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In this post we are going to give you an ultimate list of 30 of the biggest interior design styles across the traditional-modern spectrum.
This is a visual reference of the most common interior design styles as agreed upon by sources across popular media.
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The 30 Major Interior Design Styles of 2022-23
An earlier article on these same 30 design styles with outbound links to helpful websites is provided below:
If you are interested in knowing how to categorize styles according to their modern and traditional design elements, the following series of articles might be helpful as well:
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30 Interior Design Styles Mega List A-Z
- Art Deco Style
- Asian Zen Style
- Biophilic Design
- Bohemian Style
- Chalet Style
- Coastal Style
- Colonial Style
- Contemporary Style
- Eclectic Style
- Ethnic Modern Style
- French Parisian Style
- Glamorous (Luxe) Style
- Global Style
- Gothic Revival Style
- Hollywood Regency Style
- Industrial Style
- Italian Modern Style
- Japandi Style
- Mid-Century Modern Style
- Minimalist Style
- Modern Classical Style
- Modern Farmhouse Style
- Organic Modern Style
- Period Styles
- Rustic (Country) Styles
- Scandinavian Style
- Traditional Style
- Transitional Style
- Vintage (Shabby Chic) Style
1. Art Deco Style
If you watched the Great Gatsby or Titanic and appreciated the interior architecture and overall design style of those movies, you are a lover of Art Deco.
Art Deco is a style of interior design that originated in the 1920s and 1930s and is characterized by bold, geometric shapes and patterns, as well as the use of materials such as stainless steel, glass, and lacquer. It was influenced by a number of different artistic movements, including Art Nouveau, Cubism, and Futurism, and was popularized by the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris.
Common features of Art Deco interiors include the use of bold, geometric patterns in wallpaper, textiles, and flooring; the incorporation of metallic accents such as chrome and stainless steel; and the use of luxe materials such as marble, glass, and lacquer. Art Deco interiors often have a sleek, modern look and feel, and are known for their dramatic use of color and contrast.
Coming out of an age of heavier ornamentation, there’s not a lot not to love in this early modern style.
2. Asian Zen Style
An ambiguous name for an ambiguous style (Chinese and Japanese architectural elements and features are fairly distinct from one another), all most of us can tell is that there are some strong Oriental influences going on in rooms of this design ‘style’.
Asian Zen style is a type of interior design that is inspired by the principles of Zen Buddhism and the simplicity and tranquility of traditional Asian design. It originated in Japan and has become popular around the world for its clean, minimalist aesthetic and focus on harmony and balance.
Common features of Asian Zen style interiors include the use of natural materials such as wood, stone, and bamboo; the incorporation of plants and water elements; and the use of neutral, earthy colors. Furniture is often simple and unadorned, and there is an emphasis on creating a sense of spaciousness and openness. The goal of Asian Zen style is to create a peaceful, calming environment that promotes relaxation and meditation.
With inspiration drawn from traditional Japanese and Chinese interior architecture and often combined when applied to interiors outside of the Asian Pacific rim, this is a style which is enduring because of its innate serenity and harmonious elements.
If you like Asian styles, be sure to check out our article on Tropical Asian styles here.
3. Biophilic Design
This is not actually a design ‘style‘ as far as I strict classification goes, but hey, it could (and probably should) be!
Biophilic design is a philosophy of design incorporating sustainablity, eco-friendliness and natural elements, and thus, it could theoretically apply to any interior design ‘style’.
Biophilic design is a type of interior design that focuses on creating a connection between people and nature within the built environment. It is based on the idea that humans have an inherent need for contact with nature and that this connection can have positive impacts on physical and mental health, productivity, and overall well-being.
Biophilic design has gained popularity in recent years as people have become more aware of the importance of sustainability and the need for a healthy indoor environment.
Common features of biophilic design include the incorporation of natural materials such as wood, stone, and plants; the use of natural light and ventilation; and the creation of visual connections to the outdoors. Biophilic design can be incorporated into any type of interior, from residential to commercial, and can be adapted to fit a variety of different styles.
While it doesn’t only apply to having more greenery in a space, plants look equally great in an old Victorian home or in an uber-modern one.
4. Bohemian Style
Bohemian style is probably the easiest style on the interior design style list to get right.
Bohemian style, also known as “boho” or “boho chic,” is a type of interior design that is characterized by its relaxed, laid-back aesthetic and its use of eclectic, colorful, and often unconventional decor. It originated in the 1960s and 1970s as a countercultural movement and has since gained widespread popularity for its free-spirited, non-traditional approach to design.
