Style Glossary

Baroque

BaroqueBaroque home design is associated with opulence and luxury. Intricately designed furniture, gilded accessories and sleek materials such as marble and granite are characteristic of this European-influenced style. Architecture, decor and furniture are all symmetrical and depictions of shells and garland are frequently used throughout the home. Irregular curves, elaborate scrolls, oversized moldings and twisted columns can be found on pieces such as sofas, dining chairs, tables and cabinets. Candles and lanterns are frequently used light fixtures with this home style. Iron lanterns line the walls of hallways and candles flicker on wood, brass and pewter stands.

Image of Baroque living room by David O Marlow Photography

Bauhaus

BauhausMuch like modern design, Bauhaus style puts an emphasis on simplicity that is evoked through clean, sharp lines. Functionality is also a key element of this interior motif. For example, light fixtures are chosen based on their style as well as how they satisfy the function of a room (i.e. under-cabinet lighting for prep work in the kitchen). You’ll see a lot of simple, built-in light fixtures to continue with the sleekness of a room. Bauhaus furniture is equally as understated, and features smooth lines and a mix of organic materials such as leather, glass and wood.

Image of Bauhaus living room from Modern Classics

Beach House

Beach HouseBeach house style evokes a light, airy feel, just like the vibe you would get while sitting with your toes buried in the sand. Color palettes are typically drawn from lively hues found in nature, such as sky blue, beige and crisp white. Bright, sunny shades like coral and turquoise can also be incorporated to give the space personality. Natural materials such as weathered wood and sea glass are commonly found in beach house design. To keep with the airy ambiance, furniture is commonly made up of wicker or distressed wood. Chairs and sofas are upholstered with lightweight materials such as cotton or linen. Light fixtures come with nautical flair – table lamps, for instance, might feature a repurposed buoy or some jute rope as their base. Rustic lanterns made of copper or iron may also be used as wall sconces.

Image of Beach House living room from Judy Cook Interiors

Bohemian

BohemianBohemian-style homes are equipped with a laid-back atmosphere and place an emphasis on nature, intricate patterns and bright colors like purples, reds and pinks. In fact, all of these elements are frequently combined to create an eclectic and unique aesthetic. Boho flair is all about mixing interesting colors, trinkets, fabrics and various types of furniture without any intention of matching or adhering to a specific style. You might see a contemporary couch featuring striped upholstery alongside a vintage velvet ottoman and a bright-colored statement chair. It’s the mix of different types of furniture that make Bohemian interiors so versatile. Light fixtures are just as unique as the furniture. Intricately detailed pendants, chandeliers dripping with crystals and table lamps complete with fringe are fixtures common for Bohemian homes.

Image of Bohemian living room from Emily Katz

British Colonial

British ColonialBritish Colonial interiors feature lightweight cotton fabric on drapes, curtains and bedding. The most common color palette includes a mix of whites, beiges and browns to produce a subdued and subtle look. Flowers and plants are consistently used throughout the home to provide a fresh feel. Furniture is made up of materials like wicker, ebony, teak and mahogany. Tables, chairs, cabinets and sofas are usually constructed with dark-colored wood to create a rich, sophisticated ambiance. The deep-colored furniture provides a lovely contrast to the neutral-toned walls. Bell jar lanterns and lighted ceiling fans are popular fixtures to illuminate British Colonial homes.

Image of British Colonial home office from Lexington Home Brands