If you like simple, uncluttered spaces with clean lines, then your style is definitely modern. Modern and contemporary interior styles often get confused with one another. Whereas contemporary design involves the trends of the here and now and uses more curves, modern design is clean-lined and rooted in the early to mid-1900s.
Although you’re a fan of monochromatic colors, your style is far from boring. Modern design embraces natural materials and neutral or earthy colors, avoiding unnecessary detailing. Modern design also favors function over form: you appreciate decor items that also serve a purpose.
Key elements of Modern design include:
- Exposed concrete, beams, and structural elements
- Clean vertical and horizontal lines, low and clean line furnishings
- Minimalist decor and a neutral color palette
- Lots of natural light and bare windows without drapes or treatments
- Emphasis on wood, leather, metals and natural materials
- Reflective surfaces such as steel, chrome, or glass
One of the most recognizable interior design styles, the Coastal style embraces crisp and neutral colors, especially varied hues of blue and white. In a Coastal-inspired space, the inside should flow through to the outside, making it feel like there are no boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Furniture is meant to feel casual, comfortable, and easy, presenting a relaxed and inviting environment overall.
The Coastal style has several subsets—nautical, Mediterranean, American coastal, and tropical—but their essence is the same in that they all reflect a beachy style.
Key elements of Coastal style:
- Use windows, glass doors, and skylights to bathe interior in natural light
- Furniture that feels casual, comfortable, and easy
- Weathered wood, distressed finishes, natural materials, and glass accents
- Include natural greenery
You simply adore rustic decor! The Farmhouse style can vary with undertones of French country, rustic, modern, shabby chic, or even vintage—you can give it your very own twist. I promise, you do not need to have a chicken coop in your backyard to love this style.
This interior style is primarily a combination of vintage and new. If you love browsing antique shops, then you know what’s up. Nothing needs to be “matchy-matchy”; you can mix furniture pieces from a flea market or a revamped piece from a garage sale with something new. Farmhouse style has a very warm, inviting vibe that feels lived in and well-loved and can be tailored to fit your personality, whether it’s with a modern touch or vintage inspiration.
Key elements of farmhouse design:
- Primary colors in shades of white or earthy neutrals and greys
- Common accent colors: black, natural greens, blue shades, sunny yellows, soft reds
- Reclaimed woods, exposed beams, concrete, natural materials, upcycled items
- Uses vintage items alongside newer pieces to give a warm, inviting feeling
- Lots of personal items such as paintings, frames, repurposed items
You lean toward clean lines and organic curves, and you have an eye for different materials and shapes. The mid-century style pulls its roots from the 1930s-1960s with its strong shapes, patterns, and textures.
Look for white and pale natural walls with bold and colorful accents, with mustard yellows, moss green, and tangerine oranges as the main accent color in a lot of mid-century design. Mid-century furniture tends to have bold fabrics, graphic patterns with clean lines, and style pieces known for their simplicity and craftsmanship.
Key elements of Mid-century design:
- Man-made materials like wood paneling, vinyl, wicker, woven fabrics
- Peg legs on chairs, tables, and couches
- Bright, bold patterns on flooring or furniture fabrics
- Statement pieces such as sculptures or egg style chairs
Traditional style exudes elegance and comfort with a strong European influence, inspired by design elements of the 18th and 19th centuries. This style showcases classic art pieces, antiques, and things that are rich in history.
Traditional design is a classic, warm style that may be a bit predictable, yes, but is a style that makes people feel welcome and at home. You can be true Traditional—which is, well, traditional!—or you can mix in styles like Modern or Rustic to suit your personal taste.
Key elements of Traditional design:
- Dark warm tones with woods, textures, and soft to warm colors with neutral walls
- Pieces like clawfoot tubs, tufted upholstery, wingback chairs, big chandeliers, carved woods, and beautiful window coverings and drapes
- Architectural features: crown molding, columns, wood paneling
- Emphasis on symmetry, with furnishings that tend to match
Rustic is a natural and rugged style with a rough, aged and casual beauty that incorporates well whether you have a Tuscan style house, Southwestern, lodge style or a farmhouse. This design style uses lots of natural materials, unfinished woods, stones, and fabrics like burlap or canvas.
