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As an architect I am familiar with design styles, periods and pieces as they apply to architecture. In helping my clients come up with architectural plans for their home we discuss these various styles and related elements.

But when you are talking more about design, furniture and fixtures, and if you poke around houzz.com, you may have noticed that they have a long list of styles. So what exactly do those descriptions mean?

According to Houzz, their styles are identified as:

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living-room-1032732_1280Okay, some of them are pretty descriptive in and of themselves — Modern, Asian, Victorian. But what exactly is Industrial or Shabby-Chic? And what is Transitional transitionings?

Transitional has been described as “classic with a contemporary twist”, a blending of wood and glass.

Shabby Chic is a light, natural mix of contemporary styles, with furniture showing wear and tear, distresses to give it a feel of an older time.

Industrial gets its inspiration from old factories and workplaces. You’d be sure to see a concrete floor, and retro lighting.

Oh and mid-century modern style refers to the mid-20th century.

Check out this little slide show which captures the different styles. HGTV

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