These are the closest to the original French escritoire style, retaining its 18th-century aura - baroque and lavish in looks, and crafted with passionate intricacy. Their prominent characteristics:
- Predominantly solid-wood construction
- Elaborate carving and inlay with mainly decorative forms
- Paw-legs with an outwardly curved shape
- Rich high-gloss wood finishes
- Decorative metal handles, knobs, bolts, and rivets
They will integrate well with like-minded surround - ornate sofa, mirror, photo-frames, and an entertainment unit are some examples.
Antic/rustic secretary desks will "stand tall" in spacious duplex apartments or independent homes, amidst an opulent culture. Proceed to pay for one of these pieces if you are in this league.
This style is characterized by low-relief hand-carving and natural wood finish in glossy and semi-glossy luster. The slanting-top and roll-top products belong to this traditional style. They can belong to medium-sized apartments and independent homes. Match a traditional desk with a hard floor - preferably wood or vinyl, dry flowers, and sepia-tone pictures above the desk.
This furniture era has the Scandinavian footprint of simple shapes, angular rather than a curved body, nil or minimal surface decoration and embellishment, and slanted legs. The tradition has manifested in secretary desks as a functional and feature-rich style with quiet elegance. You would notice it for its simplicity.Departing from the dark wood finishes, this style successfully experiments with lighter tones, even white and ivory shades. Mid-sized homes are best-suited for this style. Ceramic flower vases with white lilies, a white or pastel cushioned-sofa, light-net flowing curtains, and an elegant chandelier - that's the idyllic imagery for the mid-century style.
Modern and contemporary
This is an independent American desk style that breaks free from European influence. It is cosmopolitan, bold, and liberal, not afraid to experiment with colors, shapes, forms, and materials. Modern and contemporary secretary desks will spoil you with functional convenience and striking looks. A white wooden frame with a bright orange desktop and black drawers, or black-powder coated aluminum legs supporting a white working plane with olive green drawers - "hybrid" defines the American modern and contemporary style.
Whichever desk you buy, complement it with a deep-sinking black sofa and a lounge chair, we Americans love comfort after a day on the work-desk.
These desks are created to provide maximum functional value within a compact area so that they serve their purpose within limited yardage. They are light, informal, even casual, yet efficient, and they are adaptive across working spaces - be it an office, home, or commercial establishment.
Urban desks' design orientation is toward perpendicular vertical and horizontal surfaces with angles and sharp edges. And they are usually light-colored. They will look attractive in a light and airy surround with pastel walls, planters, and a fireplace.