Friday, September 14, 2012

What's Your "Design Idiom"?

I was just working on my next blog post when I made a reference to my design idiom and realized that I have yet to identify my design idiom on here, nor have I offered to define "design idiom" in general for those of you who aren't quite sure what it means.

I guess I've put off doing this for so long because I'm no etymologist and I've yet to find a definition online that I could plagiarize - I mean "reference".  Joking! 

So I guess I'll give it a shot.  Here goes:

Design Idiom: A language one uses to describe their design aesthetic.

Or in other words, your design philosophy - or style.  For example, if you want to create a space that evokes images of the industrial era, but you want to maintain a sense of warmth and livability, you might define your design idiom as "Industrial Chic".

Via Desire to Inspire.

Via Curated Style.
Via Restoration Hardware.
Other popular design idioms are: Art Deco, Spanish Colonial, Shabby Chic, Mid Century Modern and so on.  But most of us tend to marry one or more styles together, creating our own unique aesthetic.  So, I ask you, what's your Design Idiom?!

Mine?  Well it's pretty eclectic.  Maybe you'd say, Vintage Modern.


  1. My design idiom is far from reality.

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