What are all the different interior decorating styles? There are so many of them, so I’ve come up with a list and description of them all – well as many as I can think of. Do you know what your style is? Do you even have one? Do you need to have one? Well no, you don’t need to have a definite style and go ‘by the style book’ – but it would be great if you had at least an idea of which style you lean more towards. These days, with the advantage of having years of different style eras behind us, such as art deco from the 20’s and 30’s, retro from the 50’s and 60’s or 70’s boho – we’re spoilt for choice and it’s common for most people to have a combination of styles.
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Finding Your Interior Decorating Style
So, why do you need to find your interior decorating style? Well, simply because having a welcoming home you love, and one you put your heart into, makes a difference. Knowing your style builds the foundation for every other thing you want to accomplish in your home… and that’s saying something considering how much time we all spend at home. Having a beautiful, well decorated home not only boosts your confidence, and the confidence of your family, but it also creates the heart of your home. It makes visitors feel more welcome when they enter, and more importantly, it makes you feel more relaxed when you get home after a long day. Whether you agree or not, we as women set the tone for our home. Our moods directly affect everyone who enters our home, whether we like it or not. If we’re comfortable, everyone else will be too. But if our home isn’t something we love or enjoy, nobody else will love and enjoy being there. Here are just a few interior decorating styles to get you thinking about yours
Interior Decorating Style 1 – Boho
Bohemian, or boho-chic, boho style is all about meaningful individuality. It embraces free expression, unconventional displays, and colourful collections. The boho-chic space is where your own personal style and aesthetic shines. If you’re drawn to free expression, unconventional displays, and colourful collections, then this is most definitely the style where your own personal character and aesthetic can shine. Remember, you’re trying to create a cozy space full of life and a sense of the well-travelled, well-lived person. Bohemian Style Tip: Less is less, and more is more
Interior Decorating Style 2 – Scandinavian Style
Scandinavian Style living rooms blend contemporary-chic with warmth and comfort. Scandinavian interior design is centred around warm functionality, clean lines, flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance. The use of light is considered to be extremely important, and many Scandinavian-styled homes are characterized by the use of earthy muted tones, natural materials and minimal ornamentation. Scandinavian Style Tip: White walls and soft dove grey and blue textiles give off the right ambience of a Scandinavian interior.
Interior Decorating Style 3 – Modern Style
Modern interior design grew out of the decorative arts, notably Art Deco. It reached its peak in the 1950’s and 1960’s, which is why designers and decorators today may refer to modern design as being “mid-century.” In modern home decor you’ll find a lot of clean lines and not a lot of detail. Not a lot of texture. Asymmetrical layout. Limited use of accessories. Use of graphic patterns with clean lines. Modern Style Tip: Store everything out of sight.
Interior Decorating Style 4 – Minimalist Style
Similar to modern, a minimalist style is spare and streamlined while still being inviting, minimalism is charming in almost any space. With less clutter to wade through and mentally process, the innate beauty of each piece of furniture or art in the home really starts to stand out. Think of which furniture can be eliminated without sacrificing comfort and liveability. Go for a few pieces of plain, simple furniture with solid and subdued colours. Keep all surfaces clear and free of clutter. Minimalist Style Tip: The less furniture the better and keep only the essentials
Interior Decorating Style 5 – Industrial Style
Industrial is a design style that finds beauty in aged woods and worn textures mixed with forged or welded metal. Tin, aluminium, iron, steel are all used in Industrial design so long as they have a matte finish and little hint of patina. Industrial works as either an all-encompassing design style or just a small design element mixed with another style. Even if you’re not 100% committed to Industrial as a design style, you can still incorporate a bit of this look through a few individual Industrial items. The beauty of Industrial is that it’s timeless, neutral, simple and natural. Industrial Style Tip: Your colour palette should steer clear of bright, bold colours; instead you should look for warm, neutral tones to fill your space.
Interior Decorating Style 6 – Mid-Century Modern Style
Mid-century modern design refers to a particular design style prevalent in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The goal of mid-century modern style was to bring modernism to post-war suburbs, creating structures with windows and open floor plans, in order to bring the outdoors inside. Mid-century modern furnishings use geometric shapes, clean lines, and organic curves. The style avoids ornamental details. With a keen eye toward the aesthetic, mid-century designers stripped down furniture to its basic, most essential form. Mid-Century Modern Style Tip: Use teak, oak, rosewood and walnut in furniture pieces.
Interior Decorating Style 7 – French Country Modern Farmhouse Style
Made popular by the likes of the talented Joanna Gaines, French Country Modern Farmhouse style is an enviable blend of elegance and humble simplicity. Its given credibility by its old-world aesthetic, strengthened by the stability and presence of rustic finishes, and timelessly appealing with refined curves and details. The contrast between details that lean toward the ornate, intricate, and elegant and details that are rough, rustic, and raw is a big part of the style’s charm. It’s not uncommon to see well-worn pieces within this style. Rusted metal furniture, historically scuffed lighting, and paint-chipped pieces provide visual interest and texture, warmth to the space, and a charmingly lived-in feel. French Country Modern Farmhouse Style Tip: Pair outdoor elements, like lantern-style pendants, in crisp indoor spaces. If you’d like to find your style, take my fun Find Your Style Quiz and you’ll receive a moodboard of your style delivered straight to your inbox
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