Puritans were quite influential in design and laid emphasis on functionality over aesthetics and simplicity over ornamentation. The simplicity in design was first observed during this era. Then came the early colonial style that was influenced by the early settlers and featured log cabins and rustic touches in the decor. This phase was followed by the Victorian style which still has a large following owing to its 'hide all things ugly' motto. Windsor chairs and paintings were the signature elements of this style that has always been high on drama and opulence.
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