Style Glossary

Contemporary

ContemporaryContemporary style is often interchanged with modern design – however, there are a few differences. Unlike its modern counterpart, contemporary style borrows from various time periods, creating an eclectic environment. For instance, sleek, simple furniture and art can be combined with detailed molding around walls and windows. Contemporary style also takes a note from minimal home design, as layouts are open and airy with no clutter in sight. Furnishings have sharp, 90-degree angles and are upholstered with simple fabrics such as wool, cotton and linen that have no ornamentation or patterns. Instead, sofas, chairs and stools are covered in neutral colors like black, white and tan. No fringe, skirts, trim or tassels can be found on contemporary furniture, as all legs are exposed. Light fixtures are made up of sleek materials like glass, ceramic, polished nickel or stainless steel.

Image of Contemporary dining room from Forma Design by Geoffrey Hodgdon

Cool Britannia

Cool BrittaniaThis home style reflects pride in the United Kingdom, so the British flag is frequently used as design inspiration. Various shades of red, white and blue are often used subtly throughout the home. For instance, a warm brick fireplace, cream-colored walls and blue-toned sofas bring the Cool Britannia color palette to life in a subdued manner. Quirky accessories and statement art offer a splash of personality to this British-inspired style. Scatter cushions are commonly used as a way to bring color onto neutral toned furnishings. The pillows could feature bold red, white and blue patterns or solid colors. Leather sofas and chairs are a frequently seen feature in this style home. Vintage accents are also used, such as distressed wood tables and cabinets.

Image of Cool Britannia home office from Kate Thornley-Hall

Cottage

CottageCottage style can be described as cozy and comforting. Much like coastal design, cottage interiors evoke a light and airy feel. Instead of heavy drapes, lightweight fabrics such as lace and cotton are used. Weathered woods and a color palette of whites and creams come together to create a warm and welcoming home. Vintage fixtures and accessories such as chandeliers, farmhouse sinks and ornate rugs are used to produce a charming farmhouse aesthetic. Furnishings are comfortable and casual. Chairs and sofas can be dressed in lively pastel hues that reflect the sea and sky. Woven rugs sit underneath furniture to keep with the relaxed nature of the home. Beaded board and wood planks add character to walls, ceilings and floors. Natural light is accentuated to illuminate the home, while fixtures such as vintage chandeliers and weathered pendants provide additional light.

Image of Cottage living room from Chris Belanger Residential Design

Country

CountryCountry home design shares similar characteristics to that of cottage style. It uses muted colors and vintage accessories throughout the home. Flea markets and antique shops offer inspiration for furniture and decor pieces. Fabrics on drapes, curtains and bedding often feature floral patterns or stripes to bring personality to the otherwise understated color palette. Furnishings are constructed of warm woods such as pine and oak, and feature clean lines with little ornamentation. Wooden tables, chairs, cabinets and dressers typically have a worn painted finish. Metal accents are brought forth using light fixtures such as bronze wall sconces or copper lanterns.

Image of Country kitchen from Handy home Guys by Joshua Beeman

Danish

DanishDanish style draws influences from modern and contemporary homes. Clean and simple lines and an emphasis on sleek materials help to define this aesthetic. Bright colors are introduced through patterned pillows, upholstery and fabrics. Neutral tones like stark whites, grays and beiges are used throughout the rest of the home to contrast with the bold-colored accessories. All furniture has clean lines with no details to keep the focus on function rather than style. Chairs and tables are usually the focal points of a room, as there are few other decorative pieces. Danish style interiors are cool, crisp and never cluttered. Lamps with clean white shades and sleek bases are placed throughout the home to illuminate the monochromatic color palette.

Image of Danish dining room from Norm Architects