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9 Most Popular Interior Design Styles Explained

Updated: Jun 1, 2019

What are the main interior design styles used by interior designers? While trends come and go, the key styles of interior design endure the test of time. We’ve sourced inspiring imagery on each one for you, so you can make your creative decisions with confidence.


The eight Key interior design styles:

1. Scandinavian - Cool, cosy accents and simple colors...

2. Eclectic - break the rules, have fun , and be bold…

3. Minimalist - valuing open space above things…

4. Modern - organic and geometric…

5. Vintage - elegant, romantic, and sophisticated in nature…

6. Contemporary - glass and metal in clean lines…

7. Industrial - bare brick, rough textures, and solid structures…

8. Traditional - With a timeless look that never goes out of style...

9. Bohemian - Carefree designs with little or no rules....


Now let's dive into the ultimate guide to interior design styles...


1. Scandinavian

Scandanavian design pays homage to the simplicity of life demonstrated in Nordic countries. Scandinavian furniture design often feels like a work of art, although it is simple and understated.

This style makes prominent use of light-colored wood in tables and furniture legs, which lends to the natural feel. Low-profile sofas and chairs with a slimmed down look often feature pastel and neutral upholsteries that contribute to a reserved color scheme.


2. Eclectic

Eclectic interiors borrow ideas from a range of different periods, styles and trends. Break the rules, have a little fun and inject your personality into your decorating – that’s what the eclectic style is all about. Still, it is important to maintain a sense of balance within your decorating. The very best eclectic interiors are a cohesive blend of old, new, colour, texture and pattern.


3. Minimalist

Initially influenced by the simplicity of Japanese design, minimalism works on the principle that less is more. Minimalist interiors are stripped down to their essential elements and empty space is left to make the design statement. Use colour sparingly in minimalist rooms, the idea is not to distract or detract from its simplicity. Black, white and primary colours are often regarded as best for a minimalist space.


4. Modern

Rooted in simplicity, Modern style shies away from the ornamentation and complication of other styles. Modern furniture is designed with straight lines and made from sleek materials such as polished steel, glass, and leather. A primarily neutral color palette gives Modern style a minimalist, uncomplicated look that is simple but bold. Reserved use of decorations keeps a Modern interior uncluttered and fresh.


5. Vintage

Far from old-fashioned, vintage interior styling can be incredibly versatile. Whether you’re after a look that is charming and pretty or retro and edgy, adding some key vintage pieces can help you bring the room together.

A vintage cabinet or storage unit is a fabulous way to update your interior in a stylish but practical way. Open shelves allow you to get creative with your styling, and can proudly showcase any books, trinkets or vintage accessories.


6. Contemporary

Elements from several decorating styles come together to create Contemporary style. The clean lines of Modern style mesh with the curves of Mid-Century furniture to create a look that is futuristic, elegant, and inviting. A neutral palette and polished metal accents give Contemporary furniture a minimalist touch that keeps the look clean and fresh.


7. Industrial

Industrial style as the name implies, draws inspiration from a warehouse or an urban loft.


There’s a sense of unfinished rawness in many of the elements, and it’s not uncommon to see exposed brick, ductwork and wood. An iconic home with an industrial design theme would be a renovated loft from a former industrial building.


8. Traditional

Traditional design style offers classic details, sumptuous furnishings, and an abundance of accessories. Traditional homes often feature dark, finished wood, rich colour palettes, and a variety of textures and curved lines. Furnishings have elaborate and ornate details and fabrics, like velvet, silk and brocade, which may include a variety of patterns and textures.


9. Bohemian

Bohemian is a popular style for home design and fashion. It reflects a carefree lifestyle with little rules, except to follow your hearts desire.

Bohemian homes may include vintage furniture and light fixtures, globally inspired textiles and rugs, displays of collections, and items found in widely varied sources including flea markets and during one’s travels.


Which of the interior design styles are you looking forward to incorporating into your décor this year? Of course, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to interior styling and decorating, you can also get our designer tips for summer decor.



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