Style Glossary


DirectoireDirectoire interior design emerged at the end of the 18th century and combines characteristics from both Greek and Roman styles. Furniture of Directoire style is sleek and elegant with a sophisticated feel. Rather than having engraved emblems of aristocracy and royalty, Directoire furniture features decorations of griffins and caryatids. The most common piece of furniture is the daybed, which is inspired by the Grecian-style couch. The ends of the bed are delicately rolled over and equal in height. Light fixtures definitely have an antique feel to them, as table lamps, wall sconces and chandeliers never fall short when it comes to ornate detailing.

Image of Directoire daybed from Carolyn Rebuffel Designs

Dutch Renaissance

Dutch RenaissanceDutch Renaissance homes place an importance on symmetry and proportion, similar to art nouveau-inspired spaces. Architectural home elements feature elegant, curved lines and colors that are muted to put an emphasis on furniture and decor. Deep, dark tones are used with cool tints of white and placed throughout interiors. Armoires, sideboards, wardrobes and chairs are carved with scrolls and trees, which are two common Dutch motifs. Stone countertops and wrought iron light fixtures are two elements commonly seen throughout Dutch Renaissance style. Lamp shades and pendants may also be adorned with patterns of swirls, leaves and stems known as arabesque.

Image of Dutch Renaissance home office from W.B. Builders


EclecticEclectic home design embraces numerous styles such as modern, vintage and bohemian. Materials and textures are also mixed and matched – you might see a leather sofa combined with a plush rug, a weathered wood table, wrought iron pendants and chrome wall decor. Unlike minimalist styles, eclectic interiors are often filled with various knick knacks, like vintage dinnerware, modern sculptures, flower vases, etc. Mastering an eclectic home is all about drawing on a number of textures, colors and styles for a unique environment filled with personality.

Image of Eclectic living room from Amy Beth Cupp Design


EgyptianEgyptian homes use rich color to produce a truly opulent atmosphere. Metallic golds and vibrant blues, oranges and yellows are combined with neutrals for a perfect balance of bold and subtle. Linens are typically crafted out of silk and Egyptian cotton – these fabrics are solidly colored and usually void of any ornate patterns. Egyptian-inspired art, such as gold metallic sculptures, papyrus scrolls and hieroglyphics are used to decorate the home. Greenery is also used sparingly throughout the home for a splash of color.

Image of Egyptian living room from AIP DesigNZ


ElizabethanWalking into an Elizabethan-styled home, you’ll immediately notice plenty of natural wood structures, like ceiling beams, tables and chairs, along with rich colors and ornate detailing. You’ll often find this beautiful detailing on the ceilings, which are frequently adorned with geometric wood panels and tile featuring diamond patterns. Decorative brickwork and floral patterns dress up the walls, and furniture usually consists of large, bulky pieces defined by ornate carvings.

Image of Elizabethan dining room from Pallas Design Group