Style Glossary

Pennsylvania Dutch

Pennsylvania DutchIn Pennsylvania Dutch interior design, you’ll see similarities to rustic, farmhouse-inspired homes. Furniture is most commonly constructed out of woods such as maple, walnut, pine and fruitwoods. Pieces like tables, sofas and chairs tend to have straight, simple lines with little to no decoration. Instead, furniture boasts a sleek, glossy finish. Adorning the walls of Pennsylvania Dutch homes are paintings featuring fruit, animals, flowers or German script. Fresh flowers are also used to decorate and bring a splash of color into the home. A neutral color palette is used to emphasize the variety of textures found among the interior, like brick walls, stone floors and reclaimed wood tables.

Image of Pennsylvania Dutch kitchen from River Run Studio

Plantation

PlantationPlantation interiors contain a combination of Spanish and Colonial architectural elements. Common features include arched windows, high ceilings, French doors and accents like medallions, keystones and onlays. The entrances of plantation homes are grand with balcony railings and winding, curved staircases. Interiors are light and bright with white and cream-colored fabrics. The neutral color palette is contrasted with dark-stained woods like mahogany or teak. Wood blinds or plantation shutters are found on windows alongside relaxed, breezy curtains. Parlor rooms are located near the front entrance of the home and are used for entertaining. A grand piano, card tables, sterling silver tea sets and tapestry footstools can be found throughout parlor rooms.

Image of Plantation kitchen from Group 3

Post-Modern

Post-ModernThe post-modern movement took place during the 1960s, whereas the modern movement occurred during the 1920s and ’30s. While modern interiors focus on minimalism and lack of detail, post-modern homes embrace a more decorative style. Homes embrace a comfortable aesthetic to ease the mind, body and spirit, and it’s a neutral color palette that contributes to the relaxed atmosphere. Hardwood, tile and concrete floors are used instead of wall-to-wall carpet for their simplicity and easy maintenance. The coolness of materials such as chrome, glass and stainless steel is contrasted with colored rugs, velvet upholstered furniture and soft curtains made of silk or satin. Post-modern interiors are spacious, with bare windows and high ceilings.

Image of Post-Modern interior from Brian McCloud Photography

Puritan

PuritanPuritan home design style definitely falls under a more traditional category, but with a farmhouse twist. Tables and chairs are equipped with ornate wood carvings to put an emphasis on refined craftsmanship. Materials used on upholstered chairs, curtains and drapes are often lightweight cotton, which helps to soften up the interior. Kitchens offer an especially rustic feel, with wrought-iron stoves or brick fireplaces that produce a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Shaker cabinets are another common kitchen element, and they offer a classic and simple look. They feature flat paneled doors and are typically constructed out of durable woods such as hickory, maple or cherry. Colors throughout Puritan homes are subdued and consist mainly of neutrals. You’ll often see a blend of off-whites, browns and grays to produce a natural and calming ambiance.

Image of Puritan mud room from Sterling Kitchen & Bath

Queen Anne

Queen AnneThe Queen Anne was a design style popular during the end of the 19th century, which carried into the 20th. Queen Anne interiors boast a mixture of Victorian and Colonial style. Looking at the front of these homes, you’ll notice an asymmetrical design, plenty of large windows to let in natural light, and a wide, welcoming front porch. Interiors of Queen Anne homes are kept light and bright thanks to large windows, tall ceilings and a neutral color palette. Surfaces inside and outside of the home are anything but smooth and simple and feature detailing such as fish scale siding, spindlework and ornate carvings. Fixtures inside the home are just as detailed, with paneled wood cabinets and vintage faucets.

Image of Queen Anne living room from Landy Plante Interiors by Kevin Lein Photography