Master The 14 Most Popular Interior Design Styles

Master The 14 Most Popular Interior Design Styles

August 3, 2018

Master The 14 Most Popular Interior Design Styles ⇒ From contemporary to rustic, the list of different interior design styles that can go on forever. Lack of understanding or vocabulary to describe their personal interior design style is a challenge faced by many people, so today CovetED brings you a quick and simples explanation of the 14 most popular interior design styles to help you through your design journey.


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1. Modern

Modern is a quite broad design term that usually refers to a space with clean, crisp lines, a simple colour palette and the use of materials that can include metal, glass and steel. The modern design conveys a sense of simplicity in every element, including furniture. “Sleek” is normally used to describe the modern style, and there isn’t a lot of clutter or accessories involved with a modern style.


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2. Contemporary

Even though they’re usually mixed up, modern and contemporary are two separate styles. The main difference between modern and contemporary design style is that modern is a strict interpretation of design that started in the 20th century. On the other hand, contemporary is more fluid and can represent a sense of currency with less adherence to one particular style. For example, contemporary style may include curving lines, whereas modern design does not.


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3. Minimalist

The minimalist design is a very popular concept nowadays. It takes notes from modern design and simplifies them further. Colour palettes are neutral and airy; furnishings are simple and streamlined, and nothing is excessive in accessories or décor. Minimalism is ultimately defined by a sense of functionality and ultra-clean lines.


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4. Industrial

The industrial style draws inspiration from warehouses or urban spaces. There’s a sense of unfinished rawness in many of the elements, and it’s common to see exposed brick, ductwork and wood. A great example of an industrial design theme would be a renovated loft from a former industrial building.


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5. Mid-century modern

The mid-century modern style is a design style inspired by that of the mid-1900s, mainly the 1950s and 60s. There’s a retro nostalgia mixed with some elements of minimalism. Functionality is the main theme for mid-century design, with pared-down forms, natural or organic shapes, easy-to-use contemporary designs and simple fabrications.


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6. Scandinavian

The Scandinavian design pays homage to the simple life that’s lived in Nordic countries. Scandinavian furniture design often feels like a work of art, although it is simple and discreet. There’s functionality in the furniture along with some interesting lines, many of which have a sculptural influence. Other common characteristics include all-white colour palettes and the incorporation of natural elements like wood and enamelled aluminium, steel and wide plank flooring. This style is characterised by spacious, natural lighting, fewer accessories and functional furniture.


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7. Traditional

Traditional design style has classic details, exquisite furnishings, and lots of accessories. Inspired by Europe, 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 that may include a variety of patterns and textures. There’s depth, layering and dimensionality within most traditional designs.


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8. Transitional

Transitional is a very popular style because it joins traditional and modern design, creating a space that’s not too focused on one style or another. There’s a sense of balance that’s appealing and unexpected. A transitional design may incorporate modern materials, such as steel and glass, and then unite them with plush furnishings. The transitional design includes relatively neutral colour palettes, which creates a calming and relaxed space that manages to feel both stylish and inviting.


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9. French Country

French Country design style is characterised by warm and earthy colours, as well as ornamental wooden furnishing. The style has a farmhouse inspiration and may include soft and warm tones like red, yellow or gold and natural materials like stone and brick. French Country design can include collections of ornate porcelain dishes, heavy linens and bed coverings.


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10. Bohemian

Bohemian is a popular style that reflects a carefree lifestyle with very few rules. Bohemian homes may include vintage furniture and light fixtures, globally inspired textiles and rugs, displays of collections, and items found in flea markets or travels. It’s common to spot floor pillows and comfortable seating spaces in the bohemian style. In the Bohemian style, there’s a laid-back attitude where anything goes as long as you love it.


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11. Rustic

Rustic design is inspired by nature, using raw and unfinished elements like wood and stone. Rustic design may incorporate accessories from the outdoors and features like vaulted ceilings adorned with wood beams or reclaimed wood floors. Many designs now integrate rustic design with more modern furnishings and accessories.


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12. Shabby chic

Shabby chic is a vintage-inspired style, but more feminine, soft and delicate than other styles like Bohemian. Shabby chic furnishings are often distressed or appear that way, with paint tending to have antique-style finishes. The Shabby Chic colour palettes include white, cream and pastels. Light fixture and wall hangings may be ornate and continue the feminine vibe.



13. Hollywood Glam

Also know as Hollywood Regency, Hollywood Glam is a design style that’s usually luxurious, over-the-top and opulent. It’s a dramatic design style, perfect for someone who enjoys making a statement. This design style can be inspired by Victorian design, with plush, velvet furnishings, tufting and antiques. The colour palettes are particularly bold, using purples, reds and turquoise.


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14. Coastal/Hamptons

Coastal or Hamptons style is inspired by the iconic U.S. beachside area. Common features include light, airy colour palettes with cool neutral shades paired with blues and greens and furnishings that are often white or beige. The room can contain elements of wood and accessories inspired by the sea. The decor revolves around blue and white striped patterns for pillows, large windows, white plush sofas, and painted white wood. The intention is to create a relaxed and comfortable environment that is inspired by the beach and ocean.


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Source: Rochele Decorating