9 interior design styles for your home.
Whether you are renovating your entire home or just one of the spaces, having a good sense of interior design styles will help you create a more cohesive and well-thought look and feel for your house. Interior design styles can be confusing or overwhelming. And one element, such as a material, a texture, a color, or even the lighting; can make or break the look. So where do you start?
The three most important factors you want to consider while renovating your space are the flow, the functionality, and the aesthetic; balancing the individuality of each element as well as how they all come together. In this article, we discuss some of the different styles to help you orientate. If you’re not sure what works best for you, it might be a good idea to consider talking to an architect / interior designer who would help you decide what the perfect style for your space might be.
Some people think in terms of defined style and can imagine their home all in one coherent style such as the industrial or the minimalist style. However, it is also very common that people don’t think in terms of specific styles, but simply in terms of a collection of different elements and items that they like. No approach is right or wrong, whichever group you subscribe to, there are advantages and challenges.
If you are part of the first group, make sure your house doesn’t end up being too predictable, portraying a certain style so perfectly that it becomes impersonal. So, your challenge here is: how to create a holistic coherent look, and still make it your own unique home.
If you are part of the second group, the challenge here is to avoid a mix and match look that fights itself and does not create any coherence. So, the question here is how to integrate the different elements you like, and ensure they come together to form a coherent look and feel. We want to strike the balance between the individuality of the different elements you like and how they come together in a holistic look and feel for your home. Remember, the style you end up with does not need to be a known recognized style with a name; It can be your own unique style.
No approach is right or wrong, whichever group you subscribe to, there are advantages and challenges.
1. Mid Century Modern
If you are inspired by the styles of the 1950-60s, Mid Century Modern could be the style for your home. Opt for easy-to-use contemporary designs that mainly focus on functionality. Abstract and organic shapes both work well with this style, so you could choose to go for clean lines and/or curved forms. You could pick asymmetrical geometric patterns for the decorative items in your space such as rugs, paintings, and wallpaper. Metals, plywood, and medium-toned colors such as browns are good choices for this style. Experiment with round globe lights, pendant lights, or even brass fixtures, to have a perfect mid-century modern space.
If you like clean lines, airy and large spaces, opt for a minimalist style for your space. Focus on creating a large open space or the illusion of a large open bright with tons of light and air. Opt for simple, geometric furniture. A minimalist style of interior design highlights functionality, and as the name suggests, ‘Less is more’! So, choosing basic and neutral colors such as black, grey, and white would be the best bet here.
Modern style in interior design refers to the early to mid-20th century designs. This basically includes crisp and straight lines, basic color combinations of three to four colors at most, including a lot of black, white, and some accent colors. Go for simple furniture and lesser accessories in your design for this look. Choosing black metal furniture ties this look together, giving a sleek and comprehensive look to your space.
All the interior design styles described above are just a selection, and as mentioned before, you do not have to apply them by the book. Simply use them as a starting point. In fact, you could play with these styles quite a bit and innovate your own. For example, you can surprise yourself and everyone else by adding to your Scandinavian-like minimalist interior a touch of screaming neon pink!
Ultimately, you are the one to decide which interior design style is best suited to your taste, personality, and your space. Remember though, that before interior design, several very important aspects need to be considered, such as your layout, flow, composition, and technical aspects to name just a few. If you are considering a renovation and not just an aesthetic makeover, you may want to seek the help of an experienced architect. They will help you with the fundamentals, on top of which interior design styles can be created. Interior design is not just colors and furniture, it needs to go hand in hand with the architecture of the space.
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If you are considering the renovation or a makeover for your home and would like help in deciding which design style is best suited for you, or you simply need a second opinion, get in touch! We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.