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My result was "Transitional" and I had no idea what the heck that meant. It kind of sounds like an in-between, comfortable style. I don't disagree but I think there's a lot more to my decorating choices than that. There are some pretty rigid definitions that explain what each style is and I find that people usually don't fall into just one category.
Some of the most popular styles, as defined by hgtv.com, are:
- CONTEMPORARY: Contemporary design often has clean, sleek lines and is marked by solid colors, predominantly muted neutrals or bold punches of color in furniture and accessories. Furniture is sleek, lower to the ground and often has metal frames or straight legs with an emphasis on basic shapes and forms. Graphic elements in artwork or as accents work well with this look.
- COUNTRY: A rustic elegance is characteristic of this look. Some country looks are marked by extensive use of white wood paneling and soft floral patterns, muted hues and pops of red, black or pure white accents. Floral, checked and striped vintage fabric patterns are standards, and elements have a handmade, rustic quality: wood, handmade pottery, baskets and hand-forged metal to name a few. Primitive furnishings have history to them, and are bought in antique shops and flea markets.
- MID-CENTURY MODERN: A style characterized by simplicity, functionality and natural shapes. Architecture shows off its minimalist design with walls of glass. Pops of deep colors such as orange, yellow, olive green and chocolate brown add to decor. An updated version of this look is found at stores like Jonathan Adler, marked by fun, colorful and quirky furnishings.
- SHABBY CHIC: This cottage-inspired look includes weathered white-painted furniture, painted motifs, floral prints in muted colors, white slipcovered sofas and vintage accessories. A sense of brightness and airiness is always evident in these interiors.
- TRADITIONAL: Furnishings are usually 18th-century English, 19th-century neoclassic, French country and British Colonial revival. Use of classic styling and symmetry to create a calm, orderly decor. Color palette is usually in the mid-tones and fabrics are muted, usually simple florals, solids, stripes or plaids.
- TRANSITIONAL: The transitional look bridges contemporary and traditional design. Offering a deep rooted sense of history in some pieces, while furniture often gets an update with cleaner lines. Leather ottomans used as coffee tables is very popular in this decor. Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn could be considered transitional looks.
Of course there are many, many more styles out there like art deco, coastal, eclectic, english country, mediterranean, and western to name a few.
I think I have a little bit mid-century modern and contemporary in me as well. I tend to go for a bright and airy feel with a focus on comfort. My favourite TV house is the one that family lives in on Blackish. That kitchen!! Also, the set of Kocktails with Khloe (RIP) always gave me all the heart eyes.
As for Mike, I asked him what his decorating style is. His response: "minimalist, meaning I wouldn't bother decorating at all." Ha! At least I have free reign!
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