How do you define your design style? Does your current interior reflect what you think it is? Do you even know what all your options are?
There are many ways you can design a home, but if you don’t understand the styles that exist, it can be difficult to decide which way to go. Here’s a rundown of some popular types of home design that might help you determine what your personal design style is.
If you love all things soft and feminine, then your style may be romantic. Romantic is a relaxed style characterized by soft pastel color schemes and sheer, light fabrics. Upholstery fabrics, as well as fabrics for pillows and throws, range from silk, matelassé, velvet and chenille. Of course romantic style wouldn’t be complete without a little sparkle either, so accents of silver, crystal and pearlized shell are great ways to finish off the space.
If sleek, smooth and polished describes your personality, then the style for you may be modern. Modern is known for its neutral color palette, geometric shapes and asymmetrical look. White walls are usually support the neutral tone-on-tone colors throughout the room.
If you consider yourself a history buff, or appreciate pieces that tell a story, then your style may be old world. Old world design revolves around dark-stained, aged, distressed, and textured furnishings, architectural details such as exposed beams and arches, and accents like woven tapestries.
If you have a fondness for aged pieces and pastel, botanical palettes, then your style may be cottage. Cottage design is about color and comfort, focusing on causal, weathered and sometimes painted pieces of furniture. Other furnishings may include iron and wicker chairs slipcovered and accented with floral cushions.
If you just can’t decide on one favorite style, then eclectic style might be for you. The great thing about eclectic is that you can fill the room with a mix of different styles and periods, as well as various accessories. All you really need is a similar color, texture, finish or pattern to pull everything together.
If you’re all about Feng Shui, then Asian style might help you maintain that balance. Asian design can pull in a variety of design elements from places such as Vietnam, China, Japan and Thailand, which gives you more decorating options. Although furnishings are often sparse and low to the ground, the ever-popular cushions and pillows in this style provide a comfortable space.
If you love to travel, and are drawn to the countries north of the Mediterranean Sea, including Spain, Greece and Italy, then Mediterranean style is for you. Mediterranean design is often referred to as Spanish modern, incorporating décor ranging from simple to formal. Walls are often textured, hardware is heavy, and the furniture is ornate. Colors echo the sea and sky but can also include warm shades of terra cotta, lavender and yellow.
If you prefer a clean and serene atmosphere, then transitional design may be your style. Because of the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary designs, transitional is favored by many homeowners. Its classic and timeless design is due to a variety of factors including the simple, sophistication of furniture lines, the diversity of fabric textures and patterns, the neutral color palette and the minimalist approach to accessories.
Exuberant and suave, sophisticated and innovative–that’s Art Deco design style. Bold and glamorous, yet functional, Art Deco was a style that peaked in the late 1920s and early ’30s. Mood lighting, geometric shapes, sleek surfaces, lush textiles, lacquered furniture, mirrored furnishings, and black and white color palettes are just some of the key elements that make this design style so dynamic.
While coastal design can be tweaked to mimic its location, American coastal, fondly called “beach house”, is the most common. If you enjoy your toes in the sand, the breeze in your hair, and the view of sea and sky, then this is probably your style. While seaside motifs can be appropriate, a well-designed coastal space eases people into the mood in a more subtle manner. Open spaces with abundant light, pale neutrals, natural fibers, crisp fabrics, casual furniture complete with light, weathered woods, are key components to a welcoming coastal home.
If you want freedom to express your own unique individuality however you want to, you may be a bohemian. There’s a huge misconception about this design style, which often has people shying away from it. Contrary to popular belief, most bohemian spaces are not ones of complete disarray. In fact, when done right, a bohemian style home can take both the carefree and the unusual and turn it into something glamorous. Warm earthy colors, metallics, and jewel tones open up a world of color palette options, while a mix and match of materials and textiles add to the charm. Furnishings and accessories are often second hand and vintage pieces–each with their own story–that can easily be found at flea markets and antique stores.
While there are specific elements that define it, farmhouse tends to be more of a way of life, or even an attitude, more than an actual style. So much in fact, that the look doesn’t require that you actually live on a farm–or even in a rural location for that matter. Farmhouse sinks, shiplap, rustic furnishings, natural textiles, vintage touches, and gallons of white paint are pretty much all it takes to round out a modern farmhouse interior that would make Joanna Gaines beam with pride.
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