WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? Traditional, Contemporary, Modern or perhaps Transitional…. everyone has a style. It may take some detective work to expose it, but believe me it’s there.
Traditional: Design preferences are influenced from 18th, 19th and early 20th century European and American furnishings, colors and textures.
Contemporary: Styles range from the later half of the 20th century. Defined by softened lines, neutral elements and a focus on line shape and form.
Modern: Features clean, streamlined furniture and an architectural style that is characterized by polished surfaces, strong geometric shapes and asymmetry.
Transitional: Marries traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics.
When working with my clients, I always want to know “what’s your style”. This seems to be difficult for many to articulate and here is where the detective work begins. I provide my clients with what I call “inspiration books” to assist in defining their style. Basically they are a collection of images grouped by style that create a visional impression according to the category e.g. Transitional, Contemporary, Modern, Transitional. It is a fun exercise that enables me to determine what my clients are drawn to… which is their style.
You can do this at home by looking at images in books, magazines and the Internet, tag what your eye is attracted. A pattern will develop in the images that have been tagged, there will be your style. It’s that easy! Have fun, be bold, explore color and live in your style.
Style Should Be Fun!