Style Examples

Do you consider your style Traditional or Transitional, Modern or Contemporary?  Answering the question, "How would you define your style?" can be difficult.  And of course, many of us lean toward a mix of more than one look. Here are my basic definitions and  examples of a handful of interior styles.


In traditional design there is a sense of order and symmetry.  Known for its soft edges, conservative colors and rich wood tones, traditional designs place high value on comfort.

Mid Century Modern

Mid Century Modern design is often defined by open spaced floor plans and sleek, iconic furniture. There is an emphasis on simple forms, graphic patterns, and natural materials.


A classy coastal design is not all sand dollars and seashells, but simply evokes the feeling of the sea.  It is bright and airy, often dominated by the color white. Fabrics are simple, breezy and put-your-feet-up comfortable.  


This style blends the comfort and warmth of traditional design with the clean profiles and understated colors of the contemporary look.  It is cozy and fresh at the same time. 


Authentic patina and organic texture are key when it comes to rustic design.  Casual patterns like plaids, stripes, checks and florals are all common in rustic spaces.  


When it comes to Scandinavian design, minimalism and function rule, with touches of whimsy and quirk.  This style features a lot of whites, sometimes with pops of color, hits of black and natural wood tones to warm it up a bit.


When it comes to contemporary design, less is more.  There is a strong emphasis on line and form.  These rooms usually have lots of open space and natural light.


Industrial design is known for furnishings that are utilitarian: raw and rough, and intentionally unfinished.  Think an abandoned factory loft, exposed plumbing and Edison light bulbs.


Eclectic design is exactly that, the epitome of a "mix", blending multiple styles and patterns.  This style of design often incorporates pieces picked up across the globe from world travels, and is often whimsical and surprising.