RELAXED AND UNPRETENTIOUS, THIS STYLE'S CHIEF CONCERN IS YOUR COMFORT.
As its name suggests, these spaces are designed for casual lifestyles, like living in the country or on the waterfront. From craftsman to cottage to coastal, casual designs vary greatly, but the common denominator is that they are always inviting—after all, who doesn't love soft fabrics and overstuffed seat cushions?
The resourceful furniture makers who helped define casual style
relied on whichever local materials were readily available, with oak, poplar and pine being among the more common woods. Painted and natural finishes are well suited for this style, and you don't have to choose just one. Two-toned furniture designs that incorporate both natural and painted finishes are immensely popular in casual decor.
As a reflection of the simple life, casual furniture is usually rustic in nature, but that doesn't mean it's altogether without ornamentation. What details there are tend to be primitive, such as square nailheads, chunky bun feet and arrow-back chair splats. Practicality is a priority here, so there's no expectation of precision. In fact, a few nicks and dents or imperfectly painted flowers are a welcome addition. Where others see flaws, casual decorators see furniture with character.