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KNOW YOUR STYLE

Posted on 05 April 2017

Know your style

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The 8 main interior design styles in vogue right now

We’re covering the 8 main interior design styles that are dominating our homes right now. In reality it is always best to blend different elements from as many of these decorating styles as you please, but it is also crucial to identify the core aspects of each one to solidify your look. Which style do you identify with?

MID CENTURY MODERN

Mid century modern is a throw back to the design styles of the mid 1900s-primarily the 1950s and 60s. There’s a retro nostalgia present in mid century modern design and also some elements of minimalism. Functionality was the main theme for mid century design and the masters of this era such as Noguchi, Jacobsen and Eames defined creative ways to use new materials in modern design. The style places strong emphasis on pared down forms, natural and organic shapes and simple fabrication. It easily complements any myriad of interiors and can also help create a seamless transition from interior to exterior in your home (it is a trend defined by this notion of indoor-outdoor living). Mid century modern consistently makes a style statement thats big on character, contours and colour and the trend can be characterised by its clean simple lines, pops of blues and greens and plenty of wood and rusty metal. Mid century modern is a design style with definite staying power. Including this style in your home can be as simple as including a beautiful 60s inspired chrome and rosewood sideboard or creating a statement display of different toned west german pottery.
Mid Century Modern
Mid Century Modern style - vases

INDUSTRIAL

This is a look that hearkens back to the turn-of-the-century industrial era. It emphasises liberal use of exposed steel with distressed wooden elements, frequently complemented by exposed brick walls. The more modern variant of this look includes copper or brass accents and plenty of polished concrete. The industrial interior style evokes a rustic and mature feel combined with a strong sense of unfinished rawness drawn from its many key elements. Within this Interior style there are a collection of sub styles ranging from modern rustic; characterised by cleaner lines and a lighter chic look to a more vintage, darker and more rugged industrial style filled with many collected ornamentations. An iconic home with an industrial design style would feature high ceilings, old timber and dangling metal light fixtures with sparse but functional furniture. The colour scheme is mainly neutral and derived from the styles primary materials of wood and metals perhaps with artwork, sculpture or photographs adding in a pop of colour. Industrial interiors aren't precious in the slightest however it is also important to remember not to create a “factory” feel to your home; add in the odd turkish rug or layer up textile cushions to create an interesting contrast and soften the edges of this style. Think chesterfield sofas, furniture made from or inspired by reclaimed industrial materials, animal hides and ALWAYS industrial style lighting.
industrial style room
industrial

COASTAL CHIC

Warm, relaxing, light,airy and tranquil thats the coastal chic style which reflects back to the New England beach house spirit. This interior design style is characterised by a white or sand coloured foundation with pops of soft blues as the primary accent tones. Material wise, coastal chic decor incorporates unfinished “shabby chic” wood in its furnishings, combined with crisp linen upholstery , sisal, rattan or cane pieces and many natural decorative coastal inspired features. The key with this interior style is to make a bold statement with a shabby coastal chic feel and a crisp, polished look without appearing overly rustic or too sea inspired twee, it's a fine line. To get the look be inspired to use pale floorboards (you could daringly paint them white), natural materials such as sisal rugs or wicker lighting and considered coastal inspired accessories such as big white bowls filled with beach-combed treasures, bleached nautical maps or the odd vintage oar or two. Big sprigs of white coral on a book laden coffee table can instantly draw you into that coastal aesthetic.
coastal style dining room
coastal style interior deco

SCANDINAVIAN

An offshoot of the mid century modern movement, scandi design introduced a popular look to the interior design and architecture field that still prevails to this day. Featuring gentle contours, playful accent colours, and a balance of engineered and organic materials, scandi design is simple, contemporary and functional. Much of scandi design employs Bauhaus principles, characterised by fluid lines often sculptural in aesthetic, a focus on object proportion and of course populist appeal. Scandi design pays homage to the simplicity of life demonstrated in the mountains and Fjords of the Nordic countries. The style is characterised by an all white colour palette with grey used as an optional foundation tone. If there is colour used it quite often comes from the soft furnishings, textiles or artwork. A sense of spaciousness, natural lighting, less accessories and functional design are key to this interior style. Its all about keeping things simple and investing in quality pieces. Be inspired by the idea of pared back cosiness, clean lines and plenty of texture. Layer wools, fabrics and fur onto a leather and wooden chair for an instant effortlessly cool scandi nod.
classic scandi style interiors
scandi interiors