The older, more traditional Rustic style leans on the darker side of the color palette with greens, browns, maroons, reds, and grays for a more woodsy, outdoor lodge or cabin style; the more refreshed side of Rustic has a much more natural, lighter and earthier feel, with soft earth-colored tones in its palette. Rustic style combines well with all other styles.
Some key characteristics of Rustic style:
- Raw, rough, natural materials; unfinished barn woods, unpolished stones, baskets, jute rugs, burlap, rawhide rugs
- Large handmade furniture pieces, oversized pieces like large rustic mirrors
- Neutral colors with layering and texturing of blankets and pillows
- Side tables, accent chairs, blankets and pillows for warm, layered feel
There are no rules with the Bohemian style! “Boho” style is full of a carefree flare for colors, patterns, and textures. Characterized by a lack of structure, it’s eclectic, worldly, travelled, and playful.
Best captured in floor seating, chaise lounges, plants, interesting artifacts, and a mixture of patterns and styles, Bohemian is a very “viby style” that loves to play with the owner’s personal interests. It’s vintage meets modern, meets interesting. Boho is a conversation starter about world travel, stories, and experiences—a personal story book.
Key elements of this style are:
- Aesthetics – mix and match colors or patterns you normally wouldn’t put together
- White and tan shades mixed with jewel tones, pinks, reds, royal blues, emerald greens, black, silvers, golds, metallics, wickers
- Poufs, bean bags, floor pillows, rattan, wicker, macrame, handmade art pieces, travel souvenirs, rugs, throws, pottery, paintings, plants, vintage treasures, pendant lighting, candles, draping
This style takes its inspiration from the lofty looks of warehouses, factories, and raw open spaces—what some might call a more “masculine” look (based off style, not sex). It’s characterized by stripped back architectural details like bare bricks, metal, concrete, and reused, salvaged, or recycled materials.
If you like this style, you probably also prefer bare and clutter-free spaces, clean and free lines, modern no-frill furnishings, and an overall minimalistic feel. This style is simplistic, strong, and clean and combines well with other interior styles, too.
Key elements of Industrial design:
- Exposed steel beams, concrete countertops, large architectural hanging lighting
- Materials like iron, metal, tin, steel, and copper
- Moody color pallet (grey tones, whites, cream, black) broken up by bold art
- Open concept spaces, high ceilings, large open windows without treatments
The Scandinavian style is functional, simplistic and has a strong connection to nature, expressed through its natural, neutral color and texture palette.
This style blends textures, muted colors, and lots of natural light to give interior spaces a warm and cozy yet modern and minimalistic feel. Bright, uncluttered spaces give the Scandinavian style an incredibly airy and fresh-feeling style, a sense of peace, and the ability to breathe deeply.
- Pure white walls and light-colored furnishings
- Light colored woods like beech, ash, and pine
- Soft sheepskin rugs, modern simple furniture, and plants
- Clean, uncluttered living spaces
Transitional is the ultimate mix of the old and new, of modern and traditional styles to create a cohesive design style. This is a great style if you love aspects of tradition but don’t want to feel too formal and proper.
With a Transitional style you can play with clean lines and a fresh feel to your heart’s content, creating a space that speaks to your own personality. Think a lacquered or mirrored bedroom side table with a modern clean-lined bed frame, a modern dining room table set with upholstered traditional chairs, or crown molding mixed with clean, simple, modern furnishings.
- Combination of modern and traditional elements
- Mixing “masculine” furniture and “feminine” architectural features (or vice versa)
- Tip: don’t make this style too busy! One impactful piece of artwork is better than a lot of small pieces
Do you like rich, bold, vibrant styles from all different eras? Picture a gold period piece antique chair with a zebra upholstery, or a 19th century style wall paper in a modern dining room. Eclectic design is a mix of any and all unique pieces and styles, but placed into a sophisticated, well-planned layout.
This style often matches a bold and vibrant homeowner unafraid of color, fashion, and creativity, with an artsy flare. This style can be muted or bold in its form, more modern or more mixed, but in all its appearances it’s a true mix of different eras, pieces, styles, shapes, and colors that vividly lives up to the name “eclectic.”
Key elements of an Eclectic space:
- Bold styles from a variety of eras, combining modern, vintage, and antique
- A unique mixture of pieces, textures, shapes, and finishings
- A sophisticated, well-planned layout
- Bright, vivid colors and patterns that speak to creativity