tarting a new decorating project and need some pointers on style? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve gathered 8 most popular interior styles that you can come across in modern homes.
A lot of designers (or even design savvy home owners) may choose to mix and match two or more of those design styles in their spaces, and some may choose to apply them exactly how they are. Whatever it may be in your case, it’s always best to identify with each design style separately first before planning anything.
Of course, there are more than eight interior design styles out there, but I wanted to focus on the major styles that are currently trending.
Interior Design Style #1: Mid-Century Modern
By mid-century, it’s meant to be the middle of the 1900’s. During that era a lot of the most iconic trends and pieces have emerged!
Furniture designed during that era are popular for their refined minimalistic lies and silhouettes as well as natural shapes. A fes of the most iconic designers are Saarinen, Niemeyer, Eames, Noguchi, Jacobsen, and more. They defined creative ways for material use that are still applied today, like molded plastic, plywood, and aluminium.
One of the most popular characteristics of mid-century pieces is that they are highly versatile and can complement a lot of the other design styles.
Interior Design Style #2: Industrial
The industrial style originated from the turn-of-the-century industrial era. It emphasizes the use of exposed ceilings and walls (usually with visible ducting or worn wooden beams). The usual look would be exposed brick walls and concrete floors; some modern variants employ copper accents (lighting, fixtures, etc.)
The general feel of this style is raw, rustic, and mature but it can range from a clean minimal look to a rugged antique “clockwork” look.
Interior Design Style #3: Nautical
Nautical or Beach (Costal) style is known for its warm, light, relaxing, and positive feel. This style literally reflects the look of a beach house: white or sand colored foundation, with blue as the primary accent color.
When it comes to materials, unfinished wood and linen upholstery are a couple of its main identifiers, with seashells, ropes, oars, sailboats, maps, and other thematic elements as accessories.
Interior Design Style #4: Scandinavian
A branch of the Mid-Century style, Scandinavian design styles are pretty popular for people who love minimalistic looks but without the coldness.
Thanks to IKEA, Scandinavian themed furniture and accessories are now very accessible and affordable. This style is known for its organic materials, simple furniture and color schemes, as well as tis contemporary and functional aesthetics.
Many Scandinavian themed interiors prioritize fluidity, proportion, and a “relaxed” appeal. Not to mention the monochromatic color scheme of white and grey with other colors as accents.
Interior Design Style #5: Bohemian
This design style has always been associated with carefree and adventurous spirits, due to the fact that it suits a very avant-garde kind of lifestyle.
Creative use of rich patterns and vibrant colors are the main and very obvious ways to identify the style, especially the use of red and purple tones. Decorating with this style is like balancing on a plank, since the purposefully messy look can very easily topple onto an actual messy space.
Layering textiles such as throws, pillows, rugs, and tapestry is the main reason behind its “cozy” characteristics, while its most popular accessories are usually collections of ethnic or religious artifacts in either organic textures or bold colors.
Bohemian (or Boho-chic) loves textiles, animal hides, wood, and metallic as centerpiece accents.
Interior Design Style #6: Farmhouse
Farmhouse décor is basically another approach to cabin-inspired interiors; mostly transitional with some traditional elements mixed in.
Farmhouse interiors should transport you to French Provence. Dried flowers with other greeneries in jars or buckets and planters and vases with bushy flowering greenery in careful arrangements would really stylize and define the space.
Farmhouse furniture is very close to the Nautical (Beach) style, with distressed wood, softly textured linens, and neutral base colors.
I would personally recommend bright colors as accents (like greens, blues, or yellows) to give definition and character.
Interior Design Style #7: Urban (Modern)
Urban or Modern design styles are usually seen in lofts and apartments in major cities. Just like city life, the interiors are a fusion of complementary and opposing elements.
Minimalistic pieces are merged with Glamorous chic, Ethnic, and Edge designs to create this 21st century setting.
Large furniture pieces (sofas and beds for example) are uniform, sleek, and have low profiles while their smaller counterparts are eye catching trailblazers. Decorative accents like pillows, mirrors, and end tables are often artistic and have a sort of creative expression to them. Add some geometric design wall art of hipster trinkets for character, and you’ve got yourself a modern urban space.
Interior Design Style #8: Shabby Chic
To me, personally, the Shabby chic interiors that I see on Pinterest (you know, the “princess room” ones?) are not what this style is about.
Shabby chis is more functional and has more character than that, it emphasizes odd vintage elements to give out a flea market look to a space.
The furniture looks (or is made to look) aged with some distressed areas to show wear and tear. Decorative accents for this type of décor are soft an opulent (not “princess-y”) often with an affected modern feel to upgrade the room to a contemporary standard. The textiles are mainly linen with the cliché of white and pastels, but do yourselves a favor and add some vibrant colors for a unique and character filled feel to the space.