What’s your interior design style? That’s the question I always ask my clients at the beginning of a consult. Unfortunately not many are able to put this in words or on paper. I often hear, ‘something nice’, ‘fancy’, ‘glam’ or ‘colorful’.
Interior design styles are many and quite a number of them date back to specific periods in history. Nonetheless, that’s a history lesson for another day.
Today, we will narrow down to 10 interior design styles that have stood the test of time and very often reign supreme in the design world.
Therefore, if you are looking to decorate your home and you have no idea which interior design style best suits your personality, then search no more. We’ve got you.
Interior Design Styles
Create a mood for you using the eclectic interior design style. Think glitz, glamour, color and shiny metallic elements.
Lucinda Loya is renowned for her eclectic touch in many of her interior designs. As you can see from the above picture, her work is elegant, vibrant and full of texture. Exactly how I would describe the eclectic interior design style.
If the eclectic theme is up your alley then check out Lucinda’s website for more inspiration – you’ll love it all, trust me!
Industrial interior design style celebrates raw materials, wooden beams and exposed concrete or brick walls. It also combines a lot of neutral tones and open spaces. Think old factories or mills transformed into a beautiful home.
I know the thought of old factories or mills may seem far fetched but these are the actual places industrial interior design borrows its aesthetics from.
Find out different ways you can incorporate industrial interior design style here.
Just like the name suggests, coastal interior design style is all about the seaside. Think sandy beaches, tropical weather and the ocean.
A coastal inspired room embodies soft tones with a mix of wood, blue hues and a white color palette. Some of the decor accessories incorporated include wicker baskets, anything that depicts nautical and translucent curtains.
Mid Century Modern
Defined by clean lines, mid century modern interior design style is one for the books. I first came across this style when I watched the series, Mad Men. Since then, I have come to love and appreciate its use of organic forms, simple shapes and most of all, color.
Unlike other interior design styles, mid century modern is not restrictive. It allows freedom for fun and design quirks.
Apart from clean lines, some of its distinguishing features are bold prints and patterns. When using this style of design, keep in mind that your space should be uncluttered and make use of any negative space.
Geometric forms and organic shapes are not to be neglected, for they are also major features that make up mid century modern.
The Scandinavian interior design style is known for simple patterns, use of natural elements, soft hues, minimalism and functionality.
It is characterized by simplicity, fun patterns and neutral colors such as grey, white and charcoal. This design movement is uncluttered, has little to no use of carpets and most of all, maximizes on natural light.
Originally from Nordic countries, Scandinavian styled homes follow a minimalist approach to design.
The bohemian interior design style is characterized by its free spirited and socially unconventional approach to design. It is eclectic, casual, full of life and culture.
Vibrant, colorful patterns and textures are some of the major features of bohemian design style. When it comes to color, think earthy tones, eclectic blue hues, orange and deep browns.
Dyed textiles, macrame, rattans, burlap, colorful throw pillows, cushions and rugs are many of the decorative accessories and materials used when decorating in bohemian.
Does your mind instantly click Joanna Gaines when you think of farmhouse interior design style? If so, then your thought process is accurate.
Farmhouse design is all about simplicity and elegance. It blends relaxing, warm and welcoming materials. Rustic and metallic finishes are common features used in this decorating style.
Farmhouse style of decorating is not restrictive. It allows room for various furnishings and decorative accessories. But, do not overdo it. Always keep in mind that farmhouse oozes cozy vibes, therefore go easy on clutter.
Some of the common colors utilized to give a tasteful palette are grey undertones, hints of pastel and last but not least, subtle blues.
According to Tate, modernism refers to a global movement in society and culture that from the early decades of the 20th Century sought a new alignment with the experience and values of modern industrial life.
Modern interior design is sleek, simple and has clean lined furnishings. It incorporates shades of white and grey and has industrial elements as building materials.
You may be asking yourself, well what’s the difference between modern and contemporary interior design? Like most interior design styles, modern design is tied to a specific era – the modernism movement. While contemporary design is about trends and what is currently happening at the moment.
To give you an idea of traditional interior design style, think 18th and 19th century Europe. Cozy and comfortable, traditional interior design style exhibits history – both in design materials and elements.
Traditional style of decorating is not trendy – in fact, most of its furnishings are vintage pieces with a classic look. Some of its features are deep wood tones, elegant and soft textiles and the furniture arrangement is formal.
Transitional style of decorating can easily be confused for traditional. This is because two design styles are blended to form transitional i.e contemporary and traditional design styles.
Transitional interior design style often has comfortable furniture, neutral color palettes and is less ornamental.
You may find a few contemporary and traditional decor accessories in a transitional styled home but nothing modish.
Some of the colors used through out this design style are grey, blue, beige and even silver hues.
There you have it. Do you think you can now identify your design style? Let me know in the comments section below.
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