Vintage & Welcoming
Antique farmhouse décor is less polished than modern farmhouse design and more curated than rustic design, which tends to be more spare. Followers of antique farmhouse décor lean into genuine antiques and items with true signs of wear, rather than new items that are distressed or painted to look aged. This design style often features chipped paint, metals with well-earned patina, and worn-in upholstery. Upcycled or repurposed items such as crates, canvas bags, milk jugs, and the like are also popular in this style.
Decadent & Decorative
The glamorous, jewel-toned cousin of modern design, Art Deco has set itself apart as an undeniably luxe style. Popularized in the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, this essential design style is characterized by geometric patterns, symmetry, bold colors, and metallic finishes. Though often pared down a bit to appeal to modern sensibilities, Art Deco feels retro, playful, and visually interesting: Think of it as the flashy predecessor to midcentury modern design.
Clean & Geometric
The Bauhaus style is marked by its simplicity, functionality, and clean lines. When decorating your home in the Bauhaus style, you should keep these design principles in mind.
In general, the Bauhaus style is characterized by a minimalistic approach. This means that you should avoid clutter and decorations that are not absolutely necessary. Keep your furniture and accessories to a minimum, and choose pieces that are functional as well as stylish.
Another important element of Bauhaus design is functionality. This means that your furniture and decor should be chosen with a purpose in mind. For example, a coffee table should be the right size for your living room and easy to clean.
Here & Now
Contemporary decorating style is classic yet thoroughly of the moment and timeless thanks to a light-handed, spare take on decorating to ensure it will never feel dated.
While modern decor can feel cold, limiting, and overtly minimal, contemporary style is calming and serene, and is peppered with a focus on architectural elements, decorative details, attention to bold scales, and a concise color palette to create a warm space with easy sophistication.
Simplicity, clean lines, plays on texture, and quiet drama are fundamental in achieving a perfectly balanced contemporary style home.
Unique & Layered
With its mixing, matching, and layering mentality, eclectic design is very similar to maximalism—except eclectic spaces typically balance out their signature blend of multiple design styles with neutral bases. Picture a tufted sofa with patterned, layered rugs and a rounded coffee table with metallic finishes set against a white wall. If maximalism is a direct more-is-more attitude, eclectic design celebrates that more is more—and then tempers that mentality with neutral walls or unobtrusive flooring .
Quaint & Charming
English cottage design is, of course, inspired by the traditional cottages of rural England. Rustic, cozy, and homey, this style is relaxed and accessible. Common elements of this design style include wood and brick surfaces, pastels and other muted colors, lush greenery, and natural accents. As with farmhouse design, exposed beams, raw finishes, and wall paneling are popular in English cottage style, though this style leans more quaint and cozy, while farmhouse-inspired spaces tend to be larger and more open.
Cozy & Rural
Now used in urban, suburban, and rural homes alike, farmhouse design has an enduring charm and welcoming feel that’s difficult to resist. In practice, it’s often warmer, more modern, and more colorful than rustic design, though farmhouse design can certainly lean more rustic with the right elements. It inspires nostalgia and is characterized most typically by open shelving, exposed beams, mixed finishes, natural woods, and, of course, shiplap accents. Industrial details, subway tile, neutral color schemes, and open floor plans are also popular elements of farmhouse design.
Antique & Elegant
French décor is undeniably elegant. It tends to lean into opulence, though the popularity of vintage and antique accents in this style keeps it feeling refined, not flashy. Color schemes associated with this style are often muted, allowing large-scale focal points—such as a dramatic, traditional four-poster bed, an eye-grabbing chandelier, or an oversized gilt mirror—to shine.
Extravagant & Ornate
The glamorous interior style combines a fashionable look with lavish fabrics, glittering metals, and sparkly accessories. It aims at creating elegant and refined charm in your house.
It’s pretty extravagant but still manages to create a balance of functionality and lavishness. It incorporates tufted furniture, embellished upholstery details, and gold or brass features, which are must-haves when aiming for a glam-inspired living room.
Patterns & Textures
Global as an interior design style is exactly what it sounds like — a home filled with objects, patterns, textures, and colors inspired by cultures from around the world. For travelers, history buffs, and nomads at heart, global is a reflection of one’s love and appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship that goes into creating each piece, whether it’s a handmade woven rug or a piece of hand-carved furniture. It’s a way to remember favorite destinations, display your family’s culture and history, or it can act as an aspirational look for places you hope to explore someday.
Reclaimed & Urban
As the name suggests, industrial interior design is a contemporary style. It has an urban vibe with an emphasis on factory-like furnishings. Industrial design has a minimalist approach where the interior elements take center stage.
It celebrates functionality and efficiency. Industrial design is characterized by a neutral color pattern, raw wood, and unfinished metals with a touch of embossing.
Bold & Playful
On the opposite end of the design spectrum from minimalist design is, of course, maximalist design. This style celebrates abundance, boldness, and the mixing of colors, patterns, and textures. Common maximalist features include busy wallpaper prints, bold (and, often, layered) floor coverings, full gallery walls, and displayed collections. Maximalism draws on many different design styles, but applies any design rules or features as loudly and boldly as possible. It has many of the same features as grandmillennial and eclectic design, just applied with a more-is-more approach.
