Style Glossary

Regal

RegalRegal homes come with a warm, opulent feel and plenty of luxurious detailing, just like you would find in a royal interior. A variety of color palettes can be used, such as all-white, black and white or a mix of rich hues such as royal blue or emerald green. While you might find different colors in regal homes, you’ll always see a mix of metallics and lush fabrics that create an elegant and sophisticated ambiance throughout the interior. Metals such as gold, silver, bronze and copper can be used on anything from chandeliers and lamps to cabinet hardware and wall decor. The metallic hues complement any colors that are used. Chairs, bedding, window treatments and couches feature glamorous fabrics like silk and velvet. Large mirrors are placed on walls to help open up the space and make it appear more grand.

Image of Regal living room from Cabell Design Studio by John Magor Photography

Regence

RegenceRegence-inspired interiors combine glamour and sophistication with French style. Unlike regency homes, color palettes are kept more subdued using a mixture of various neutrals like creams, grays and browns. Furniture features curved sides and legs to contribute to a graceful ambiance. Decorative patterns are used on everything from fabrics to wood, and include leaves, flowers or shells. These patterns are often mixed and matched throughout the home on upholstered chairs, walls and rugs. Chandeliers are commonly used light fixtures because they bring a bit of glamour into the interior of living rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms. Doorways and windows are typically arched, which can help soften up the look of a space.

Image of Regence living room from Shophouse Design

Regency

RegencyRegency homes have a Hollywood glam about them, and interiors are all about the details. Chandeliers, for example, are adorned with crystals, while lampshades and pillows are embellished with fringe and cabinets are paneled with ornate glass detailing. The fabric on lampshades, drapes, curtains and bedding includes silk and velvet. Furniture never has a matte finish – instead, surfaces give off a glossy, bright and opulent look. Because regency-style homes are focused on entertaining, the living and dining rooms are arranged in a way that encourages guests to interact with one another. Therefore, couches and chairs are rarely faced toward a television. Furniture should fade into the background, so sofas, chair and chaises are typically low to the ground and modest in scale. Vibrant, rich colors are used throughout the home, like deep reds, bright yellows and dark purples to really contrast with the high gloss on furniture, light fixtures and wall decor.

Image of Regency hallway from DKOR Interiors

Renaissance

RenaissanceRenaissance interior design emerged in Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries and is characterized by rich detailing, spacious rooms and elegant materials. Doors and windows feature rounded arches, and the frames around doors and windows are typically covered with marble. The furniture is equipped with just as much architectural detail, like pilasters, columns and cornices. The color palette in Renaissance style can be described as deep, dark and oftentimes gloomy, and contains purples, blues, blacks and greens. Kitchen cabinets are heavily decorated with windows and columns and contain many drawers and compartments. Tables are usually in a rectangular or octagonal shape and constructed out of ornate materials like granite and marble.

Image of Renaissance hallway from J Wilson Fuqua & Associates Architects

Retro

RetroRetro home design contains elements from vintage, eclectic and Bohemian styles. Perhaps its most defining quality is the use of bold patterns and colors. Shades are usually bright and vibrant and can include a mix of oranges, reds, yellows, etc. Typically, only one or two of those colors are used throughout the home to avoid a chaotic, cluttered look. Patterns are always big and are used on everything from walls and rugs to chairs and sofas. Furniture features circular, curved lines and are constructed with wood or leather. Trinkets found at antique shops and flea markets are arranged on open shelving to add vintage flair and personality to the home.

Image of Retro dining room by Ed Ritger