Dec 5, 2012

From then to now...

When updating your home, if you select furnishings with classic lines, the result will be an enduring style that won't need to be re-done for years.  I love to compare styles and see how they evolved over time. Three main styles are Traditional (Sheraton, the Louies, Tuscan, and similar), Modern (Eames, van der Rohe, Retro and the like) , and Transitional (elements from Traditional and Modern periods combined). Contemporary style simply refers to the current period.  Can you mix these styles? A resounding yes! A change of fabrics, mixing colors, and adding the right accessories, will help shape the overall style.

Sofas: Traditional sofas have many forms. A rolled arm, skirted base, and tufting on the back, is common. For a more modern feel, strip away the details, square off the cushions and arms, and a modern style is born. The tapered legs and exposed wood apron are classic and allows this sofa to work well with traditional pieces.

Tables: Despite the modern flair of the nested end tables on the left, their tapered leg and mahogany inlay top allow them to fit nicely into a traditional room.  The tripod leg table below is a Sheraton-styled piece that, with its brass coaster legs and carved details, is a classic, traditional table.
Chairs: Tapered legs, a shield back with carved wheat detailing, provide the dining chair on the left with clear traditional styling. With it's oval back and tapered legs, the second chair has a modern feel but the basic elements that comprise the chair are classic.

Cabinetry:  Modern style case goods have less detail and more boxy lines like the armoire on the left. Its Asian style and hardware make it right in traditional and modern settings.  The curio on the right is a traditional piece with a bow front, carved dentil molding and frieze relief on the doors. Perfect for a classic living room.