What is your Interior Design Style? A Breakdown of All the styles
When we first meet with a client, one of our first questions is: What sort of Interior Design Style do you like? Some people know precisely what they want, while others need some visual imagery to better understand their preferred interior design style.
We think this is truly one of the most important steps, as it is important to create designs that are accurate to our clients’ preferences. Their style is the basis of how we create our 3D Renders, so that they can visualise the final space.
Now the big question: do YOU know what your interior style is? Is it bold and funky? Or minimal and neutral? Maybe you enjoy a combination of various styles and you aren’t aware of it yet.
That’s the beauty of interiors. You can mix and match different styles, assuming there is consistency throughout – for example, colour. Who said you cannot have a modern kitchen and then a Boho style master bedroom?
Now without further ado, let’s go through all the main interior styles, along with their key characteristics and themes.
1. Neo – Classic
The Main style synonymous with Roomzly. It is characterised by livable luxury, soft lines, rich wood, luxurious fabrics, and ornate furnishings. All these elements will certainly elevate your space into a classy but comfortable place.
This interior style gives every home a timeless, chic, and elegant character. Every piece of furniture is carefully chosen to create the elegant and timeless comfort associated with this style. The interior style focuses on fine lines and delicate materials in light, natural tones. Dark colours, especially dark brown tones, are often used here to stage accents. Classic style furniture is not only of high quality, but it gives the impression of being able to last for several generations. By using this style, every room gets transformed into a comfortable and stylish haven.
A modern home embraces clean lines and geometric perfection, yet behind its uncomplicated exterior, there is a wealth of design innovation. Modern design is often considered to be cold and almost sterile, but its main characteristics are of square shapes to offer a muted elegance.
Many modern interiors follow a neutral colour palette, however, you will often find selective pops of colours. Materials typically used in modern interiors are metal, glass and steel, which allow it to look simplistic yet sleek.
An Interior Design style, where you follow your heart when it comes to pieces and colour combinations. Eclectic Interior Design styles aren’t afraid to mix various styles and colours. In these homes, you will often find a selection of high-quality pieces, especially those with completely different styles. But somehow – they just work!
When it comes to eclectic interiors, it is all about funky details and personalised collections, all of which make your space uniquely personal.
Although it is very similar to Boho, it is less organic and more styled. It often contains pieces collected from travels and sourced from different places, to bring a quirky atmosphere to your space.
4. Bohemian (Boho Style)
When we say Boho, we mean patterns, vibrant colours and multiple textures. All of these aspects including ornate embellishments, create a whimsical den with an easygoing flair.
The most important element is the use of natural and organic materials. These pieces then get layered together to be trendy, bright, and playful.
Choose materials such as rattan, canvas and various textiles which are bright and lively. It isn’t uncommon to find floor pillows that are mismatched and sourced from a flea market or antique stores. It is the ultimate ‘’laissez-faire’’ style, where anything goes, and anything is acceptable – purely because YOU love it, and it suits your lifestyle.
An Interior Design Style full of classic details and extravagant furniture. A Traditional home often has dark wood and rich colour palettes, with ornate details in each corner of the room. The style offers an immense amount of depth, due to its use of elaborate fabrics such as silk and brocade, with multiple patterns.
It is one of the oldest interior styles, and yet the most common. This style often incorporates pieces that have not changed over centuries, and each piece has structure and symmetry,
The name that is used when someone decides to style their space with aspects of traditional and modern styles. You will often find glass and metal pieces, along with more noble, lush items. It’s the perfect way to make your home feel sleek yet warm and welcoming. This often happens when someone styles their home with heirloom pieces and then adds in more modern pieces, in order to suit their personality.
7. Glam (or Hollywood Regency)
The word Glam automatically makes you think of think glitter, diamonds and all things jewel-coloured. This is true, and it is an extremely daring interior design style to choose. Most notably, this interior design style incorporates fine finishings along with leather and velvet, to create an elevated look. The beautiful thing is that you do not necessarily have to fill every corner with whimsical colour and materials, but you can tastefully choose one or 2 furniture pieces to add an air of Hollywood to your home.
If you worry about overwhelming yourself with glam over the top pieces, you could opt for a few accessories. Choose a crystal mirror, along with bright cushions and daring curtains, to transform your home into a noble and elegant space.
