Whenever you try to design a new space or spruce up an older one, zeroing in on a definitive interior design style is absolutely essential. It will help you in focusing your décor efforts and choosing the right colors, textures, finishes and elements. Educating yourself can go a long way in helping you achieve your dream home, room or office. Here we bring you the ‘The Essential Guide To Interior Design Styles: Decorate your home like the pros’.
Read on to learn about basic interior design styles and their characteristic features that set them apart.
Most people tend to confuse modern style with contemporary, thinking that both are about minimal and recent designs. But modern style draws inspiration from art and design of the early to mid-20th century. The focus is on clean lines, strong colors and a strict formal style.
Contemporary style is usually about current trends with a simplistic theme. But this style tends to borrow elements from different eras from the not-so-distant past. It lacks intricate details but incorporates sleek lines.
What we call contemporary style today will not be so in 20 years as this style will have adapted as per its time by then and it will always keep on doing so.
Minimalism was developed as an art movement in the post-world wars era. Minimalist style is heavily influenced by the simplicity of Japanese traditional design. It strips everything down to only what is essential. This style exhibits clean lines and is high on functionality. Color palettes stay neutral. Nothing flamboyant can be a part of this décor.
Underlying principle for this style- Less is more.
Industrial style as the name suggests draws inspiration from factory units, garages and warehouses that have been transformed into lofts. Raw, exposed materials like metal, concrete, bricks and wood with strong, clean lines are the mainstay of this style.
You can choose from a multitude of styles when it comes decorating this kind of space. Choose textures and colors that work together and add elements that add the softness of a home to this otherwise rugged style.
Mid-century modern was a design movement that came about from the 1930s to the 60s. This style is characterized by a classic look where functionality is important but new forms and materials are also explored. Rich colors are often used.
The Eames Lounge Chair and the Egg Chair are some of the products of this era that we still find everywhere.
Traditional design style is inspired by European décor where intricate details and decorations are prominent yet the space feels cozy and comfortable. Sculptures, mirrors and elaborate frames are common elements of this design. Luxurious and elegant textures are generally used.
We commonly find fabrics which have floral designs, damask or materials like silk, velvet, etc. You may replace these with simpler, contemporary materials to keep things fresh.
Scandinavian design is probably the biggest rage in interior style and décor right now. Characterized by simplicity and functionality, it aims to echo the pristine white beauty of snow-clad landscapes of Nordic countries. The basic color palette is all-white.
Colors are incorporated by the use of art pieces, accessories and sometimes even furniture. Incorporate neutral colors instead of bright and loud colors which will veer off from the style you are trying to achieve.
Transitional style looks modern and traditional at the same time. It strikes the perfect balance between the new and old. This style exhibits a neutral palette but you can add pops of color to it. Transitional style creates a warm and inviting space that is stylish and all fuss-free.
Art deco is a design movement that originated in the 20s. It represented glamour, opulence and liveliness. American skyscrapers and theaters of the 20s and 30s epitomized this style. It can still be seen in buildings all around New York.
Art deco style uses bold colors, ornate geometric designs and materials such as marble, steel, gold, chrome and ceramics. Everything is supposed to be polished and smooth; there are no rough textures.
Eclectic design is an assortment of trends borrowed from different styles. You can add whatever textures, patterns and colors that you like but make sure it forms a cohesive whole and doesn’t look like random pieces are thrown together. Relate every piece of your décor to one another and aim for harmony. This style is difficult to achieve because the options are endless.
For inspiration, check out designer Jonathan Adler’s work. He designs some of the best eclectic spaces.
Coastal interiors are relaxed, airy and light with cool and neutral color palette inspired by the sea, sky and sandy beaches. Walls are white, beige or barely-there blues. Crisp linens, wood and nautical stripes are also staples of this style.
Rustic style emphasizes natural beauty and a raw look. Textured, unfinished elements made of wood and stone feature prominently in this design.
Beauty of rustic style is that despite being raw it emits warmth in its design.
Hollywood glam is opulent, luxurious and flamboyant. Metallic, jewel-toned finishes, crystals, mirrors, tufted furniture, patterned wallpaper and statement accessories make up this fancy style.
Maximalist is the foundation here. Make your entire space look cohesive, not trashy.
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