Common features of bohemian interiors include the use of colorful, patterned textiles such as rugs, throw pillows, and curtains; the incorporation of vintage and handcrafted pieces; and the use of plants and natural elements. Bohemian style is often associated with a global, nomadic aesthetic and may include elements from various cultural and historical influences. It is known for its laid-back, comfortable vibe and its emphasis on personal expression and creativity.
Bohemian interiors are never afraid to experiment with or to blend vastly different elements together into a cohesive scheme. Throw in enough pattern and don’t shy away from color and you’re looking pretty Boho already.
The motto will always be to let your free spirit reign in an interior like this, and besides, what could be more comfortable and inviting than soft furnishings galore in a setting that seems timeless in its familiarity?
5. Chalet Style
This style is so architecturally heavy that it almost doesn’t matter how much the decor disagrees with the architectural shell, its rustic ‘bones‘ are still going to come through to ultimately dominate the scheme.
Your choices are:
a) Traditionally inspired furniture (very vintage looking)
b) Super modern furniture as a contrast (very fresh looking)
c) A mix of the two, or some middle-of the road, transitional, ‘modern-yet-rustic‘ arrangement (tasteful, but not overly unique or dramatic)
Chalet style, also known as “alpine” or “mountain” style, is a type of interior design that is inspired by traditional Alpine chalets, which are small, wooden houses found in the mountains of Switzerland, Austria, and other European countries. Chalet style interiors are cozy, warm, and inviting, and often incorporate elements of rustic, traditional mountain architecture and design.
Common features of chalet style interiors include the use of natural materials such as wood, stone, and fur; the incorporation of traditional mountain motifs such as antlers and ski equipment; and the use of warm, neutral colors and textures. Chalet style is known for its comfortable, welcoming atmosphere and its focus on creating a sense of homely, rustic charm. It is often associated with the colder months and is popular in ski resorts and mountain homes.
An industrial vibe could work with this style quite well, too, as is evidenced in the far bottom right interior in our board above.
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6. Coastal Style
Coastal style at its roots has a traditional seaside vibe to it.
Think of old English seaside towns or beach towns in Maine, New England. In more recent times it has become a staple style of modernists from Cape Town to L.A. and Sydney.
Coastal style, also known as “beach” or “nautical” style, is a type of interior design that is inspired by the laid-back, relaxed atmosphere of beach and coastal communities. It is characterized by its use of light, airy colors and natural materials, as well as its incorporation of maritime motifs and nautical accents. Coastal style interiors are designed to evoke a sense of calm and tranquility and to create a casual, welcoming atmosphere.
Common features of coastal style interiors include the use of light, neutral colors such as white, blue, and sandy beige; the incorporation of natural materials such as wood, wicker, and sea grass; and the use of nautical accents such as anchor motifs, ropes, and shells. Coastal style is often associated with summertime and is popular in beach houses and homes in coastal communities.
Here the style makes it into our interior design style list depicted in its more historical context. The main goal of coastal interiors is to complement the natural land and seascape. Thus, they should not compete (too much) with the view!
7. Colonial Style
Next on our interior design style list is “colonial”. However you feel about colonists, we have to agree that the arrival of European styles in other cultures resulted in more beautiful interpretations of western architecture. British, French, Portuguese and Spanish architecture were all exported abroad and subsequently adapted to local building materials and stylistic influences.
Colonial style is often associated with the history of the United States and is popular in homes with a classic, timeless aesthetic. Colonial style is sometimes called “colonial revival” or “early American” style, as it originates from (or is inspired by) the architecture of England in the 17th and 18th centuries. Colonial style interiors often have a formal, elegant feel and are designed to evoke a sense of history and tradition. Some American colonial styles you might have heard of include Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian. They are all characterized by the use of traditional, classic materials and motifs, and an emphasis on symmetry and balance.
Colonial style interiors usually make use of classic materials such as wood, stone, and brick. They also feature traditional motifs like dentil molding, a type of crown molding that featured ridges that looked like “teeth” and balusters, which are the decorative posts or railings found in staircases. and the use of neutral, muted colors.
Outside of the United States you can find colonial style architecture in places like Cuba, Argentina, Macau, South Africa, India, Australia and Tahiti.
8. Contemporary Style
Contemporary style is any style that is fairly well known or in vogue and of the now. Does that mean every room in 2023 is contemporary style? It’s not that simple. Interiors today may have designs or parts of their aesthetic that do not fall in line with present day trends.
