5 Admired Interior Design Styles

There are lots of things to consider when designing the interior of homes. Having a clear understanding of how you will use the space and the functionality it needs to deliver is essential. As well, incorporating the basic elements and principles of interior design is key.
Before heading off in the latest, brightest, trendiest interior design direction….just because you can… stay true to yourself and create your vibe. Which may or may not be, a known interior design style.

Why have an interior design style?

Staying true to what you like you create your home for you, your family, your lifestyle and how you want to live. It’s more than getting the look right, it’s the importance of getting the ‘feel’ right so you enjoy your space.
Some homes immediately give the feeling of peace, calm and relaxation. Some feel vibrant, exciting and colourful and some can feel very efficient and ‘to the point’. There is no right or wrong. The key thing is, our home is our sanctuary, it enhances our life, reflects our personality and how we choose to live.
Why have an interior design style? well, it helps you bring it all together is a cohesive way. Even if you’re preference is for an eclectic or transitional style, it still helps coordinate your interior.

Interior design styles

There is a myriad of interior design styles, from traditional to art-deco, minimalist, industrial, Scandinavian to Bohemian.  With so many styles it can be overwhelming in knowing what will work for you and or how you can mix and match elements to create your own stamp on making your house a home.  To help provide some clarity below are some of the key points for five popular interior design styles.


Contemporary interior design style

Interior of a brand new Living room in Toronto, Canada.

A contemporary interior design style is a style of the moment. This means it which uses whatever is currently on trend. Today it is clean lines, no clutter and neutral colours. The finishes include materials such as concrete, steel and glass. A contemporary interior design style also incorporates elements from other styles, such as art-deco, modern and traditional. The shape of the furniture and furnishings used is important. The style incorporates straight and curved lines in the furniture and architecture. In relation to colours, neutral shades are a must here with bold accents used in a limited way.


Modern interior design style

Pink is the accent colour in this modern style lounge. The modern interior design style is primarily from the 1950s and 1970s and incorporates furniture and colours from this era.  So typically the colour palette embraces the earthier colours of rust, brown, turquoise and olive green, with accent colours in bold primary colours.  The furniture design is often straight with strong lines and wooden furniture. Finishes include a variety of natural materials such as stone, wood and leather. Clean lines are used together with lots of natural light and an open space feel.


Country interior design style

A traditional country kitchen,  a white ceramic sink (Belfast sink), a terracotta tiled floor, wooden worktops.

Wood accents are an important element in creating a Country interior design.  For a colour palate, the base is a neutral colour scheme with pops of colour from the furnishings such as pillows, throws and rugs and decorative items, as well as from upholstered furniture.  With the base colour scheme being neutral, the feel of the space is relaxing, cosy and comfortable and welcoming, this is further enhanced when a mix of soft textures are included.   Often old family heirlooms or old pieces of decorative items and furniture are used which make space feel more personal and lived in. Key is also bringing the outside in, so don’t forget to incorporate indoor plants to help make your house feel like home.


Coastal interior design style

Coastal living room

Using a coastal interior design style is gaining huge popularity and is not confined to homes on the coast.  A beautiful Coastal style gives a carefree feel, rather than being ‘in your face with beachy style objects such as oars and lifebuoys’.   Natural light and plenty of it is essential in this style, so rooms feel spacious, bright and welcoming.   In terms of the fabrics and textures used, linen is the fabric of choice, as well as natural cotton, muslin and sheers for curtains. Textures can incorporate other natural elements such as sisal, cork, cane and rope.  Fabrics also incorporate blues and navy and turquoise with nautical prints or stripes.  For colour palates, whilst white is the key colour, other colours such as sandy beige, coral and navy add to the coastal look and feel.


Transitional interior design style

A  home office and den interior.

As the name suggests a transitional interior design style is a mix of designs. This is a merging of modern and traditional design elements. This means the look is a take on a classic but also incorporates elements of contemporary design. A Transitional interior design style has a look and feel by using a mix of masculine and feminine furnishings and colours. To create a cohesive look, less is definitely more. So do think about the accessories and artwork you use. Use heaps of texture such as wood, different fabrics, steel, glass and different flooring finishes. For colour, the key is a neutral colour scheme with pops of colour to add interest.

Hopefully, this helps you decipher a few of the most popular interior design styles, which you can use for your space, reflecting your personality and how you want to live.

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