Style Glossary


RevivalThe Revival period in nineteenth century American interior design and architecture was a direct result of the rapidly changing country. In reaction to growing urbanization, mechanization and demographic changes, many Americans pined for simpler times and romanticized the past. The result was a revival of many design styles from antiquity, which were thought to reflect the values of the homeowner and their family. Furniture, lighting and architectural elements drew inspiration from Greek, Gothic, Egyptian, Spanish and Rococo styles to name a few. Today, we see the Revivalist spirit in the detailing, materials and color palettes of rooms and signature pieces, in concert with more eclectic and modern design tastes.

Image of Greek Revival pergola by SGK Landscapes


RietveldRietveld interior design balances new and old by blending elements from the modern world with Arts and Crafts style. Chairs and tables feature very sharp, sleek lines to reflect a contemporary aesthetic. Architect Gerrit Rietveld designed the iconic Rietveld red and blue chair, which is considered a representation of the Modernist movement. The seat of the chair is bright blue, while the back is red, and the ends of the arms are yellow, bringing splashes of primary colors into the home. Shades used on the walls are neutral and include whites, grays and blacks. Large picture windows put the focus on nature and the dramatic views of the outdoors. Rietveld light fixtures are sleek and understated, like simple white pendants and floor lamps with little to no ornamentation.

Image of Rietveld chair from Cassina


RococoRococo interiors share a similar look to French style in that they’re light, elegant and airy. The color palette is predominantly made up of ivory, light pastels and golds. Mirrors are a common decorating tool used to enhance natural light and make the space appear larger. Rococo furniture is defined by elaborate carvings handmade by craftsmen. Lines on tables, chairs and sofa are always curved and soft. Asymmetrical decorations are another big part of Rococo style, and they’re typically inspired by elements of nature such as conches, waves, corals and shells.

Image of Rococo mantel from Tartaruga Design


RomanticRomantic style embraces a soft, delicate and effortlessly beautiful feeling. Colors are usually subdued and muted, and include shades like dusty pink, sky blue and creamy white. Metallic elements such as picture frames, candlesticks and vases offer a sparkling contrast to the low-key palette. Antique chandeliers are hung in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms to provide a touch of glamour. Lines on furniture are graceful and curvy to promote a romantic ambiance. Fabrics on curtains, linens and bedding are luxurious – velvet and silk are the two materials most commonly used.

Image of Romantic day bed from AFK Furniture


RussianRussian home style can be defined as snug, cozy and welcoming. It blends both classic and country interiors for the perfect mix of luxury and simplicity. These spaces are filled with meaningful pieces like handmade wall decorations and handcrafted furniture. Colors used throughout Russian homes include inviting hues like mint greens, creamy whites, golden yellows and deep browns. Flowers are an oft-used decorating tool – floral patterns are found on curtains and pillows, floral paintings are hung on the walls, and blooms in vases add charm and brightness into the home.

Image of Russian decor from ID Interior Design