So what is it and why does it make the interior design style mega list? Contemporary style is a type of interior design that is usually focused on simplicity, minimalism, and the use of clean, modern lines, but it isn’t a slave to modernism. Instead, contemporary style takes its inspiration from the real world and the present day. It is a style that is constantly evolving to incorporate new trends and design elements.
Some common features of contemporary style interiors to look for are sleek, modern furniture and lighting, abstract art and sculpture and natural materials like wood and stone. Contemporary style is popular in home design and also commercial settings. It is often associated with a modern, urban lifestyle and celebrity trendsetters.
This is an interior style that keeps up with the times and enjoys fashion.
9. Eclectic Style
Eclectic style is supposed to confuse you as to what style it actually is, because that’s its job. It is not supposed to define any particular style perfectly. Eclectic style, instead, is a happy amalgamation of varying styles upon which have been enforced a type of harmony.
Eclectic style is a type of interior design that is characterized by its use of a variety of different styles, materials, and motifs in a single space. It is all about mixing and matching different elements to create a unique, personal aesthetic that reflects the individual preferences and personality of the homeowner. Eclectic style interiors are known for their playful, free-spirited vibe and their use of a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures.
Common features of eclectic style interiors include the use of a variety of different styles, from traditional to modern; the incorporation of vintage and antique pieces; and the use of bold, colorful accents. Eclectic style is all about personal expression and creativity, and there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating an eclectic space.
Eclectic can be deliberate, but they are often accidental or even circumstantial. The reason for this is that when you don’t really plan an interior aesthetic, but instead just just piece it together, an ‘eclectic’ look is most likely to result. The eclectic interior design style also happens to make up the largest category of style types, simply because it is not always a ‘designed‘ or intentional style.
If you’re confused, you’re not alone. Eclectic is confused, too 🙂
10. Ethnic Modern Style
Ethnic modern is a beautifully lively and livable type of modern. Incorporating strong pattern and bold use of color against what is often a stark white background gives the cultural elements and the artwork a real ‘pop’.
Ethnic modern style makes our interior design style list because roots styles are making a big comeback, and for good reason. This type of interior design style combines traditional or cultural elements with a modern, minimalistic aesthetic. Ethnic modern style takes inspiration from the design traditions of various ethnic cultures and can be recognized by its use of traditional motifs, materials, and techniques in a contemporary context.
Ethnic modern style interiors are known for their combination of old and new, and for their use of color, pattern, and texture to create a vibrant, lively atmosphere.
Some of the common features of ethnic modern style interiors you might have seen are traditional materials like woven textiles, ceramics, and carvings or cultural motifs and patterns. Ethnic modern styles are not shy. They often have bold and vibrant colors! At its heart ethnic modern style is all about celebrating cultural diversity. It is especially popular in homes that want to incorporate a sense of global, cosmopolitan style.
Another plus: the ethnic modern interior design style is welcoming, grounding and deeply centered on human expression through art.
11. French Parisian Style
The classical architectural features that give apartments in Paris their cultured vibe make for an elegant backdrop. Whether the furniture is classical, transitional or pure modern, the style is always slightly restrained (so, not overly decorated) and usually employs a muted color palette.
The room’s “shell” is often a neutral color or white. Furniture selection choices are streamlined, and even whimsical, but the arrangements always on point.
French Parisian style, also known as “Parisian chic,” is a type of interior design that is inspired by the sophistication and glamour of Parisian apartments. It is characterized by its use of luxurious materials, elegant furnishings, and sophisticated, timeless design elements. French Parisian style interiors are known for their sophisticated, elegant aesthetic and their attention to detail.
Some common features of French Parisian style interiors are luxurious materials such as velvet, silk, and marble; elegant, timeless furnishings such as chaise lounges and antique armoires; and the use of refined, neutral colors such as gray, beige, and white. French Parisian style is associated with glamour and sophistication, and is popular in homes that want to achieve a chic, refined look.
The French have a wonderful aesthetic sense and their interiors tend to give off an effortlessly elegant vibe. Many of these rooms can be considered prime examples of eclectic, transitional styles, or simply modern classics.
12. Glamorous (Luxe) Style
Is Glamorous or Luxury style a true interior design style? In our book, glamorous is more of a theme or a modifier to a style than a decorating style in its own right. What this means is that as a theme it can be applied to a range of interior types from traditional through eclectic and modern. Thus, we can get “luxury Asian style” or “luxury Bohemian”, which may have very different stylistic elements. What makes it luxury or glamorous?
Glamorous or luxe styles are characterized by their opulent, luxurious aesthetic and their use of rich materials, intricate details, and bold, bold accents. They are inspired by the glamour and luxury of old world styles, and tend to create a sense of opulence and grandeur.
