How to find the design style for your home
Many of us know what we like – and don’t like – but have trouble defining our design style. Having words to put to the design choices you make for your home can make it easier to shop for new pieces, choose paint colors, or arrange furnishings. Whether your preferences are traditional, transitional, industrial, or eclectic, the following guide can help you find the design style for your home.
Past or present?
If you prefer the past, your style may be:
- Mid-century: Mid-century design borrows from the best of the 1950s and 1960s to create a clean, retro feel. With simple silhouettes, natural shapes, and an emphasis on functionality, mid-century furnishings look great in almost every room – and will continue to look stylish for years to come.
- French country: French Country design is a hybrid of antique French, shabby chic, and farmhouse interior. Look for elements like a sofa with classic lines, Louis VI chairs reupholstered in a geometric print, distressed wood, and exposed brick.
- Traditional: Traditional design is based on “tried and true” design pieces with few modern touches. A beige sofa, Persian rug, or carved wood desk are all hallmarks of traditional design.
If you prefer the present, your style may be:
- Modern: Just as the name suggests, modern design focuses on ultra clean lines and minimalism.
- Scandinavian: Scandinavian design goes further than an IKEA store! Warm wood tones and plush rugs meet clean lines and organic shapes for a design style that is comfortably minimal.
- Industrial: Industrial design gives “warehouse vibes” through exposed brick, raw concrete, and unfinished metals.
Bright colors or natural neutrals?
If you enjoy bright colors, your style may be:
- Contemporary: Contemporary design is full of bold colors like mustard yellow, navy blue, and burnt orange.
- Eclectic: Eclectic design gives you the space to choose exactly what you like; this lets you create a unique color palette of whatever catches your eye. To avoid a visual mess, try to focus on either complementary or contrasting colors.
If you prefer natural neutrals, your style may be:
- Coastal: Create beachy vibes anywhere with light blues and greens over a backdrop of warm creams and other neutrals.
- Modern farmhouse: Thanks to designers such as Joanna Gaines, modern farmhouse style has experienced a renaissance. Bright whites and warm, dark woods create beautiful contrast without bright colors.
Less is more or more is more?
If you prefer less is more, your style may be:
- Minimalist: Minimalist design requires every item to be functional to create no-fuss design with clean lines and minimal clutter.
- Asian Zen: Asian Zen design focuses on clean lines layered with organic elements to create warm, minimal designs throughout the home.
If you prefer more is more, your style may be:
- Shabby chic: Shabby chic interiors may have peaked in popularity during the 90s and 00s, but this comfortable style is still widely seen today. Soft and slightly feminine, shabby chic designs marry traditional furnishings with plush textiles, distressed wood, and farmhouse touches.
- Bohemian: Bohemian interiors are globally inspired with antique furnishings, exotic accents, and the occasional flea market find.