So there you are sitting on your couch and watching Property Brothers while flipping through Pinterest and all you keep on seeing is styles of interior design such as contemporary, chic and modern. And you want so desperately to understand what they are talking about, but you have NO idea! Well I have created a list of the most popular styles. I will explain what each style means and show pictures of the style in different settings. The styles I will include are modern, contemporary, farmhouse, vintage, rustic, shabby chic, traditional, industrial and classic.
Modern design is the use of straight, clean lines with no fine detail. Modern design does not have clutter or small spaces. Most modern homes adapt a minimalist life style. They avoid tons of random decor and think “less is more.” When having a modern design you stay away from too many wall and protruding things (such as bookcases; bookcases would be inserted into the wall). In a modern home there would be no trims or moldings and any tiles used are very large. Chrome and stainless steel are huge parts of the modern design. Most modern homes stay away from wood features. Neutral colors are a necessity and no bold colors will be found in a modern home. The use of color in modern homes are with one bold color item such as a throw pillow or rug.
Contemporary is very much like modern so much in fact that people have a tough time distinguishing between the two. However, contemporary has curves instead of avoiding all fine detail like modern. Contemporary relies heavenly on neutral colors most specifically brown, taupe, cream and white. Contemporary is very similar to modern, but the lines are a little more rounded and can have circles and curves instead of straight crisp lines found in modern.
Farmhouse style is something that encompasses both English and French design. It usually consists of large wrap around porches with gabled roofs. In farmhouse design you often find exposed wood, plank walls, soft wood features. Any home can have a little bit of farmhouse charm depending on the decor they choose to incorporate. Most farmhouse styles consists of plain white or very soft neutral colors. The kitchen is one of the most important aspects to farmhouse design. It is big and inviting. Pot rack, and under-mount sinks add to the farmhouse charm. Farmhouse decor can be anything that is simple and brings us back to “better times.” Farmhouse is all about open counters and open pantries. The most important thing to remember with farmhouse is that decor is all about vintage, but with a modern twist.
Farmhouse Home: Notice the wrap around porch and the beautiful trim
Farmhouse Bathroom: Shiplap, worn chair, oak wood floors and claw foot tub!
Rustic is known for its wood and stone. When you think of rustic think ski lodge (or log cabin). Rustic is all about wood! It is also all about nature colors such as dark reds, greens, browns and blues. It is all about roughness and authentic wood (no imitation wood or faux). Rustic is all about turning items into other things. For example…turning a large tree stump into a coffee table or into a side table, or turning a rock into a sink. If metal are used they must be distressed and worn. Most important part of rustic is staying true to your surroundings. Try to incorporate nature into your design as close as possible. Use stones, worn woods, khaki, burgundy, sticks rocks and other things that resemble nature.
Rustic Living Room: Exposed beams and high ceilings are very important in achieving the rustic style
Rustic Bedroom: Cozy stone/rock fire places are very popular in rustic style homes.
Vintage style is also known as Retro. This is a style that could be seen in the 50-70’s typically. Bright colors, floral patterns and wallpaper! Vintage style is all about creating charm through eclectic styling and bringing a piece of history to your home. Having a vintage style means to incorporate flea market finds, collectibles and antiques. Don’t forget about the claw foot tubs and the claw foot furniture.
Vintage Living Room: Distressed coffee table, distressed china cabinets, bright throw pillows, floral printed rug and claw foot furniture. Bright pastel colors.
Vintage Kitchen: Wallpaper, retro flooring, bright pastel colors.
Vintage Bedroom: Full wallpaper walls, pastel colors, old vintage bed frame, vintage vanity that is painted bright pink. Floral throw pillow cases.
Traditional style is a simple elegant. There is no fuss or clutter. The style is straight forward. The interior of a traditional home is supposed to be simple, cozy, calming and inviting. People who have traditional homes are known to have big fluffy furniture and curtains. There are gallery walls and framed wall decorations. Most home decor in traditional homes are vases, bowls with decorative balls in them, candle sticks with designs. Most colors are grey, beige and off whites.
Traditional Living Room: The simple but inviting couches, the use of throw pillows, the rug and the decoration on the mantle. Check out the plant and the books over the left as well as the vase.
Traditional Kitchen: The use of fruits, plants and vases as home decor.
Traditional Bedroom: Big Curtains, vaulted ceilings, fluffy comforter, use of lamps and plants.
Industrial is pretty self explanatory. This style incorporates the look of factory or workaday. This style is used to find the beauty in blue collar workers. Some of this style includes exposed brick, weathered wood, exposed pipes, industrial lighting or the use of concrete.
Industrial Home: At the surface an industrial home may be mistaken for a modern home.
Industrial Living Room: This is an incredible space. Check out the see through stairs, the metal table, chairs and coffee table. You can also see the the exposed heating pipe as well as the exposed brick. Don’t forget the concrete floor.
Industrial Kitchen: There is all stainless steel appliances, industrial lighting, a metal island with metal chairs. Even the shelves are bracketed up by metal pieces.
Industrial Bathroom: The exposed brick and pipes.
Industrial Bedroom: Exposed brick, exposed pipes as well as concrete floors.
When talking about chic we are talking about elegant, fashionable and trendy. Most of the time when discussing chic people don’t just use the word “chic.” It will usually be accompanied by a description of chic such as “shabby chic”. Chic is usually something that is accompanied by something that is very “girly” looking. Bright pastel colors. Shabby Chic is all about wear and tear and vintage looking. Having furniture that is distressed is a huge factor in the shabby chic appearance. This look tends to have a cottage look. Light pink is probably one of the most popular colors in this style. Some people may think of this as the “baby doll” look. This is not to be mistaken with vintage though.
In the classicism style it is important to reflect Europe in the 17-18th centuries. This includes style through art, music and literature. Classic is usually the style of sophistication and is often chosen by the wealthy who are concerned about the old styles and cultures rather than the new styles.
The important thing to remember is that most people aren’t just ALL of one style! Each style can be mixed and intertwined creating an amazing look. For instance, I love the modern farmhouse look.
Don’t think you are confined to one style. However, it is important to keep your style throughout your home to make sure that you home is cohesive.
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