Style Glossary

Rustic

RusticRustic homes are inspired by the simplicity and beauty of nature. Furniture and fabrics are made up of materials found outdoors, like weathered wood, stone, concrete, hemp, wool and cotton. Interiors are filled with neutral colors to keep the attention on the stunning raw materials used to create floors, accent walls, tables and chairs. Walls are kept white or are covered in warm brick, stone or distressed wood. Large windows are another common element of rustic home design, as they fill the space with natural light and help the home feel as close to the outdoors as possible.

Image of Rustic dinette from Alykhan Velji Designs

Scandinavian

ScandinavianScandinavian interiors are somewhat similar to both Russian and rustic design styles. It can be defined by its simplicity, use of clean lines and earthy materials. Wall-to-wall carpets are rarely seen in Scandinavian homes – instead, hardwood floors are used in every room except the bathroom. The floors are always light in color, as is the rest of the home. Walls are typically either white or gray, and blue textiles are used on sofas, rugs and bedding to bring a splash of color into the home. Scandinavian architecture and furniture features clean and simple lines. Fireplaces are typically the grand focal point of a room to warm the interior and offer a cozy contrast to the muted colors.

Image of Scandinavian living room from Scandinavian Homes

Shabby Chic

Shabby ChicShabby chic presents a balance of rustic and glamorous styles. Furniture appears worn and distressed with painted layers. Fabrics on sofas, bedding and curtains are typically made of cotton and feature white or pastel colors to keep the room looking soft and delicate. Commonly used materials include weathered wood, wrought iron and wicker. Kitchen tables are constructed out of warm lumber and feature a textured area rug underneath. Tables are set with vintage teacups and linen napkins and vintage chandeliers light up the room. Overall, a beachy, airy ambiance can be found throughout shabby chic interiors.

Image of Shabby Chic living room from The Magnolia Market by Molly Winn Photography

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Shaker

ShakerShaker interior design embraces simplicity and practicality. Furniture constructed in Shaker style is always of high-quality and often handcrafted to last for years. Chairs, sofas and tables feature straight, tapered legs because of their lightweight nature. Tapered legs are aesthetically attractive, but can be easily lifted for convenience. Pieces like tables typically have plain wood pulls and rounded edges to avoid showiness. Neutral colors, like grays, light browns and off-whites are used throughout Shaker homes. Shaker light fixtures are as simple as the furniture with very little detailing, minimal curves and very straight lines, much like contemporary lighting.

Image of Shaker cabinets by Ed Ritger

Southwestern

SouthwesternThe colors that make up Southwestern style include Earth tones such as dusty orange, cactus green, beige and adobe red. Bright hues like turquoise and vibrant yellow are peppered in the muted colors for a splash of Southwestern personality. Texture is another important characteristic – leather and suede are most commonly used on upholstery, while knotty pine is popular for furniture like tables and chairs. Furniture is usually made of light-colored woods and upholstered with bright, rich geometric patterns. Light fixtures like lamps and sconces are crafted out of natural materials like wrought iron, stone or bronze.

Image of Southwestern living room from Deborah Anderson Interiors