Five Characteristics of a Modern Style Home

A Modern Style home is sleek and sophisticated, upping the elegance quotient in your rooms and making you feel refined. Clean lines and simple silhouettes are the hallmark of the collection, with neutral colors and luxurious finishes. From your living room to the bedroom, you’ll love the latest version of modern style. To create this look in your home, here are five characteristics to consider:

 

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1. Balance and proportion

A modern style room will have minimal furnishings, which means that balance is vital. Each piece of furniture should be in proportion with the room and with each other. Nothing should seem too big or too small. The overall feeling should be of harmony among your furnishings. In addition, arrange pillows, artwork and lamps in pairs or asymmetrically to one side.

2. Quality over quantity

Because you have fewer items, focus on selecting the best quality you can afford. In a living room, for example, the sofa will be the main focal point and it should be the center of the room. Choose one that is well-made and unique.

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3. Pay attention to the details

Because there are few furnishings, design details become more important. An embroidered pillow, nail-head trim on a chair, or sleek hardware will add unexpected texture and richness without adding clutter. And accessories, kept to a minimum, should be thoughtfully chosen for impact.

4. Neutral tones

While a bold splash of color can be introduced in artwork or a single accent, furnishings in a modern style home should be in neutral tones, such as black, white, gray or taupe. When you have too many colors, the room will look too busy; instead, stick to a more monochromatic tone that feels calming and sophisticated. In a modern interior, the walls act as a background instead of a feature, so it’s best to choose neutral shades that complement your furnishings.

 

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5. Lots of light

Let in as much natural light as you can by forgoing window treatments whenever possible. Also choose fixtures, such as statement pendants or dramatic floor lamps that serve double duty as a light source and art.

Five Characteristics of a Traditional Style Home

If you love classic, tailored lines as well as upscale European design, Traditional Style decor would be a great choice for your home furnishings. Formal in feel, this timeless look curates the best pieces from centuries of home fashion, including such items as wing back chairs and camel-back sofas, entryway console tables with brass lamps, and walnut dining tables with Queen Anne chairs. With a buttoned-up attention to detail, this style has signature characteristics that make it stand out:

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1. Rich colors

From walls to upholstery to wood tones, colors in a Traditional Style room are rich yet neutral. No bold or high contrasting color combinations here; the palette includes shades such as dusty blue, classic gray and earthy taupe.

 

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2. Conservative fabrics

Timeless patterns cover upholstered pieces in a Traditional Style home. Common choices include floral, damask, houndstooth, plaids and stripes. The understated look is often embellished with trims including tassels and fringe.

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3. Classic lines

While they’re formal in feel Traditional Style rooms are not ostentatious. Furniture will have a mix of straight and curved lines, but the look is functional and not fussy. Sofas and chairs have curved arm details, and wood pieces feature light carving. The attention to detail is carried over into the architecture, as well, with interiors that feature crown and chair rail molding.

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4. Formal living and dining rooms

A Traditional Style home is built for entertaining with formal rooms for dining and living. The living room will include a formal sofa, wing back chairs and a cocktail table. A rug with a classic Old World pattern grounds the room. Traditional Style dining rooms include a large rectangular table with matching chairs and a sideboard or cabinet that displays the homeowners collection of fine china.

 

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5. Elegant accessories

Accessories in a Traditional Style home further the home’s rich look. Oil paintings of landscapes or still life as well as portraits hang on walls with heavy gilt frames. Silver or crystal candlesticks are used in the dining room as well as on tables throughout the home. Additionally, flowers – fresh or silk – fill oversized vases. Other accessories include lamps, urns, books, plants and mirrors.

Five Characteristics Of Modern Farmhouse Style Home

One of the hottest styles in our fall catalog home design is Modern Farmhouse. It’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, with natural finishes, industrial touches and unexpected accessories. While it’s always in style, HGTV’s Fixer Upper brought the look to the forefront of popular design. If you want to bring the Modern Farmhouse style home, here are five easy ways to do it:

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The Farmhouse Table

A Modern Farmhouse style home puts the kitchen at the center of the home where families go to eat, talk or work. Oversized surfaces are key, and that often includes a large kitchen table where everyone can gather. Choose one that is made of wood and includes a nice vintage or weathered look.