So what are some common features of glamorous and luxe style interiors? Look out for luxurious materials such as velvet, silk, and fur; gold and silver accents; and the use of bold, dramatic colors and patterns. Glamorous and luxe styles are associated with wealth and indulgence and its no surprise that they are popular in homes that want to achieve a lavish, over-the-top look. Another place to look for them is in high-end commercial spaces such as hotels and restaurants.
-The glamorous aspect can be another layer to an already established style, or it might, in fact, be the overarching feature in the design.
–Glamorous or luxury interiors are often classical styles, but they can also be transitional or pure modern.
–Glamorous style is seen often in high-end hospitality interiors.
-Glamorous or luxury styles are all about expensive finishes, ostentatious choices in decor, and rich, soft furnishings.
Pro tip: A luxury room should feel as though no expense has been spared, but in order not to seem too excessive, some modesty and restraint is advised to achieve a tasteful effect.
13. Global Style
Have you ever found yourself envying those world travelers you’ve seen on your Instagram feed? We all know that traveling has been much harder to do of late. Even so, you can pretty safely bet that this style is going to see a major comeback in some form in the near future!
Global style is closely related to Bohemian style in its overall vibe. It is considered an eclectic style, meaning that it draws from multiple inspirations, including those of different time periods.
Global style, also known as “world” or “international” style, is a type of interior design that is inspired by the diverse cultures and design traditions of different regions around the world. It is characterized by its use of a wide range of materials, patterns, and motifs from various cultural influences, as well as its focus on creating a sense of global, cosmopolitan style.
Common features of global style interiors include the use of traditional materials and techniques from various cultures; the incorporation of cultural motifs and patterns; and the use of bold, vibrant colors. Global style is all about celebrating cultural diversity and is popular in homes that want to incorporate a sense of global, cosmopolitan style. It is often associated with a global, nomadic aesthetic and is popular in homes that want to achieve a unique, eclectic look.
The focus with a Global Style interior should be to incorporate as much diversity and interest as possible from style sources of different cultures.
Often times fans of this style collect art work, sculptural pieces and even furniture over time. Each piece tells its own unique story and adds to the happy, colorful cacophony of elements. This style can be incredibly warm and welcoming when done right.
You’ll feel more cultured just sitting in a Global Style living room, and there will always be endless conversation pieces to keep the company lively.
14. Gothic Revival Style
As a revival style, Gothic Revival is a style which is inspired and often recreated from history.
The Gothic period of architecture is best remembered for its cathedrals (Notre Dame and La Sagrada Familia are two examples of Gothic cathedrals). The style is complex and filled with decorative detail.
Contemporary Gothic revival style is a type of interior design that is inspired by the architecture and design of the Gothic period, which lasted from the mid-12th to the late 16th century and is characterized by its use of pointed arches, ribbed vaulting, and elaborate ornamentation. Contemporary Gothic revival style is a modern interpretation of this historical style and incorporates elements of the Gothic aesthetic into a contemporary context.
Common features of Gothic revival style interiors include the use of dramatic, Gothic-inspired features such as pointed arches and ribbed vaulting; the incorporation of dark, moody colors and materials such as stone and metal; and the use of elaborate, ornate details such as carvings and gold leaf. Contemporary Gothic revival style is often associated with a dark, mysterious aesthetic and is popular in homes that want to achieve a dramatic, edgy look.
The mood of this style tends to be dark. Not surprising, since this style got its start in the Dark Ages in Europe. It would be hard to have a truly Gothic style without adding a lot of architectural elements. True Gothic architecture would be hard to cover up!
As an interior style, fans of Gothic architecture may try to mimic architectural elements and focus on strong millwork and built-in cabinetry as well as furniture that represents the style. Much of this would have to be custom designed by talented crafts-persons to achieve realistic results.
Interior Example: Australian “Gladiator” star Gerard Butler worked with a designer to create a New York loft which uses elements of Gothic style, mostly furniture. The interior also includes classical and rustic features, ornamental pillars, beams, arches and “antiqued” style elements.
15. Hollywood Regency Style
Just hang a picture of Marilyn Monroe and you’re good to go, right?
Not so fast. Old world celebrity portraits do have a solid place in Hollywood Regency style, but there are other important features, as well. The style began with designs for the mansions of American movie stars who were enamored with Hollywood film sets depicting the glamor and style of classical Europe.
Hollywood Regency style is a type of interior design that originated in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. It is characterized by a bold, glamorous aesthetic that combines luxurious materials with strong geometric shapes and patterns.