The glam look can have many classifications – from baroque chic or glass as the main material or a mixture of these looks. The glam interior design style catches the eye and induces a feeling of pure elegance and luxury. The focus is always on noble materials, pompous accessories, and extravagant patterns. With this style, it is better to say a little more than too little.
Stylish, cosy, timeless and simple: this sums up the Scandinavian interior design style best. Natural materials such as wood, linen or cotton are in the centre stage. Lightwood or rattan are particularly suitable here because they radiate lightness and naturalness. Wood tones can also spread a lot of warmth and cosiness by using it in flooring or with furniture. The colours of the Scandi interior design style are also natural and inviting, from light pastel colours to more expressive and stronger tones. In this interior design style, it is acceptable to combine colours such as grey, white, or pastel tones with a strong green, brown or tan.
With its origin from Nordic countries, we find it is a perfect style to make your home, warm, welcoming and relaxing.
The mid-century style is a mix of modernity and vintage. This timeless furnishing trend demonstrates the change in our society from the 50s and 60s when functionality was a priority.
Striking pieces of furniture and individual collector’s items are real eye-catchers here. In the heyday of this style in the 50s and 60s, many well-known designers produced furniture that is still popular today. With Mid-Century Interiors, you will certainly find bright colours, but more so earthy tones, with a lot of focus on organic shapes and a simple assembly of furniture.
Minimalist interior design is remarkably like modern interior design and involves using the essentials to create a simple and uncluttered space. It is characterised by simplicity, clean lines, and a monochromatic palette with colour used only as an accent.
When choosing a Minimalist Interior Style, always remember that less is more. It is extremely rare to find extra objects that don’t serve a purpose to the space.
Fundamentally, a contemporary style of decorating is defined by simplicity, subtle sophistication, deliberate use of texture, and clean lines. Interiors tend to showcase space rather than things. By focusing on colour, space, and shape, contemporary interiors are sleek and fresh.
Often referred to interchangeably with modern interiors, yet contemporary styles are characterized as a style that is current. It is more fluid than the modern design which can be strict in terms of not incorporating other style elements. A main difference between the two styles is that contemporary styles use more curves in the design process, whereas modern designs have strict lines.
As the name suggests, this style is deeply rooted in the industrial era, often synonymous with warehouses or lofts. Elements that you will almost always find are metal, wood and leather. Typically thought to be a masculine style, you can easily incorporate it into your home by using a neutral colour palette to mute it down.
By using metal and wood, you can often source unique pieces which are either custom made or antique, to give your home a countless amount of character.
Some beautiful characteristics of Industrial designs are typically exposed wood beams and visible brick walls. Colour is often added using quirky art pieces or unique photographs.
13. Hamptons/ Coastal
An interior design style made popular by the beachside area of the Hamptons in the United States. In these interiors, you will find seaside elements including whitewashed wood, blue tones, and natural materials such as rattan, cane, and linen.
Blue and white stripes are a popular colour combination, as well as beige for furniture colour choices. These neutral palettes and light woods, bring about an air of calm and comfort – perfectly synonymous with the beach. To add to the beachside vibe, it is common to decorate Hamptons style homes with seashells and corals. Since most of the colours are white, consider a reclaimed wooden table to break up the white interiors and to add extra charisma and personality to the space.
Ensure you use light wooden floors that allow the beauty of the wood to shine through. This is the perfect interior style to transport you to holidays daily, where your interiors merge with the outside area of your home.
The term rustic is quite extensive, but many different interior design styles can fall into it. Rustic interiors describe a design that’s natural, rough, aged, and casual. Rustic interiors can include Tuscan, Balinese style, or even Cottage styles. At its core, it is known for its use of organic elements in their most natural state, to make the design simple and natural with an earthy sense about it. Raw materials are also common, so rather than finding sleek, glossy wood, you’ll find more reclaimed and unfinished woods and stones. Rarely will you find any plastic or metal items in the home.
Furniture which is used is primarily handmade, with simple shapes to let the materials stand out. Furniture is often oversized and is designed to feel cosy and comfortable. The colours in rustic interiors favour a neutral palette, along with snippets of greens, browns, and greys as they promote warmth.
We welcome you to discuss your Home Interior needs together. We know it can be overwhelming choosing the correct interior style, but all it takes is a bit of understanding and exploring your options.