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What Is Your Style?

Chances are, you don't know, according to the results of a survey sponsored by Architectural Digest magazine.

You probably don't know your style, according to the results of a survey sponsored by Architectural Digest magazine. Surveyors realized that people have no idea what the difference is between Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts, or even between broader categories such as contemporary and traditional.

The survey polled 650 adults with household incomes of $100,000 or more. Results were compared with those taken in a similar survey taken in 1998.

As it turns out, style isn't really on people's minds when they go out and buy upholstered furniture, such as sofas and chairs. When asked what characteristics they consider when making a purchase, the top response was that it just has to be comfortable (66 percent), followed by color and fabric pattern (64 percent). Equal numbers responded that they want their furniture to be simple — not ornate — or traditional, with 54 percent marking each box.

The downturn of the economy affected many responses, especially compared to responses from 1998.

Fewer people are hiring interior designers to decorate their homes: 35 percent in the survey said they went with a designer, compared to 50 percent in 1998.

And practicality, rather than passion, is more likely to govern purchasing decisions these days. Seventy-one percent of those surveyed said their buying motivation comes "when the old furniture wears out," compared to 56 percent in 1998. And 54 percent said they would buy "when I see something I really like," a drop from 59 percent in 1998.

Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service

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