I've been wanting to write a post about design styles for awhile. But it's really hard to summarize design into a few select categories. Oftentimes I will label my items with more than one style because I think it would work well in a number of decors or styles. I'm always on the lookout for what is trending now, and what the keywords are.
Style keywords don't have to be "correct" - I mean that it doesn't have to fit perfectly into that style. Materials always need to be correct - don't say something is wool unless it's wool.
Here are some examples of design related keywords I might use in a listing:
Grunge, True Vintage
Primitive, Tribal, Folk
(These shoes were obviously designed for comfort NOT for style.)
Americana, Country, Crafty
In the description I might say something like:
"perfect for the RPG, or Dungeons and Dragons fan in your life"
Danish modern, Mid Century Modern
True vintage, western, cropped
Country, Rustic, Primitive
Art Nouveau, patina
Here are some articles, lists, blog posts, and links that will help expand your design vocab:
Modern vs. “midcentury modern” vs. Modernist vs. neomodern vs. contemporary: a primer on designspeak (Part I)
Interior Design Styles by Dwell Candy - this is an excellent resource for those hard to name pieces like an unmarked glass vase.
Dress Code: Know Your Era (This is an article for vintage fashion lovers but is a great resource for us resellers too - includes a list of "eBay keywords" with each style!!!)
Fashion eras (not many pictures but lots of good ideas for keywords)
List of Chics (I find this pretty funny)
What are your favorite keywords? What design style do you gravitate towards? Can you define your home or wardrobe in keywords?