Hey – can we talk?
Interior design language or furniture language doesn’t usually come tumbling out of the average person’s mouth. There’s no real use for it in everyday conversation. When the time arrives to purchase furniture is when that vocabulary becomes, not only a handy tool, but a time saver.
Today I am going to help you know the lingo!
I am going to keep it simple and I am going to stick to sofa styles.
Classic in looks and largest in selection:
These pieces may have: Skirts, nail head trim, rolled arms, fringe, tufted backs, lots of throw pillows, opulent fabrics, including leathers. Terms you might hear to describe the look: Tuscany style, Heirloom, French Country, Old World, Old English, Men’s Club, Cottage, Library, Rustic or Elegant, etc. The most wonderful thing about Traditional is the range and scope of flexibility available to the consumer.
It can be incredibly boring or rich and sassy!
These pieces are a bit more stream-limed. The style leans toward a modern look without really committing to it. The word, itself, is telling you that the style is transitioning between traditional and contemporary. Terms you might hear to describe this look: Urban, Fresh, Lifestyle, Casual, Michigan Avenue, Global,Young, Relaxed, Inviting, Clean lines and nothing fussy.
These sofas mean business and probably have set of ear buds resting on a cushion!
CONTEMPORARYThese audacious pieces are recognizable by their simplicity of design. The lines are low in profile, unencumbered and gutsy.
Common terms describing a contemporary sofa: Modern, Ultra-modern, Soho Loft, Stark, Industrial, Strong, High Tech, Retro, Mid Century Modern, Funky, Architectural, and, are you ready for this? Classic.
Hope you now have a better working vocabulary for distinguishing and naming styles of upholstery. The same lingo holds up for bedroom furniture, dining rooms, media rooms, and well, you get the drift, right?!
To give honors: the top two photos are sofas from Bradington Young and the contemporary piece is from American Leather.
Available at Phelan’s
Now get out there and talk the talk!
Interior Designer/Phelan’s Interiors