Know your Interior Design Styles

While I am a firm believer everyone can and should have their own design style, and not everything has to fit into a style "box", I must acknowledge there are a handful of styles that are frequently referred to when discussing project inspiration. I feel as though every project should have its own style, but like to refer to different styles as a jumping off point or direction guideline when talking through preliminary ideas with clients. In no way do we need to conform to one style vs. another and a healthy mix of styles is what really brings a design together however, it's important to recognize these iconic styles and their characteristics. Here's a list of the popular interior design styles:

Scandinavian: Known for its minimalist and functional approach, Scandinavian design features clean lines, neutral color palettes, natural materials, and an emphasis on light and airy spaces.

Industrial: Inspired by old factories and warehouses, industrial design showcases raw and unfinished elements like exposed brick, concrete floors, metal accents, and utilitarian furniture. It often combines rustic and vintage elements with modern touches.

Modern: Characterized by simplicity, clean lines, and a focus on function, modern design features open spaces, minimal ornamentation, sleek furniture, and a neutral color palette with occasional bold pops of color.

Mid-Century Modern: Influenced by the design trends of the mid-20th century, this style showcases organic shapes, clean lines, and a mix of materials like wood, glass, and metal. It often features iconic furniture pieces and retro color schemes.

Contemporary: Contemporary design refers to the current design trends, which can vary and evolve over time. It typically combines elements of different styles and emphasizes comfort, simplicity, and a balance between form and function.

Bohemian: Also known as boho or boho-chic, this style embraces a free-spirited and eclectic aesthetic. It features a mix of patterns, textures, and colors, global influences, vintage finds, and an emphasis on self-expression.

Farmhouse: Inspired by rural farmhouses, this style combines rustic and vintage elements with modern comforts. It often features reclaimed wood, distressed finishes, neutral color palettes, and cozy textiles.

Coastal: Reflecting a beach or seaside vibe, coastal design incorporates light and breezy colors, natural materials like rattan and sisal, nautical elements, and relaxed furnishings. It aims to create a relaxed and serene atmosphere.

Traditional: Rooted in classic designs and timeless elegance, traditional style features rich and ornate furnishings, symmetrical arrangements, formal fabrics, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. It often showcases detailed woodwork and traditional patterns.

Eclectic: Eclectic design is all about mixing different styles, eras, and influences. It combines elements from various design periods, cultures, and aesthetics to create a unique and personalized space that reflects the owner's personality and taste.

These are just a few examples of interior design styles, and there are many more variations and combinations to explore. Remember, design styles can be adapted and customized to suit individual preferences and create a space that feels uniquely yours. Never feel like you need to categorize your style. I prefer to use these styles as a general guideline, jumping off point, or rule of thumb when I am discussing ideas with design clients. Ultimately, your space should feel uniquely you!

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