We all have certain preferences for the style we prefer. When you start any interior design project, its important to know what style you want to go for. Having a consistent style throughout is really important to create a sense of continuity and design harmony.
Far too often people end up with a hodgepodge of styles that mix and match and that simply don’t work. Choosing a definite style will make your decisions much easier and ensure that your home have that elegant touch that makes it look like everything is a congruent whole.
All good design projects gel together and looks like everything belongs with everything else.
Let’s take a look at nine basic styles in interior designing, with a few examples to give you an idea. While some styles are quite interchangeable, as a general “rule” you want to keep within the constraints of one style as far as possible. Some people do you related styles in different rooms of the house but you need to be careful.
A High-tech kitchen with a Country Style living room will just look odd. Some great designers can pull it off and mix and match styles but it takes a lot of skill and experience and even then some professional interior designers and decorator still fail.
If you are taking it on as an amateur, its probably best to stick to one style.
A style of astounding accuracy, here there’s no extravagance or daunting backgrounds. Importance is given to simplicity, though the colors could be bright, dull or even flashy. Most elements are geometric shapes (round, square or rectangular) and surfaces are plain without any details or ornaments. Minimalist modern style as the name suggests, is all about simplification and stripping everything down to the bare minimal.
A refined and rich style, it is ingrained in lighting, furniture, prints, etc. It detailed to fine details with “art” work that’s in-laid or carved and adorned with floral elements, leitmotif, images from legends, etc. It borrows a lot from ancient styles and elements of Greek, Roman and even Gothic style and decorations make up the classic look.
The style is considered rough and crude, with furniture elements and structures mimicking logs, branches, tree trunks, jute, etc. This style is more suited for vacation homes, rural styling, etc. It tends to work really well in settings outside the cities and usually works better in bigger spaces rather than small apartments.
It is an elegant and refined style, wherein the classic style meets modern trends, while still preserving both approaches. Basically, this style retains the structure or preserves old parts or forms and updates are done to the elements, or style with a hint of modernity, fusing the classic theme with modern. The end result will be a newly varnished or painted structure with bright colors, surfaced with silver or gold and completed with serigraphic or patina.
A style of the 60’s, 50’s or even 70’s, the designs are woven around this duration. The songs during this time have a funny and playful approach, with humorous structure and colors came alive in both print and form. This approach is taken, while designing is suited to the current times. Geometric lines, shapes are used in print along with plaid or printed images that are part of the Pop Art style.
A very extraordinary, innovative and modern style, it is also bold, young and unique without any regard for rules! The structures are developed using overlapped volumes or joining pieces and volume-twisting colors are chosen randomly and eccentricity is the essence of this style. Joining colors and furniture pieces that usually won’t “fit” together is another trademark of this style.
A modern style that still holds a preference for a few color ranges and finishes. Though the songs aren’t modern or new, they’re cool. Colors are warm and balanced, with pastel and bright colors given the boot. The final touches are wood-veneer, warm or solid wood colored, with appearances and frames that look refined and panels are adorned with leather, probably a characteristic aspect of this style. Velvet or plush textile materials are used for giving ambiance or shape. Printed plates with floral or vegetable color stains aren’t used to adorn carpets, cushions, etc. To summarize, Scandinavian modern style could be contemporary style.
High-tech style gives importance to furniture, though it is an inventive modern style where combinations are studied in exquisite detail and ingrained in every structure. Wheels, screws, rivet, rough metal finishes and decorative are typical to this style. Finishes often used glass, metal and plastic, and wood in smaller portions and leather upholstery is also used. Colors chosen often are black, dull-gray and white.
9. Elegant Country
It is a rural style with influences drawn from French, English Scandinavian classic style and can be termed rural chic. Furniture finishes border elegance, though bright colors like white or pastel are used. Abundant decorations aren’t used and surfaces are usually painted, though they can come with mild patina.