Furniture from a certain period of style can be hard to identify unless you are an expert. And, let’s face it, if you were an expert you would not be reading this. Am I right? Let’s us all take a look at some of the basic of period style furniture for those looking to decorate their home to reflect a certain era and/or country.
Shaker Style Furniture
Rustic-minded homeowners often look to the community of the Shakers for a simple and traditional furniture style. Shaker furniture is identified by its characteristic simplicity. Look for mortise-and-tenon joints to hold pieces of wood together. Decorative dovetail joints also appear in Shaker furniture. If you can get your hands on an authentic piece of antique Shaker furniture it means two things: 1) you have money and 2) you will be sitting in some of the most well-constructed furniture on the planet.
Queen Anne Style Furniture
The Queen Anne period of furniture is relatively easy to spot in relation to what came before. Look for the rounded claw foot or hoof or a ball that is being handled by a claw or hoof. Over the period of time in which George I and George II reigned, the furniture of the Queen Anne period became more and more ornate. One of the iconic furnishings of the Queen Anne style is the highboy with cabriole legs and a gooseneck pediment.
Georgian Style Furniture
Georgian style is similar to the preceding Queen Anne style with the primary difference being that Georgian furniture offers greater diversity. Those expensive Chippendale chairs with the increasingly straight legs are a hallmark of the late Georgian period. Overall, the furniture becomes lighter as you move from the height of Queen Anne to the end of the Georgian period.
Victorian Style Furniture
Queen Victoria ruled the roost for far too long to have a simple description of Victorian furniture apply. Throughout the Victorian era there were little eruptions of style that brought into play rococo from French as well as Gothic influences. The Industrial Revolution also plays a part in the development and evolution of Victorian style furniture. It was during the latter part of the 1800s that a certain sense flight of the imagination was introduced into furniture. This is the reason that you will find authentic Victorian furniture designed with power tools that allows designs which would have been almost impossible using hand tools. Look for almost ridiculously decorative backs to chair as well as raffia chair featuring upholstery colors intended to match exactly your window covering. What really sets Victorian style furniture apart from what had come before is that it was the first style to offers furniture made by machines rather than being completely made by hand. This is why you can find more Victorian style furniture still around and for a cheaper price than Queen Anne or Georgian furniture.