7 Interior Design Styles
Find The interior Style That’s Perfect For You
Finding your interior design style is one of the first things you must do when you think about decorating and furnishing your home.
It’s so easy to get started with furniture shopping and paint selection without first giving some thought to how you want your home to feel.
Wouldn’t it be awful to sit back and think, ‘I chose the wrong furniture for this room!’
make sure you don’t suffer from buyers remorse …
Your guide to 7 of the best interior design styles to help you find the perfect look for you
Minimalism in home design is a style characterised by extreme spareness and simplicity.
It’s a look that has great appeal if you crave clean lines and no clutter.
However living in a minimalist home has its drawbacks. Especially if you live with other people.
Before you decide if Minimalism is for you, consider the main points.
- You’ll become an expert at decluttering and keeping every area of your home organised.
- With the organisation of your possessions in mind, your design will include storage that is in keeping with your overall design and helps you keep the essentials of life hidden from view.
- Clever use of wall-mounted cupboards and shelves enhances the feeling of uncluttered space as will choosing furniture with legs rather than floor standing pieces.
- While the traditional view of a minimalist room is white with neutral shades, it’s possible to achieve the look you want with intelligent use of tone and shade.
Minimalist Living Sounds And Looks Great
Being realistic. Do you have the self-discipline to keep your minimalist space looking that way?
I know I don’t.
Add children to the mix and living a minimalist life isn’t the most practical interior design style.
Consider this. If you’re not a skilled interior designer, it’s easy to tip over into creating a space that is just plain boring. Minimalist decor is a problematic interior design style to create. It can also be a challenge to live with day-to-day.
For more information on the use of colour in your design check out this website.
Scandinavian Style Living
The full minimalist look is too sparse for your taste, but you like clean lines? Then Scandinavian (also called Nordic) style is just right.
The Scandinavian interior design style is a design movement known for its simplicity combined with minimalism AND functionality.
The even better news is that Scandinavian design is well established in household goods, including furniture and textiles. One Scandinavian inspired home interior design retailer you’ll be familiar with is Ikea.
- The Scandinavian interior design style uses natural colours as its base with the addition of splashes of colour taken from nature.
- Flooring is a natural wood or wood effect.
- Your Scandie interior will make great use of texture in soft furnishing, light fittings, rugs and decorative fittings and plants. Use lots of plants.
- Think Ikea and you get the picture of your design incorporating great storage ideas. Great storage design helps to keep your living room looking tidy and clean. Storage will look stylish in its own right.
- Ideally, your living room will have good natural light. Nordic countries where this style originates, have long winters with limited daylight, so bring in as much natural light as possible.
The Modern interior design style
The description of a style as ‘modern’ is misleading as it refers to styles you may think of as being old.
For example, Art Deco is a style from the 1920s, but it’s considered modern. So is the 1960s inspired interior.
Modern interior design style takes inspiration from across the decades when creating a living space.
- Modern styling shares some of the characteristics of a minimalist design. Incorporate clean lines and an open feel.
- Modern interiors have neutral walls, again sharing some characteristics of Minimalist interior design, with colours used in the choice of soft furnishings.
- By choosing exciting and functional lighting, you’ll give your room a different feel in the evening from that enjoyed during the day.
- Modern interiors will add interest through a mix of styles by adding older pieces of furniture to match with more recent designs.
Creating a contemporary Interior
Contemporary design uses state of the art materials such as glass, metals and concrete.
The use of these materials gives interest and texture to your living space.
Base colours used in contemporary design are mainly black, white, grey and brown. Add accent colours using inspiration taken from nature. The base colours give a sharp, architectural look to a room.
- Contemporary interiors share many of the elements of minimalist design, including clean lines and an open feeling.
- Use organic fabrics such as linen, silk, wool or cotton, plus lots of texture to add interest and warmth.
- Make great use of glass and metallic surfaces such as stainless steel, nickel and chrome.
- Furniture is upholstered – no slipcovers here – using leather or natural fabrics with no fuss or frills.
- Good, creative lighting is essential to contemporary design. Lamps, both floor standing and table lamps in metallic finishes using tones of bronze and gold will add warmth to the room.
- Floors are hard surfaces with rugs in natural fibres such as sisal, jute or seagrass.
- Eco-friendly design elements are used—for example, sustainable bamboo floor coverings over other options.
- Skylights cut down on the use of artificial lighting.
The Country Style
When you think of a country style for your home you probably have a warm country English farmhouse in your mind’s eye.
Country style is all about the use of wood and natural materials. For example, uncovering, or fitting, original wooden floorboards, exposed beams and lower ceilings with lots of exposed brick on show.
- Country style conjures up thoughts of cosy fireside living with snuggly sofas and chairs.
- Incorporate wicker baskets for storage.
- Block colours are used for sofas and chairs, although subtle flower patterns are used too.
- Simplicity in the colours used as a base to your design allows for the use of warm accent colours in soft furnishings.
- Classic wooden framed furniture is the right choice.
- Use reclaimed wood for shelves and floorboards.
- Everything has a purpose in the realistic country interior design style.
- Mismatched furniture instead of matching sofas and chairs make the scheme look accidental rather than over-designed. The pieces you choose will look as though you’ve owned them for years, and the room has come together over time.
- Avoid anything that looks new or contemporary.
- Mismatched doorknobs and handles are a nice touch.
- Use blankets and throws to complete the look.
Warming Mediterranean Style Homes
The Mediterranean interior design style takes inspiration from the hot climes of Spain, Greece and Italy. For that reason, it’s sometimes called Spanish modern or Tuscan style.
Mediterranean style varies hugely from informal and functional through to formal and dramatic.
In creating a Mediterranean style home;
- Use lower-level furnishings for the Mediterranean style interior.
- Walls make use of texture either from the wall finish used or from wall hangings.
- Colours are usually those associated with the sea and sky; warm terracotta, lavender, yellow, green and turquoise.
- Tiles on floors and walls. If you don’t want all over tiling use it in mosaic designs in certain areas to add colour and interest.
- Filigree light shades and ironwork are used with metals in a warm bronze shade for vases and candlesticks.
- Windows will have no or minimal coverings. Think linen drapes with no precise shaping, and you’re on the right lines.
The Rustic Interior
‘Rustic’ describes a lot of interior design styles.
- A rustic style emphasises natural elements such as wood and stone. Wood will be reclaimed and often repurposed.
- Your rustic home will not incorporate any modern materials. Plastic and synthetics are missing, and there is no metal used. In reality, that is difficult to achieve, and you shouldn’t break the bank to avoid them.
- Picture the handmade look as that plays a large part in the rustic interior.
- A rustic home will feel warm and inviting with intelligent use of natural finishes in soft furnishing and floor coverings.
Interior Design Style is a matter of personal taste
These 7 styles are a great place to start and they’ll help you put your mood board together.
Don’t be governed by a particular style at first but use this guide to channel your thinking about what style is going to suit your life and the space your have.
Remember to check back with MellKem regularly. We’re going to help to get your design out of your head and into your home.