How to Determine Your Interior Design Style
Everybody is different. From fashion to diet to books and music, we all have specific tastes, what works best for us, and what we prefer. As such, when it comes to interior design styles, it is no different. So, maybe you’re moving into a new house or looking to redecorate and spruce things up, you ask yourself: what’s my interior design style?
That is an important question because you would want to make your home as “you-enough” as possible. No one wants to be a stranger in their own home. This article is going to explain how to figure out what works best for you when it comes to deciding your interior design style. There is also an interior design quiz you can take for free – read on for more info.
When it comes to the traditional style of interior design, you will find that it is one of the oldest and most popular design types. What makes it so inviting and essential is the heritage and traditional shapes and forms that it is made up of. You’ll frequently come across pieces that haven’t changed much since they were first made many years ago. Layering, formality, and combining components with structure and symmetry are all key.
When you dig deeper, you realize that the origins of the bohemian style (also known as Boho to most) extend back much farther than the last five years that it has become extremely fashionable. The Boho vibe is all about layering and collecting natural organic materials into a layered and collected appearance. This design incorporates a lot of caning, rattan, textiles, and bamboo, as well as vivid and saturated colors. It is exotic, playful, and multi-layered. If this sounds like you, then this is probably your vibe, or at the very least, where you should start from.
If you’re more of a neutral, friendly, and laid-back type of person, then you should give this design a shot. It has a modern appearance and color palette, but instead of introducing extra colors, this design focuses on layering neutral materials and textures to pique interest. Lots of light-toned woods and relaxing textiles are blended with distinctive lighting in black, brass, and chrome in this design.
If you look at it with a carefully practiced eye, this design may be described as Boho’s sophisticated cousin. The collected nature, color combinations, and curated look share a lot of similarities. When it comes to the components, on the other hand, you will find that they are less organic and more styled. Eclectic spaces can be filled with classic items from almost any style, and it all fits together when done well.
This style, Modern, is at the opposite end of the interior design style spectrum from Boho and Eclectic. Many people believe that modern architecture is cold, austere, and sterile. In actuality, though, modern style is heavily influenced by square shapes and forms. Did someone say, "geometry nerd"? You won’t find anything with extra ornamentation in this design, and the color palette is often more neutral with the occasional splash of color here and there.
With gratitude to the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper, this design has grown increasingly common in the previous 5 years. The style incorporates a lot of found and salvaged items but in a more modern and sophisticated approach. It is more inspired by the latter, rather than being excessively rustic and farmhouse-esque. Plaids, blues, greens, and a lot of black and white are all used in this design. It is warm and friendly, with a hint of tradition without being too formal. It is like a rustic yet sophisticated look if you’re looking for a kind of merger.
Luxe fabrics such as suede, leather, and velvet, as well as jewel-toned colors, characterize this look. Okay, Ms. Fancy. It’s highly high-end and polished, with only the finest finishes used. There are a lot of modest yet striking details in this style that gives it that sophisticated and elevated appeal without having to throw on as much extra detail and fill as a regency Moderne style would.
The origins of this style are more factory-core and machine-like, as the name implies. Because it incorporates a lot of metal, rustic wood, and leather, it might be regarded as a little more manly than the other designs already listed. The tenderness comes from the neutral color palette and the utilization of found things, which quickly add soul and character to the space.
When you glance at the name alone, it gives you an idea of what the style is about. It is all about the laid-back, chill, beach vibes that can be seen in a lot of east coast homes. The theme of the style is to introduce the natural aspects of the coast inside your home. To make all that beachy brightness bounce back and forth about the room, you will see that there are a lot of white-washed woods, blue tones, and plenty of white.
This style, which takes its influences from the 1950s and 1960s, has become one of the most popular and relevant for a lot of people. The pieces created during this time have endured the test of time and continue to be new, modern, and timely. Many mid-century designs include simple, clean, and minimal lines, as well as warm woods and thoughtful accents and style.
A minimalist style is comparable to modern in that it has very clean and defined lines and simple shapes, but it adheres to the “less is more” mantra. This style has quickly garnered traction over the past few years, and a lot of people have begun to incorporate it into their homes and offices. When selecting goods for rooms that fall into this style, it employs a more polished approach, and everything in these rooms must serve a function. You won’t find many extra objects or layers here.
Whatever your style may be – minimalist, modern or industrial, or others – you should know it’s all up to you to decide. No style is better than the other. Everything is unique, just like you.
Check out Panacche’s blog for more home interior design. You can also take this quiz to create a custom interior decor for your space!