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4.4 Non-Upholstered Furnishing

1. Contemporary Style Non-Upholstered Furnishing

Function and Form Focus: Emphasize function and form in contemporary furnishings with linear lines, rounded corners, and simplicity.
Minimal Ornamentation: Keep the design uncluttered and peaceful, with little to no ornamentation.
Materials: Generously use materials like metal, stone, and opaque or clear glass.
Contrasting Designs: Combine simple designs with bold, bright accents, such as metal bases with glass or natural wooden tops.
Wood Finishes: Use light to medium wood finishes, including raw reclaimed wood and architectural beams.
Lean Legs: Choose furnishings with lean legs for a light and airy look.
High-Gloss Surfaces: Opt for high-gloss, smooth surfaces and unadorned walls for a clean and sleek appearance.
Sub Styles: Explore sub styles within contemporary furnishings, including urban, Art Deco, and retro.

2. Traditional Style Non-Upholstered Furnishing

Symmetry and Timeless Lines: Emphasize symmetry among furnishings and choose pieces with beautiful, timeless lines.
Dark Woods: Opt for furniture made from dark woods such as maple, mahogany, and cherry.
Ornate Details: Look for furniture with ornate details, including carvings, curvatures, and intricate brass drawer pulls.
Lacquered and Elaborate: Select pieces that are often lacquered and elaborately carved, featuring moldings, turned spindles, and cabriole legs.
Inlaid Tops: Pay attention to inlaid tops and other decorative elements.
Stately and Oversized: Furnish the room with oversized, stately furniture in darker shades of stained woods and stones.
Crystal and Polished Silver: Include crystal decorative pieces, fixtures, and polished silver accents.

3. Transitional Style Non-Upholstered Furnishing

Mixing Styles: Combine traditional and contemporary elements, creating a more relaxed and functional appearance.
Striking Traditional Pieces: Highlight the room with striking traditional pieces like dressers, mirrors, or ornate wood furniture.
Contemporary Elements: Incorporate contemporary elements, including metallic accents (gold, bronze, or copper) for side tables, lighting, and accessories.
Versatile Combinations: Experiment with combinations like a modern dining table with traditionally upholstered chairs or a transitional console with classical lines paired with sleek modern chairs.
Balanced Scale: Ensure that furnishings and accessories are on a similar scale, with one or two oversized focal points for visual interest.
Mix of Materials: Blend comfortable natural materials with contemporary materials like stainless steel or glass to achieve the transitional style.

4. Modern Country Farmhouse Style Non-Upholstered Furnishing

Reclaimed Wood: Embrace furniture crafted from reclaimed wood, celebrating its aged appearance with scratches and dents.
Practical and Large: Opt for large and practical pieces like armoires and traditional cabinets that offer ample storage.
Distressed Finish: Choose furniture with a distressed finish, rounded knobs, and turned legs to capture the rustic farmhouse charm.
Bench Seating: Enhance the inviting atmosphere with bench seating paired with a farmhouse table.
Cost-Effective Updates: Achieve the style affordably by using simple tricks like a checked tablecloth or bright-colored paint for furniture updates.
Typical Dining Room: A typical country farmhouse dining room features a large farmhouse-style table, a wooden bench, vintage chairs, a country-style console table with scalloped edges, wainscoting, and turned legs.

5. Eclectic Style Non-Upholstered Furnishing

Mix of Styles and Periods: Combine various styles, eras, and unique artisanal pieces for an eclectic look.
Unique Finds: Include distinctive discoveries from travels or local shops.
Balanced Space: Maintain balance, avoiding overcrowding or excessive minimalism.
Texture Variety: Play with different textures like smooth marble and rough wood, soft sofas and metallic pieces.
Layered Look: Create a visually interesting and layered space where contemporary and traditional elements coexist.

6. Minimalist Style Non-Upholstered Furnishing

Simplicity: Eliminate unnecessary objects and keep personal items out of sight.
Quality Over Quantity: Emphasize quality pieces and design.
Hidden Storage: Use cabinets, built-in wardrobes, and furniture with closed doors to conceal items.
Clean Shapes: Incorporate clean and simple shapes.
Sleek Surfaces: Opt for sleek and polished surfaces, including chrome and glass.
Coherent Design: Ensure all materials and textures work together cohesively.


Action Items

Page 38-39 is all about non-upholstered furnishings. Do this page in the workbook so you can mark off layer 4 of our 8 Layer Method.
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