Living should be fun. This is especially successful if the domestic interior design corresponds to the personal lifestyle and attitude towards life. The right furnishings are not just a question of taste, but also of individual type.
Where sparks once sprayed, sweat flowed and oil smeared the work surfaces, homely industrial design is now popular. Especially in lofts, former warehouses and factory halls, high windows and unclad ceilings are just as unmistakable design elements as the building materials themselves: Exposed masonry, concrete floors and wooden beams, pipelines or dangling metal lights create an ambience of incomplete roughness.
Smooth stainless steel cabinets, cast iron chairs and bare light bulbs underline the cool, but honest workshop character. The industrial style of living shows edge in its straightforward functionality. Just like the furniture, the decor and color palette are preferably kept simple. It is precisely because of its simplicity that the interior design is so versatile: Vintage accessories and warm copper tones can refine the mechanical industrial charm, while rustic interiors tend to underline the rugged factory atmosphere.
Bamboo, palm fronds and cockatoos adorn the wallpaper, leaf motifs entwine the sofa cushions and colorful exotic species bloom on the curtains: the tropical fever in the urban jungle trend is untamed. Between the rustic wooden interior in colonial style, light rattan furniture and cork floors, as much botanical green as possible naturally grows in the cuddly showcase jungle: yucca palm, ivy and ferns are planted next to flowering cacti and succulents.
So that the style of living in the jungle does not turn into a jungle test, summery linen or cotton textiles in combination with light, earthy natural tones refresh the tropical ambience. Canvas prints in a safari look, pillow prints with parrots or cheetah patterns on the bed linen set theme-conscious accents at will.
If you want to furnish yourself in a Scandinavian way, you might think of IKEA first. Above all, this style of living is a homage to the relaxed spirit of Northern Europeans. “Keep it simpel” is the ubiquitous strategy for furnishing. With clear contours, simple chic and natural materials, Scandinavian interior design is consistently uncomplicated and rather understated. Friendly white, pastel and gray tones base the tidy composition of light solid wood furniture made of spruce and birch or pine.
Candles, a fireplace and generous lights create the typical “hyggelige” atmosphere. Organic textures such as leather and linen as well as natural motifs on fluffy blankets and pillows dominate the decor. Those looking for playful highlights will find them in the form of glass vases, floral porcelain and lush flower arrangements.
As tried and tested as it is timeless, the mid-century look brings entire generations together. In the middle of the 19th century, the progressive living style emphasized the visual and functional simplicity of the furnishings and produced unmistakable design classics such as the Egg Chair. Puristically elegant interiors are placed in spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, organic shapes round off the linear surface concept. As a pragmatic all-rounder, the living style is always airy and cozy:
Natural elements such as beams, stone walls and furniture made of stainless steel, leather and wood characterize the picture. Chests of drawers, cupboards and armchairs preferably sit enthroned on slim feet. There are also typical accessories such as newspaper racks or chrome-plated lights from narrow frames. Many of these interior pieces from the 50s and 60s are still (re-) produced today. Retro fans feel at home in the mid-century style, as do fans of reduced, modern interior design.
The bohemian style captures the adventurous spirit of the avant-garde awakening. Much earlier than the 1960s, hippies escaped the English “Bohemians” from the bourgeois dreariness and looked for the unconventional in an eccentric, creative lifestyle. Flea market and vintage finds are a must for the lavish interior design. The more varied the colorful Puzzling furniture and accessories together in the predominantly dark color environment, the more freely they unfold their inventive charm.
The bohemian style of living is deliberately “neatly chaotic”, often improvised and homemade: Patchwork blankets can upgrade a musty sofa and antique suitcases function as a coffee table. Above all, creative living means: what you like is allowed.
Despite all the theory, elements of several living styles often merge and can be complemented. If you want to round off the interior design with technical components in a stylish way, you can use the Gira design configurator to create a virtual picture in advance. Because one thing is certain: the most beautiful living style is still the individual one.
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