Interior Design

Top 10 Interior Design Styles Explained

From as early as the 17th century, Interior Design has carried all the way into today’s designs. There are many styles to choose from in designing your home, and while you may like to mix and match, we are going to dive into the top 10 most-recognized interior design styles.

1. Mid-Century Modern or “MCM”
2. Industrial
3. Contemporary
4. Traditional
5. Transitional
6. Scandanavian
7. Bohemian
8. Modern Farmhouse
9. Minimalism
10. Rustic

1. Mid-Century Modern or “MCM” Design Style

This design style began between the 1940s and 1970s. It really took shape post World War II when the economy began to boom. MCM has a large focus around functionality and being close to nature.

Some key features include:

  • Mixing organic and geometric shapes
  • Clean lines
  • Soft curves
  • Functionality 
  • Tapered or peg legs, hairpin legs or shell chairs
  • Abstract 
  • Asymmetrical
  • “Sputnik” lighting
  • Glove shapes
  • Walnut wood tones
  • No curtains and wide open windows

2. Industrial Design Style

This design style was inspired by the 19th to 20th century industrial factories and is heavily inspired by modern innovations. 

Some key features include:

  • Old-world charm
  • Moody color palette
  • Dark aesthetic
  • Architecturally industrial
  • Exposed brick, pipes and beams
  • Concrete and metal
  • Leather
  • Edison bulbs
  • High ceilings and large rooms
  • Large windows

3. Contemporary Design Style

This design style began its popularity in the 1970s. It originated as a blend of styles before it became a style of its own. “Contemporary” means to belong or occur in the present. This style follows anything that is trending today.

Some key features include:

  • Curved lines
  • Eco-friendly materials
  • Small color palette, mostly neutrals
  • Minimalism
  • Ever-changing
  • Subtle sophistication
  • Showcasing space over things
  • Attention to quality

4. Traditional Design Style

This design style mostly dates back to the Neoclassical and Georgian periods with some overlap into the Colonial era. It’s a beautiful balance between history and glamor with timeless elegance.

Some key features include:

  • Symmetry 
  • Luxurious materials (silk, velvet, linen, etc.)
  • Antiques or replicas
  • Ornate details
  • Dark wood tones
  • Jewel tones
  • Tufted upholstery
  • Marble
  • Crystal chandeliers
  • Moulding

5. Transitional Design Style

This design style took off in the 1950s in response to the mid-century modern style. It is a blend between traditional and modern design elements. 

Some key features include:

  • Elegance
  • Versatile
  • Freedom between eras
  • Modern wall art
  • Ornate moulding
  • Modern light fixtures
  • Clean lines

6. Scandinavian Design Style

This design style was curated in the 1950s in the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It is based around simplicity and minimalism.

Some key features include:

  • Bright spaces
  • Cozy textures
  • Natural elements (wood, linens, wool, plants, etc.)
  • Neutral color palette

7. Bohemian Design Style

This design style began in 19th century France and was inspired by artists who believed in having a creative and colorful lifestyle. It is full of culture and maximalism.

Some key features include:

  • World travel collections
  • Eclectic
  • Warm
  • Bright color palette
  • Bold patterns
  • Rattan materials
  • Vintage, worn or distressed elements
  • Tons of plants
  • Woven or macrame items
  • Natural textures
  • Little to no symmetry

8. Modern Farmhouse Design Style

This design style originated from the traditional farmhouse style, but has transformed from mason jars and weathered signs to a sophisticated rustic look. It’s a great blend of contemporary minimalism, industrial and traditional country.

Some key features include:

  • Cozy textures
  • Warm wood tones and color palette
  • Finishes are not as worn as traditional farmhouse
  • Light and airy
  • Upholstered pieces 
  • Vintage lighting
  • Shiplap or board and batten
  • Wood beams

9. Minimalism Design Style

This design style was curated to create a feeling of openness and purpose. It first began as an art movement after World War II and became popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

Some key features include:

  • Deliberate and essential items
  • Simple yet purposeful
  • Open floor plans
  • Monochromatic color palette
  • Clean lines
  • No mouldings

10. Rustic Design Style

This design style is inspired by 18th and 19th century pioneer homes. These rural cabins in the countryside were made of sustainable materials that were used for the architecture and furnishing of the home.

Some key features include:

  • Natural and organic elements
  • Cozy textures
  • Handmade items
  • Bringing the outdoors in
  • Earthy, natural and warm color palette
  • Masculine
  • Aged or weathered elements
  • Heavy wood tones

Do any of these styles catch your eye? Do you already have a predominant style that you prefer? We are here to help you in refining your style and putting together the right pieces to complete your dream room and home.

Contact us today and let’s work together on designing your dream home!