Originally rooted in European styling, traditional design has held a strong and influential presence in New England since the early 19th century. Known for its neutral color palate and dark wood flooring, traditional design brings a strong yet elegant contrast to any space. Earth tones such as blues and greens are an often- added pop of color, while strong architectural enhancements can be seen in moldings and elaborate woodworking.
Contemporary design is best known for its clean and sleek lines, coupled with high functionality and open concept. Contemporary literally translates to “in the now.” Often confused with modern design, contemporary styling often has a creative and unique approach. The mix of natural stone, wood and steel combined with abstract design elements results in surprising and intriguing end product.
Characteristics of transitional design are influenced from contemporary and traditional elements. Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles.
Modern design originated from the “Art Deco” movement in the late 19th century, reaching its peak in the 1950s. Unlike contemporary design, which utilizes more curved and abstract design elements, modernism incorporates the shape’s true form. It is often referred to as minimalistic style. The interior finishes range from high-gloss cabinetry to stainless steel accents as well as glass elements throughout. Natural wood is often introduced to provide warmth to a modern space by giving it a comfortable yet sleek feel.