Traditional style is the most dependable and traditional of all the styles. Looking at a traditional styled room is like looking into the past, but in the best way possible. This design style offers classic details, an abundance of accessories, sophisticated architectural moments and supple fabrics. It is all the best parts of English design in one style; handsome, rich and inherently formal in a great way. Think dark woods, lots of fabrics that all melt together, long and luxurious curtains and beautiful old rugs, and again there is never a shortage of décor and accessories. The traditional style is very warm and inviting, you will always feel welcome and very sophisticated in the space. Some characteristics of the space are Persian rugs, wingback chairs, classic patterns such as damask or matelassé, gilded accents and oil paintings and portraits. You will feel as elegant as the Queen of England in this space!
Bohemian and eclectic interiors are brought together through the process of borrowing from a range of different periods, styles and trends. This is your chance to break the rules, have some fun with your design and not worry about what “works.” You should inject your personality into the room. Obviously, cohesion and balance are still important but you aren’t leaving room for fuss or rules. You are definitely creative and love to style your space in an easy and casual way. Minimalism is definitely not a word used when it comes to a boho look (sorry that I just used it), your belongings somehow will come together and marry into one beautiful design. Some key characteristics of the bohemian style are worn rugs and upholstery, strong and saturated colours in textiles and on furniture, indoor plants, metallic accents, wood and really just whatever you want! It’s time to be carefree and embrace the intentionally “messy” look!
The farmhouse style is the modern approach to cabin-inspired interior design. Farmhouse style is usually a nature inspired look mixed with some tradition and shabby chic elements. When you are in a space that is in this style, you should feel relaxed and airy. Life should seem simple! Some characteristics of farmhouse style are distressed woods, shiplap, upholstered lines, lots of greenery and simple floral arrangements, deep and comfortable seating, and white or beige colour palettes. The space should come out feeling very warm, practical, comfortable and relaxed all pulled together in a beautiful design. Farmhouse design can at times be rustic looking, but it is often much brighter and more stylized.
Glam interior style is all about high glamour and trendy style. This style originated from California in the mid-twentieth century and was originally inspired by the highly decorated and glitzy lives of the rich and elite in Hollywood. Some characteristics of this style are bold uses of colour, even if the colour is muted in saturation, grand chandeliers and bold lighting fixtures, and textured materials and patterns. Glam style is usually busier and full of pieces that lend themselves to describing the owners personality. The style is also often “on trend” and can be found in plenty on social media, on TV or in movies and in designs stores. If you have all the heart eyes for this style try inject plenty of bling from brass and chrome, wallpaper, mirrors, and velvet furniture into your space.
A Modern home is one that is clean, crisp with usually a simple colour palette and modern materials such as metal, glass and steel. Simplicity is definitely a key word here, and if you like the modern style you boarder on the line of minimalism without quite crossing over. The frills and soft lines of the past are gone in modern style and the clean lines of the future have taken over. Often times decoration is minimal, though the larger items act as décor themselves since they are extremely striking and usually have weight to them that fill the space. If you like the modern style, you can achieve this in your home by adding simple pieces to your home in neutral palettes.
People always joke about the minimalist life style and how much easier it would be to be a minimalist with very few things. Well the minimalist design style is no joke, it’s a trend that started in the early twentieth century that has stood the test of time and is still prevalent today. Minimalist interiors are stripped down to their essential elements and empty space is left to create a design statement. Colour is used sparingly and most aspects of the design are very simple in concept and execution. Think light and airy neutrals when designing your minimalist space, and maybe it’s time to purge through some belongings that have no use to you anymore. This style is very thoughtful, nothing is brought into your space without careful consideration and planning. The attractive version of the stuff you need is all a minimalist needs!
Industrial design is known for its use of materials as the main point of design. From steel to stone, from bricks to brass, Industrial design is all about raw, exposed materials. This look is popular as an ode to the look of warehouses or lofts; its stylishly undone aesthetic is one to aim for in a variety of spaces. Often these spaces are open concept, have high ceilings and are truly eye catching spaces. Introduce metal fixtures or stripped back floorboards for a subtle but effective nod to the industrial trend. Statement lights are often a feature of industrial interiors and are particularly important for softening an otherwise cold space. Let your colour palette be guided by the raw materials used for a truly authentic industrial look. Architectural elements become the focal point in an industrial design, they are kept in view to truly bring out the industrial look. The industrial style is said to be more "masculine," but really the industrial style can be suited to anyone (and if you are a DIY master this could be great for you).
Scandinavian style is inspired by the snow and mountains of the Nordic countries. People often draw association with the mega brand IKEA, though IKEA style furniture and décor is only one stream of the Scandi style. Layer wools, fabrics and fur onto a glass or wooden framework for an effortlessly cool Nordic interior. Think pared back coziness, clean lines and plenty of texture. This style pays homage to the simplicity of life demonstrated in these countries, often focusing on utility over decoration. Most Scandinavian designs use white or grey as foundation colours but then bring in boldness and interest through fabrics, clean but bold lines and proportions. If you love Scandinavian design you are probably also love minimalist design, they are in the same genre but Scandi falls to a warmer and earthier side.