Mid-Century Modern style epitomizes simplicity with clean lines and minimal decoration. The furniture style complements the architectural design with an emphasis on clean lines. Mid-century modern homes usually have open floor plans, with large floor-to-ceiling windows that call attention to the outdoors. Frequently natural elements are brought into the home with stone wall details and wood beams. Mid-century modern furniture is often warm leather or wood, a very polished and elegant look. A neutral color palette is laid as a backdrop with pops of bright color inserted here and there.
Scandinavian or Danish Modern is a particular type of Modern design style. Popularized in Denmark from the 1940s-1970s, Danish modern furniture design was a collaboration between the principles of modern architecture and the high-quality cabinetmaking for which the Danes were known. Simple, elegant, airy, and featuring clean, sweeping lines, the furnishings, predominantly crafted of teak wood, are inherently warm and beautiful.
From fashion icons to master painters to timeless Renaissance architecture, Italia is synonymous with beauty and style. Modern Italian design focuses on blending the old with the new. Today’s modern furnishings demand classical touches to obtain that sun-soaked Mediterranean feel. Including an iconic Italian light fixture circa 1960s beside a jewel-toned tapestry from the 18th century and grouped next to an Eames lounger sets a nuovo tone in the parlor of a Tuscan medieval villa. Now that’s Modern Italian. That’s amore!
Art Deco style is a decorative take on modernist style from the early twentieth century. The furniture is modern, often with mirrored facades and is sometimes lacquered or with inlaid geometric designs. Common materials include wood, stainless steel, or chrome. As with modernist style, spaces are uncluttered with minimal furniture or display.
The style of minimalism is a design approach that is characterized by austerity in decoration. It is mainly achieved through the use of functional furniture and interior objects, geometric shapes and a combination of usually not more than two basic colors. It is extremely important in such design to correctly divide the space. Minimalist interiors are usually light, open spaces, black or gray, and have a strict geometric shapes.
Asian-inspired home interiors primarily reference Japanese and Chinese design aesthetics. The style is grounded in eastern philosophies. Minimalism is the core virtue of Asian-inspired design. By eliminating clutter, ornaments, and furnishings, these spaces are thought to be enhanced and promote harmony. Feng Shui provides guidance for achieving balance between natural elements and encouraging the flow of energy.
Urban-Industrial design style is often found in condos and lofts or other reclaimed industrial spaces. Open spaces, high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows are common in these spaces. Urban spaces sometimes display their building materials as a design element, by using exposed brick walls, concrete or weathered wood floors, bare ceilings, structural beams, and metal air ducts. Because these spaces typically have so much texture in their building elements, a neutral color palette is commonly used. Bella Interior Design & Staging adds pops of color to elevate the brightness to these occasionally dismal environments.
Transitional style is a merging of traditional and modern furniture, finishes, materials, and fabrics, equating to a classic, timeless design. The transitional palette relies on a neutral color palette to evoke a clean, serene atmosphere. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles. Fabrics can feature everything from graphic patterns on tufted sofas to textured chenilles on sleek wood frames.
Although this design style is not within the Modern category, we have expertise decorating it authentically. Starting in childhood, Claire spent a great deal of time over the years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, saturated in the art, architecture, interior design, photography, and culture of this sublime city. Her parents were Southwest art and jewelry collectors and had a second home there (which her father designed). She knows this style very well.