There’s just no end to great options for furnishings these days! And to avoid having a mismatched design scheme that lacks cohesiveness, you’ll need to decide the style that best suits you. So, whether you’re thinking you might like a sturdy and traditional, whimsically vintage, or sleek and modern sofa, we’ve characterized each of these three styles below to help you make a more informed choice.
Timelessness — that’s what we think of when we consider traditional style. Are you a fan of straightforward palettes and sturdy materials? Do you like a calm, well-organized, and familiar feeling in your living areas? In traditional design schemes, everything has its place. They usually go hand in hand with simple, toned down color schemes, and the overall look is practical and predictable.
Traditional furnishings feature subdued curves and slight angles. Textures and materials aren’t flashy or forceful. Such homey, understated designs give you the potential to make more of a statement with opulent accessories and decorations.
If we’ve hit the nail on the head, maybe traditional furnishings are more your style. Below, Gabby’s Stanton Chair is a wonderful example of a traditional lounge chair. Our favorite aspects include its time-honored London arms and turned feet. With your choice of fabrics or leather and customizable nailhead trim, this chair seamlessly fits into any form of traditional style.
Vintage style is centered around 1940’s, Hollywood glamour and the magnetic celebration of life that came with the end of World War II. While some people may think of vintage style as being boring and drab, it is actually quite a vibrant, beautiful era to recreate in the home. We think of old, black-and-white movies and dashing stars, like John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart.
Vintage interior design schemes have recently become increasingly popular. You can expect to see distinct, mix and match themes as well as loud, vibrant wallpapers and color choices. With a touch of quirkiness and loads of personality, our Harriet Lamp exudes a warm, age-old appeal. The wide shade and unique shape of the lamp lends it well to a nostalgic, vintage interior.
It’s a common misconception that modern and contemporary style are one in the same. In actuality, modern design refers to mid-century style, while contemporary style is in a constant state of change and refers to present day. Confused? Don’t be! Modern style (mid-century modern) is readily recognizable by clear, unembellished interiors and the use of natural materials like linen, wood, leather, and teak.
You’ll often see molded plywood and plastic furnishings with long legs that inevitably create a light, airy ambiance. White walls and bare floors add to the expansive feeling, and any touch of color is always used in moderation. These days, modern design schemes are also referred to as retro.
If this kind of style sounds most appealing to you, then so will our retro-inspired John Tray Table! Its geometric shape alone should have mid-century furniture fans swooning. We especially love the openness of the table’s design and its unique, dark vellum material.
At Gabby, our transitional furnishings, lighting, and decorative accessories allow you to customize your living areas to best suit your traditional, vintage, or modern taste. To see our expansive collection of transitional designs, we invite you to browse through our online catalog and visit the Gabby website.