Understanding some elements of style can help determine changes to the home when buying or selling. Understanding these style elements can also help you better articulate what it is you're looking for in a new home to compliment your current decor.
When selling a home, neutral colors for walls and carbet are best because they allow for the most flexibility. Buyers need to be able to visualize themselves in the home before they will want to purchase it. When purchasing a home, you want something that "fits" you and your family.
What is that? What style is your favorite, or do you like a combination of styles? Considering these questions and articulating your wants and needs to your real estate agent can help insure the houses you look at are right for you.
Here are simple definitions of some of the general design-styles to get you started:
Contemporary: Design styles from the 20th Century. Furniture design focuses on silhouettes rather than detail. Uncluttered. Straight lines and geometric shapes are prevalent. A neutral backdrop is paired with bold, bright accents.
Modern: The newest designs from the current year. Similar in style to contemporary. Recently defined as straight lines with few curves. Polished surfaces. Bare legs on most pieces of furniture. Asymmetry.
Traditional: This design-style encompasses a long chain of historic influence. French provincial, American Colonial, Victorian styles are all included under the "traditional" umbrella. Detail in design on furniture and walls are important. Architectural details like crown moldings are highlighted. Low-luster finishes and mid-range colors dominate. Symmetry is important.
Eclectic: A mix of old and new tied together based on shape, form and balance rather than period or style.