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Module 4: Layering Method

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4.3 Upholstered Furnishing

1. Contemporary Style Upholstered Furniture

Clean and Simple Lines: Embrace clean lines and a blend of straight and curved shapes.
Comfort and Sophistication: Find a balance between comfort and sophistication.
Modernism with Art Deco Touches: Blend modernism with touches of art deco for a unique look.
Bold but Uncluttered: Choose statement-making pieces that remain uncluttered.
Bare Legs: Opt for furniture with bare legs to create a sense of space.
Slim Sofa Base: Use slim sofa bases with low-backs and narrow arms to make small rooms appear more spacious.
Metallic Elements: Incorporate metallic elements like nickel, stainless steel, or chrome.
Minimal Ornamentation: Avoid skirts, trims, fringes, tassels, ruffles, carvings, and floral prints.
Basic, Bare, and Bold: Focus on basic, bare, and structural designs with neutral colors.
Natural Fiber Upholstery: Use natural fibers such as wool, cotton, linen, silk, and jute.
Texture and Color Accents: Add textures and pops of your favorite colors through throws and pillows.

2. Traditional Style Upholstered Furniture

Consistency and Symmetry: Emphasize consistency and symmetry to create a calm and orderly space.
Pairs and Focal Point: Arrange items in pairs (sofas, chairs, end tables, lamps, sconces) around one focal point (fireplace, artwork).
Avoid Over-Matching: Be cautious not to make the room look overly matched like a catalog; opt for character-rich period pieces.
Heavy and Ornate: Traditional furniture is typically heavy and ornate with clawfoot tubs, tufted upholstery, winged-back chairs, and carved wood.
Dark Woods: Choose dark woods like mahogany, maple, and cherry.
Luxurious Fabrics: Use high-end fabrics such as leather, velvet, and silk.
Classic Styles: Consider Chesterfield, camel-back sofas, Chippendale, Queen Anne armchairs, and other antique or replica pieces.
Period and Ornamentation: Select furniture with definite period styles and ornamentation while removing modern pieces.

3. Transitional Style Upholstered Furniture

Balance and Harmony: Achieve a balance between comfort and sophistication, blending masculine and feminine elements.
Focal Point: Make furniture the focal point, with simple, large, and plush pieces.
Warmth and Personality: Add warmth and personality with unexpected furniture combinations, curves, clean lines, and a soft color scheme.
Graphic Patterns and Textures: Upholster furniture with graphic patterns and textured materials like creamy white cotton, smooth leather, and corduroy.
Scale and Harmony: Ensure that furniture pieces are large but not overwhelming, harmonizing with each other to avoid competition or looking out of place.
Embrace Negative Space: Use negative space to maintain a streamlined overall effect.
Simplicity and Comfort: Prioritize simplicity, comfort, and a lack of ornamentation as key elements of transitional decoration.

4. Modern Country Farmhouse Style Upholstered Furniture

Classic Wooden Furniture: Choose classic wooden furniture that appears to have been handed down through generations.
Mismatched and Primitive: Embrace a mismatched, primitive appearance with furniture that looks coarse and natural.
Avoid Fashion and Modernity: Furniture should not show a sense of fashion, sophistication, or modernity.
Evoke a Natural Feel: Aim for furniture that appears thrown together naturally.
Plain Sofas: Opt for plain sofas with no patterns and add colors through accessories and accents.

5. Eclectic Style Upholstered Furniture

Mix and Match Styles: Master eclectic style by mixing and matching furniture with different design styles, from old to new, modern to classic.
Contrasting Combinations: Contrast existing furniture with new pieces for an eclectic look.
Diverse Pairings: Pair items like a wingback chair with an ultra-modern coffee table, a vintage rocking chair with a mid-century table, and an overstuffed traditional couch with an Art-Deco mirror above a Victorian mantel.
Bold Statement Pieces: Focus on one or maybe two bold statement pieces in a room to avoid overwhelming the eclectic look.

6. Minimalist Style Upholstered Furniture

Functionality and Practicality: Prioritize functionality and practicality in the minimalist concept.
Purity and Simplicity: Focus on purity and simplicity of shape and form.
Quality Over Quantity: Choose a few high-quality, functional, and aesthetically pleasing pieces.
Sleek Geometric Shapes: Opt for furniture with sleek geometric shapes and clean, bold lines.
Space and Light: Ensure the room has plenty of space, light, and air, minimizing clutter.
No Patterns or Ornamentation: Avoid patterns and highly detailed ornamentation.
Streamlined and Elegant: Use a few streamlined, beautiful, and elegant pieces to create a cozy, attractive, calm, and relaxing space.


Action Items

Following along with page 37 — do this page in the workbook so you can narrow down what you are keeping and what you’re letting go of.
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