Neither ornate and traditional nor edgy and contemporary, your preferred style is hard to pin down. You’re not one for hosting formal dinner parties, but you do want to furnish a space that feels like home. Comfort, convenience and inviting style are your goals.
Does this sound familiar? If so, casual style might be the aesthetic for you.
Words to Describe Casual Style
Casual design is focused on comfort, first and foremost, and creating the ideal environment for relaxation. It’s warm and welcoming, whether you are kicking back after a long day at work or hosting an impromptu night of Netflix with friends.
Casual lands solidly in the middle of the style spectrum and shares many similar elements with its likeminded cousin, transitional. There are no hard and fast design rules to which one needs to adhere, making this an appealing option for many people.
Its endless versatility makes it a great option for new homeowners as well. Mixing and matching different pieces allows for careful curating and the ability to dip a toe in the style pool to see if it’s to your liking.
Elements of Casual Style
- Laid-back styling
- Oversized, overstuffed furniture
- Deep cushioning
- Built-in convenience: reclining mechanisms, cup holders, USB chargers
- Soft fabrics, carpeting and rugs
- Clean lines
- Simple hardware
- Straightforward, often symmetrical case goods
- Framed paneling (especially on beds)
- Scooped seats
- White, light or two-toned finishes
- Minimal ornamentation
Have you adopted a casual approach to decorating a space in your home? What pieces have you used to implement it? We’d love to hear about it! Chat with us @ShopHomemakers on Twitter and keep an eye out for another design style feature headed your way soon!
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