If there’s one thing that a lot of people seem to have trouble with when it comes to decorating, it’s deciding on a style. And to know what interior design styles you like, you need to familiarize yourself with some of the popular ones. With so many beautiful pictures available on social media, blogs and magazines, it’s easy to get confused. However, they can influence us whether we realize it or not! But don’t worry if you don’t identify with one particular style, it’s possible that you are a blend of two or more different styles.
If you like simple, minimal, clean design then you probably fall into the Modern category. This style is all about the lines and the beauty of wood in its most simple form. Modern style furnishings and decor celebrate natural materials, neutral or earthy colors, and the elimination of unnecessary detailing. While you may see a range of colors in contemporary styling, modern styles would have monochromatic colors.
Key Features: Minimal Aesthetic, White Walls, Tapered Legs
Bohemian (BOHO) is for the carefree spirit. This style is all about mixing and matching colors, textures, and patterns. There are no hard and fast rules and you think outside the box. Instead of hanging artwork on the wall, use macramé or tapestries – and instead of harsh overhead fixtures illuminate your space with soft lighting from a variety of sources, such as floor and table lamps, lanterns, and candles. Choose furniture and décor that mixes vintage, antique, and acquired treasures.
Key Features: Bold Rugs, Vintage Furniture, LOTS of color
This style is all about weathered woods and warm tones and feels completely unpretentious or stuffy. It’s incredibly approachable and relaxed using character and history within the furniture and decor. Repurposing old pieces and making them functional again is also a key component of this style. Think about using materials that come from the earth and textiles like jute, canvas and burlap.
Key Features: Barn doors, warm colors, antique furniture
This style was inspired by old factories and industrial spaces; think metals, concrete, dark wood, and exposed brick. This is a more masculine style as it tends to have a dark aesthetic but it’s all about showing off raw materials. It’s common to see concrete as a form of art whether that’s on the floors or as an accent wall. The more brick and black metal the better. It’s all about creating a living space that feels like it was once a warehouse or old loft.
Key Features: Black metal, raw materials, weathered wood
Keep it classic. The traditional style offers a combination of comfortable furniture, classic designs and casual décor. It tends to be more formal but can be adjusted to fit your family and taste. Most color schemes are neutral with pops of color in greenery or florals. It’s not uncommon to see bulky furniture, chandeliers, and beautifully tufted seating.
Key Features: Neutral color scheme, detailed trim, wainscoting
If you’re still unsure of your style, don’t worry about trying to fit neatly into a box. Honestly, I believe most of us fall into a blend of styles that are shaped by our experiences, personalities and preferences.