Interior Design Styles: A Guide to the 14 Most Popular Types

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The best way to design your home is to learn about each of the interior design styles, how they differ from each other, and the most popular types. We made a comprehensive guide of popular interior design styles that will surely revamp your place.

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OK, planning to decorate your home can be exciting, but it can also be confusing. A lot of questions would pop out of your head like, “What interior design style should I choose?” or “What’s the difference between Modern and Contemporary? ‘Cause it pretty much looks the same.” or “Will mid-century modern interior design style blend well with my bohemian furniture?” or “There’s such a thing as Maximalist interior design style?” or “Minimalist isn’t an interior design style? What?!” Sounds overwhelming, a bit complicated, and surprising, isn’t it? Continue reading this blog, and you will learn the basics and elements of each interior design style. By the end of this blog, you’d be able to differentiate Modern to Contemporary. *wink*

Modern – Interior Design Style #1

Homes with modern interior design style has clean, crisp angles, lines, and simple color schemes like black, beige, gray, and white complemented by hints of different bold colors in art and furniture. Modern style is a mix of different interior design styles like Scandinavian, mid-century modern, and post-modern design. Also, this type relies heavily on the use of decor materials like glass, chrome, and metal. In other words, it’s cool and “sleek”.

Here are the key features of modern interior design style:

  • Open floor plans
  • Lack of ornament
  • Intentional asymmetry
  • No clutter or accessories
  • Neutrals or earthy color palette with primary colors and bold color contrasts
  • Geometric-patterned or plain area rugs
  • Furniture pieces have clean lines and basic shapes
  • Furniture pieces are made of materials like glass, chrome, or steel
  • Emphasis on colorful art
  • Natural light and floor to ceiling windows

Contemporary – Interior Design Style #2

Most people confuse modern interior design style with contemporary design. Maybe because contemporary style shares a lot of similarities with modern interior. However, they have a big difference. Contemporary interior design style is more fluid since it’s always evolving. Plus, it refers to what is currently new or trending styles, while acknowledging the past. Technically, it’s a mixture of modern and traditional elements in one space.

Here are the key features of contemporary interior design style:

  • Lack of ornament designs
  • Open floor plans
  • Unusual layouts
  • Natural light
  • Neutral colors scheme
  • Metal accent pieces
  • Textured and natural fabric
  • Very light or very dark wood tones
  • Use of lightning design as an artistic statement
  • Minimal aesthetic

Maximalism – Interior Design Style #3

More is more. More objects, more colors, more patterns, more textures. In short, Maximalism is all about decorating your space with what you love and surrounding yourself with lovely things. The limit doesn’t exist in maximalism interior style. According to Barbeline Lusandu, an advocate of maximalism, there are no rules. “Interiors should be fun and exciting and give you something to be happy about.”

She has given her top tips on how to bring maximalism into your home in a stylish way:

  • TRY IT IN SMALL DOSES

If you’re daydreaming about a colorful maximalist home, but you’re unsure where to start, try it in small doses first to avoid overwhelming yourself.

  • CONNECT THE DOTS

To make sure that your interiors still feel connected even with a mix of colors, patterns and textures in the room, you should find a link between pieces to bring the room together. Look for the shade that will draw the eye from one piece to the next, but always remember symmetry to keep the room looking balanced. When you keep the space symmetrical, you can layer even more and still keep a sense of balance, even in a room that mixes colors and styles broadly.

  • JUXTAPOSE YOUR MATERIALS

Maximalism is all about saying “yes” to the items that make your heart sing and bringing them into your home whether they match or not. Mixing materials and styles makes for an interesting home, bringing surprising elements in that your guests might not expect.

  • TELL A STORY

Think about what you want to express with your interiors. Maximalism is at its best when there’s a common theme running through it, some kind of visual theater to tell a story.

  • STAY TRUE TO YOU

However you choose to express your maximalism in your home, it should really feel like an extension of your own personality. Don’t feel pressured to buy into certain trends just because it’s on someone else’s Instagram, instead just go with what makes you happy and what turns your house into your home.