Open Shelving

Classic farmhouse kitchens used wall-mounted shelves and door-less cabinets to hold dishware and make it easy to grab. This puts your items on display. Consider removing some of your upper cabinets to create the look. Shelves with ornate brackets would be especially beautiful and will add to the design.

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Wood Furniture with Antique Lines

Something old adds history and character to your Modern Farmhouse style home, but something new with old lines does the trick, too – and it’s easier! Just like with the farmhouse table, look for weathered wood, industrial-style finishes and classic lines. A distressed sofa table like this one would look great in your foyer or living room.

Barn Doors

Go all in by swapping out an interior door for a barn-style sliding door. This simple touch can transform your home from modern to Modern Farmhouse. If you prefer to leave your architecture as is, bring home a piece of furniture utilizes barn doors, such as a media console or dining room sideboard.

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Iron Beds

Iron beds will never go out of style. Give yours the Modern Farmhouse feel with a modern quilt or striped bedding. Add lots of pillows and artwork and you’ll give your bedroom a personal touch.

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Six Characteristics of an Urban Style Home

An urban style home is like the James Dean of design—leather, rugged finishes and an attitude that feels like the city. This distinctive look was born decades ago in Europe when artists turned abandoned factories into expansive spaces that would showcase their artwork. You don’t have to live in a warehouse space to enjoy the style, though; its signature characteristics can be easily incorporated into your suburban home. Here’s how:

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1. Stick with neutrals

Colors such as black, white or brown will offset the hard materials used in an urban style home. Paint your walls in the same color family as your furniture. If you have brown furniture, consider a dark taupe or chocolate paint. Black furniture looks great against grey walls.

2. Look for natural materials

Recycled or repurposed items give the rooms in an urban style home a reclaimed feel. Tables made of wood, metal or glass can be great additions. For upholstered furniture, stick to leather, canvas or other natural textures.

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3. Use texture for wall coverings

Weathered brick walls are an urban style home signature, but if your home doesn’t have this detail you can get a similar feel by using sheets of stainless steel, exposed beams or planks of reclaimed wood on the walls. Sealed concrete floors are also a great look. Cloak them with a neutral area rug, or choose hardwood flooring for a warmer look.

4. Keep accessories to a minimum

Consider tone-on-tone art, such as a black and white print in a room with black furniture or sepia prints in a room with brown furnishings. Or create a splash of color with one bold accent. Use lighting with an industrial feel, such as pendant lights or floor lamps made of unusual materials. You can also use accessories, such as a faux fur throw, to soften the lines and materials of your seating.

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5. Create a single focal point

Use wall art sparingly. A large canvas with a bold abstract or geometric design will make an impact. You can also incorporate a statue or waterfall. Or if your view is outstanding let that be the center of attention.

6. Keep windows bare

Urban style focuses on the architectural details of your home. If you have gorgeous windows, let them be seen and leave the window coverings for your bedroom. If you’re concerned about privacy, use coverings that match the color of the walls.

Four Casual Style Trends for Fall

Casual style is easy and effortless, setting the tone for relaxation. It’s the perfect look for families as it complements an active lifestyle and creates a home sweet home. This season, casual style has four distinct trends inspired by the American Southwest, with a rustic twist on modern. If your style is casual, here are four casual style trends to look for:

casual style trends
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An earthy color palette

Rich tones like mocha combine with touches of orange and red for an early color palette that’s reminiscent of the changing colors of fall. Accents include vibrant jewel tones that add drama and warmth.

casual style trends
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Simple details

Another one of the casual style trends is the use of simple details on furnishing and accessories. Forego the fussy and opt for clean lines. Also, add interest by using fabrics with texture and interesting weaves.

casual style trends
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Overstuffed seating

Casual style invites you to kick back, and soft overstuffed seating helps get the job done. Look for comfortable upholstery accented by low luster surfaces. The look is inviting and accessible.

casual style trends
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Chunky tables

Finally, be on trend by using cocktail and accent tables are “chunky.” The heavy look of wood grounds a room and lets the grain shine. The tables become statement pieces, commanding attention.

Which of these four casual style trends is your favorite?