2021 Furniture Style Guide

Hardwood Luxe takes pride in providing the client the best information to make credible decisions when choosing furniture styles or putting to life the client’s envisioned preference. Furniture styles range from the classic to the contemporary styles, offering a myriad of options from which to select. This guide compares the different furniture styles comprehensively, to help you make informed decisions and select the best fit for your space.

Classic Styles

The classic style comprises of the traditional designs that reflect a European flair. The designs focus on simplicity and elegance, using wooden tones and deep and rich colors such as merlot, espresso, cherry, brown, back, and white. Moreover, the classic designs emphasize the decorative and ornamental details such as throw pillows, paneling, moldings, and intricate embellishments of the furniture. Often, the furniture comprise of noble fabrics and textiles such as silk, velvet, and leather, although cheaper options like cotton, linen, and chenille can also be used. Common forms include claw and bun feet, wing and Queen Anne backs, curved lines, and classic silhouettes. Examples of the classic or traditional styles, include Jacobean (1600-1690), William and Mary (1690-1735), Queen Anne (1700-1755), Pennsylvania Dutch (1720-1830), Louis XVI (1760-1789), Chippendale (1750-1790), Hepplewhite (1765-1800), Sheraton (1780-1820), Federal (1780-1820), American Empire (1800-1840), Victorian (1840-1910), Arts and Craft (1880-1910), Art Deco (1910-1939), American empire, American colonial, rustic, antique, vintage, French, and Asian designs.

Modern Styles

Modern furniture styles comprise of common characteristics such as crisp lines, clean silhouettes, and geometric shapes. Common colors used are neutral such as gray, and black and white palette, with glossy finishes. The furniture emphasizes simplicity and they are made of cold materials such as wood, metal, plastic, glass, and steel. The ornamental details are often few, the fabrics and textiles used include microfiber, faux and genuine leather, as well as vinyl. The style dates back to the 20th Century when it emerged from the modernist movement, and it was influenced by the decorative arts. Examples include Mid-Century metro, retro, minimalist, and relaxed modern.

Contemporary Styles

The contemporary designs comprise of the current styles of furniture, closely related to the modern styles. However, the contemporary styles are more fluid in nature than the modern styles. Common forms in these designs include geometric shapes, crisp lines, cured lines, and simple silhouettes. Like the modern styles, the contemporary designs also emphasize on neutral colors such as gray, white, black, chrome, and silver with glossy finishes. Moreover, the  style comprises of materials such as glass, plastic, wood, steel, and metal and the ornamental details are often minimized. Common fabrics and textiles include leather, suede, vinyl, microfiber, and PU. Examples of the contemporary designs include coastal, transitional, shabby chic, and Scandinavian contemporary.


In brief, there is a sea of options to choose from when it comes to furniture styles, and this list is not comprehensive. However, it gives a detailed overview of the most popular designs. Though distinct, the features of the designs often overlap, while other are either copied or reproduced, as is the case with the retro style. Contact Hardwood Luxe for a customized guidance for your furniture today.

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