BOHEMIAN

The bohemian interior style captures the carefree and adventurous spirit of the avant-garde lifestyle. It features creative application of rich patterns and vibrant colours. The key is to present a purposefully “messy” eclectic look, achieved through layers of textiles, displays of collected treasures and a loving array of flea market finds. Furnishings that possess an ethnic or nomadic vibe work perfectly with this style; Moroccan, south western and tribal inspired designs are trending at the moment and are perfect for this interior style. The boho look is easy to achieve via a liberal use of globally inspired textiles, organic materials, animal hides, greenery on every available surface and the occasional metallic accent. Think ultra glam chandelier paired back with a well worn vintage rug and mid century chair thrown in for good measure and thats the boho style personified. It's a very laissez-faire attitude, anything goes as long as you love it!!
boho style room
peacock chairs

FARMHOUSE

Farmhouse decor is a modern approach to french country inspired interior design. Mostly transitional in nature with some traditional elements mixed in. The farmhouse aesthetic should transport your imagination to the french Provinces. The style can be characterised by worn ornate wooden furnishing, heavy linen and a colour palette of white and beige base colours. The use of natural elements such as stone and brick paired with country style foliage such as lavender and dwarf citrus trees are commonly used to inject colour within this interior style. Picture a worn wooden kitchen armoire filled to the brim with ornate porcelain dishes presiding over a linen clad wooden table complete with a heaving bowl of lemons upon it and you have the look!
farmhouse styling
farmhouse styled interiors

URBAN MODERN

Urban modern design stems from the modern homes of our present. Taking its cues from its cosmopolitan environments, urban modern is a fusion of various opposing and complimentary traits. Minimalist modern, glamorous chic, ethnic heirlooms and edgy experimental design all have a home within this distinctly twenty-first century style. Larger furniture such as lounges and beds tend to stick to a lower and sleeker profile so that they can be mixed back with edgy furnishings. It is within the decorative accents such as textiles, mirrors, tables and chairs that the Urban modern look demands artistic and creative expression. Think elegant geometric designs or add in vintage items with traditional embellishment. The style is personified through its use of clean, crisp lines, a simple colour palette and the use of materials such as glass, metal and steel. This is a constantly evolving style that at its best is all about clean lined comfort. Those who favour this style understand the notion that a home can both beautiful and practical.
urban modern style interiors
modern interior style

MINIMALIST

The minimalist trend started in the early twentieth century and continues to pervade many aspects of modern life, interior design included. Initially influenced by the simplicity of Japanese design, minimalism works on the principle that less is more. Minimalist interiors are stripped down to their essential elements and empty space is left to make the design statement. In modern minimalism these design accents are made of sharp geometric shapes and asymmetry. Shape prevails over purpose. Furniture must have a streamline shape and upholstery should always be a neutral tone and preferably leather. Shiny surfaces and straight lines characterise the minimalist interior. Stainless steel and chrome accents are perfect for accessories and hardware whilst floor materials such as concrete, stone and wood are best. Use colour sparingly in minimalist rooms so as not to distract from simplicity. A predominately white base is the most striking for this interior look however neutral colours such as beige, grey and light greens can be used as alternatives. To introduce an accent it is best to use only bright colour, but stick to just one. Traditionally red, yellow or orange have been the go to for this style. Minimalism is popular because interiors in this style are very light and free. It is an interior look that is distinguished by the desire for perfect order and organisation. Minimalism allows the expression of yourself without the need for attention screaming accessories or showy furniture. If you like simplicity and strictness in design then minimalism is for you!
minimalist interiors
minimalist style

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