Yesterday we had an “Interior Design Style Face-off” on our Instagram stories. This sparked some fun conversations so I thought it fitting to take a closer look at the different styles in today’s post.
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Mid-Century Modern is very trendy and full of life. Although the style originated in the late 1940s to early 1970s, it comes off very youthful. This may be due to its playful color palette. We see a lot of blues, greens, and pops of orange in Mid-Century Modern styled spaces. Typical materials include walnut and darker wood toned pieces, gold, silver and chrome features. You will not see many ornate details in Mid-Century Modern interiors. Rather you will find lots of clean lines, and minimal, and asymmetrical styling.
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This seems to be a highly controversial style. People either love it or hate it. While traditional Farmhouse interiors are more rustic, Modern Farmhouse emphasizes lots of high contrast with black and white, while still encompassing warm, cozy and natural vibes.
Characteristics of the style include: shiplap, black windows, wood beams, distressed furniture pieces, apron sinks, butcher block countertops, open shelving, brick accent walls, and leather accents.
Scandinavian style can be defined by its simplicity, use of clean lines and earthy materials. It is light, clean, cozy and minimal. A typical color palette includes whites, black, earthy and natural wood tones. The Scandinavian style emphasizes bringing the natural world in - accessorizing with plants, wool and fur.
Another characteristic of Scandinavian design is minimal decor with focus on functionality - for example, using a functional piece, such as a floor lamp, to be decorative as well.
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With the Modern interior design style, the focus is on simplicity, cleanliness and absence of decor or detailing. Furniture offers smooth, clean lines. Modern interiors often have large, floor to ceiling windows and incorporate materials such as marble, steel, chrome and glass.
A modern color pallet includes black, white, grey, neutral colors, with bright accents serving as a pop of color.
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the complete polar opposite to the Modern style is Traditional. A timeless style inspired by 18-19th centuries, the Traditional style does not shy of detail and ornate features. Tables, chairs and sofas are typically made from dark woods and are ornately detailed with carvings and curvatures. Traditional home interiors are known for wingback chairs and tufted sofas. The fabrics feature a variety of different patterns and textures. Oil paintings and portrait paintings can be found throughout a Traditional home.
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Transitional design is when Traditional meets Modern. It combines curved furnishings with straight-lined, lacquered finishes, resulting in a room that is equally masculine and feminine. It is airy and polished, textured but not cluttered. A common color palette is made of neutral colors and airy tones.
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Industrial design is characterized by clean open spaces, large windows, high loft-like ceilings, exposed woods and brick walls. This style carries a very masculine vibe. The color palette is once again very neutral - lots of grey, black and white contrast. You’re likely to see leather, dark wood, concrete and wrought iron finishes in an Industrial space.
French Country is another timeless interior design style. It has a soft color pallet with muted, pale and low contrast decor such as upholstered linen furniture. French Country interiors feature large stone fireplaces, French doors and arched windows and entryways. Other characteristics include layered patterned fabrics, vintage furnishings and accessories, and lots of wood and natural materials.
I have always said our home is Transitional style, a mix of Modern and Traditional. However, lately I've been shifting towards a softer color pallet, patterned fabrics and vintage accessories like that of the French Country style.
But I think that's the beauty of it all. We're constantly growing and our styles are always changing and evolving.
Let me know which design style is your favorite and which one you would incorporate in your home in the comment section below.