Selecting a home interior design style can be tricky if you aren’t exactly sure of all of the options. We all want a home that is beautiful, timeless, functional and long lasting. However, the selection process can be so overwhelming if you’re not sure where to start and don’t have a good idea of what you want.
Trends can come and go so it’s important to note that your home doesn’t have to reflect just one interior style, it can be an eclectic mix of elements from various styles as long as the overall look is balanced.
To help you achieve an aesthetic that best suits your lifestyle and reflects your unique personality and taste, we have compiled a list of some of the most popular home interior design styles that are steeped in history and will stand the test of time.
Creating a vibe in your home
Before commencing style research, first ask yourself a very important question; how would you like to feel in your space and how do you want your space to feel? Addressing the type of vibe you want to create will then help you to gain a better understanding of the type of style that may suit your taste.
What vibe appeals to you most?
Warm and welcoming?
Cosy and quaint?
Peaceful and relaxing?
Motivating and energetic?
Fun and inspiring?
Romantic and elegant?
Sophisticated and sleek?
Explore these ideas and once you have nailed your vibe, consider these home interior design styles below.
Coastal vs. Country
Hampton Style Interiors
Hamptons is a very popular style that conveys an aesthetic of coastal chic living. It combines understated luxury with a relaxed yet elegant vibe. A Hamptons style home interiors is tastefully decorated with a palette of crisp whites, soft neutral tones, cool colours such as Azure blues and warm textures from wicker and rattan.
Key Hamptons design elements;
A Hamptons style interiors include high ceilings with exposed beams, timber wall panelling painted white, large picture windows to flood the home with natural lights and optimise views out.
Hamptons style materials & finishes;
Oak timber flooring, natural stone, distressed or white washed furniture, beach inspired decor, shaker style door profiles, natural linen, flowing sheer curtains and large glass pendant lights with brass, brushed silver or matte black touches.
Read our article on how you can easily decorate your home with Hampton style decor for your bedroom.
Modern Farmhouse Interiors
Farmhouse home interior design is practical and simplistic. This popular style is loved for it’s beautifully balanced, rustic yet modern charm. Stylish, warm and inviting, the Farmhouse style is centred around the importance of family and entertaining. It offers a fresh take on rural inspired living. The overall feel is open, spacious and uncluttered, but eclectic and curated – not matchy matchy.
Key Farmhouse design elements;
Here are few main elements to include while creating a modern farmhouse interior design. Raked high ceilings with exposed beams, timber panelling, sliding barn doors, steel framed floor to ceiling windows, a neutral colour palette with accents of grey, charcoal, navy or sage are popular. Furniture pieces can be industrial, vintage or Hampton’s inspired and you can expect to find a claw foot bath, a butlers sink, enamelware, herb gardens and pots with lavender.
Farmhouse materials & finishes;
Rustic brick with whitewash, limewash or German Smeer finish, dark or light hardwood flooring, wrought iron, galvanised steel, brushed metals (not shiny), textured linen, natural fibre rugs and finishes that provide a rustic look or with an aged patina.
Get inspired with these designs sporting modern farmhouse interiors and decors.
European / Parisian
With travel on hold European style interiors, particularly Parisian style has become more popular and it’s not hard to see why. This style brings a mix of classic elegance, romance, soft curves and quirky forms.
Key European / Parisian design elements;
Here are few elements necessary to design European style interiors. High ceilings, ornate detailing and plaster mouldings, wainscoting and wall panelling, curvy figure hugging furniture forms, muted colour palettes, chandeliers and soft mood lighting.
European / Parisian style materials & finishes;
Timber parquetry floors, decorative mouldings, aged patina finishes, brass accents or chrome, natural stone, soft tactile or heavy textured fabric such as velvet and boucle.
Taking inspiration from breathtakingly beautiful locations such as the South of France Santorini, Greece, or Mallorca Spain, Mediterranean style home interior design has become highly sought after. The style is organic yet refined featuring a colour palette of cool whites that are warmed up by an earthy mix of creams, beiges, soft tan, subtle terracotta tones and rustic textures. Picture a dream-like relaxed holiday by the sea vibe.
Key Mediterranean design elements;
Timber beams or panelled ceilings, furniture with a rustic, imperfect but sturdy and reliable appearance, curves and arches, white on white interiors punctuated with pops of colour such as Azure blues, corals and sea greens.
Mediterranean materials & finishes;
Materials are natural, textural and tactile, such as rough stucco textured wall finishes, crazy pave, hand made tiles, wood, rattan, concrete and lava stone.
Back to the future
Modern retro home interior design is heavily influenced by distinct pieces from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that provide character and a little bit of whimsical charm. To avoid feeling too kitsch, these pieces are combined with modern pieces that tend to blend into the background to allow the retro elements to shine. This eclectic and nostalgic style is like a fun cousin to the more serious Mid century modern.
Key Modern retro design elements;
Period style furniture, bright bold colours, highly patterned wallpaper, timber furniture or moulded furniture with chunky forms, earthy tones, vivid blues or avocado greens.
Modern retro materials & finishes;
Formica or laminate, chrome, mid tone timbers, acrylic, vinyl, felt or velvet upholstery.
Mid century modern
Hailing from the 20th century, Mid century modern home interior design provides a more tailored and streamlined look to that of modern retro with a slightly Danish inspired aesthetic. Originally popular throughout the 1930’s to 1960’s, this functional style is ever-popular today but executed in a way that is practical yet sexy.
