Interior design styles: popular types explained

These days, many people are looking for interior design styles in order to find thematic inspirations so they can decorate their new homes.

In this article, we are covering some popular interior design styles in modern homes. Practitioners, in reality, blend together different elements from several decorating styles, but what’s very important is to identify the core aspects of each one. Where it’s possible, collections were made in stores in order to simplify the client’s shopping.

Mid-Century-Modern is one of the popular interior design styles. The middle of the 20th century made some of the most representative pieces in the modern design. Chic minimalism and elegant design are the main characteristics, with the frequent use of the natural wood, aluminum, and molded plastic. Its pieces, besides being versatile, can also complement other interior design styles.
The industrial modern look is one that catches back to the turn-of-the-century industrial era. It put the accent on the frequent use of raw steel with exposed elements. Also, it heavily relies on rust wood pieces. Copper-tone décor is commonly included by the modern variant.

Cottage/Nautical/Costal (relaxing, warm, and positive). The New England beach-side cottage spirit is reflected by the nautical look where blue, white, and sand colors are used. The unfinished wood pieces, the ropes, and the seashells in clear jars are the traditional decorative accents. The Nautical décor collection includes examples of coastal furniture from Froy. Great sources for pieces that fit this design are Pier 1 and Pottery Barn.

Scandinavian design (a product of the mid-century movement) brings a populist, minimalist look. Even if the majority of people associate it with IKEA, there is a lot more to it. Featuring warm colors and rounded, gentle contours, the Scandinavian design often molds and bends various materials. Just like IKEA though, Scandinavian designs carry many original Scandinavian products.
Boho or, the Bohemian design, captures the experimental and carefree essence of the namesake lifestyle. Heavy use of vibrant colors is featured, specifically those with purple or red tones. The main objective is to present, in a careful manner, a purposefully messy look. In order to obtain a warm feeling, it focuses on textiles( rugs, pillows, tapestry, throws). The bad news is that this type of décor and furniture are rather expensive and rare.

The contemporary and transitional design styles are distinct but related and they share many commonalities. Balance is the main focus, meaning that it shouldn’t be too formal or too cold. Being more fluid than the modern design, the contemporary chic aesthetic is also cleaner than the traditional look. West Elm, Crate&Barrel, and almost all design stores focus on this style.
A design that is both refreshing and therapeutic, the Japanese Zen décor puts the accent on the natural stone and wood elements, open breathable spacing, and low ground level furniture. It is one of the most favorite styles and has a covered acclaimed NYC penthouse and how to guide in the past.

Apparently a soft cross of traditional, industrial, and Boho elements, the vintage design style remakes the rustic flea market look. It relies on the use of wooden furniture that has a little peeled off color to expose the wood underneath.