Minimalist – Interior Design Style #4

I think you pretty much know what minimalist interior is about. Aside from the fact that it’s the exact opposite of maximalism, minimalist style is centered on the theory that “less is more.” I hate to say this but, technically minimalism isn’t an interior design style but it’s more of a lifestyle. Minimalism is simply reducing everything to a style that focuses solely on function. So, you could have a modern minimalist home or even a minimalist bohemian interior style.

Minimal interior styles are a combination of neutral color palettes or earthy palettes that give a great sense of warmth and coolness, and clean lines and sleek furnishings that aren’t flashy or glitzy.

Mid-Century Modern – Interior Design Style #5

Inspired by the 1940s to 1970s design, the mid-century interior style features a clean retro Danish-inspired look. This classic interior style seems to stay relevant no matter the decade, and it’s getting more popular than ever before. The mid-century interior incorporates components of minimalism and ancient retro look. Also, it blends well with some contemporary touches.

The color scheme of mid-century style is often a more colorful one like hues of blues and greens, from furniture, accessories, and artwork. The furniture pieces are mostly made of dark woods and steel. Some of its iconic furniture pieces are Eames Lounge Chair in 1956, and the “egg-shaped” chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958.

Looking for a mid-century modern decor? Check out Omysa’s Mid Century Planter and Stand. Inspired by the classic 1950s, this planter is an elegant and perfect way to add style and nature to your home.

Here are the key features of mid-century interior design style:

  • Minimal decoration
  • A fusion of traditional and non-traditional materials
  • Functionality is essential
  • Uncluttered and sleek lines with both organic and geometric patterns

However, mid-century isn’t just about bold colors and dark wood furniture. You can also approach this style from a more modern and brighter angle like white walls, cool hue furniture, and light wood tones. Make sure to combine clean geometric lines with softer natural shapes.

Industrial – Interior Design Style #6

A popular interior style for lofts and warehouses because of its raw and unfinished look. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of industrial home decor is its open floor plan, high ceilings, exposed brick walls and pipes.

Industrial home decor started when western European factories shut down in 1914. As a result, a lot of warehouses became vacant. As the population increased, a lot of people converted these empty warehouses into residential places

Here are other key features of industrial interior design style:

  • A mix of grays, neutrals and rustic colors
  • Practical or functional furniture
  • Open floor plan
  • Antique or statement lights with metal finishes
  • Use of vintage and old factory pieces
  • Wood and metal exterior
  • Concrete flooring

The industrial interior style has two variants: the darker and antique style that’s somewhat masculine and the lighter, clean, and chic style.

Coastal – Interior Design Style #7

Just looking at this photo makes me feel relaxed. That’s one of the abilities of coastal interior style. The key to achieving this look is by using pastel hues that have beach colors like bright blues, red and yellows. You can also try adding sandy tans, off-whites and soft grays to make the place feel cool and inviting.

Here are other key features of the coastal interior design style:

  • Light and breezy
  • Sea-inspired decor like seashells
  • Furniture crafted from natural fibers and organic materials like wooden chairs and tables and woven rugs
  • Wickers tools, rattan furniture and beds with a natural oak frame
  • Window coverings

Overall, coastal interior style plays with a lot of texture and colors to complete that “beach-inspired” interior style.

Scandinavian – Interior Design Style #8

Here are the key features of Scandinavian interior design style:

  • Mostly white walls and decor
  • Light wood floors covered up with rugs in subtle color
  • Furniture pieces are functional and chic like large mirrors but not too contemporary
  • Blend of light-colored wood and warm colors
  • Clean lines and light, muted colors
  • Uncluttered spaces
  • Simple accents and cozy textiles
  • Maximize natural light

Scandinavian interior style was inspired by the simple lifestyles in the Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). It provides classic interior styles like white walls, wood floors, chic, minimal, and functional furniture, uncluttered spaces, and natural light flowing in. Scandinavian style represents the fjords, mountains, and snow found in those countries.

Learn more about Scandinavian interior style and how you can create a stunning Scandinavian space into your home.

Shabby Chic – Interior Design Style #9

Shabby chic is the perfect combination of pulled together and carefree interior style. No wonder a lot of people find this design so appealing. It looks artistic but it has an elegant vibe. It strikes the perfect balance between feeling relaxed, a lot of room for creativity and freedom, and looking pulled together.

