Are you looking to decorate your new home and are looking for thematic inspiration? Look no further. With this dossier which will be regularly updated, we will try to cover the interior design styles that are popular in modern homes.
In reality, interior designers and decorators mix different elements from several decorating styles together, but it’s crucial to identify the basic aspects of each.
Obviously, there are interior design styles beyond those listed below, but I wanted to focus on the big schools that are currently in vogue. I will keep this list up to date each year, removing styles that might no longer be appreciated and adding new ones.
I will also try to create a page dedicated to each of the styles described in this file to give you a more exhaustive view of each.
The mid-1900s produced some of the most iconic pieces in modern design. It is characterized by clean lines, minimalist silhouettes and natural shapes. From Saarinen, Niemeyer, Eames, Noguchi, Jacobsen and beyond, mid-century modern masters defined creative ways to use new materials like molded plastic, plywood, and aluminum in industrial design. Its pieces are very versatile and can complement a myriad of design styles.
I recommend mixing the elements of other design styles to give your home a fresh and trendy look. An overly purist and code-bound approach when decorating in the retro style can make your interior design a bit outdated.
It’s a style reminiscent of the industrial era of the turn of the century. It emphasizes the generous use of exposed steel with raw timber elements, frequently complemented by exposed brick walls. The modern variant usually includes copper accents. In terms of overall feel, industrial decor is often rustic and mature.
A remarkable point of this design is that the industrial decor ranges from modern rustic with clean, precise lines quite sturdy to elaborate ornamentation. Depending on your taste, you can opt for a lighter, chic look or a darker, rustic design.
Warm, relaxing and positive. Nautical decor (also referred to as coastal or seaside decor) reflects the spirit of the New England beach house. This interior design style is based on a white or sand color base, with blue as the primary accent color. The nautical decor incorporates unfinished wood in its tables or chairs, combined with a chic linen upholstery for your seats and sofas.
A derivative of the mid-century modern movement, Scandinavian design introduced a popular minimalist look to interior design that continues to this day. While most people associate it with IKEA, there are a variety of subsets in Scandinavian design itself.
With soft contours, calming colors and tones, and a balance of synthetic and organic materials, Scandinavian furniture is simple, contemporary and functional. Many Scandinavian designs use Bauhaus principles and are characterized by flowing lines, an emphasis on object functionality, and a populist appeal. A large majority of Scandinavian interiors use white with shades of gray as the base colors.
The Bohemian Decor captures the carefree and adventurous spirit of the avant-garde art de vivre. It offers a creative application of rich patterns and vibrant colors, especially those with red or purple tones. The key is to carefully present a deliberately “messy” look. This Design plays on the layers of textiles (pillows, rugs, upholstery) for a warm atmosphere.
When furnishing, look for pieces that have ethnic or nomadic vibes. Moroccan, southwestern or tribal inspired designs are currently trending. When it comes to composition, the bohemian chic likes textiles, wood, animal skin and metallic accents.
Farmhouse decor is a modern take on shed-inspired interior design. Usually transitional in nature with a few traditional elements mixed in, the farmhouse aesthetic should transport your imagination to Provence. The clusters of dried lavender and other greenery, the thoughtful arrangement of vases and planters will really add style to your home.
The farmhouse furniture is characterized by raw wood and upholstered linen. Color wise, it looks like nautical decor with mostly white and beige base colors. Orthodox rules dictate that accent colors should approximate turquoise or light yellow, but I find it best to introduce brighter colors to give a little more impact.
Urban interior design comes from modern lofts in big cities. Taking its inspiration from its cosmopolitan environment, this design is a fusion of various opposing and complementary traits. Minimalist modernity, glamorous chic, ethnic heirlooms, and daring experimental designs collide in a distinct 21st century setting. Larger furniture (sofas, beds, etc.) tend to be uniformly stylish with a low profile. Feel free to bring home modern furniture designs.
Decorative accents (pillows, mirrors, end tables, etc.) in urban decor often require artistic and creative expression (add some sleek geometric designs, or vintage items).
The shabby chic decor emphasizes vintage elements to recreate the look of the antique market. The furniture is characterized by its aged appearance, with an aged wood composition covered with sand-colored paint to show signs of wear. Decorative accents for shabby chic decor should be soft and opulent, often with a worn feel, in order to bring the overall interior design to a contemporary level.
Generously introduce linen textiles for added style. Although the orthodox shabby chic colors are white, ecru and pastel colors, don’t be afraid to apply more vibrant colors.
I introduce myself Marion, almost 30 years old and unconditional lover of decoration and DIY. Since I had to redo my house, I have taken a liking to share my experiences and crushes.