Furniture Styles

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Here at World Interiors, we offer furniture in Rustic, Farmhouse, Vintage, Mid-Century Modern, and Industrial styles. What are these styles defined by, though? Well, let's tell you:

Rustic & Farmhouse Furniture

Farmhouse and Rustic decor are actually quite similar home decor styles and easily confused; farmhouse and Rustic decor do share common elements. Both styles have an old homey feel to them, with a rural appearance and a nod to the past.   

Farmhouse and Rustic style furniture both highlight the natural elements used to create the pieces with exposed beams, stain to enhance the wood, and allowance of the natural marks in the wood to be seen. It is important  to know what style you are actually looking to bring out in your home. 

Rustic Decor has a rougher essence and look to the style. The wood is more natural looking; almost unfinished. The design encourages a simple design from when furniture was (out of necessity) simpler.  The wood in Rustic style furniture pieces have a “thick cut” look.  The joints and tendons on high quality rustic furniture pieces is usually exposed. This fabulous style brings out the woodsy feel with darker colors and ultra naturalistic wood grain. Rustic style furniture gives off the essence of time when things were simple and natural.

The decor style considered Farmhouse style also encourages a traditional look, but with a fresher feel then the rustic decor.  While the emphasis is still on the natural elements of the furniture pieces, many times color is used as opposed to leaving the wood in it’s natural state. The designs are more complex in farmhouse style furniture. Most chairs have a spindle back; the tables, while the wood is still shines, is smooth. The colors are lighter and have a delicate but solid feel to the whole piece.  Farmhouse style has a clean, homey, apple pie feeling to the whole style.

Vintage FurnitureVintage Furniture Austin

Vintage furniture is not considered antique. Antique furniture is 100 years or older. Vintage furniture is under 100 years old and by any definition refers to furniture made in the 20th century.   The use of the word Vintage as in ‘Vintage furniture’ has broad application and can mean furniture from any period.  It is mostly used interchangeably with Mid Century or Retro furniture. The phrase implies that it represents one of the design styles ranging from Art Deco through the Mid Century Modern period into the 1990’s. 

The term ‘vintage’ comes from either cars or wine.  In wine it refers to wine made from grapes picked in a specific season.  In vintage cars it means a car that is at least 20 years old.  But in all cases the term Vintage is specific about the time period being referenced,  such as the specific year or at a minimum the decade.  Vintage furniture should be datable to an approximate period of manufacture if not specifically the year, then at least the decade, though simply being old does not make any furniture vintage in the technical sense, even though most people use the term old and vintage interchangeably. To earn the title "vintage," the piece should also be an example of what defined a style of that period.

Mid-Century Modern FurnitureMid-Century Modern Furniture Austin

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Mad Men, you’re already familiar with mid-century modern design. In fact, the term was coined in 1984 by author Cara Greenberg. She used it to discuss the signature looks of the 1960s in her book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s. Though the moniker has become a bit broad in the past few decades, it’s most commonly used to refer to the styles that became popular in a post-World War II landscape.

This style grew in America based on earlier styles such as Bauhaus which began in Germany, and the International style, which grew from the Bauhaus style in America. This is what happened during and after the World War II, when many Bauhaus architects and designers migrated to America as a result of changes in Germany. As with war, changing economies and technological advances also affect how we live, and what we want and need. After the Second World War there was an expansion of cities and suburbanization in the U.S. Along with that emerged a demand for modern furnishings for the new, quickly built modern homes, such as the Eichler homes built in California by Josef Eichler. These post-war technological advances led to production and development of a range of new materials making it possible to explore new textures and effects, colors and even new form.

The distinguishing features of this style consist of a classic, understated look, and clean lines with minimal fuss. Mid-century modern style features an emphasis on functionality, uncluttered and sleek lines with both organic and geometric forms, minimal ornamentation, an exploration of different materials, and juxtaposition of contrasting materials. There was a liberal use of traditional material, such as wood, and non-traditional materials such as metal, glass, vinyl, plywood, Plexiglass and Lucite, paired with a vast range of color, including colors from neutral to bold, and a graphic use of black and white.

Industrial FurnitureIndustrial Furniture Austin

Baring it all takes courage, and modern industrial interior design is all about courage. It’s about proudly displaying the building materials that many try to conceal. It’s about adding a raw, unfinished look to the most thoughtfully designed homes. It’s about selecting pieces that are as much about function as style. Structural elements are turned into showpieces, achieving a look that seems unfinished, yet cohesive and chic.

It offers you an interesting opportunity to juxtapose the raw with the refined, the sleek and modern with the vintage and classic. Modern industrial decor also takes open concept living to the next level. The furniture and accessories define most spaces and the purpose they serve,so a lot of thought goes into every little detail. While industrial interior design ideas tend to be minimalist, there is a lot of room for creating drama by contrasting high-gloss metal finishes with rustic or vintage cabinets, countertops and furniture.

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