Style Glossary


NorthwesternNorthwestern interiors combine both modern and traditional styles. There is an emphasis on natural light and outside views, so large wall-to-wall windows, sliding glass doors and skylights are found throughout the home. A palette of cream tones warm the interior, while sparingly used bold hues like bright oranges and reds bring personality into the space. A variety of materials are used throughout each room, such as concrete, wood and glass for a combination of old and new. Lines found on tables, chairs and sofas are simple and clean, while upholstery features a variety of textures and patterns. Northwestern kitchens usually have espresso or coffee stations with a built-in shelf for mugs, cups and saucers.

Image of Northwestern living room from Uptic Studios

Old World

Old WorldOld World interiors stem from a variety of locations around the world, including Spain, Italy and France. Old World homes feature characteristics from a few different styles including medieval and Renaissance, and there’s an even a balance of traditional and rustic aesthetics. Navy, burgundy, forest green and cream are the most popular colors used in Old World homes for a relaxed yet regal effect. Woven tapestries and fabrics featuring floral or striped patterns are used to decorate interiors. Fringe, beaded trim and tassels are used to embellish everything from curtains to bedding. Weathered wood ceiling beams offer a rustic contrast to the sophisticated dark-stained surfaces found on tables and chairs.

Image of Old World living room from Hoge Group


OrganicOrganic homes feature a relaxed style brought forth by a neutral color palette, warm woods and natural shapes. Materials used throughout organic interiors are found in nature and include local stone and timber. If artificial surfaces are used, textured patterns are implemented to produce a natural, organic feel. The interior and exterior of organic homes blend together through the use of glass. Window frames are disguised to provide a clearer view of the outdoors. While the main color palette found in organic homes consist largely of neutrals, bold splashes of color are used sparingly to wake up the interior.

Image of Organic kitchen from Mud and Wood


PalladanMuch like Greek and Roman interiors, Palladian homes rely on symmetry, balance and proportion. Palladian windows are recognized by their distinct shape – they feature a natural arch at the top, and the window curves in line with the roof of the home. The bottom window is surrounded by narrow rectangular panels on each side. The iconic arch can be found indoors as well in doorways. Whites and creams are used throughout the home, and Palladian blue, a greenish-blue soft hue, provides a subtle contrast against white. Clean, simple lines are shown off using tables, chairs sofas and wall decor.

Image of Palladian windows from Overmyer Architects


ParisianParisian homes offer a mix of old and new for a unique, eclectic aesthetic. Traditional and modern elements are combined – for instance, flea market finds like a vintage clock or lamp might be paired with a clean, simple modern sofa. Parisian walls are kept white to maximize natural light, and colors used on furniture and decor are darker and richer to create a stark contrast. Rugs and chandeliers are two integral elements of Parisian interiors. Rugs are typically patterned and feature a bold color to contrast the white walls. Vintage chandeliers can be found anywhere from the kitchen to the bedroom and offer a touch of Parisian glamour.

Image of Parisian hallway from Postcards from Paris