Key Mid century modern design elements;
Clean sleek lines teamed with organic shapes and geometric forms, low furniture, bold curved shapes, pops of colour and striking artworks.
Mid century modern materials & finishes;
Contrasting materials such as Formica or laminate, plastic, glass, acrylic, metal, mid tone timbers, plywood and bold print fabrics.
Timeless & Classic
This stunning style hails from the roaring 20’s and carried through to the 40’s. The epitome of opulence, glamour and luxury, today art deco is still celebrated with many designers bringing elements of this look to their interiors.
Key Art deco design elements;
Every element should have a tailored feel with attention to detail, while appearing tastefully bold. Striking, geometric motifs and angular forms with repetition such as zig zag, triangular, trapezoidal and sun burst shapes, sweeping curves and abstract art.
Art deco materials & finishes;
Mirror, smoked mirror, glass, chrome, stainless steel, brass, zebrawood, ebony, lacquered materials, shagreen, marble, and velvet.
This style comes with all the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood golden age. As such it’s also known as ‘Hollywood regency’. It first graced our homes in the 30’s but has made a comeback due to many high profile designers loving this look. It’s fun and flamboyant yet elegant and refined.
Key Modern regency design elements;
Modern regency interiors are not shy and may include a bold use of pattern and colour in jewel tones to create a sense of opulence. Contrasting black and white can also come into play with checkerboard floors or artworks. Look for statement pieces, glam pendant light fittings, folding screens and mirrored or brass furniture.
Modern regency materials & finishes;
Marble and stone, velvet, fur, silk, animal prints, lacquered finishes, reflective surfaces, shiny metallic accents such as brass or silver and glass.
The Scandinavian home interior design style is simple and stylish, cosy and inviting. It’s popularity began in the 50’s and it has not lost momentum. It’s been embraced across the world for it’s relaxed and casual atmosphere and connection to nature.
Key Scandi design elements;
A scandi style interior receives ample natural light to make the space feel spacious and bright. Rooms often take on a monochromatic colour palette with natural tones, pale greys or subtle pops of colour and greenery. Furniture pieces are modern with clean lines. Art is simplistic in the form of black and white or muted coloured prints. Gallery walls are popular.
Scandi materials & finishes;
Subway tiles, matte black tapware, blonde timbers such as beech, ash, or oak, animal furs such as cow hide, sheepskin or reindeer hides, dense rugs and chunky knit blankets.
Japandi is a minimalist style that combines Scandinavian elements with Japanese influence to create open airy, subtle interiors that celebrate function and form. Less is definitely more. Blending the warmth and cosiness on Scandinavian, Japandi finds beauty in imperfection through the art of Wabi-Sani and Kitsungi.
Key Japandi design elements;
Clean lines, uncluttered living, a neutral, neutral colour palette with natural materials or a contrast of dark and light tones, pale-light timber accents and plant life such as Bonsai and hanging planters. Look out for low height furniture and Shoji sliding doors.
Japandi materials & finishes;
Pale blonde timbers such as oak, rattan, linen, sustainable materials such as bamboo.
Have a passion for bold colours, striking patterns and think more is more? This fun, colourful and unafraid style could be for you. It’s an eclectic mix of blended styles where old meets new and colour meets pattern. This type of interior creates a powerful visual statement but does so in a way that remains balanced and uncluttered. (Which is essential in order for this look to be successful).
Key Maximalism design elements;
Say goodbye to white, here vivid colour palettes, bold patterns and lots of textures are combined. Colour blocking is a popular way to achieve this look. Dark moody coloured walls can be offset by bright pops of colour by way of furniture and accessories. Bright, striking artworks are a must for these bold coloured walls. Combine furniture styles and a mix of materials with quirky décor accents to nail this look.
Maximalism materials & finishes;
Velvet, bone inlay furniture in a bright colour, brass accents, patterned wallpaper, mixed fabrics, animal prints, velvet, coloured glass, smoked glass and more.
Tip: Try not to go overboard. The trick is to stick to a colour scheme of 3-5 colours that compliment each other and don’t clash.
Whilst eclectic, this home interior design style has a tailored and well curated appearance that is balanced and cohesive. It borrows elements from both old word traditional and modern designs to create a clean contemporary space that feels comfortable and inviting. Very much like home – it is cozy yet sophisticated.
Key Transitional design elements;
Miss-matched yet complimentary furniture items that work well together such as traditional timber furniture with contemporary upholstered pieces, striking pendant lighting and sophisticated artwork.
A neutral colour scheme with soft accents of colour can be introduced by way of key pieces of occasional furniture and decor accents. In some instances a dark feature wall may be introduced to add depth and drama, along with pops of pattern.
Transitional materials & finishes;
Glass, mirror, metallic accents such as chrome or brass, dark or light hardwood floors and tan leather.
We hope this article has helped you to begin to discover what styles and design elements appeal to you most. You should now be better equipped to communicate your sense of style and have a stronger idea about what you may like to achieve in your home.
You can take these ideas to your designer, architect or builder and confidently discuss your project requirements with them. Knowing what you want is so important to be able to feel in control of your project and also helps greatly with the decision making process.
Most importantly though, being able to express your style within your home will ultimately make you feel at home. We hope you enjoy the experience of creating your dream space!
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