How To Choose Furniture That Reflects Your Style

The decor in your home or apartment speaks volumes about your style. Make sure it's saying all the right things with these tips.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Mix it up if your style is eclectic. Don't be afraid to mix different styles and periods of furniture together to represent your individualistic, funky approach to decor. Mix antiques with contemporary pieces and use different prints with a common color or two to help unify the look.
  • Step 2: Keep your decor casual if your only concern is being comfortable, relaxed, unfussy, and informal. Try upholstered pieces in neutral and earth tones punctuated by more colorful accents.
  • FACT: An icon of modernist style, the Barcelona chair was designed by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe for The German Pavilion building at the Barcelona World Fair in 1929.
  • TIP: Look for details such as ottomans with button tufting and needlepoint throw pillows.
  • Step 3: Try traditional decor if you're drawn to formal, symmetrical, classic pieces. Queen Anne is one example of this style, which features curved legs. Use materials like hard woods with intricate inlays and fabrics like Damask, brocade, or velvet in rich-hued tones like reds and greens to achieve this style.
  • TIP: Accent a modern decor with plain or geometric rugs.
  • Step 4: Go for country style furniture if you are drawn to floral prints, ruffles, and wood tones. This style is warm, rustic, and inviting. Choose natural materials, such as wood, woven rush, stone and tile. Colors include yellow, soft gold, red, rust, green, cobalt blue, and lighter shades of blue.
  • Step 5: Select furniture with sleek, streamlined design with minimalist details if your style is contemporary. Materials like leather, metal, and glass are typical. High contrast colors, like black, white, and gray work well with a modern decor.

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