This guide will provide some guidelines to help you decide how to tag your images. While you are not required to follow these suggestions, they may prove helpful in accurately identifying important aspects of your image.
Fill in this section with a short (2 -3 word) title that includes the artist’s name (if possible) and the known title of the work. If you are uncertain of the known title, list the Room Type or Building and Location.
Fill in this section with the name of the interior’s designer or artists. If you are uncertain, supply your best guest and include ‘to be confirmed’.
Fill in this section with a link to the website from which you took your image. Please try to use the original website when posting images. For example, while the Wikipedia article for Versailles provides images, the Versailles website also provides the same images and is the root source for Wikipedia’s article. Therefore, the Versailles website is the preferable ‘related website.’ If you took your image from a medium other than the web, enter that information in the related websites field. Please make sure you have permission to post images from print publications before submitting them to the site.
Please select the century from which your object originates. Remember that the century number does not correspond directly to the year number, but instead is one digit greater. For example, if your interior is from 1850, you should select the ‘nineteenth century’ radio button. If your interior is from 2010, select ‘twenty-first century.’
Please use this section to enter important features of the interior’s decoration that are not covered in other sections of the image submission page. Specific decorative techniques (ex: trump l’oeil), prominent decorative features (ex: mural, mirrors, curtains) specific dates (ex: 1492), pattern (ex: stripes, polka dot), patron (ex: George Washington, King Henry VIII), or overall space to which the interior belongs (ex: White House, Versailles). We recommend that you tag your image as accurately as possible at the time of submission.
Select the country/region of your interior’s origin from the drop-down menu. If you are uncertain of the origin, make your best guess.
Select the function of your interior. If you are uncertain, make you best guess.
Please select the classification(s) that best describes the style(s) or movement(s) reflected in your interior.
- Aesthetic (mid-to-late 19th - early 20th century):
Characterized by an eclectic mixture of exotic and historicized forms; blue and white china, ebonized wood, heavy use of color and wallpapers, as well as references to the far-east and middle-east are common
- Art Nouveau (20th century):
Characterized by a whiplash curve, references to nature
- Arts and Crafts (mid-to-late 19th century):
Characterized by an honesty of materials, an integration of form and function, and a hand-crafted aesthetic
- Art Deco (20th century):
Characterized by streamlined forms, luxurious or exotic details, new technologies of production (such as the use of plastics or prefabrication), and perhaps zigzag ornament or other geometric ornament
- Baroque (late 16th – 17th century):
Characterized by superfluously-detailed, often over-the-top didactic designs that (frequently) incorporate figurative, floral vegetal, architectural, and heraldic elements; use of gilding, carved wood and spiraling columns is also typical of the baroque style
- Classical (continuous):
Architecture produced during the Ancient Greek and Roman empires; also refers to designs that use elements of the classical vocabulary (such as columns and ornament from the Etruscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian or Composite orders, urn shapes, and triangular pediments)
- Contemporary (21st century):
Term pertaining to design of the time
- Eclectic (continuous):
Characterized by a mixture of styles, the interior expressing the blend of styles rather than one dominant style
- Gothic (mid-12th – 16th century):
Often seen in cathedrals or castles, interiors are characterized by pointed arches and spires, and emphasis on verticality, architectural details in furniture, patterned tiles, carved wood and stone, and stained glass; gothic style is strongly associated with the Christian church
- Modern (generally 20th century though modern interiors exist in every era):
Style of its time; encompasses modernism and the Modernist movement (Bauhaus) – which is characterized by geometric forms, primary colors, austerity and severity, and function over form
- Post-Modern and Pop Art (20th – 21st century):
Characterized by a pastiche of historical styles and references; adheres to the idea of semiotics (the surface of the composition tells a story or sends a message)
- Renaissance (15th -17th century):
Characterized by symmetry and strong attention to geometry, balance and proportion; strong references to ancient Roman forms and culture
- Revival Styles (19th century):
Period beginning in the early nineteenth century characterized by historicized forms inspired by previous design movements; revival styles include Neoclassical (Greek revival), Rococo Revival, Gothic Revival, and Renaissance Revival
- Rococo (18th century):
Characterized by a profusion of curvilinear forms (s and c scrolls), heavy use of gilding, and exuberant and delicate ornament often incorporating floral motifs, cherubs, or chinoiserie
- Vernacular (continuous):
Style that reflects local culture; often uses local materials and craft processes (ex: Etruscan Tombs and Biedermeir)
Please select the category or categories that best describe your interior. Some interiors may fit in more than one category. In this scenario, select the categories that best describe your interior.
- Art and Interiors:
Interiors that appear in prints, drawings, paintings, film, or conceptual interiors that appear in exhibition spaces or as part of a proposed space
- History and Interiors:
Interiors that are historically significant such as those that appear(ed) in publications and referenced in museums or historically-themed exhibits
- Fiction and Interiors:
Interiors that appear(ed) in film, television, theater, or conceptual interiors that appear(ed) in exhibition spaces or proposals completed as computer generated models as part of a proposed space
- Science and Interiors:
Interiors that derive(d) decorative inspiration or possibility from new technologies, innovative uses of materials, and creative installation
- Nature and Interiors:
Interiors that derive(d) decorative inspiration or possibility from nature and/or notions of sustainability; this category includes outdoor interiors such as gardens
Only use this if you are a designated Guest Curator.
If you so desire, you may use this field to write a brief description of you image (ex: The Hall of Mirror at Versailles uses light and mirrors creates a luxurious space that brings nature indoors). Your description should comment on significant aspects of decoration as composition. For examples of longer descriptions, see the ‘guest curator’ images and comments. (Text will only be included if author and email address is supplied.)
You may include your name or an alias to appear with your submitted image.