It is important to remember that style is somewhat subjective and often times and ever changing. Even experts disagree on the appropriate classification, especially when faced with the eclectic variety and cross styling that we see more and more of in the design space. Nonetheless, we offer these explanations to help you select a piece that will match your home and your lifestyle.
Typically a bit more formal or ornate, these refined lighting fixtures feature intricate details and thoughtful design often inspired by classic architectural styles which add sophistication, warmth and richness to a space. These can include Victorian or colonial style fixtures, romantic or gothic style, or antique inspired design.
Transitional and Mission:
Balancing traditional and contemporary design elements, these lights complement a wide range of décor choices or an eclectic mixing of styles. They are sophisticated while also being streamlined stylistically and are sure to remain relevant over time. These can really be a hybrid of traditional and contemporary pieces, and can include arts and crafts style and mission style pieces.
The mission style encompasses the honest handcraft elements of Shaker, Prairie, and the Arts & Crafts styling. It was inspired by 3 designers, Gustav Stickley, Charles Rennie Macintosh, and frank Lloyd Wright. The Mission style is identified by it's simplicity of clean design, and rectilinear form and function.
Clean lines, less ornamentation and a minimalist approach characterize these designs. Whether used within an equally sleek décor or as a foil to more ornate surroundings, the architectural silhouette of these light fixtures conveys style and edge.
Like Contemporary, Modern design too consists of clean lines, less ornamentation and a minimalist approach – however there is an emphasis on cutting edge design with focus on form, function, and aesthetics. Often inspired by turn of the century modern design, these pieces tend to showcase your true appreciation for the craft of modern form.
This is a form of fixture are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor. Decorators consider shabby chic a soft, relaxed, romantic style that looks comfortable and inviting, and is usually associated as feminine.
Farmhouse decorating is warm, cozy, relaxing, and full of charm and character. It eschews modern sensibilities and goes back to a simpler time. That said, farmhouse style is surprisingly savvy. To keep a farmhouse from looking too "country kitsch" there needs to be a balance of old and new. Farmhouse tends to combine elements of industrial décor with rustic components, giving a sense of historical charm with modern undertones.
Industrial style or industrial chic refers to an aesthetic trend in interior design that takes clues from old factories and industrial spaces that in recent years have been converted to lofts and other living spaces. Components of industrial style include weathered wood, building systems, exposed brick, industrial lighting fixtures and concrete.
The American coastal style is defined by relaxation and comfort and inspiration from shorefront properties. With most coastal décor and furniture, you can expect lots of natural light, warm whites and ocean hues, reflective surfaces, soft coral colors and nautical decor. Embellishments can include sea glass, seashells, driftwood, Polynesian style rattans, wicker and traditional warm woods.