How To Find Your Design Style: 9 Design Styles
When you are looking to redecorate your home, the first step of the process is to identity what is your design style! Knowing your style will help you understand what elements of design you like most, what keep pieces to purchase and what you want your space to ultimately look and feel like. Here are nine common styles that will help you navigate through and select your design style.
Bohemian decor captures the carefree and adventurous spirit of the avant-garde lifestyle. It features creative application of rich patterns and vibrant colors, especially those with red or purple tones. The key is to carefully present a purposefully “messy” look. Layer on textiles (throws, pillows, rugs, tapestry) for a warm ambience.
Color palate: yellows, reds, fuchsia, gold
Material: wood, animal hide
Decor: nomadic prints, earthy elements
The contemporary style encompasses a range of styles developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Pieces feature softened and rounded lines as opposed to the stark lines seen in modern design. Interiors contain neutral elements and bold color, and they focus on the basics of line, shape and form.
Color palate: neutral, white, and black
Materials: natural fibers (linen, silk),stone tone and metal
Decor: geometric patterns, furniture with exposed legs
The mid-1900s produced some of the most iconic pieces in modern design. It is characterized by refined lines, minimalist silhouettes, and natural shapes.
Color palate: Neutal color palate
Materials: wood, linen, plywood, glass
Decor: minimal ornate furniture, straight line sofas
This is a look that hearkens back to the turn-of-the-century industrial era. It emphasizes liberal use of exposed steel with distressed wooden elements, frequently complemented by exposed brick walls.
Color palate: Brown, black
Material: wood, brass metal, brick, leather
Decor: exposed air-duct, brick wall, wood floors, black light fixtures
An off-shoot of the mid-century modern movement, Scandinavian design introduced a popular minimalist look to the interior architecture field that lasts to this day.
Color palate: white, grey, blues
Materials: natural wood
Decor: maximize light, low sofas, simplified lamps and light fixtures
The traditional design was build on neoclassical elements,formal furniture layout and symmetrical decor. Furniture used to be heavy and ornate and color palate was mostly peach, green, browns and gold. Nowadays, designers modernize the style by combining combining with few vintage pieces, gravitating toward neutral color palate with colorful accents while still keeping the symmetry as the hallmark of the traditional style.
Color palate: blues, greens, grey, golds, browns
Materials: natural wood, nickel, leather
Decor: symmetric bookcase, fireplace, stripes/floral/paisley prints
Warm, relaxing, and positive. Costal design reflects the New England beach house spirit. This interior design style is based on white or sand colored foundation, with blue as the primary accent color.
Color palate: creams, blues, greens, aquas and corrals
Materials: linen, glass , sheer curtains, weathered wood
Decor: seashell, jute rope, compasses, marine life, anchors, corals, driftwood
Laid-back style with touches of tradition & heritage that are familiar & nostalgic for thesimplicity of the past.
Color palate: white, brown, taupe
Materials: distressed wood, wool, linen,
Decor: wood planks, farm elements, rustic table
Bold color palettes, textures, and patterns brought together to create a rich mix with utility and focal points in mind
Color palate: neutral and bold warm colors (yellow, orange, red, fuchsia)
Material: wood, velvet, leather
Decor: vintage rug, Chinese art, statement piece
That’s a wrap for the popular interior design styles! Hope this was helpful in getting you with decorating your home. Remember once you narrow down on the design you like, select the elements you like most and build on that. Let me know what you think!