Which types of interior design styles are you imagining for your home or office space?
Without formal training or several years of experience in interior design, it can be hard to communicate exactly what you want from your interior designer. There are so many styles and combinations that sometimes it’s easier to show what you like in photos. In order to help bolster your vocabulary, and better put what your vision is into words, we’ve compiled a list of some of the more popular interior design style types right now.
Borrowing from European sensibilities, traditional design style offers classic details, sumptuous furnishings, and an abundance of accessories – almost the opposite of minimalism.
Think of and old English pub featuring 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.
Modern design is a term that transcends several different styles. Think of clean, crisp lines, a simple colour palette, simplicity, not a lot of clutter, and the use of materials that can include metal, glass and steel.
Not to be confused with Modern style, Contemporary separates itself in how it is a design based on the here and now, whereas modern design is based more in the 20th century. Think neutral elements and bold colour. Pieces feature softer and more rounded lines, opposed to the more stark lines seen in modern design.
Transitional draws from both traditional and modern design in that it is able to facilitate a space with a sense of balance that’s appealing and unexpected.
Think modern materials, such as steel and glass, and then unite them with plush furnishings and neutral colour palettes. This creates a calming and relaxed space that manages to feel stylish and sleek, as well as warm and inviting.
Minimalist styles take notions of modern design and delivers them in a more simple and concise way. Everything has a purpose, rooms are free of clutter, colour palettes are neutral and airy, furnishings are simple and streamlined. Minimalism is ultimately defined by a sense of functionality and ultra-clean lines.
Industrial style draws inspiration from warehouses and urban lofts. Typical elements include exposed brick, wood beams, dangling metal light fixtures, and other raw, unfinished elements. Think natural and rustic colour pallettes, open face shelving, and large open windows.
Mid-Century Modern is a style that encompasses the now retro styles of the 50’s and 60’s. Functionality or “fussy-free” was the main theme for mid-century design. It places emphasis on pared-down forms, natural or organic shapes such as “egg-shaped” chairs, easy-to-use contemporary designs and simple fabrics. It easily complements any interior and also helps with seamless transition from interior to exterior.
Paying tribute to life in the Nordic region, Scandinavian design combines neutral tones of background and practicality with bright details and comfort. There’s functionality in the furniture along with interesting lines, many of which have a sculptural influence.
Think all-white colour palettes and natural elements such as form-pressed wood, bright plastics, as well as enameled aluminum, steel, and wide plank flooring. Subtle pops of colour come from the inclusion of art, natural fibre throws or furs, or a single piece of furniture.
Often referred to as “coastal design”, this style can give you the cool, easy-going feeling you would get when next to a beach looking over the Pacific Ocean.
Every element is inspired by the sea. Think light, airy colour palettes with cool neutral shades — white, beige, light grey, pale blue and green colours along with elements of wood.
French Country design style includes earthy colours and ornate furnishings that all come together to provide the same welcoming feeling you and your guests would get in a warm, country farmhouse. Think distressed woodwork, ruffles, and a subtle elegance, but with the overwhelming feeling of comfort.
Bohemian style can give off more of a carefree lifestyle with little rules. This style is for those who enjoy travelling the globe and displaying the eclectic designs of their travels. With a laissez-faire approach to design, anything goes and mostly anything works.
Rustic design is drawn from natural inspiration, using raw and often unfinished elements including wood and stone. Rustic design may incorporate accessories from the outdoors. Warmth emulates from this design style and its architectural details that may include features like vaulted ceilings adorned with wood beams or reclaimed wood floors.
Akin to the Bohemian style, Shabby Chic is a more laissez-faire approach to design. The main difference is its vintage-inspired style, and how it tends to be more feminine. Think of distressed furnishings, antique-style finishes, a delicate colour palette made up of white, cream and pastels, and a soft and delicate light.
Think luxury, drama, and going over-the-top. For those who like to make a statement and leave a lasting impression, Hollywood Glam is the best way do so.
This style includes elements of Victorian design. Think plush, velvet furnishings, tufting and antiques as well as bold colours like purple and deep reds.
Whatever interior design style you picture for your home, we are able to bring it to life. If you are considering one of the styles listed above, a combination of some, or another style we haven’t mentioned, a great interior designer will help bring your vision to life.