Style Glossary

Art Moderne

Art ModerneThis mid-century style combines modernity with minimalism. Unlike art deco, art moderne homes feature an all-white color palette, and relies on smooth surfaces with little decorative detailing. Doorways, windows and other architectural elements come with curved corners. Raw, natural textures such as metal, terra cotta tile, concrete and glass are all mixed and matched throughout the home as well. The key to art moderne is simplicity – decorative patterns are scarce. Instead, solid neutrals really help to make a strong statement. Furniture is stripped down and typically emulates a sense of motion with pieces like tiered tables. Chairs and sofas also have rounded edges and use contrasting material colors like black and white. Surfaces are glossy to give the furniture a modern feel. Floor and table lamps are popular light fixtures in the art moderne style. These lamps commonly feature frosted glass and shades are circular and also made of glass.

Image of Art Modern kitchen from Crogan Inlay Floors

Art Nouveau

Art NouveauThe art nouveau home design style is similar to art deco in that it features decorative detailing combined with contemporary characteristics. However, this aesthetic is defined by flowing lines, rather than strict, geometric shapes. Door and window frames, along with furniture all have elegant curved edges to mimic the curvy lines found in vines and flowers. Other common elements of art nouveau design includes floral patterns, stained glass windows, oriental rugs and wrought iron light fixtures and staircase railings. Lighting is typically made up of hand-blown glass or semi-precious stones and incorporates natural elements like vines, birds, branches and florals.

Image of Art Nouveau living room by Ed Ritger

Artisan

ArtisanWarm colors, rugged textures and rustic finishes are all included in artisan home design. Materials and finishes are all of high quality and embraced for their craftsmanship and detailing. Rich wood cabinets, oil-rubbed bronze faucets and hammered surfaces all play a role in creating an artisan home. Rugs and fabrics feature floral and colorfully abstract patterns, similar to what you might find in a traditional style home. Furniture can be characterized by fine workmanship that isn’t overly ornate, and typically reflects the identity or ethnicity of the maker. The same idea goes for light fixtures, which are entirely unique. Artisan homes can feature anything from handcrafted pendant chandeliers to a table lamp with a blown glass vase.

Image of Artisan kitchen from Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Arts & Crafts

Arts & CraftsArts & Crafts home design borrows interior elements from a number of different styles, including art nouveau and artisan. Handcrafted furniture, rich wood trim made of oak or mahogany, along with stained glass and ceramic backsplash tile are all items that make up this interior motif. Colors are typically earth-inspired and include dusty oranges, browns, taupes and sage greens. Another key to Arts & Crafts style is built-in elements. Kitchen cabinets, bookcases, shelving, benches and light fixtures are typically built into the walls in an effort to blend well with the architecture and create unity throughout the home. Lighting is usually made up of warm tones like hammered copper or bronze.

Image of Arts & Crafts kitchen from Drury Designs

 

Asian

AsianA subset of contemporary style, Asian interiors focus on clean, sleek lines and striking shapes – and often give off a peaceful, serene feel. In Asian-style homes, you’ll notice a reference to nature, with rooms containing pebble backsplashes, decorative greenery and stone sinks. There’s also an emphasis on natural design elements like wood and concrete tile. Because Asian-inspired homes focus on cleanliness and serenity, multi-purpose furniture is often used to disguise storage. Ottomans and benches that open up to reveal space for organization are common in Asian households. Sofas and chairs are adorned with silk pillows in a variety of colors and patterns. Light fixtures are equally as sleek and practical as furniture. Table lamps complete with intricate patterns are the perfect accessory for any room in the home.

Image of Asian living room from Heydt Designs