the Tuscan theme.{found on corbinreevesconstruction}.

Art Deco Furniture

Sunbursts are a common motif in art deco furniture. The bed is by Christopher Guy.View in gallery
Sunbursts are a common motif in art deco furniture. The bed is by Christopher Guy.

Highly glamorous and chic, the art deco furniture style came about in the early 20th Century. It has distinctive lines and silhouettes that are just as popular today. Art deco style furniture uses repetition and incorporates geometric shapes and patterns, including zigzags and chevrons. Some art deco pieces are now on the verge of being considered antique furniture.

Common motifs in art deco furniture are sunbursts fans, vines and flowers. The pieces are often highly polished and shiny, and include chrome, enamel and glass. Even art deco pieces made with wood will incorporate metal accents, mirrored tops, or inset crystal accents. The hues are bold and rich, not pastel. Emerald green and red are frequent colors in this style of furniture.

Epitome of Glamour

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Because art deco is so glamorous and chic, it is typically associated with more formal spaces. An art deco style entryway is a great choice to lead into a living space that is at the formal end of the range.

This console has curves associated with this style but also has a contemporary flavor. The real art deco vibe comes from the mirror and the sconces in this arrangement by Boca de Lobo. You’ll see few straight lines in this style.

Minimalist

Minimalist sofas are often modular.View in gallery
Minimalist sofas are often modular.

Pared-down modern design is a good way to describe the minimalist furniture style. Straight lines and a major emphasis on utilitarian simplicity define this type of furniture. It is also devoid of elaborate ornamentation or complex patterns. Logically, the color palette for minimalist furniture is neutral and understated, with mostly solid colors.

Not so Cold

Despite being pegged as a furniture style that is cold and uncomfortable, today’s minimalist pieces have a softer edge. They incorporate more touches of texture and nature and work well with contemporary furniture. In fact, the growing popularity of minimalist furniture styles has led to a growth in Asian-inspired pieces that also highlight sleek lines and an emphasis on functionality.

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Even though the predominant color palette might be neutral, minimalist furniture can also incorporate some color, as this grouping from Petite Friture demonstrates. The earthier hues are muted and can still pass for neutral. In either case, the straight lines of the furnishings are a little avant-garde and unfussy.

Mid-Century Modern

Cabinet's credenza has the lines typical of a mid-century modern piece.View in gallery
Cabinet’s credenza has the lines typical of a mid-century modern piece.

Mid-century-modern furniture styles are still popular today for many reasons. The characteristics of this style make it a perfect fit for today’s contemporary, modern and eclectic home interiors.

A connection to Scandinavian minimalism and the incorporation of natural materials are core features. This retro style is also tied to the arts and craft movement in America. This retro furniture has straight lines, curves, and smooth surfaces. There is no elaborate ornamentation. The materials used in these furnishings are often a combination of different or even contrasting materials.

Modern materials like plywood, metal, glass, vinyl, Plexiglass and Lucite all made their appearance in this style. The color palette is famous for bold pops of bright, sugary colors, even in the furniture. Most of the upholstery was in solid colors, save for a few geometric shapes in the prints for accent pieces.

Iconic Looks

Finally, with mid-century modern furniture styles, form definitely follows function: A lot of the vintage furniture was built with the aim of being stackable, foldable and interchangeable. These pieces may be iconic, but they are not old enough to be considered antique furniture.

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The clean lines of this daybed are characteristic of the midcentury modern era and this piece from Side Gallery was created in 1955. The work of Brazil’s Gerardo de Barros, it adheres to the principle that form follows function yet has a commanding presence. It’s also a good example of why midcentury modern style endures. It’s one of the most popular modern furniture styles.

Eclectic

Dovetail's living room is done in an eclectic style.View in gallery
Dovetail’s living room is done in an eclectic style.

The rule for this furniture style is that there are no rules. It’s a freewheeling interior design style that mixes and matches with abandon. It’s ultimately casual and budget-conscious because different pieces of furniture mix together easily.

Often, you can pair up disparate furniture pieces creatively. It’s easy to mix contemporary furniture with rustic furniture and retro furniture bargains. This is a furniture style that is highly creative and expressive. In fact, it’s perfect for those who really want to have an interior express all their diverse personal favorites in a contemporary style.

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Freedom of Expression

When it comes to breaking rules, eclectic style is the leader and this particular room fits no preconceived mold. It’s also a nice example of eclectic style that is not based on global or bohemian decor. Rather, it combines some elegant pieces with a traditional room structure and street-style graffiti on the wall. Any traditional-style space can replicate this artful, intriguing combination. It’s actually the juxtaposition of the graffiti with the old-fashioned portraits and traditional molding that make this a whimsical style.

Coastal

Coastal style furniture has a free, easy and relaxed vibe.View in gallery
Coastal style furniture has a free, easy and relaxed vibe.

Definitely an all-American style, Coastal style is inspired by life in the beach. While most associate it with the East Coast, it is a furniture style more about a feeling than a particular theme. There’s no need for fish and seashells.

