Household Furnishings

Household Furnishings Adobe Stock

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No matter where you live, you will need things to furnish your home. Household furnishings cover all the basic things you need to live comfortably in your home: furniture, kitchenware, fabrics and textiles, and accessories. How many of these items you use in your home and the types of items you choose helps to define your personal style and puts your personal stamp on your environment to change your dwelling from a house to a home.

There are all sorts of decorating styles and so many decorating advice books, websites, TV shows, and magazines that they would be much too numerous to mention. Any quick web search will turn up questionnaires and quizzes to help you identify your unique decorating style. I’ve scanned many decorating resources and discovered that though there are numerous design styles, 14 of these styles are the most popular. They are:

Modern

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Contemporary

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Minimalist

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Industrial

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Mid-Century Modern

Midcentury Modern

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Scandinavian

Scandinavian

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Traditional

Traditional

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French Country

French Country

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Bohemian

Bohemian

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Rustic

Rustic

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Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic

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Hollywood Glam

Hollywood Glam

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and

Coastal Hamptons

Coastal Hamptons

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Once you’ve identified your personal style (or styles) it will be easier to design a home that you find comfortable. Not everyone, though, fits neatly into a specific category. If I had to define my own personal style I would say “eclectic.” If I had to define my style as the above categories or some mix of them it would be a mouthful but I would say my style is Industrial Rustic Transitional with a tinge of French County while leaning towards Minimalism. Regardless where you fall along decorating schemes there will be a book or other library resource available to help you in a project of furnishing a comfortable home. You will probably quickly discover that the above schemes, while popular, aren’t the only decorating schemes. Many people have eclectic tastes or choose to go in another direction entirely.

One book I found particularly fascinating was American Junk by mary Randolph Carter.

American Junk

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American Junk is an actual decorating scheme. While it’s definitely not my style (remember that minimalist lean I mentioned?) I found it really fascinating how one organizes junk into household decor. I really enjoyed “reading” the pictures in this book. The American Junk style often repurposes junk itself and turns items into functional hardworking household furnishings. If you need something to do on a rainy day or a cold wintry evening, this would be a good book to peruse.

Other books I checked out this time were:

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Do you enjoy decorating? Do you have an easily identifiable decorating preference? If you have eclectic taste, how would describe your decorating style?

10 thoughts on “Household Furnishings

    1. I think your decorating style is very interesting!

      So glad to hear that your library will be opening soon. We have a couple friends in CA and I know that’s been a long time in coming – waiting on things to reopen!

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  1. Minimalist looks a lot like Modern to me. I like the colorfulness of Bohemian. Hate Hollywood Glam, and Industrial! French Country feels like I’m being smothered to death by ruffles!! Even tho when I went back to look, there weren’t really that many ruffles. It just felt like that. Plus the chintz.
    Traditional is ok., just too dark in that pic. Shabby Chic makes me feel like I’m already making a mess, before I even get in the room!! Coastal is calming, but I’d have to have it in purple!!
    Have I expressed enough opinions yet?? lol
    Mostly my houses are always,” yard sale, relatives’ leftovers!”

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