10 Home Interior Design Styles
There is more to life than Contemporary, Modern and Traditional interior designs. The style you choose will be whatever suits your personality and makes you feel most at ease. So have a look at these different aesthetics to see which one moves you.
1. Shabby Chic
The British love a look that juxtaposes clean, white interior paint with vintage and distressed furniture. You wouldn’t believe what one French couple started with to create this wonderful shabby chic living space! (See it here.)
2. Swedish Style
The Swedes believe in “maximalism” — which makes the most use of a small space. While the furniture design is similar to an IKEA catalog, they use bold colors and textures as accents to draw the eye to interesting objects, rather than the size of the space.
Contemporary design pairs solid colors, contrast walls, sleek lines and a minimalist design aesthetic.
4. Classic Contemporary
Classic contemporary pairs the best of both worlds. Like classical design, it uses ornate moldings, elaborate architecture at focal points of the room (like the fireplace, for instance), and complementary colors. But like contemporary, the colors are softer, furniture is rounded and art adds visual emphasis. Best of all, the room never looks cluttered.
French living rooms use large-scale furniture, hanging lights, ornate embellishments and modern accessories. Some French designs make you feel as though no one should sit on the furniture or make use of a space so fancy, but this one looks very cozy and livable…
Traditional home decor uses materials like silk, brocade and satin to create a sense of timeless tradition. Jewel tone colors in coordinating colors are often used, as are warm, natural wood tones.
The eclectic decorating style gives the homeowner a lot more freedom. Colors are open to individual taste and designers can choose elements from all the other styles to form an interesting aesthetic that is full of personality.
Garden style decor makes use of plants, natural lighting, large windows and large landscape pictures. Often, the indoor and outdoor spaces are connected with a patio or sun-room. Indoor and outdoor furniture may be used interchangeably. Colors are natural to bring a little bit of nature to the home’s interior.
Natural hues, warm reds, ocher and other muted tones are reminiscent of Italian decorating style. The aim is to create a soothing and warm, welcoming setting. Originally, the style was a simple one — created by farmers who wanted to incorporate the hues from the countryside in their homes — but now you can find some very opulent, upscale Tuscan villas (like the one pictured here.)
The Asian art of Feng-Shui involves arranging furniture and designing to keep energy flowing freely throughout the room. The use of space is central to decorating in Asia. The middle of the room is almost always open. Colors are traditionally natural and bright. Lighting pours in through large windows. Floral patterns and Asian artwork adorns the accent pieces.
Which home interior design style speaks to you?