Interior Design Styles
Before starting any project with a new client, it is fundamental to help them navigate through the different design styles which are available. This process involves pointing out key features of each so that we can then decipher together what style they fall into. Most clients already know certain aspects of design which they gravitate towards and away from, but for others it’s a process of elimination where they can judge various conceptual stages and explore their own tastes. This allows the interior designers to get a better understanding of who the client is and what their aspirations for the space may end up looking like. Styles are constantly changing and evolving and many if not most people can be a combination of multiple. Below is a non-extensive list of some of the main interior design styles of today.
Traditional Traditional is one of the oldest and most common design styles. The traditional style is rooted in heritage and traditional shapes and forms. Many of the pieces which are incorporated have either not changed since they were first created hundreds of years ago or merely endured slight tweaks over time. It is all about conscious layering, formality and incorporating pieces with structure and symmetry.
Boho Boho, otherwise known as the bohemian style, has become increasingly popular in recent years although its roots date back much further than that. Every bohemian style room starts with a solid foundation of simplicity, combined with botanicals and organic elements into a very layered and collected look. You’ll find lots of patterns, low lying furniture, vintage and distressed materials and a shy away from minimalism in this style mixed with bright and saturated colors and artistic accessories.
Eclectic Eclectic is almost the slightly more refined cousin to Boho. It has a lot of similarities as far as the collected nature, color combinations and curated aesthetics go. However, the pieces are less spontaneous and are more styled. Eclectic rooms could be filled with iconic pieces from just about every style and when done right it all works together.
Modern On the opposite end of the spectrum from Boho or Eclectic lies modern. The modern style is rooted in straight lines and square forms. You won’t find anything in this style with extra embellishments, and typically the style has a more neutral color palette with the occasional pop of color.
Mid-Century Modern This style takes heavy inspiration from the 1950s and 1960s and has become one of the most common and relatable styles for many people. The lines on many mid-century pieces are simple, clean and minimal and are made from warm woods with purposeful details and styling; standing the test of time and remaining relevant and modern.
Minimalist Minimalist is a style that has similar cues to modern with very clean lines and simple shapes. Minimalist thrives on the mantra of “less is more” with zero clutter and very few objects or layers on display. All items are very refined when selected for rooms that fall into this style and everything in these rooms must play a purpose.
Scandinavian As suggested, Scandinavian design is very much Nordic in its roots. It has some similarities to modern and reads as simplistic and minimal in its approach. Only a very soft color palette of pastels balanced out with light-toned woods are used. Predominately the style is composed of lots of whites, creams and tans. It is inviting, simple, and clean yet very warm and relaxed in its styling.
Industrial Just as the name suggests, the origins of this style are rooted in factory-esque machinery as a result of old industry and warehouses being converted into luxurious apartments during periods of gentrification. It can lead a bit more masculine than the other styles as it uses a lot of robust and heavy materials such as bare metals, exposed piping and brickwork, rustic wood and leathers. However, the softness comes through its neutral color palette and the use of found objects which instantly can give the room some soul and character.
Glam This style is filled with luxe textiles like leather, suede and velvet, and jewel-toned colors. It’s very high-end and polished and employs all the very finest of finishes. In this style, you’ll see a lot of minimal yet impactful touches that give it that posh and elevated look without having to add on too much of the extra detail and fill that you might find in a “Hollywood Regency” style; a style inspired by the luxurious and opulent homes of movie actors and directors, especially those of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Characterized by bold colors, statement pieces, and a glamorous touch, it combines art deco and mid-century modern trends to create rooms that are full of personality, striving to make them one of a kind.
l The name inherently gives you a sense of what the style holds. Coastal décor is a beach-inspired type of interior that relies on natural light, a soft palette, an airy feel, natural textures and a few beach- or sea-related items and motifs. The style is all about bringing the natural elements of the coast inside your home. There are a lot of white-washed woods, blue tones, and plenty of white to help all that beachy sunshine bounce around the room. For a tropical island coastal décor, incorporate more actual palms or palm patterns, brighter accents, natural teak, and tropical motifs like pineapples and flamingos; Mediterranean coastal décor homages Greek, Italian, and Spanish shores with more sun-baked colors, a few black iron or metal accents, and decorative items made of terracotta; Coastal cottage décor combines maritime themes with a rustic touch, and you can emphasize it with even more distressed elements and an abundance of cozy textures.