Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you walk into a furniture store or are browsing on an online furniture store website? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. With all the different colors, styles, fabrics, names brands, prices, and materials, it can feel like you just got hit with a ton of bricks
But maybe choosing furniture isn’t really as hard as we think it is. There are 3 easy steps to take to know beforehand what to look for. That way when you’re surfing the web or visiting your local furniture store, you know exactly what you want and won’t end up walking around for hours trying to decide.
The steps are as follows:
1. Choose a style.
2. Choose the color(s).
3. Choose the shade of wood you want.
These steps seem pretty simple, right? Yet, online you will find (what feels like) too many different styles to choose from. But I will simplify it for you here for the moment. Basically, many of the styles can be put into four categories: Modern, Contemporary, Rustic, and Chic. So what are you looking for? Are you needing to add that contemporary twist into your home or maybe that rustic feel? First, we need to understand what these different styles really mean.
The Modern Style is what we would consider being from the 19th century till today. It comes about because of the art style, modernism. The furniture is more of a practical nature and is meant to not be excessive. Especially after World War II, when not many people had an excess of anything. It is usually compact and multifunctional, making it perfect for apartments and smaller homes.
The Contemporary Style ranges from the late 20th century to now. It has the sharper, crispier, clean lines. The style is constantly changing with the times and styles that people like today. It is characterized by more design oriented furniture instead of practicality.
The Rustic Style is what most people would consider farmhouse or cabin furniture. It is a lot of wood and wrought iron decorations and furniture. It also has many dull colors: grays, reds, and browns. It is perfect if you like the country feel.
The Chic style is more bright pastel colors with floral designs. It is also very popular in today’s world. Many people like the distressed look that you find with chic furniture.
Once you decide on a style then you move to the colors you want in your home. Colors play on one’s emotions. Brighter colors signal more urgency and fun, while duller hues are more homely and relaxing. The specific color can play on your feelings as well. Some extra research can help with that!
Lastly, you need to know what shade of wood you want on your furniture. There are three basic shades: light, medium, and dark. They all complement each style well so this is just a personal choice. Whether you like the natural look or a darkened mahogany look.