When you think of Bauhaus-style furniture, the first things that probably come to mind are sundry armchairs made of tubular steel and black leather. And indeed, the Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer (both available today through Knoll International) are the most famous designs from the Bauhaus era and great additions to have today.
However, for a modern Bauhaus, don’t feel restricted to a neutral color palette of just dark, white, and gray, but consider incorporating primary colors too. Even patterns are usually allowed when decorating, if they are composed of simple, geometric shapes. For Bauhaus followers, form always follows function, so unnecessary flourishes should be avoided. A great advantage of this straightforward, easy design is its timeless appeal. Even after a century, it can still look fresh and daring.
Cold, impersonal, or even sterile? The minimalist style has to contend with many prejudices, but most are inaccurate. After all, doing without superfluous flourishes in one’s home doesn’t mean getting rid associated with cherished objects or memories, but rather questioning one’s own consumption designs and, in the best outcome, reducing the number of things we buy and consume. Minimalism, then, isn’t just about removing almost all decor in favor of clean surfaces and walls, but also about leaving out expendable objects. A sofa nook, for example, can take the place of several small chairs, and a dining table can double as a workstation.
Although many minimalists focus on neutral tones plus increasingly rely on white, a deliberate, temperate use of color is also possible. The particular combination associated with different textures or the use of large-scale geometric designs as well as typographic images furthermore bring harmony to a pure, uncluttered environment.
As the name suggests, the classic, traditional style does not follow current trends and is therefore classic. Typically, light ceilings and neutral wall space painted within cream, white-colored, or sand tones serve as a base for dark, ornate, solid wood furnishings made from cherry, walnut, or chestnut. Glass bowls or vases with new flowers brighten tables of various sizes, which can come from a trusted antique dealer or even flea market, while tapestries or the large mirror with a Baroque-inspired frame lend an old-school touch in order to the walls.
For curtains, sofas, armchairs, and cushions, heavy brocade or velvet fabrics are usually suitable in muted colours such as burgundy, brown, or green. Eye-catching checkered or striped patterns are also welcome in classically furnished rooms and complete an elegant overall picture.