Take the following quiz from Bernhardt Furniture to see if you prefer traditional, country, eclectic, or contemporary furnishings. Do not be surprised if your answers include more than one style.
Which colors do you prefer for the living room or bedroom?
A- Rich deep reds and greens, berry, carmel, tans
B- Soft muted reds and blues, earthy browns
C- Vibrant blues, yellows, reds, greens, white
D- Off white, black, sienna brown
Your favorite fabrics include:
A- Damasks, silk brocade, and chintz
B- Patchwork, gingham, and floral mini- prints
C- Plaids, prints, and textured colors
D- Hand Loomed ethnic textiles
Your perfect sofa would be:
A- A tailored sofa
B- A plump sofa with lots of pillows
C- A rolled arm, skirted sofa
D- A leather modular sofa
What type of rug or carpeting do you prefer?
A- Oriental rug
B- Bare floors
C- Sisal rug
D- Wall to wall carpeting
What would you most like in your dining room?
A- A wood sideboard with a carved marble top
B- A pine hutch with glazed pottery
C- A contemporary sideboard displaying a Victorian tea set
D- A sleek buffet with clean lines and minimal hardware
Scoring: Tally your answers to find the letter you picked the most often. If you choose:
Traditional style combines period furniture , sumptuous fabrics, and rich colors that reflect good taste. Heirlooms, art and antiques, the hallmarks of traditional style, breathe luxury that defies trends and time. Traditional furniture includes such classic 18th- and 19th- century styles as Queen Anne, Chippendale and Victorian.
Country style- American, English or French- is warm, charming and unpretentious. Stripped pine, painted chests, stenciling, needlepoint pillows, and old quilts with soft, muted hues define this relaxed style. Deep, comfortable sofas in natural fabrics or flowery chintz and linen beautifully updated country decors.
Eclectic (Which literally means “Borrowing from many sources”) style integrates old and new, mixed prints, and florals, different, different types of wood finishes and also different materials, like iron and stone. This mixture of textures, colors and patterns creates a vibrant layered look with plenty of warmth, interest and personality.
Contemporary style is sleek, stark and spacious, favoring simple uncluttered designs with clean lined and minimal detailing or trim on furniture. Some people add a touch of traditional design with deeply cushioned sofas and chairs in an otherwise spare room. The emphasis: A new vision of luxury based on high-quality materials and exceptional craftsmanship.