Furniture Styles Guide: Interior Décor and Furniture Styles – Explained

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Before you start shopping for furniture for your home, you’ll want to choose which furniture style you want to decorate with. That’s why the interior design experts at Star Furniture created this furniture styles guide, which offers a quick look at various interior décor and furniture styles, including traditional, transitional, modern, contemporary, arts and crafts, and more. Find your favorite home décor style and start decorating today!

Arts and Crafts Style Furniture

The arts and crafts furniture style is a handmade folk style that flourished between 1880 and 1920. The Arts and Crafts movement originated as an anti-industrial reaction and also stood for social economic reform. It emphasizes the inherent beauty of materials and produced other popular interior design styles, including craftsman and mission style.

Arts and Craft Furniture Characteristics

  • Natural wood with prominent grain
  • Blocky shapes
  • Rectilinear shapes and hard edges
  • Exposed joints
  • Clean but strong lines
  • Minimal accent detailing

Classic Contemporary Style Furniture

The classic contemporary furniture style combines the traditional with the modern to create a timeless, casual design. This innocuous style is recognizable through the use of simplified shapes and a mix of soft and smooth textures.

Classic Contemporary Furniture Characteristics

  • Rounded furniture lines
  • Soft curved lines
  • Inviting, soft textures
  • Muted color schemes
  • Shiny, reflective surfaces