Mainly, coastal furniture styles feature a casual, airy neutral color palette where any hues are cool greens and blues. Coastal can easily be a segment within contemporary furniture design as well as other types of furniture.

Seaside Inspiration

The wood used is usually left in a natural state or painted in white or cream. Sea-inspired patterns like stripes — particularly blue and white – are most common. The main idea behind this furniture style is to evoke a vacation vibe that is relaxing and casual

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The iconic combination of blue and white is used for this seating area that follows coastal style. A sisal rug lays a natural foundation and highlights the painted cane furniture. White cushions, get a highlight from the spare blue piping. The real blue and white drama comes from the striped curtains that provide privacy for this sheltered sitting area.

Glam

This glam chair has sumptuous velvet upholstery and a gleaming metal accent.View in gallery
This glam chair has sumptuous velvet upholstery and a gleaming metal accent.

Ultra-luxe and over-the-top, this furniture style is a definite statement maker. Sometimes called Hollywood Glam or Hollywood Regency, this interior design full of bold color and opulent textiles. Glam furniture pieces feature plenty of shiny finishes like mirrors and metallics. Moreover, it’s easy to incorporate art deco furniture in glam decor.

Ooh-La-La

Upholstery fabrics are animal prints and jewel-toned velvets, brocades or silks, which might have plentiful tufting. Their silhouettes may be curvy but also include clean lines, like those found on a tuxedo sofa. These furniture styles are ideal for a boudoir-like bedroom or a dramatic living room.

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This bedroom design has glamour in spades. A largely neutral palette relies on finishes and textures to create a luxe feel. From the gray-blue leather headboard to the metallic bench and the massive chandelier dripping with oversized crustal drops, there are plenty of over-the-top details in this fabulous bedroom. The coffered ceiling adds a substantial element to the room. 

Country

Country style furniture looks like it came out of a farmhouse.View in gallery
Country-style furniture looks like it came out of a farmhouse.

Hand-crafted and sturdy, country furniture styles are homey and comfortable. Today, some people also call this type of interior design farmhouse style. With country furniture, the only ornamentation on the wood is turned elements, such as legs and spindles. This style has no glitz, glam or metallic elements.

Casual Comfort

The shapes are basic and the finishes simple, such as natural wood or whitewashes. Nonetheless, country pieces can become iconic: For example, the Windsor chair is a widely- recognized silhouette for wooden chairs. Upholstery in country furniture styles is not opulent or fussy. The overall color palette for these pieces is white or off-white. It is possible to find vintage furniture of this type.

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The style impact of this country room comes from the simple wood and vintage design of the cabinet. Unadorned wood is characteristic and the accessories emphasize the country theme because they have a rustic furniture vibe.

The piece looks like vintage furniture has an easy vibe that is natural and laid-back. Unvarnished, it conveys the feel of past history, and the country style creates a homey, unpretentious room.

French Country

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Another twist on farmhouse style is French Country style furniture. This type of interior design obviously has its roots in the European country of its name. Earthier than its American counterpart, French furniture in the country style uses a palette reminiscent of the Tuscan one.

Soft hues like brick red and golden yellow pair with natural materials like wood, stone and brick. Vintage furniture pieces are more ornamental than American country furniture styles and usually have a well-worn look. Textiles are cottons and linens, some with ornate French country prints.

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Well Worn Elegance

You could call the French Country style Europe’s answer to the farmhouse trend, but it’s probably the other way around. It existed long before our farmhouse trend ever saw the light of day. This living room, with its neutral palette, is an ideal fresh version of French Country style.

Chairs with traditional silhouettes have plain fabric upholstery. They pair with rustic wood and a vintage country chandelier. In many ways, it’s a slightly more sophisticated version of today’s farmhouse style.{found on erinsanderdesign}.

French Provincial

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French provincial pieces combine rustic wood with ornate shaping.

Very popular among furniture styles, French Provincial is one of the classical furniture styles. The French provinces in 17th and 18th century France, especially Bordeaux, Brittany, Normandy and Provence, inspired this style. These pieces are appealing because they are somehow lavish and laid-back at the same time.

Classic French

This type of French furniture is usually distressed and painted or stained. In addition, the color palette includes white and muted shades of deep red, gray and blue. The wooden furniture often includes ornate carvings and curved legs. Other materials used include wrought iron, marble and natural stone. Textiles are damask or linen, embellished with floral motifs or intricate designs. 

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With a slightly “buttoned-up” feeling, French provincial style is more traditional than French country and it tends to include pieces with more formality.

Gold is frequently used, the draperies are lavish and other elements are not far off from Parisian chic, such as the use of mirrors and round side tables covered with floor-length tablecloths that pool on the ground. Sofas and chairs all have a classic look.{found on pchi}.

Industrial

Industrial pieces like this console from Mercana can be new reproductions or upcycled factory items.View in gallery
Industrial pieces like this console from Mercana can be new reproductions or upcycled factory items.