Form & Function
Midcentury modern decor has a signature simplicity of form: Furniture channeling this style tends to be low to the ground and compact, and the overall look features futuristic tendencies (think headrests shaped like amoeba or coffee tables shaped like boomerangs) and solid colors. This style is extremely popular, with good reason. It prizes functionality, is hyper adaptable, and plays well with elements of other styles, which allows midcentury modern features to be incorporated easily into nearly any space. Midcentury modern design is set apart from modern design by its broader use of color (particularly pastel pinks, earth tones, and primary colors) and softer, more rounded silhouettes.
Simple & Sophisticated
Minimalist design follows the core tenet of minimalism that says less is more. While the style is technically rooted in the 1960s art movement of the same name, modern takes on minimalist style are all about simplicity, neutral color palettes, and straight, clean lines. Minimalist design spurns clutter and excessive tchotchkes and prioritizes functionality. Today, minimalist spaces can be pared-down and sparse or spacious with just a few luxe items, though nearly all spaces incorporate natural light and materials and an open flow. Minimalist homes are not infrequently all-white, though plenty of minimalist spaces now include the careful inclusion of color and natural finishes.
Structured & Neautral
Modern décor may be one of the broadest and most adaptable essential design styles: Elements of it are seen in midcentury modern, Scandinavian, minimalist, transitional, and art deco design, to name a few. Still, modern design has a few basic elements that define it. Modern spaces are typically streamlined, with crisp lines and edges. They’re often understated and use color palettes of either complementary hues or shades of gray, black, and white. Both natural materials and metals have a space in modern décor, depending on how they’re applied. While modern design can be adapted in innumerable ways, it’s typically less busy and relies more heavily on straight lines and right angles than traditional design.
Casual & Fresh
More high-end beach home than rustic seaside cottage, modern coastal décor leans heavily on elements of modern design to channel a relaxed, beachy attitude. Spaces using modern coastal décor are often by the shore, sure, but they pay tribute to their location subtly, with touches such as seagrass rugs, upscale driftwood accents, and the like. The style is so appreciated that it’s become popular in non-coastal locations, too, as people make the most of woven textures and dreamy beach-inspired color palettes.
Informal & Weathered
Bursting with character, modern rustic décor relies on raw and natural materials to create spaces that are spare without feeling cold. More subtle than the much-loved farmhouse style, modern rustic design melds distressed, textured, reclaimed, or refurbished surfaces and items with the clean and simple lines of modern design. Spaces decorated in this style will typically have neutral color palettes, original and/or exposed architectural details, and a careful balance of rustic and modern features.
Intricate & Luxurious
Exotic, elegant, luxurious and dramatic all in one go. Outside of the country itself, the Moroccan look really started big time in the sixties when hippies from affluent backgrounds spent time in the country and brought the look back as a non-conformist style. An opulent look, it is all about colours, fabrics, patterns and lots of freedom and flow between pieces.
Balanced & Pleasant
Scandinavian design is closely related to minimalist design, though it’s set apart by plush textures and a dedication to coziness. Spaces decorated in this style are often layered and full of natural light. Color palettes tend to be monochromatic, with plenty of shades of black, white, and gray and wood textures to keep the atmosphere warm. Furs (and faux furs) are a common indicator that a space is designed with Scandinavian style in mind, rather than minimalist style.
Formal & Discerning
Traditional style interior design creates sophisticated spaces focusing on ornate details as well as historic-inspired furniture and decor. Layers of pattern and texture add to the charm of curated conventional rooms. This style is also heavily influenced by 18th and 19th-Century European homes. Eliciting a sense of history, these well-put-together interiors are formal, yet welcoming.
Fresh & Cohesive
Transitional style is, at its most basic, a blend of traditional and modern or contemporary design elements. It capitalizes on the beauty and familiarity of traditional design—using traditional layouts, materials, or silhouettes—and then incorporates modern features to keep spaces feeling fresh and casual. A hallmark of transitional style is pairing very traditional items such as crown molding or classic printed wallpaper with unmistakably modern touches: Think a classic, mantled fireplace balanced out by a contemporary curved sofa. While it’s technically a balance of the two styles, transitional style can lean more traditional or modern, depending on the space and the owners’ tastes.
Authentic & Earthen
Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of the same name, this design style is more about an attitude or overall approach than specific décor features. It celebrates slow living, the beauty of nature, and imperfect but aesthetically pleasing items. Spaces following the wabi-sabi approach are uncluttered, soothing, and unassuming, with clean lines, natural materials, and restrained color schemes.
Quirky & Lush
Whimsical design is light-hearted, inviting, interesting, and even a little over the top. Creating a whimsical home is all about having fun with your design and decor. You should be focused on the final result rather than the purpose behind your design. When you don’t overthink things too much, you’ll be able to let your imagination run free and come with ideas that might not fit the traditional design mold but showcase your personality.