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What is my Style? - Part III

As promised with our last few blog posts, a little quizz here to help you understand your style a little better and make an informed choice when starting furniture and accessories shopping or a conversation with a designer. This survey is not managed by a bot and each and every answer will be reviewed by Maison KoduZen's team to give you a personal assessment (hence the demand for your email). 

If you wish to start from the beginning, go to the following posts:

What is my Style? - Part 1

What is my Style? - Part 2

What is my Style? - Part II

As promised, the second part of our series helping you to define your style (there will be a third part - if you want to start from the beginning, go to read Part I).

We continue our search today in defining styles so that you can have an idea of where you land on the spectrum. Let's dive right in!

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Contemporary: as its name indicates, it goes with the current trends and is constantly evolving. It can borrow from previous styles used as inspirations by designers from year to year - and also evolves around how society is evolving as well (an example being the open-planned kitchen and island that corresponds to the need of more counter space to prep: the traditional counter space being used up by coffee machines, micro-waves and so on).  Nowadays, contemporary interiors tend to be clean and unadorned, influenced by modern and Scandinavian styles for the most part. For the last few years, using more colors has become popular, making the distinction between contemporary and modern more clear.

 

Industrial: basically taking what was there JUST before the Modern style emerged but was not considered good enough to make its way into someone's home. The Industrial style items and furniture are inspired by the old 19th-century factories, with very raw materials, oversized elements and functional designs with no fuss, often associated with a dark color palette.

 

 

Hollywood Regency: also referred to as Hollywood Glam, it refers to the styles created by set designers for movies and TV in the 30's. Back then, movie plots often evolved around characters with incredible destinies, who often had a matching interior, full of luxurious and over-the-top, opulent details. Nowadays, this style is famous for its bold colors, Victorian looking ornaments, animal prints, velvety fabrics and extravagant chandeliers. This style is the perfect one to 'make a statement'. 

 

Transitional: for those who cannot choose between modern and traditional, transitional is the perfect blend between the two - hence its popularity. It can associate modern materials, like a glass coffee table to a flower-pattern upholstered sofa. The color palette tends to be rather neutral, to harmonize both styles together. 


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Eclectic: (often named contemporary eclectic) basically collects ideas from all styles to blend them into a truly unique interior design. The challenge here is to find a general thread that goes through the entire design to maintain a cohesive look.

 

 

 

Bohemian: style 'borrowed' from the fashion industry, bohemian interiors have no rule per se - regarding how the layout is organized or designed concept works or on how people within live. It often displays vintage furniture and light fixtures, all sorts of textiles from plaid to lace and can have a healthy dose of joyful clutter (the 'messy' look is part of the deal and contributes to the warm ambiance created). All colors are permitted, although it often evolves around brown tones.

 

Shabby chic: 'cousin' of the bohemian style, shabby chic tends to be more feminine and delicate and has more defined rules. Most items tend to be vintage (if not actual vintage, at least vintage-inspired with distressed looks) and the color palette goes towards the soft cream, white and light pink (pastels in general actually). Fabrics will also be more fluffy in general and lace will definitely be part of it.

 

Ethnic: also called Moroccan or African style, it refers to interiors with a strong vibe from another continent. With light materials and yet dark, earthy colors (browns, oranges) it often displays all sorts of items collected during trips, soft lighting fixtures made of clothes or distressed paper for a warm and cozy feel. 

 

 

This is the end of this post listing all the most common styles out there. We could obviously go into more details and list even more subcategories of styles but it would simply be too long (Art Deco, Zen that Aurélie likes very much, Mediterranean, etc). If you want further details on some other styles, please let us know!

Continue reading with the following blog post:

What is my style? - Part III

What is my Style? - Part I

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One of the most doubting task for anyone starting to decorate an interior is to figure out what style you are after. Dreaded question for many, the 'style' question prevents a lot of people from hiring an interior designer as they would not even know where to begin to define it. In this short series of posts, we will try to explain, as simply as possible what the different styles are to help you define your own. 

First of all, there are MANY styles. That is one of the factors that makes the whole process of figuring it out so overwhelming - plus, you may be attracted by more than one style which makes it even more complicated. Fear not: we are here to help you navigate all styles so by the end of this series, you will be able to articulate what you like in each style you are attracted to and why.

To get things started, we have gathered the most obvious styles together so you can see what is the relationship between them.

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Traditional: inspired by old European styles (Victorian, Louis XV, etc), the Traditional style features very detailed and ornate work - especially on dark wood, large and comfortable furnishings with a plethora of accessories. Back in the days, abundance was a sign of wealth and one's interior was the best place to show it off: color palettes were complex, fabrics were pricey, with velvet and silk, intricate patterns, expensive rugs and flamboyant chandeliers. The layout is also pretty tight to facilitate multiple conversations at a time and accommodate a lot of people.

 

French Country: ironically called 'rustique' in French, it gathers ornamental wooden furnishing as well as the Traditional style, but with clearer and rawer finishes (while keeping some of the pretty ornaments). It is also more forgiving with the years going by and furniture being a bit worn can totally find their place in a French Country interior. With a general farmhouse feel, this style favors solid and at times 'heavy' elements, such as linens and drapery, or furnishings. The color palette is often more earthy with yellows, reds, beiges.

 

Rustic: this style was difficult to place as it is often paired up with modern furnishing nowadays - while it used to be paired up with traditional furnishings. Either way, it is the typical style of a cabin, where raw wood and stone get balanced out by the warmth and coziness of comfy throws and well-placed accessories. The recent trend to pair it with modern style helps brighten up its rather dark palette.

 

Coastal: also called Nautical style (or Hamptons), this style's main feature is a blue and white color palette - furnishing is often on the traditional side with many accessories related to the sea.


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Modern: emerged in the early 20th century, the modern style refers to an interior searching for simplicity and functionality everywhere (as machines were starting making their way into our homes) with simple, clean and crisp lines. Wood is no longer the main material for furniture and metal, glass and steel start to find their way in, mixing well with a very subdued color palette of white and grays. The layout is also more opened and airy compared to the Traditional approach.

 

Minimalist: taking the simplicity of the Modern style one step further, with even fewer accessories and an even sleeker color palette.

 

 

 

Scandinavian: made popular by Ikea, Scandinavian designers have actually played a big role in design since the very beginning. The Scandinavian style can be defined as similar to Modern: sleek, functional and simple with a more systematic use of wood - a common and necessary material in Northern Europe, adding warmth and coziness. 

 

Mid-Century: we kept this one here for its long name: Mid-Century Modern, while it is a far more opulent than the Modern style. The Mid-century style came about (as its name indicates) in the 50's and 60's, 'correcting' what the Modern style was overdoing: oranges, browns and more poppy colors started making their way inside and more rounded shapes found their place in design stores - while keeping the airy and open layout of the Modern style. To place it in context: WW2 was over, the economy was on the rise and television becoming more and more common so while design used to be a niche, it became more accessible and affordable to the majority - and that majority was craving for colors to get out of the gloomy years. Mid-Century Modern also became very popular again recently with the revival of 'vintage' elements of decor.

That is it for today! In an upcoming post, we will cover a few more styles that are less obvious to pair up so stay tuned and let us know of any questions!

Continue reading with the following blog posts:

What is my style? - Part II

What is my style? - Part III