So, I decided to include the interior design themes list here on this blog. It’s like a little shortcut for those who don’t exactly distinguish between certain styles and I hope it will be helpful. Of course, these are not all the styles out there. I included home interior design themes that are most popular right now and my choice may be subjective.
Scandinavian style is a variation on modern interior design. It focuses on simplicity and functionality, but it is friendlier and cozier than clean modern style. Wooden floors and furniture are often used. Home decor is understated and rather raw and geometric. Colors are muted and light; grey is a very common choice in decorations, textiles or paint colors.
Minimalist style is mostly clean and uncluttered with not much furniture. Decor has to be restrained to only a few pieces distributed sparingly around the apartment. Only essential items remain in the space and the rest is left out of sight. Colors are neutral in minimalist style.
I call it overly sweet cottage style because it’s rather cozy and has a country feel to it. It is very feminine and soft. Roses are by far an iconic pattern in shabby chic style. Furniture is supposed to look old and a little damaged; visible cracks of the paint are most certainly welcome. Colors are often pastels, white or ecru. Frills decorating the pillows or bedding are another characteristic element.
Traditional interior design style is classic and elegant. It derives from the 18th and 19th century Europe. Characteristic elements are elaborate lines in the furnishings, detailed moldings and use of dark wood. Arches and columns are not uncommon in this style. The curved furniture elements are placed symmetrically around a fireplace or a coffee table, for example.
Modern interior design style was most prominent in the 50s and 60s but it is used with a few alterations to this day. Sometimes it is referred to as mid-century modern style. Geometric and clean lines are the key to this style. It is similar to minimalist and Scandinavian themes because of its simplicity and lack of ornaments and elaborate decorations. Materials that are most commonly used are wood, plastic and metal. You can find more about modern decor in my previous article.
This style is especially popular in lofts. In industrial style walls are often left unfinished, exposing brick. Decor made of metal or steel is characteristic in those interiors, as well as incorporates old appliances and other industrial looking objects. Colors are neutral. Furniture, especially sofas, need to be comfortable and big. Lighting can also be very raw: a bulb hanging on a wire for example.
Rustic style is all about wood. I would say it is a great style to incorporate to a lodge or summer house, for example. Wooden walls, beams and furniture are typical in this interior design style. Stone can also be applied here, especially on the floor. Rustic interior can be a little eclectic, as vintage items are mixed with new ones. Decor is rather ornamental, as in carved wood furniture.
There are so many interior design themes but I included those I feel are important. Mixing some of them can produce amazing results. Remember, it’s all about experimentation!