It is always a great interior design tactic to make the house that you inhabit a lot more cool, and absolutely incredible. There are a lot of styles you can follow to achieve this.
Read on to know more about the different types of interior styles that you can incorporate in your home.
The Traditional Interior Design Style
Traditional interior design style stems from a variety of old-school European styles and together are now referred to as “traditional”.
Elements of this design include:
- Reflects classic European decor,
- Elaborate moldings and wood paneling,
- Built-in cabinetry,
- Elegant furnishings and antique pieces,
- Pairings of furniture and accessories,
- Neutral palette with vibrant colors for furniture and accent pieces,
- Expensive textiles like silk, velvet, cashmere or comfy fabrics like cotton or linen, and
- Intricate tile and wood floor patterns
This design has all the right elements to get your home the right look that it so rightly deserves. Incorporating this style of design also gives a wholly fresh and classy outlook that really cannot be matched.
Modern Interior Style
Modern style for interiors is more popular in the media than in real life. I think people appreciate the look of it and it’s definitely cool, but when it comes to living in the more austere design, people opt for warmer home decor styles such as rustic, cottage or traditional.
Nevertheless, builders and architects are incorporating modern elements to many homes which is kind of cool; but moderating it with materials, angles and lines that add warmth.
Key attributes of the modern interior design style include:
- Absence of ornament,
- Intentional asymmetry,
- No clutter or chaos,
- Neutrals with primary colors and bold color contrasts,
- Geometric-patterned or plain area rugs,
- Furniture pieces have clean lines and basic shapes, made of materials like metal, chrome, or glass and are streamlined with polished, smooth and sleek surfaces,
- Art, rather than accessories, and
- Open floor plans
Contemporary Interior Style
Contemporary design style is often confused with modern design style… usually references to modern are in fact contemporary design. Contemporary design is current design which includes open spaces, plenty of light, straight lines, plenty of glass, steel and wood and in some cases unusual layouts.
Elements of contemporary design:
- Open spaces or open floor plans,
- Unusual layouts,
- Use of natural light,
- Neutral colors,
- Metal accent pieces,
- Textured and natural fabric,
- Very light or very dark wood tones, and
- Lighting design used as an artistic statement.
Transitional Interior Design
Transitional interior design style is an elusive style that spans multiple styles tying traditional or long-standing styles together with modern or contemporary design elements. It’s extremely popular right now among designers. In fact, it’s very easy to confuse contemporary with transitional and in fact for both types it’s often easy to argue a particular interior design is one or the other.
Transitional interior design elements include:
- Curved furnishings with straight-lined lacquered finishes,
- Limited use of accessories,
- Use of impactful art as focal points,
- Neutral color palette, and
- Textural elements such as wood, glass, lacquer, rattan, fabric, steel and metal.
Mid-Century Interior Design
Mid-Century style is a package deal. While some homes can have a different exterior style to the interior, that doesn’t really work with midcentury. The midcentury home must be midcentury outside and inside.
It’s a distinct look with clean lines, sparsely furnished, often not terribly large (but can be) and of course give off the 1950’s and 1960’s nostalgic look.
Shabby Chic Interior Design
Shabby-chic is big these days with the popularity of vintage and DIY home decor. While we don’t intend to say that the shabby-chic is a full crafty style, there are definitely craft elements that people like such as distressed furnishings, floral prints and design elements and whitewashed floors… all of which are popular DIY projects in the home.
Main shabby-chic design attributes:
- Decor has a soft, feminine feel,
- Vintage fabrics and items,
- Distressed and painted furnishings,
- Whitewashed and pickling floors,
- Pale palettes, and
- Floral prints.
Industrial Interior Design
Industrial design became popular in the 1990’s as many North American city centers started enjoying a refurbishment by converting old manufacturing facilities and warehouses into condos and multi-unit residential buildings. Instead of covering up or removing all the remnants of the space such as brick walls, exposed pipes and electrical wires and putting in interior walls, developers created large, open units preserving the old floors, walls and keeping much of the pipes and wiring and beams exposed resulting in what is known as industrial home decor.
The key elements of industrial interior design include:
- Raw and unfinished look,
- A mix of grays, neutrals and rustic colors,
- Utilitarian objects,
- Large sectionals,
- Antique or light fixtures with metal finishes,
- Use of vintage and old factory and laboratory pieces,
- Wood and metal surfaces, and
- Concrete flooring.
We hope you had a great time reading this article. Stay tuned for more content like this, and do let us know in the comments section which style you’d be incorporating.