Interior Design / October 2, 2018 / Ellen Lombardi.
The three main styles of American furniture are antique, modern, and rustic. Each has its unique characteristics that appeal to people with a wide range of tastes.
There are of course some elements of excellent detail, but these are secondary to the sensible design focus of the furniture.
Pieces were designed to be both convenient and stylish, often using materials like plastic, vinyl, and chrome.
Rustic – This style characterized by the use of natural elements, handcrafted pieces, and cultural/regional influences. The rustic style tends to be coarser than other methods and reflects a very casual, comfortable feel.
European furniture styles can trace their roots back several centuries and often reflect the melding of influences from several different countries or regions. The most common forms of European furniture are English, French and Italian.
- English – This style makes use of woods such as oak, walnut, and mahogany. The pieces range from quite massive and imposing to rustic and handcrafted, depending on the era of history in which they a styled. Use of dark, natural colors is predominant, as is limited attention to decorative and fancy details.
- French – Detailed carvings, lush fabrics, and ornate patterns are typical and are considered the hallmarks of traditional French palatial style. Also present in the French form are pieces more typical of a country feel, but these items still reflect a general tendency toward ornamental furniture.
- Italian – This style had its sources into the 15th century when the ancient heritage and fine arts of Rome experienced a renewal. Furniture pieces are typically large and ornate, often using shapes derived from Roman architecture and sculpture. The Italian style makes use of many different materials in addition to wood and fabric, such as marble, stone, and other regional materials. Standard features include columns, pedestals, and ornate bases.
The common element shared by most furniture styles is the influence of shapes and designs from around the world. Early pieces from the 15th, 16th also 17th century typically reflect gradual evolution of melded forms, usually dictated by the presence of trade routes and interactions.
In the modern world, traditional styles still abound but with the ease of communication, sharing of ideas, and changes in materials and technology you can expect furniture styles to continue evolving based on various world influences.