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Furniture Styles

Furniture Styles

Whether you design your own projects or make them from plans, recognizing the elements that make up a particular style will enable you to improve your designs, select plans that incorporate known styles, or even modify existing plans to incorporate the elements of certain styles.

Here are 6 styles that set the trend in home decore over the past 300 years.


Chippendale
After the Shaker, Chippendale is perhaps the best known north American style. Named after Thomas Chippendale, the style was derived from English, French, and Chinese designs.
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Colonial
Defining furniture styles can be very difficult. Defining 'American Colonial' is a good example of just how difficult it can be.
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Mission
The Mission style was developed by a number of influential designers in order to create a simpler, more craftsman, look. Their rustic designs were a reaction to the strong ornamentation flaunted in the Victorian style that preceded it.
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Shaker
"Fancy articles of any kind, or articles which are superfluously finished, are not suitable for believers, and may not be used or purchased" - From The Millennial Laws of 1845.
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Sheraton
The Sheraton style of furniture is named after Thomas Sheraton, an English designer.
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Victorian
The Victorian style was named for Queen Victoria, who reined in England from 1837 to 1901. While the Victoria style was influenced by earlier styles, its general characteristics remained the same.
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Historical Overview
Understanding furniture styles can help you bring your woodworking to the next level by providing insight into what makes furniture look good.
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