Decorating Styles 136 Ideabooks

What it is: Rustic style proves the old adage that everything comes full circle. Our pioneer ancestors would get a good laugh out of how fashionable the look is today — they probably dreamed of plastered walls instead of rough logs and carpets instead of bare plank floors. But thanks to rustic style's unpretentious...
So Your Style Is: Contemporary
What it is: Technically, contemporary design is rooted in the moment (as in this moment, here and now — how's that for having to think on your feet?). But in broad terms, it represents an about-face from the conventions of traditional...
So Your Style Is: American Gothic
In 1930 artist Grant Wood was tooling around Eldon, Iowa, looking for inspiration when he stumbled upon the Gothic-style farmhouse that was then known as the Dibble House. Legend has it that Wood, an Iowan himself, sketched the home on the back of an...
So Your Style Is: Eclectic
What it is: Eclectic style is the great equalizer. It reshuffles the rule book, mixing and matching old and new, East and West, luxe and humble, showy and quiet. It invites you to fill a space with objects you love and unique finds...
So Your Style Is: Hollywood Regency
What it is: Born of larger-than-life movie set design during the golden age of filmmaking, Hollywood Regency brings the glamour and glitz in a big way. It was intended to create a dramatic backdrop...
So Your Style Is: Arts and Crafts
What it is: Unlike more loosey-goosey design styles, Arts and Crafts operates within a well-defined set of parameters — and for a well-defined reason. The Arts and Crafts movement took off around the turn of the 20th century as a backlash against...
So Your Style Is: Cottage
What it is: In some ways, cottage style is as much a frame of mind as it is an approach to decorating. There's an everyday ease in the way it celebrates imperfections, ordinary treasures and blended families of furniture. Cottages tend to be humble,...
So Your Style Is: Midcentury Modern
What it is: Midcentury modern style reappeared on our radar screens more than a decade ago, but the wildly popular show Mad Men has pushed it even farther into the limelight. Just as the name implies, it spanned a period of roughly two and...
So Your Style Is: Industrial
What it is: It used to be that industrial wasn't even a style — it was a fact of workaday life. But somewhere along the way, we began to appreciate its lack of pretension and the visual appeal that lies within utilitarian surfaces, stripped-back...
So Your Style Is: Traditional
What it is: From antique furnishings to floral-print fabrics, traditional style sometimes gets a bad rap as fusty and outdated. But that's missing the point. While it's true that this look takes its inspiration from the past, it's really about...
Sourcebook: Traditional Style
Traditional design can have the reputation for being dark and dated. But by following a few simple principles, you can have a formal, traditional look and skip the stuffy vibe. Look for furniture in traditional shapes and use symmetry and matched pairs...
So Your Style Is: Transitional
What it is: If Goldilocks were decorating a house, transitional style would check all of her "just right" boxes: not too cold, not too formal, not too fussy. It blends the comfort and warmth of traditional...
So Your Style Is: Coastal
What it is: If you wanted to split hairs, you could argue that coastal style is as individual as its location: a saltbox in New England, a Mediterranean villa, a tropical cottage in Belize. For this guide, though, we'll stick with what's...
So Your Style Is: Southwestern
What it is: Southwestern style evokes the beauty and romance of desert landscapes and the Old West. It blends old with new, rugged with refined and earthy with fanciful to create a style with unmistakable energy and warmth. Why it...
So Your Style Is: Japanese
What it is: Japanese interior decorating is rooted in traditions that have existed for millennia. Guided by a longstanding canon of symbols and beliefs, it upholds the ideals of harmony, balance and order, and places a high value on the beauty...
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