Style Glossary

English

EnglishEnglish interiors evoke a classic, traditional feel. Floral-patterned floor-length drapes hang around the windows, and furniture such as bed frames, chairs and tables have a glossy wood finish with ornate detailing. Color palettes are warm and inviting – you’ll often see a combination of pale pinks, creamy whites, light greens and subdued burgundy. Four-poster beds are a common feature of English interiors, as they evoke a timeless, traditional aesthetic. Needlepoint footstools, throw pillows and chair cushions bring a cozy ambiance to the interior.

Image of English room from Tina Dann-Fenwick Interiors

English Country

English CountryEnglish country homes have a focus on warmth and charm. Beautiful carved wood furniture and skirted beds, couches and chairs frequent interiors. A rich color palette of pinks, greens, blues and reds bring forth that welcoming English feel. Antique accessories are used throughout the home to add a touch of vintage flair. Floral, plaid and striped patterns are often used on linens and fabrics, as well as wallpaper and ottomans.

Image of English Country breakfast nook from Lisa Kanning Interior Design

European

EuropeanEuropean interior design features a mix of traditional and contemporary styles. You’ll typically see flowing curves and lines on everything from chairs and couches to tables and sinks. Cabinets, however, have smooth, flat surfaces with little to no hardware. European color schemes are always subdued and understated, focusing on neutrals. Instead the attention is put on natural materials such as wood, stone and granite.

Image of European kitchen from Pacific Northwest Cabinetry

Exploration

ExplorationThis interior design style places an emphasis on travel and exploring. Therefore, maps are frequently used as a decorating tool. Vintage globes dress up coffee tables and framed maps hang on the walls. Exploration interiors also come with an Old World, vintage flair. Antique items like old suitcases, trunks and worldly trinkets can be used as decor. A vintage travel trunk adds lots of character to a home. Postcards are another feature of exploration design – they can be framed or grouped together in a collage for a unique wall gallery.

Image of Exploration decor from Authentic Models

Farmhouse

Farmhouse interiors share similar characteristics to cottage homes. A combination of whites is used on everything from furniture to linens, and the ambiance is warmed up using weathered woods and rustic finishes like oil-rubbed bronze and copper. Wood countertops, open shelving, farmhouse sinks and brick accent walls characterize the design. Tables are often classic farm tables and made up of high-quality woods like maple or oak. Fabrics like bedding and drapes feature charming patterns like historical and pastoral scenes. Mason jars are used for storing kitchen and bathroom essentials because they offer a charming, rustic feel to the interior.

Image of Farmhouse kitchen from Rafe Churchill by John Gruen