10 interior design styles that every designer should know about
Designers and interior renovators need to be aware of all popular interior design styles in order to meet the needs and desires of their clients. Most of the time, clients have no idea what specific design style they want.
That’s where your knowledge and expertise about different styles of interior design come into play. After talking with your clients and taking a look at the inspirational images they have gathered, you should be able to identify their design style.
This top 10 best interior design styles will help you easily identify the specific styles your clients are referring to.
The modern style originated from the modernist movement, which began in the 1920s. It should not be confused with the adjective “modern”, which refers to current trends. It is also different from contemporary style, which refers to current design trends. The modern design style is very specific and is said to have been created by the famous German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Main materials: wood, metal, glass, steel
Color palette: Monochromatic, neutral, earthy
Furniture style: simple, exposed legs, raised, satin finishes
Distinctive features: clear lines, simple furnishings, no clutter or ornaments, “form follows function”.
The traditional style is inspired by older, more classic European design styles. It is a style that brings comfort and security to a room, making the space warm and welcoming. A house with a traditional design contains no surprises: everything is clean, calm and calculated.
Main materials: wood
Color palette: neutral walls, warm, rich, dark colors, golden and silver furniture/accessories
Furniture style: elegant, majestic, floral motifs, wood (mahogany, maple, cherry), upholstered, heavy, with curved legs, velvet, silk
Distinctive features: symmetrical, columns, ceiling moldings, detailed woodwork
Contemporary style should not be confused with modern style. If your client wants a contemporary home, it means that he or she is in line with current design trends. It is not a static trend, but rather an evolving trend that adapts to the current times. Contemporary style is generally based on simplicity, sophistication and purity of lines. It is clean, elegant and bright.
Main materials: light wood, glass, stainless steel
Color palette: brown, taupe, cream, white, black
Furniture style: exposed legs, neutral tones, natural fibers, two-tone prints, no contours or superfluous fabrics
Distinctive features: open space, uncluttered, airy, emphasis on line and shape.
The industrial style was inspired by the industrial age, where machine, metal and brick were predominant. Today it celebrates the raw and exposed materials of a building. However, it is not reserved for people living in lofts; any space can be transformed into an industrial-style home with the right color palette, materials and furniture.
Main materials: patinated wood, metal, brick, concrete
Color Palette: Neutral tones – brown, brun, black, cream, gray
Furniture style: mix of wood and metal, vintage/antique look, patinated, functional
Distinctive features: open concept, high ceilings, exposed materials, sleek, functional, mix of old and new, negative space.
The transitional style is a mix of traditional and contemporary. It offers the best of both worlds by combining comfort and elegance. This style emphasizes texture and material rather than color.
Main materials: wood, glass, lacquer, steel, mirror
Color Palette: Neutral – brown, taupe, brown, cream, grey
Furniture style: curves combined with straight lines, lacquered finishes, modern fabrics, prints and subtle patterns
Distinctive features: light ornaments, clean lines, welcoming, dominant wall, neutral colors.
The rustic style consists in bringing natural elements into a house. This style is often used for cottages but is becoming more and more popular with city dwellers. The rustic style incorporates outdoor accessories such as branches, logs and reclaimed wood.
Main materials: wood, stone, organic textures
Color palette: brown, green, gold, gray, beige
Furniture style: aged/rough wood, leather, rough edges
Distinctive features: wood beams, stone fireplace/ambient wall, warm colors, natural materials, wooden countertops and furniture, worn finishes.
Bohemian style is suitable for people who adopt a lifestyle out of convection and who like bright colors, vintage furniture and layering materials. This style is a blend of beauty, chaos and culture. It allows the owner to express his individuality and often incorporates accessories from travel or flea markets. This style of interior design is illustrated by an orderly form of clutter.
Main materials: wood, metal, dyed textiles
Color Palette: brown, green, metallic, gold, purple, orange, blue
Furniture style: second hand/vintage, felted, colors saturated, footstools, mismatched, comfortable
Distinctive features: colorful, layers, various textures and patterns, vintage, tapestry, cluttered.
The minimalist design style stems from the “less is more” theory. There is less furniture, less clutter, less accessories. Even the elements used are minimalist in that they are airy and surrounded by empty space. If your client is a fan of the minimalist style, you will have to work with open spaces, little furniture and lots of white.
Main materials: glass, wood, marble, concrete, metal
Color palette: monochromatic, white, black, grey
Furniture style: pure forms, functional, simple, sober colors
Distinctive features: clean lines, uncluttered, unadorned, quiet, spacious, airy, lots of light.
This style dates back to the 1930s, when Hollywood was booming. The Hollywood Regency style is suitable for clients who like glamour, opulence and are not afraid to take risks. It is also for people who like to entertain their guests and have an active social life. This style of interior design opposes minimalism and aims for extravagance.
Main materials: glass, mirror, metal, lacquer
Color palette: bold – purple, red, turquoise, gold
Furniture style: velvet, felted, Victorian style, lacquered, silk, satin, tufted
Distinctive features: luxurious, extravagant, glamorous, dramatic, daring accessories.
The Scandinavian style comes from the Nordic countries. It emphasizes natural and artificial light to create a bright and neat space. Scandinavian design has many similarities with minimalist design, where functionality, simplicity and purity of lines reign supreme.
Main materials: wood, plastic, metal
Color palette: white, black, grey, brown
Furniture style: functional, simple, natural fibers, clean lines, smooth and rounded edges, natural colors.
Distinctive features: spacious, few accessories, natural light, light floors, space-saving, minimalist.