• Paulina Stelmach


Something that a lot of people don't realise is that there is a number of different interior styles; so while a client is trying to describe their ideal design theme, it would be beneficial if they found out what design style they like and then they can put their own twist on it. It helps us, interior designers to understand what the client is after, and saves us hours researching what style they're trying to 'recreate'.

While interior trends come and go, the key styles of interior design stay the same. So to make things easier for you, this post includes 16 different interior design styles that are standard and in style at the moment.


Modern design usually refers to a specific time period; it was inspired by the Modernist art movement that preceded it, and the style was born at the dawn of the 20th Century.

Main Features:

  • Clean crisp lines

  • Absence of ornament

  • Geometry - geometric-patterned or plain area rugs

  • Quite minimal

  • Use of glass, metal, chrome and steel

  • Visual and functional simplicity

  • Art rather than accessories

  • 'Smooth' and' Sleek' surfaces

  • Neutral colour palette with bold colour contrasts reflected in art of furniture

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People often tend to get Modern and Contemporary mixed up; which is not surprising as they are very similar. It is very difficult to characterize this style; however, as a design style it diverges from a modernist aesthetic by presenting a more rounded and balanced approach to interior design. This style borrows bits from various time periods and creates an environment to last a lifetime.

Main Features:

  • Open layouts

  • Unusual layouts

  • Use of natural light

  • Clean lines

  • Very light or very dark wood tones

  • Detailed mouldings on walls and windows

  • Use of metal and glass - reflection purposes

  • Neutral colour palette

  • Lighting design used as a feature

  • Textured fabrics

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Eclectic interior design is usually all about personify individuality and freedom. Each furniture piece is carefully selected and then it is brought together to create a culture rich interior space. This style is known for using contrasting colours, furnishings and materials; so it can be easily overdone to look terrible.

Main Features:

  • Contrast and Variety

  • Varied colour palette with a few grounding neutrals

  • Different pieces in the room are tied together with fabric, materials or paint.

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The coastal style originated from the US beach-line areas. The most common features of this style include light, cool neutrals shades that are often paired up with blues and greens.

Main Features:

  • Light and Breezy

  • White backdrop; you can add tints of sand, surf and shell colours

  • Nautical-themed colour palette

  • Rattan furniture, oak, wicker tools

  • Natural fibres and organic materials

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Traditional design draws its inspiration from 18th and 19th Century England and France. This style is heavy on furniture and fittings that are still stylish and elegant.

Main Features:

  • Wood panelling and mouldings

  • Built-in cabinetry

  • Materials such as silk, cashmere, velvet, cotton and linen

  • Use of bold patterns such as florals, stripes, plaids and damask

  • Elegant furnishings

  • Antique furnishings

  • Tile and wood floor patterns

  • Neutral palette with vibrant colours from accent pieces and furniture

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Transitional is a very popular style as it borrows from both traditional and modern design to facilitate a space. This style is a perfect mix of traditional elegance with contemporary lines and textiles.

Main Features:

  • Neutral colour palette

  • Limited use of accessories

  • Using art pieces as decoration

  • Curved furnishings

  • Use of wood, rattan, fabric, glass, steel, metal and lacquer

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Mid-Century Modern gained its popularity after the Second World War. This style emphasizes on pared-down forms and organic shapes such as the "egg-shaped" chair and simple fabrications.

Main Features:

  • Natural and organic shapes

  • Yellow, orange green and brown colour palette

  • Open plan

  • Broad interfaces between the home and its natural surrounding

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Inspired by snow, mountains and fjords of the Nordic countries, Scandinavian (Scandi) interiors are proving to be very popular all across the globe. The design is timeless and is a perfect balance between minimalist efficiency and warm, personal touches.

Main Features:

  • White colour palette

  • Symmetry

  • Silhouettes and contours

  • Bright colours

  • Furniture is stylish and functional but not too trendy

  • Use of light coloured wood and warm colours

  • Rugs in subtle colours

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The Art Deco movement started in the 1920's and offered a new aesthetic for a new time. The industrial revolution was a big inspiration for the Art Deco movement, meaning that metal was a popular material of choice at that time.

Main Features:

  • Order and symmetry

  • Angular patterns

  • Chrome and brass fittings

  • Glossy paint

  • Lacquered wood

  • Sprinkled glass and mirrored elements

  • Over-sized furniture

Today, Miami Beach is a perfect place to go and see the art deco interior style.

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This style is known for featuring columns and arches within the interior. The Mediterranean style is characterized by simple and romantic aesthetics of Southern European countries. It includes light and warm tones in the colour scheme, as well as the use of materials such as ceramic and wood to add some texture to the interior. The design combines boldness, simplicity and convenience.

Main Features:

  • Arches

  • Columns

  • Tile and brick

  • Earth tones

  • Interior balconies

  • Curves

  • Tall ceilings

  • Large furniture

  • Use of materials such as ceramics, wood, wrought iron and cotton.

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The minimalist design was sparked by the Minimalist arts movement of the 1960's and 70's, and inspired by the traditional Japanese design and Zen philosophy. The design thrives on the principle "less is more" so the overall design is simple and is a mixture of modern and mid-century design styles.

Main Features:

  • White and neutral palette

  • Ultra-clean lines

  • Streamlined furnishings

  • Concealed storage

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Rustic interiors are raw, often with unfurnished elements that are typically made out of stone or wood. Most of the decor and accessories consist of elaborate architectural details and dramatic features such as; reclaimed wooden floors and beamed ceilings.

Main Features:

  • Exposed ceiling bean

  • Exposed stone wall

  • Wooden flooring

  • Use of reclaimed wood

  • Wood-burning fireplace

  • Prominent staircases

  • Neutral-coloured natural fabrics

  • Cowhides and sheepskins

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Hollywood Glam dates back to the 1930's golden age of the booming American movie industry. The key characteristics are super luxurious and over-the-top designs and decor.

Main Features:

  • Antique furnishings

  • Open-plan and uncluttered

  • Plush and velvet elements

  • Bright and glossy surfaces

  • Magnificent decorative elements

  • Colour palette consists of bold blends of turquoise, reds and purples

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Industrial design became popular in the 1990's. Instead of covering up things like brick walls, exposed pipes and electrical wires and putting in interior walls, the designers decided to create large, open units preserving the old floors, walls and keeping much of the pipes and wiring and beams exposed resulting in what is known as industrial home decor.

Main Features:

  • Concrete flooring

  • Wood and metal

  • Raw and unfinished look

  • The colour palette is a mix of grays, neutrals and rustic colours

  • Antique light fixtures with metal finishing

  • Use of vintage and old factory pieces

  • Utilitarian objects

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Bohemian is a style associated with free-minded and free-spirited people who "express their personal unconventional philosophy of living unconstrained by any norms of the contemporary society." The style expresses nomadic and ethnic vibe and is a true representation of the avant-garde lifestyle.

Main Features:

  • Vibrant colours

  • Rich patterns

  • Elements like pillows, throws and rugs

  • Animal hides, metallic accents and wood

  • 'Mish-mash' of items and accessories

  • Furniture; mix of old and modern

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Farmhouse is very similar to country or rustic design; except it is usually lighter and enjoys a lot of natural wood.

Main Features:

  • White colour palette

  • Open shelves and cabinets

  • Barn doors

  • No glass

  • Wide plank floors

  • Even ceilings with exposed reclaimed beams

  • Large kitchen and dining area

  • Cozy fabrics, natural materials and textiles

  • Vintage, reclaimed or heritage accessories

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And there you have it. In order to help you determine what your aesthetic is, I included some quizzes that you can do in your spare time.

Until next time,