Have you ever found yourself guessing what your interior design style is? Perhaps wanting to switch your style but not really knowing where to start?
This guide will pinpoint the most relevant elements in each style so you can identify what style you gravitate towards, and help with your decor decisions :)
There are many decor styles and it is okay to identify with more than one! In fact, your style can be a combination of several styles. Remember that interior design is very personal and you can develop your own style, as long as it makes you happy go for it!
Traditional Interior Design Style
This style draws inspiration from 18th and 19th century England and France. The furniture is made from dark wood, features round edges and intricate carved details. Texture is often added with lavish crystal chandeliers, textured decor accents and through textiles. Some textiles used in this style are silk, velvet, and linen, and the most commonly used patterns are damask, florals, stripes and plaids. This European inspired style relies heavily on consistency across the room, it is key to have matching furniture and pillows, neutral colors and a few pops of color through flowers and oil paintings.
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Contemporary Interior Design Style.
This type of style is always evolving. Contemporary means belonging or occurring in the present. Due to its constantly evolving nature Contemporary Interior Design Style is created with elements from different periods. It features sleek lines, open layouts, detailed moldings on walls and windows, the furniture often gives a floating impression and the decor is minimal to create a clean and airy feel. Light is a key element in this style, you will find light reflecting materials such as metal and glass throughout a contemporary home.
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Transitional Interior Design Style.
One of the most popular styles today. This is the happy medium in interior design because it blends the warmth and elegance of the traditional style and the clean lines and minimal and open feel of the contemporary style. Accessorize with bold patterned rugs, throw pillows, and blankets. One of the main characteristics of this style is the mix of feminine and masculine decor accents and furniture pieces throughout the space.
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Modern Interior Design Style
Modern and Contemporary styles are quite similar and sometimes it might be hard to differentiate them. Let’s analyze what the features of the Modern style are. Modern Interior Design was born in the early to Mid 20th century, it is influenced by elements of the Scandinavian, mid century modern and postmodern design styles.
Lines are kept clean and simple, spaces are open and not many knickknacks are present, you will find materials like chrome, metal, glass, leather, and natural colored wood. It is common to find bold colors that make a clear statement for example accent walls, oversized art, furniture and all within an overall neutral space.
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Industrial Interior Design Style
While the Industrial Interior Design Style is quite current it was born after the second industrial revolution (approx. after 1914) where many factories were left vacant, and the demand for housing forced developers to convert industrial buildings into housing developments.
Some of the main characteristics of this style are exposed beams, pipes, brick walls, cement floors and walls, and large windows. Layered rugs, oversized art, blankets, floor poufs help bring warmth, coziness and contrast the cool tones from the cold materials such as cement and metal that are used to build the space.
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Bohemian Interior Design Style
Bohemian style is free-spirited and charged with natural decor materials such as rattan, wood, pampas grass, and other organic materials. The bohemian aesthetic is inspired by arts, cultures and nature, it is laid back and filled with either bright colors or a more neutral color palette, fun decor accents, bold patterns and plants! This style is full of personality and you can’t really go wrong with your decor choices because it is purely a form of expression and comfort.
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Mid Century Modern Interior Design Style
This style is from the 1950’s -1960’s, but has remained relevant throughout the years. During this time the home decor industry was trying to think outside of the box and break a few traditional standards into a futuristic aesthetic. Some pieces of furniture that are still widely used and current are the mid-century modern credenza (with the 4 legs at an angle and gold hardware details), the Eames lounger, the egg chair and wishbone chair.
Some characteristics of this type of style are the blend of indoor and outdoor living, luxurious woods such as teak, rosewood and walnut. The color palette in this style is often warm, you will see a lot of mustards, rusts, pastels, and greens in decor accents, furniture and walls.
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Modern Farmhouse Interior Design Style
We are talking about Joana Gaines’s style. It must be a good one to try, no? This style is filled with character and coziness. The Modern Farmhouse style’s characteristics include the use of mixed color metals, nickel, black, gold, and the use of tons of wood throughout the space; shiplap walls, wide plank floors, ceiling beams etc. It also features an open floor plan and large light features.The color palette is mostly neutral, the pops of color often coming from greenery and art.
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Eclectic Interior Design Style
Eclectic style is often misunderstood as a collection of everything and anything. However, eclectic is more of a curated collection of things with elements that complement each other. Eclectic decor can be colorful or neutral, it is a combination of old and new and plenty of texture. You can incorporate vintage pieces with contemporary, industrial or modern pieces to make an eclectic vibe come to life. Avoid just adding random things to your space and carefully select pieces that make sense with each other to achieve the eclectic look and feel you are looking for.
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Minimalist Interior Design Style
Minimalist design is very similar to Contemporary design, they both feature clean lines, and simple finishes. This style is inspired by Japanese design which is based on the motto “less is more”. Minimalist design is clean and airy and requires only the essentials in terms of furniture and decor accents.
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Rustic Interior Design Style
Rustic Design is associated with natural materials, industrial touches and farmhouse character. This style is inspired by the Romantic movement, it is effortless, and cozy. The furniture best fitted for this type of style is often wood and furniture pieces are often finished with light varnish, so you could still appreciate the grain of the wood.
Common decor accents to soften a rustic space are cowhides, sheepskins and leather items.
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Scandinavian Home Decor Style
Have you heard about the word Hygge? Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.
This is what Scandinavian style is all about. It is the balance between comfort and minimalism. This style reflects the winter landscape of nordic countries. It incorporates the right amount of furniture and decor, the colors are calming and neutral with palettes such as whites, grays, blacks and a few pops of blue or green or blush here and there.
Scandinavian Home Decor is essentially comfort and coziness meets sleek design.
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These are some of many interior design styles. We hope that this guide helped visualize what style you love the most :)
Have a beautiful week.
The Team at Apartment No.3