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What’s Your Style?

Interior design is a set of basic features, techniques and pieces of furniture to offset a particular style. On a higher level, the style usually carries certain principles of what the goals of design are, and techniques of how to accomplish those goals. Finding your style does not seem easy because it is usually ever-evolving process. Most of us appreciate a handful of different styles. But which one(s) truly speak(s) to you? That’s where we come in.


In order to boost your creativity, we have made the list of some interior design styles and their basic features. There are a lot of them, but some of the most important are: Modern, Contemporary, Minimalist, Seaside/Coastal, Cottage/Farmhouse, Luxe/Glam, Boho, Mid-Century Modern, Traditional and Scandinavian.



Modern - The word modern is often misused in interior design. Modern style is sometimes confused with contemporary style. In spite of their numerous similarities, there are a few big differences as well. Modern design refers to a specific time period while contemporary design is ever-evolving. Modern style came on the radar in the early 20th century. It has roots in German and Scandinavian architecture and design and is often simple and unadorned. Modern style celebrates natural materials and neutral or earthy colours. While there are a range of colours in contemporary style, modern style has monochromatic colorus. Furthermore, the emphasis is on fewer curves and more clean horizontal and vertical lines. In modern style, natural light is very important as well as simple, functional furniture.


Contemporary – Contemporary style refers to current design trends while honouring the past. One important aspect of this style is that it is constantly evolving. It takes inspiration and styling cues from different eras. Contemporary furniture pieces are a bit curvier comparing to modern style furniture, and is usually a blend of comfort and sophistication. Neutrals, black and white are the main colours. Strong visible lines are evident in any contemporary-style home. Smooth, clean, geometric shapes are essential.


Minimalist - Minimalist style is inspired by Japanese design and concentrates on the principle that less is more. Minimalist design loves empty space. It celebrates uncomplicated forms, clean lines, and simple finishes. Simplicity, absence of any décor or ornaments, clearness of composition, emphasis on the natural textures and graphics are the key features of this style. Minimalist spaces are filled with only necessary items. Storage is very important in this style and furniture often has hidden compartments.


Seaside/Coastal – Coastal or seaside style is inspired by natural environment. Coasatal/seaside interiors are light, airy and beautiful. They also have a calming atmosphere. Neutrals like white are often paired with beige to resemble the sand while shades of blue are added as the colors of the sea. Seaside/coastal style furniture is meant to feel casual, comfortable and easy. Furthermore, this style encourages open space. Essentially, it feels like summer year-round in a seaside/coastal style home.








Cottage/Farmhouse – Cottage/Farmhouse style means that you are decorating your home with a simple mindset that often comes with living the country life. This style is warm, cosy, and full of charm. Cottage/Farmhouse styled homes feature hardwood floors, wooden cabinets, wooden beams, farmhouse tables etc. It is all about keeping things simple and using natural elements. This style allows one to add a touch of distinctive personality to their home. It enables one to decorate with the personal collection and vintage furniture.


Luxe/Glam – Luxe/Glams style uses precious metals, reflective surfaces, exotic timber, velvet and silk. Elaborate detailing, luxurious fabrics and metallics help create memorable spaces. This style’s color palette is with white, gray, cream, black, pastels, and jewel tone and it is known for dramatic lighting in the form of crystal adorned chandeliers, table lamps, and sconces. Elegance is its epitome. This style strikes the perfect balance of opulence and functionality.

Boho - The word ‘bohemian’ refers to someone who is socially unconventional and often involved in the arts. Therefore, bohemian style or simply boho is for those who want their homes full of life, culture and items they have collected throughout their lifetime. The rules of Boho style are that there are no rules. However, in order to make a boho styled home distinctive and viable, it is necessary to create a solid foundation and start with a simple base colour for every bohemian style room. Plants are also an easy source method that will add a relaxed vibe. Layering similar patterns and adding low-lying furniture will help one create an authentic boho home. Bright colours, bold hues, metallic and mirrored surfaces are all typical features of this style.


Mid-Century Modern – Mid-Century Design took hold after World War II thanks to new technologies and materials as well as newfound prosperity. The vibe of Mid-Century Modern style is fresh and a complete restart to the sense. This style is for those who like authentic vintage and charming décor which is also practical, durable and easy to source. Mid-Century Modern furniture is defined by the clean lines, curved and smoothed edges, simple forms. The emphasis is on function. When choosing colours and materials, wood, metal, glass, plywood are allowed, as well as a wide range of colours from neutral to gold and graphic use like black and white. Mid-Century Modern homes tend to be open plan and use alternative room dividers such as central fireplaces in living rooms. This makes space feel larger and allows light to be bounced around the rooms.


Traditional – Traditional style is inspired by the 18th and 19th centuries. This style is perfect for those who seek to reflect classic European décor in their home. The main features of this style are elegant furniture and wood tones that are deep in colour. Except detailed woodwork, sturdy crafted furniture and graceful lines, some other features of traditional style are: framed wall decorations, fabric draperies, grand chandeliers, oriental rugs, antique ornaments, overstuffed sofas. Walls are usually painted in a neutral colour. One of important features in this style is a fireplace.


Scandinavian – Scandinavian style is known for its simplicity, function and use of natural elements. Lighting is one of the key features in this style. Candlelight is a must. It adds a touch of whimsy glow and therefore, makes staying indoors no problem at all. Scandinavian style uses minimalist colour palettes and modern furniture. High contrasts create dramatic and impactful atmosphere in Scandinavian styled homes. Fresh flowers in elegant vases are another beautiful feature.


Many interiors rarely follow a singular design style. The most beautiful and comfortable spaces usually mix different interior design styles. However, it has to be done in a way that makes sense to your eye and your senses. Determining what your style is starts with what things you are naturally drawn to. With the help of an interior designer you will be able to combine different styles and sub-styles (such as French Chic, Rustic, Shabby Chic or English Country that sit under Cottage/Farmhouse style and partially under Seaside/Coastal; Maximalist and French Boudoir that are under Traditional style etc.) and decorate your home according to your preferences and functionality. The best combinations are: Modern and Contemporary; Traditional and Minimalist; Boho and Scandinavian; Seaside and Contemporary.


Pinterest and Houzz are great platforms to check and get inspiration when you are not sure what your style is. You also need to make sure that the character and setting of the property reflect the style too and vice versa (for instance, it might be awkward to decide to decorate a new built modern apartment with Rustic French Chic items since it is hard to see connection between the two).


A good interior designer is able to help you create a custom home that fits your lifestyle and design aesthetics no matter of what style/s you opt for. From expert advice to implementation, good interior designers provide a range of services and are able to work with any style. Their aim is to work for the client not for the sake of filling up their portfolio and therefore, they prefer the client to dictate the style. No matter where you are on your path to mastering your personal take on interior design styles, we are here to help.

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