Interior Decorating Styles – Which Style Fits You?
What does the word “home” mean to you? Is it a place to relax, entertain, work, play, enjoy family? Is it a reflection of you, of your lifestyle, hobbies, interests, dreams, goals? Maybe right now, it’s just a place to eat and sleep, at least until you can gather the resources to enhance your ideal space.
So…your ideal home would incorporate decor that supports and encourages your well-being. This could mean anything from a cozy, bohemian reading corner to a well-lit mid-century modern space to work. Of the many interior decorating styles, I’ve listed here some of the most popular…which would fit you the best?
Bohemian, or “Boho” style reflects a non-traditional, self-expressive, artistic spirit. Derived from the unconventional gypsy-like adventurist, Bohemian style incorporates intentionally disorganized collections of rich and vivid colors, mixed textures and metallic and handmade objects. Echoing a global and ethnic inspiration, Moroccan, Tribal, Southwestern and otherwise Eclectic interior decorating styles are also popular sisters of this style; allowing the designer to incorporate their personality and individuality with an abandon free of design rules and structure.
Inspired by the movement freeing people from bonds of materialism and useless clutter, minimalism promotes optimized and functional spaces, purposeful furniture pieces and a neutral color palette. In keeping with the simple design, minimalism uses limited or no extraneous decor or accessories.
Consider an old warehouse…exposed brick and metal, distressed materials, rusted gears and old wooden beams. Industrial design incorporates this rough-hewn vibe. Often including the repurposed and recycled, heavy textiles and raw wood materials, it can also present a modern, newer appearance, with steel and copper accents.
Vintage conveys a time-aged comfort with a light and airy feel. Selective ornate, antique pieces inject personal character while pastels mixed with white and ecru soften the space. White furniture, distressed antiques, linens and muted florals are details commonly found in vintage style. Consider Shabby Chic and French Country as varying styles with similar elements.
Rustic embraces the imperfect and worn, highlights the handmade and well-loved, and welcomes objects for display with useful purpose. Vintage prints, pottery, baskets, organic textiles and functional metal objects can all find a home in a rustic space. Country and Farmhouse are imitative of the rustic style.
The Scandinavian style employs worn, rustic and organic elements blended with casual, light, refined pieces, and modern materials. Subdued base colors of white and gray are mixed with selected accent colors. Functional and simple.
Strong geometric patterns, shapes and curves mix with hard, contemporary and engineered materials like molded plastics, colored glass and aluminum. Colors are generally deep and organic (chocolate, oranges, olives).
Order and symmetry form the basis of traditional design, producing a familiar ease and comfort with use of classic European furniture reproductions, a muted color palette, and simple fabric patterns like plaids, florals and stripes.
Sleek lines, solid colors, muted neutrals and bold accents are found in Contemporary furniture and decor style. Metal legged furniture is fashioned lower to the ground using basic forms and shapes, nothing ornate. Although similar to Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary mirrors the modern style of today, rather than the retro vibe of the 1950s and 1960s that inspired Mid-Century Modern.
Transitional is a fusion of Traditional and Contemporary styles. Leathers, woods and warmer, deeper colors convey a historical maturity, while sleeker, modern shapes and smoother textures simultaneously update and rejuvenate the space.
…and More… Can You Relate?
There are more distinct interior decorating styles, but I’ve provided some of the more popular options today. If you’re anything like me, you can see the merits of each style and perhaps can identify with more than one. When this happens, consider the space – its mood and purpose – and that will help you choose.
Have you already chosen a style that fits you? Do you need some help or recommendations? Please leave your comments and questions below!
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