Whether your looking to change up the existing interior style in your current space or decorating your first place, with so many unique design styles to choose from, it can be challenging to translate which one will work for you. Like hairstyles and shoes, interior design styles go in and out of fashion. What was trending in the 80’s may not be fashionable today, but then again some styles do remain popular well past their time.
The best way to choose a style that works for you, your personal taste and what you want your home to “say” about you. You can mix elements from different design styles together, but it is important to identify the core aspects of each one and which mix of styles suits you best. Below we will discuss several different styles and how they can be personalized for any taste.
Taking inspiration from nature and the outdoors, Farmhouse or Rustic style is all the rage right now. Raw wood, stone, leather, weathered finishes and natural textures all add that rustic character into any space. Rustic accents dominate Farmhouse style: distressed tables, dried lavender bunches, even antique butter churns would look amazing. Little cows on curtains, no thanks! Neutral tones will compliment wall décor and bring a lovely contrast to weathered and distressed pieces. Accent colors can be something similar to turquoise or yellow, brighter colors will add pop and definition. Architectural details may include features like vaulted ceilings adorned with wood beams and reclaimed wood floors.
The Liz Marie Blog has some simple and creative ways to give any house that beautiful farmhouse style. For budget decorating ideas, check out Prudent Penny Pincher and 50+ DIY Dollar Store Farmhouse Décor Ideas.
Bohemian style in 3 words- Creative, relaxed, eclectic. Boho-Chic gives the impression that you’ve traveled the world, you’re a free spirit with a carefree lifestyle. Even if you’re not. It’s all about using jewel tones, airy hues and natural colors to pull out other colors from the rooms main color palate. Vintage furniture and light fixtures, globally inspired textiles and rugs, items found during travels or varied sources like flea markets and thrifting all help create the laissez-faire attitude. Plants are also an excellent bohemian addition into any space while adding interest and depth. Don’t be afraid to mix styles and time periods, a Moroccan ottoman styled beside a Victorian chair won’t look out of place in a Bohemian space. Life growing inside your home will also add benefits like purifying the air and releasing oxygen. Hanging macramé plant holders and beautiful clay pots add charm and character to your plant babies.
For more tips and tricks Andrea’s Notebook has compiled 10 easy ways to add Bohemian Chic into your space.
Coastal / Hamptons
Warm, relaxing and positive, Coastal décor or Hamptons reflects the beach house spirit. There’s something reassuring about the elements used to bring this look together. This interior design focuses on light, bright and airy environs. Vibrant neutrals soak up the natural lighting for a relaxed yet elegant finish, using shades of blue and green as the primary accent colors. Elements of wood and accessories inspired by the sea such as seashells in clear jars, jute ropes, rowing oars, sailboats, navigational maps and stripped patterns help create a comfortable environment.
For more beachside inspiration check out this Fresh Home article on creating the perfect Coastal design in your home.
Warmth, practicality and comfort. Despite its name, Modern design is actually a product of the early 20th century. Modern style embraces straight lines and minimal accents. There’s not a lot of clutter or accessories involved in this decorating style. You won’t find any furniture coverings or tablecloths in strictly Modern style homes. A simple color palette and the use of materials like metal, glass and steel employ a sense of simplicity in every element.
The simplicity of modern style can easily be created in your own home by following these 10 Tips for Creating Beautiful Interiors from Decorilla.
Simple, sleek and practical, Minimalist interior design revolves around the theory of “less is more”. Minimalist is not just a plain white box; it showcases functional design while creating a simplified way to live. Skip trendy pieces and instead opt for classics and heirlooms that will stand the test of time, making each piece you bring into the space a focal point. Stick to the thinking of quality over quantity.
Qwerky has a few easy to rules for creating a Minimalistic home.
Soft and slightly feminine, Shabby Chic has received some backlash for being outdated or mislabeled as granny décor. Emphasizing on vintage elements to recreate the antique flea market look, paired with lace and pastel accents helps balance the sweetness needed to create a Shabby Chic feeling. Traditionally using white, neutrals and pastels paired with florals, you shouldn’t be afraid to apply pops of vibrant colors. Choosing to decorate your home with Shabby Chic style will give you plenty of opportunities to visit your local thrift stores and hunt for deals on vintage accessories and upcycle opportunities.
The Idea Stand has created an inspirational list of ideas to turn your living space into a warm and inviting area with Shabby Chic style.
A quality of coziness and comfortability that brings a feeling of wellbeing, Scandinavian design is characterized by minimalism and practicality. Furniture is simple, contemporary, functional and often has a sculptural influence. A majority of Scandinavian interiors use white and grey tones as the foundation colors. Incorporating elements like steel, wide plank flooring, bright plastics, and enameled aluminum will bring in personality.
Scandinavian Designs has everything you need get this clean, versatile aesthetic in your home.
Influenced by the look of factories and warehouses, Industrial style emphasizes liberal use of exposed steel, brick and distressed wood elements. Think high ceilings, old timber and dangling metal light fixtures. By adding abstract art, photography and vintage items for décor you can bring in pops of color into this traditionally darker color palette. Industrial style is not recommended for smaller spaces as it needs plenty of breathing room.
DecorAid shows us how we can add Industrial design without moving into a lofty warehouse.
Remember that the best interior designers will often bring in elements from several different styles, so liberate your mind and approach decorating from different angles to showcase your creative side.