Style Glossary

Victorian

VictorianVictorian interiors are big on style, charm and timeless elegance. Furniture is constructed out of dark, glossy woods such as walnut, rosewood and mahogany. The backs, arms and feet of chairs and sofas come with elaborately carved floral designs. A Victorian-style dining room is complete with regal light fixtures like over-the-top chandeliers. Ceilings are equally as ornate, with gilded detailing around the trim. Color palettes are similar to Venetian-style homes, and consist of teal, mustard yellow, lavender, walnut and rusty red. Victorian knick knacks, paintings and textiles bring character to the interior.

Image of Victorian bedroom from Cravotta Interiors

Vintage

VintageVintage refers to style from the 1940s and 50s, and comes with a nostalgic, comfortable ambiance. Flea market finds can be displayed on open shelving, in decorative bowls or on bookshelves to add visual interest and character to the home. Other accessories that bring a vintage style home to life include gilded mirrors, heavy cornice moldings, brass and frosted glass lamps, stenciled walls and decorative tile borders. Bathrooms typically feature a cast iron or porcelain clawfoot tub for an old world feel. In the kitchen, various cookware and accessories like vintage toasters, coffee makers and mixers are left out on the countertops for added antique flair. In the living room, couches and chairs are upholstered with detailed pastoral or floral patterns.

Image of Vintage bathroom from Kathryn Long, ASID of Ambiance Interiors by David Deitrich

Western

WesternWestern interior design borrows characteristics from Tuscan homes in that they feature a warm color palette and plenty of detailing. Kitchens, for instance, feature burnt orange terra cotta tiles and walls are decorated with paintings, prints, colorful murals and backsplashes of mosaic tile. Chairs and couches are adorned with Navajo-inspired pillows and throws to add a splash of color and Western flair to your interior. Western homes feature a stand-out palette of golden yellows, rusty oranges and deep reds to reflect hues you might find in the desert. Accent lighting and ceramic pendants illuminate the rich color palette. Exposed ceiling beams are a common touch in Western homes as well, along with natural materials such as stone and granite.

Image of Western living room from Dresser Homes

William & Mary

William & MaryWilliam & Mary-inspired interiors feature grand-looking armchairs with high backs, curved lines, oriental lacquer work and ball feet. Highboys and lowboys are found in William & Mary bedrooms and living rooms and are just as detailed as the chairs and couches. These pieces are adorned with floral, oyster and seaweed veneering. To keep the focus on the detailed furniture, William & Mary color palettes are left neutral, with creams, taupes and browns. Floors are sleek, typically made up of glossy wood. Kitchen cabinetry is also constructed out of woods like acacia and olive, and are decorated with various inlays and veneers.

Image of bathroom design and William and Mary highboy from Panageries

Zen

ZenIn Japanese, Zen refers to meditation, so it’s no surprise that Zen-style interiors put an emphasis on tranquility, harmony and relaxation. To keep a subdued atmosphere, Zen homes are filled with earthy colors like beige, gray and off-white. Instead, the interior features a variety of textures to bring character to the space, like wooden flooring, cotton sofas and plush rugs. Rugs typically match the color of the flooring to reinforce the serene aesthetic. Zen homes have floor-to-ceiling windows to bring as much natural light into rooms as possible. Accent lighting like bamboo sconces are used to illuminate artwork, mirrors or any other decor on the walls. Furniture is kept natural and simple and features clean lines without excess detail or ornamentation.

Image of Zen bathroom from Willman Interiors