In my last post, I talked about the difference between theme and style, and in this post, I want to give an example of these differences in action.
One of my points in “The Difference Between Theme and Style” is that any style can be applied to a theme — that is, the same theme can be done several different ways to achieve a different effect.
To show this, I want to give three examples — a One Theme, Three Ways type thing. The chosen theme is Spring Garden! The chosen styles are modern, elegant, and rustic.
There are a few elements I wanted to be the same in each example:
- All events are outside, preferably in a garden.
- All events feature flowers as the most prominent decor element.
- All events utilize bright spring colors.
How different can they be? Lets see!
Modern style focuses on clean and crisp lines and colors. White is often the most utilized color in modern design, and both example photos feature white linens and decor pieces. Both also feature clean angles in the tables and in the frames for the drapes. The decorators in the second photo chose rectangular stands and vases for their flowers, another modern element, and the bright flowers in the first photo give the table a very upbeat and contemporary look.
An elegant style always makes me think of gardens in European castles and lots of delicate finery. In the example photos, there’s carefully manicured foliage, classical architecture, and antique tableware. Roses dominate bouquets of varying pinks and reds, and touches of crystal and gold provide luxurious accents. An elegant style is classic; it never goes out of… well… style.
Rustic style is often cozy and homey, and a rustic event is no different. Elements often look natural, handmade, and warm. This is obvious in the wooden table and chairs, the burlap accents, and the flowers and leaves that look like they were pulled directly from a field or strewn carelessly across the table. This has the effect of looking effortless and comfortable, two of the charms of a rustic style.
Which look is your favorite? How do you think these styles would apply to your favorite theme or season?