Here are the key features of the shabby chic interior design style:

  • Light and neutral wall colors like off-white, tones of beige, and white
  • Use of vintage furniture
  • Mixed of artwork, collectibles, and accessories
  • Classic chandelier
  • White linen and textured furniture
  • Floral decor

Bohemian – Interior Design Style #10

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I think, if not most (I bet you’ve come across bohemian interior design at some point or another), a lot of young people are into this interior style because of the bold colors, bohemian patterns, and dramatic accessories and decor. In short, it’s full of life, it feels homey and warm, and you can freely express your individuality.

Let’s dig a bit deeper about this interior style. “Bohemian” comes from the French word for “gypsy,” and it refers to those who live unique (usually artistic) lives. This style mirrors the personality of travelers, hippies, artists, gypsies, and other “free spirits.”

Here are the key features of the bohemian interior design style:

  • Warm and earthy tones or bright and bold colors
  • Plants as decor like hanging plants
  • Striking patterns of rugs, cushions, and throws.
  • Low-lying furniture like low-backed sofas
  • Unique home accessories and decor that stands out
  • Metallic and large mirrors

Bring a natural touch to your bohemian home by adding hanging plants. Check out Omysa’s Plant Hanger for your houseplants and succulents. It’s pretty, simple, and elegant decor to add life to your home.

Farmhouse – Interior Design Style #11

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If you’re a fan of Fixer Upper, I’m 100% sure that you’re familiar with this interior style. (thanks, Joanna Gaines!) Farmhouse interior style is quite popular because its rustic interior gives a warm and cozy feeling. Also, it’s a perfect mix of traditional and chic.

Here are the key features of the farmhouse interior design style:

  • Exposed wood beams
  • Functional and vintage furniture
  • Hardwood floors and wood wall panels
  • Warm natural tones like creamy white and butter yellow
  • Rustic finishes
  • Accessories are more connected to nature like potted plants, twigs, nuts and even acorns
  • Open shelves and cabinets
  • Farmhouse fireplace and apron sink

Urban Modern – Interior Design Style #12

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A mix of various interior design styles like modern, a little industrial, and a few touches of contemporary. Urban modern style is the recommended interior style for city-lovers that want a safe haven from the daily grind because of its relaxed soft furnishings and calming tones and hues.

Here are the key features of urban modern interior design style:

  • Neutral and warm tones
  • Natural materials in warm and metallic tones
  • A statement furniture piece or decors like artwork or intriguing lighting
  • Houseplants and botanical decor
  • Functional furniture
  • Mix and match of oversized pieces with the petite like as lighting or art

Transitional – Interior Design Style #13

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Transitional interior style is a fusion of traditional and modern or contemporary furnishings. It’s a combination of different interior styles brought together to create a cohesive design in a space. For example, a mix of modern, contemporary, and antique furnishings with dramatic accessories or colorful floral.

Personally, I love the transitional style (mixed with urban modern and french interior) because:

  • It’s great for those who aren’t interested in one design style.
  • You’ll have more freedom to experiment and combine various designs until it feels right for you.
  • You can express your ideas and create a space that describes your personality. It’s completely unique.
  • It makes a positive and lasting impression.

Here are the key features of transitional interior design style:

  • Neutral color palette or use tones of the same shade for consistency
  • Use textured materials like wood, glass, metal, fabric, and rattan
  • Few accessories or decors
  • A large piece of artwork

French Country – Interior Design Style #14

French country interior style is like your one-way ticket to Provence.

Here are the key features of french country interior design style:

  • Contrasting texture and colors
  • Warm, subtle color palette
  • Stone fireplace
  • Natural stone floors covered with a rug made of cotton or wool
  • Printed decors, fabrics, and wallpapers
  • Use of sunflowers, grapes, lavender, and beetles as decors
  • Colorful ceramics, baskets, copper pot, glass vases, and iron candle holders
  • Old, dark, or colorful paintings
  • Dramatic chandeliers
  • Combination of old and new accessories

French country interior displays simplicity and elegance but, of course, in a country Parisian way. It represents a soft, airy, feminine, and elegant style.

That’s a wrap, folks, for the popular interior design styles! Keep in mind that decorating your home shouldn’t be by the book. Your home should reflect your personality. Don’t be afraid to experiment, to mix and match, and to approach your design from creative angles.

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