The 8 Most Popular Interior Design Styles
The 8 Most Popular Interior Design Styles
If you are going to sell, you need to remember that buyers are buying into a lifestyle! So let’s create one. We need to start with a theme, this needs to be fitting with your property and be consistent throughout. Here are some ideas to give you inspiration:
Mid-century design is characterised by refined lines, minimalist silhouettes, and natural shapes. So this is more of a minimalist approach than used in earlier eras. Stylish, yet functional was the key, so focus on contemporary patterns, natural materials and a seamless flow between indoors and outside. The look bridges the organic and the man-made, with one foot in the natural world and the other in the modern world, creating an uncomplicated, fresh aesthetic feel.
Industrial interior design is about proudly displaying the building materials and structural elements which make your home possible. Most homes focus on concealing the structure, this has a raw and honest appeal. It’s really quiet reassuring to see the bare bones of the property, giving a rather unrefined but powerful look. Industrial décor is often rustic and mature, and it emphasises the use of exposed steel, distressed wood, and exposed brick walls.
Nautical décor transports us to the English seaside, imagine a beautiful beach hut overlooking the warm sand and sea. This style makes us feel warm, relaxing, and positive. The colour scheme should be based on a white canvas, sandy coloured foundations and ocean blue as the primary accent colour. Material wise you should use drift wood, rope, linen upholstery and stripes. Your options for decorative accents can incorporate seashells in a clear jar, rowing oars, sailboats, navigational maps, and so forth.
Scandinavian design introduced a popular minimalist look to the interior design field. You will stick to a timeless pallet of greys and whites; but don’t be afraid to jazz it up with a few touches of colour or pattern (in small doses). Scandinavian style décor is renowned for its simplicity, utility, and beauty. Scandinavian homes have a style that is centered around warm functionality, clean lines, and flawless craftsmanship. The use of light is considered to be extremely important, and many Scandinavian style interior designs are characterised by gentle contours, playful colours and a balance of engineered and organic materials.
Bohemian décor is all about capturing the carefree and adventurous spirit of the avant-garde lifestyle. We are talking a little hippy and relaxed, featuring creative application of rich patterns and vibrant colours, especially red and purple tones. The key is to create a kind of ‘hot mess’ look, do this by layering on textiles like throws, pillows, rugs and tapestry for a warm ambience.
Farmhouse style interior is a modern take on cabin inspired design. Farmhouse aesthetic has a wholesome feel; your home can be real and lived in, not everything has to be hidden away. The idea is to bring the outdoors in, adding jugs of flowers, baskets of fruit, bare wood, hand knitted throws and you can generally get away with a great deal, so long as it’s rustic, handmade and not too glossy. Stick to paste shades, no harsh blacks or whites; you want a soft homely feeling. This style leaves your home feeling rustic, warm and cosy.
7. Urban modern
Urban modern design takes inspiration from cosmopolitan environments, it is a fusion of minimalist modern, glam chic, ethnic heirlooms, and edgy experimental designs all coming together in a 21st century setting. The lifestyle you are portraying is the modern adventurer and world traveler. So you can mix it up a bit, keep the larger items of furniture clean and simple, no frills, purely functional. Then add a sprinkling of talking points, vintage designs, elegant geometric patterns, and a touch of traditional embellishment.
8. Shabby chic
Shabby chic décor emphasises vintage elements to create an antique look. Furniture is characterised by its aged appearance, with distressed wood covered in sanded milk paint to show signs of wear and tear. Decorative accents in the shabby chic style should be soft and opulent, with an affected feel. Introduce linen textiles for added style, using colours like white, ecru and pastel shades.