The lofts that urbanites started calling home decades ago inspired industrial furniture styles. These have a number of defining characteristics. Not only do industrial interiors feature raw elements such as exposed brick and pipes, industrial furnishings often do as well. Many are made from repurposed industrial elements combined with reclaimed wood pieces. Industrial furniture has a factory vibe that is masculine and rough yet chic.

Repurposed Flair

Industrial silhouettes have clean lines and are functional. Elements that might have been included in working pieces inspire the ornamentation: old cogs, table bases from factory parts or stools made from machinery sections are typical. Moreover, you’ll find few prints in this furniture style except possibly some geometric shapes.

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You might think that all industrial pieces are mainly gray metal but this table by Tice, made from heavy-duty 5-ton screw jacks, shows otherwise. The red finish is vibrant and striking, allowing you to add a big jolt of color to a loft dining room or other space with industrial décor. An added benefit of industrial pieces is that they tend to be quite durable and heavy-duty, since they have already survived a previous working life.

Scandinavian 

Simplicity and durability are key in Scandinavian designs like these from TON.View in gallery
Simplicity and durability are key in Scandinavian designs like these from TON.

Inspired by simplicity, Scandinavian design focuses on minimalism, functionality and quality, all hallmarks of furniture designed in the Nordic countries. Built for durability, these pieces are will be handed down through the generations and are popular in contemporary furniture.

Function First

Each piece is designed to be used. Materials like solid wood, form-pressed wood, steel, aluminum and plastics are common. They have no frilly ornamentation and the function is just as important as the clean lines. The woods used are light-colored and the upholstery is natural or embellished with graphic designs – think Marimekko. Scandinavian furniture styles are very versatile and can be mixed into many existing décor styles.

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Probably the most versatile style around, Scandinavian design’s simplicity and functionality help it blend well with many styles. This dining set and cabinet from Karl Andersson are a characteristic example. These pieces are built to last and you might be able to find vintage furniture like this. Simple structures, solid wood and hand-crafted construction make them timeless family heirlooms.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

What is my furniture style?

To figure out what your furniture style is, try to categorize the types of furniture and decor that you own and love. If you’re basically starting from scratch, consider what your ideal room’ interior design looks like. Is it casual or formal? Edgy or conservative? Calming and neutral or bold and bright? Then, consider some questions like these:

– What types of furniture style appeals to you most?
– Do you embrace color?
– What kind of art and accessories do you like.

Can you mix furniture styles?

Yes, you can! That said, do so with a plan and purpose so that you don’t look like a second-hand shop. You’ll want to unify your furniture pieces around a common thread like a color, metal finish or furniture feature. You’ll also want to confine your interior design color palette to a few hues to keep things looking coordinated.

If you have a statement piece you love, like an art deco sofa, create the rest of the room around it. Don’t choose other style pieces to compete, especially in contemporary style. Lastly, keep in mind the usual guidelines like scale and composition when putting together your types of furniture.

Is painted furniture still in style?

Like fashion trends, popular interior design styles come and go. Painted furniture has been a fad lately — can you say chalk paint?– when it comes to types of furniture. This style of furniture has been around forever. Importantly, it’s not going away, especially with today’s popularity of vintage and upcycled pieces. The specific types of paint job may evolve, but painted furniture is always in style.

Is tufted furniture in style?

The bottom line here is that tufted furniture never goes out of style. You can find great tufted pieces in lust about every style of furniture, from traditional to modern. Just look at the Chesterfield sofa: This style looks just as fresh today as it did decades ago. Besides, a great tufted piece mixes easily into many existing contemporary furniture design schemes.

Where to donate furniture?

If you don’t have the time or desire to sell your used furniture, you’ll likely want to donate it. Before you look for a charity to take it, you have to decide if you can move it there, or if you need someone to come pick it up. After that, you’ll need to do some research in your specific area.

Some charities only accept certain types of furnishings. Many nonprofits also reserve the right to refuse pieces if they look too worn out or damaged. That said, some can be extremely selective depending on their end-use. A charity that aims to sell them will be pickier than one that helps the formerly homeless or those escaping abusive situations.

Finally, if you want to give your furniture away, there’s always Freecycle, where you post what you have and someone will come take it.

How to refinish furniture?

Refinishing furniture is a popular DIY project. However, if you haven’t done it before you should know that doing the job right is an involved process. After cleaning the piece, you have to remove the old finish, which is the most time-consuming part of the job.

To get rid of the old finish, you have to either sand it off or use a chemical stripper. After the surface is clean, dry and finish-free, you have to seal the wood before staining or painting it. Finally, you must apply a finish like an oil or polyurethane product

How much to tip for furniture delivery?

After you’ve already forked over a substantial sum for new furniture, you might balk at tipping the delivery guys. Actually, some surveys have shown that at least half of customers tip furniture delivery workers. While the range is about $5.00 to $25.00 per person, the average is $10.00 each.

Conclusions

Furniture styles abound and these days it’s easy to pick one that fits with the way you live. Or if you want to freshen up a space, mixing and matching is perfectly acceptable. All of these furniture styles offer the opportunity to be really creative and make an interior design that reflects your personality and the lifestyle you love.