Style Glossary

Spanish Renaissance

Spanish RenaissanceSpanish Renaissance combines the rich detailing of the Renaissance era with raw, Mediterranean influences of Spanish style. The furniture is intricately carved with geometric patterns and upholstered with bright, red or green leather and decorative metal accents like brass or metal nails. Chairs and tables are typically made of heavy woods such as walnut, cedar or oak. Light fixtures like wall sconces, chandeliers and lamps are typically adorned with wrought iron. Throw rugs and Spanish-style pottery are used as decorative accents. Windows, doorways and headboards feature arches to soften architectural elements like wooden chairs with straight backs.

Image of Spanish Renaissance from White Webb

Steampunk

SteampunkSteampunk interior design mixes elegant interiors with industrial or machine style. It’s composed of materials such as leather, dark wood and metallic coppers and bronzes. Furniture typically has an industrial flair, as tables, chairs and sofas are constructed out of salvaged woods and metals in addition to leather upholstery. It’s common to see light bulbs bare without any decorative object like a shade around it with steampunk design. Old maps are a frequently used decorating tool and can be hung up as wall murals to add a vintage vibe to an interior. Exposed materials like pipes, concrete walls and weathered wood beams only add to the charm of steampunk interiors.

Image of Steampunk typewriter from Mod Vic by Jake Von Slatt

Swedish

SwedishSwedish interiors boast a refined elegance and an uncluttered, classic style. Swedish homes borrow traits from modern and minimalist themes due to the stylistic focus on practicality and simplicity. Walls are typically covered in a neutral hue like gray or off-white to give a light and airy feel to the room. Interiors can be accented with Earth tones like greens, browns and taupes, as Swedish style emphasizes the use of nature. Furniture in Swedish homes leans toward a traditional aesthetic – wooden chairs are adorned with curved backs and turned legs, while tables and dressers typically have a weathered look and are painted in white or gray. Sofas and chairs are upholstered with natural materials like linen, cotton, leather and suede. Light fixtures are neutral and contain very little detail to stick to a simple, minimalist look.

Image of Swedish kitchen from Timeless Kitchen Design by Gridley+Graves Photographers

Traditional

TraditionalA traditional home will be filled with furniture from various period styles such as Tudor, Regency, Louis XV and Georgian. Tables, chairs and sofas are typically ornately detailed with carvings and curvatures. Windows are similarly designed with scalloped edges, fringe accents and luxurious drapes gathered together with tasseled cords. Fabrics feature a variety of different patterns including damask, florals, stripes and plaids. Colors are muted and subdued to create a calm ambiance throughout the home. Rooms are lit up with shimmering crystal chandeliers and silver candlesticks offering a warm flickering glow. Fresh or silk flowers in detailed vases and still-life oil paintings are often used as decorative accessories.

Image of Traditional dining room from Crisp Architects by Rob Karosis Photography

Transitional

TransitionalTransitional interior design blends a variety of different styles together to create a look that’s all its own. Because there is a mix of both traditional and contemporary design, furniture can feature straight and sophisticated lines, or have rounded lines with ornate carvings. Pieces like chairs, tables and sofas balance both masculine and feminine attributes to create a welcoming ambiance. For the most part, however, furniture has much less ornamentation than what’s found in most traditional styles. Furniture is upholstered with graphic patterns and textured materials like creamy white cotton, smooth leather and corduroy. Lighting is sleek, much like couches, tables and chairs. Wall sconces, pendants and table lamps are equipped with straight lines with a modern feel. Colors are similar to traditional design – you’ll see dark browns, taupes, tans and creamy whites.

Image of Transitional living room by Chambers Interiors