Have you ever tried to define Style?  In trying to describe Style to introduce the different styles in Interior Design I realised that it is not so straight forward.  The word is as undefined- as the elements it is describing!

20170316_201506So going back to basics!  From the Collins Gem Dictionary & Thesaurus we get a definition of: ‘design; manner of writing, doing etc.; fashion; elegance.’  Yeap still not too clear!

Using a different dictionary,  The Business Dictionary .  It states’ style is the characters or elements combined and expressed in a particular (often unique) and consistent manner.’  Now that I can make sense of.

Now to define STYLE.  I guess it is the thing, or better the element, or clusters of elements that are grouped together to make a signature impression.    Let’s take a look at some examples:  a writing style is the way and the type of word that are put together, when they have a particular flow or expression;  personal style is the collective of items such as clothing, makeup, a walk, an expression that makes up a person and how they are seen or experienced;  a particular hair style, is the type of cut or arrangement.

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Literature Style

written by        Mariette Du Toit Dodd

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The Pixie Hair Style



You don’t want to confuse trend and style.  As Cocco Channel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same”.   Style is evolved, it starts with an idea or an element (item, colour, vision) and begins to grow, develop, evolve.  Think back to your personal style.  You see something that you like or interests you, you take it on board, but it takes time before you find the best fit for you – that becomes you style.

So from a design aspect, or more specifically Interior Design, Style is about a collection of themed elements.  Usually these are related to a time period, or a design element.

For Example, an interior design style is MINIMALISM, which as it states is minimal in content. The furniture with in the room is with clean straight lines.  Not to be confused

Minimalism by Hengki Koentjoro 2012

curves, these must be clean and distinct, but there is no pattern.  Colour schemes tend to be monochromatic or in the neutrals, generally there is no accent colours used.

by FORMA Design

Minimalist Design HD wallpaper for Wide 16:10 5:3 Widescreen WHXGA WQXGA WUXGA WXGA WGA ; HD 16:9 High Definition WQHD QWXGA 1080p 900p 720p QHD nHD ; Standard 4:3 5:4 3:2 Fullscreen UXGA XGA SVGA QSXGA SXGA DVGA HVGA HQVGA devices ( Apple PowerBook G4 iPhone 4 3G 3GS iPod Touch ) ; iPad 1/2/Mini ; Mobile 4:3 5:3 3:2 16:9 5:4 - UXGA XGA SVGA WGA DVGA HVGA HQVGA devices ( Apple PowerBook G4 iPhone 4 3G 3GS iPod Touch ) WQHD QWXGA 1080p 900p 720p QHD nHD QSXGA SXGA ;

In there is an accent colour of red, but the room is still minimalist as there is little furniture, the lines are clean and straight, and there is no patterns.

Minimalism design aug15 3These stairs shown by Pzazz Building in New Zealand, are minimalist, but they are done in a curve rather than straight with harsh angles.

So, to recap, STYLE is the combining of elements that follow a theme and are consistent in their format.



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