There are many different styles of furniture on the market, but with so many terms, it’s hard to know what is what! Here we have broken down the most used terms to help you choose your ideal furniture style. Real estate property
1. Old vs vintage
Antique furniture includes pieces from a previous period. It is often made of wood and its age, condition, unique characteristics and rarity determine the collection of the piece and, therefore, its value. Authentic antiques are, by definition, at least 100 years old and often must be purchased from experienced dealers to ensure authenticity.
Vintage furniture, meanwhile, is between twenty and one hundred years old and is easily recognizable as belonging to a particular period during this period. Once you know what you are looking for, locating it is easier than it seems!
2. Traditional vs. Rustic
Traditional furniture is formal furniture from the Victorian era. It combines features of the Queen Anne era: elegant and carefully decorated Chippendale style: artistic ornaments and straight lines and Sheraton style: delicate pieces with conical legs and contrast inlays. Together, this creates a comfortable and warm atmosphere with handcrafted pieces of dark wood, soft upholstered sofas and elegant fabrics.
Rustic-style furniture is influenced by many different styles that combine to create warm, natural and honest interiors. If the furniture is rustic, it will often be made of warm wood or a natural material such as animal skin, cotton or linen. It has a worn and simple appearance and is often more relaxed than formal. The design of Scandinavian and industrial furniture is generally synonymous with rusticity.
3. Art Deco vs. retro
Art Deco is an eclectic style that combines images and materials of the machine age with traditional crafts. The style is characterized by geometric and angular shapes, materials such as chrome, glass, bright fabrics, mirrors and mirror tiles and stylized images of aircraft, cars and skyscrapers. With the success of the film and the television series The Great Gatsby as Boardwalk Empire, Art Deco is back in force.
Retro furniture can be more difficult to define. When we think of retro design, we usually evoke ideas of modular and geometric shapes in teal, yellow and brown or flashbacks in the kitchen of the Brady Bunch with its table of tulips and orange backing. Technically, the design of retro furniture is defined as aspects of modern culture that mimic trends, fashions and fashions of the recent past that have become dated.
4. Shabby Chic vs. the French provincial
French provincial furniture is exactly what its title represents. Characterized by popular styles in the French provinces in the 17th and 18th centuries, this style of furniture has a classic but rustic touch. Dining chairs with stair backs with woven seats, simple scalloped carvings, large cabinets or French sideboards with decorative moldings are key features of this style.
Shabby Chic furniture, although similar, is more informal and often looks distressed. The furniture is typically white with a feminine and romantic touch. Like the French provincial, this style comes from country houses, but incorporates more recycling and furniture recovery.
5. Modern vs. contemporary
Modern furniture was born under the modernist movement in the early 1900s. It often combines leather, vinyl, steel, molded plywood and plastics with a palette of monochrome colors to create elegant and stylish interiors. Renowned designers such as Herman Miller, Hans Knoll and Charles and Ray Eames are the faces of this design era and you will often find replicas of their modern furniture designs on the market today. The Barcelona chair is a timeless example of modern design.
The design of modern furniture is a defined style and will always refer to the modernist period, however, the design of contemporary furniture refers to furniture that is popular and used today, in the present. Furniture will often be described as “modern and contemporary”, this is where the confusion between these two styles comes in.