Common features of Hollywood Regency style include the use of metallic accents, mirrored surfaces, and bold pops of color. The style is inspired by the opulent and lavish Hollywood lifestyle, and it was popularized by interior designers such as Dorothy Draper and William Haines. Today, Hollywood Regency style is still popular and is often used to create a glamorous and sophisticated atmosphere in both residential and commercial spaces.
Combining elements in a new and fresher way, the style is bold, dramatic and thoroughly American vintage. Look for bold, geometric patterns on floors, walls and even ceilings, jewel tones, classic furniture and glamorous decorative elements in generous scales.
16. Industrial Style
Industrial style is what we get when we embrace the rustic architectural envelope of a previously commercial or industrial building. For this style to give the right impression, the walls and ceilings should be left mostly untreated. Exposed brick is a common backdrop to the style.
Industrial style is a type of interior design that draws inspiration from the raw, utilitarian aesthetic of warehouses, factories, and other industrial spaces. It originated in the 1980s and 1990s as a response to the sleek and polished styles of the time, and it has since become a popular choice for both residential and commercial spaces. Industrial style is characterized by the use of rough, unfinished materials such as concrete, brick, and metal, as well as exposed pipes, beams, and ductwork. It often incorporates elements of vintage or salvaged industrial equipment and furniture, and it often has a raw, stripped-down look that is both functional and edgy.
Common features of industrial style include the use of dark, moody colors, distressed surfaces, and a mix of old and new elements. Industrial salvage and retro or vintage pieces are common in industrial style interiors.
As this style grew in popularity, so did more furniture and decor find its way into the market that offer the industrial aesthetic. Industrial features and fixtures are commonly made of metal and are untreated, unfinished or matte. They tend to be sturdy and give off a hardy, masculine vibe.
Today industrial elements are frequently seen in the modern farmhouse aesthetic.
17. Italian Modern Style
Italian Modern is also sometimes called Italian “Mode”. The style tends to incorporate chunky, modern Italian furniture pieces into classically inspired or modern rooms.
Italian Mode is a type of interior design that emerged in Italy in the 1950s and 1960s. It is characterized by a sleek and minimalist aesthetic that emphasizes clean lines, simplicity, and functionality. Italian Modernist style was influenced by the ideas of the Modernist movement, which rejected ornamentation and embraced functional, practical design.
Common features of Italian Modernist style include the use of natural materials such as wood, stone, and leather, as well as simple, geometric forms and a neutral color palette. Furniture and accessories in Italian Modernist style are often designed to be functional and comfortable, with an emphasis on ergonomic design. Today, Italian Modernist style is still popular and is often used to create a sophisticated and contemporary look in both residential and commercial spaces.
Sometimes furniture which is characteristically Italian mode bears vague similarities to earlier Italian classical styles. Modern Italian furniture can also tend to be bold and make a strong statement.
For good examples of Italian modern interiors, have a look at some B&B Italia catalogues and get some serious design inspiration.
18. Japandi Style
In the early part of the 10s decade if someone had asked you what Japandi style was, you would have met the question with a very confused look. Japandi, which is a blend between traditional Japanese design and the ever-popular Scandinavian style, only made its first blips on the design world’s radar in 2007.
By the end of 2011 it had largely disappeared from popular consciousness, only to come back in full force in 2020 when most of the world was stuck at home and browsing the web for new, fresh styles.
Japandi style is a type of interior design that combines elements of Japanese and Scandinavian design. It originated in the early 2010s as a way to bring together the minimalistic, natural aesthetic of Scandinavian design with the simplicity, tranquility, and attention to detail of Japanese design. Japandi style is characterized by a clean, minimalistic look that incorporates natural materials such as wood, bamboo, and stone, as well as neutral colors and subtle accents. It often includes a mix of traditional Japanese and Scandinavian elements, such as tatami mats, paper lanterns, and sleek, modern furniture.
Common features of Japandi style include the use of natural light, an emphasis on organization and simplicity, and a focus on creating a peaceful and calming atmosphere.
The two styles which make up this fusion style share a lot of similar guiding principles, such as the use of natural elements and simplicity. However, where Japanese design can seem too austere for Westerners, the Scandinavian focus on comfort, warmth and atmosphere adds that little extra.
This is a style marriage made in Heaven!
There’s not a whole lot more to know about Maximalism than that it is fully maxxed out in every way. There are many ways to create a maximalist interior, but they always involve the design mantra that “more is more“.
Maximalism may seem like a nightmare to proponents of the opposing style compass point minimalism, but there is room for all styles in broad spectrum of design styles. One thing to remember: Maximalism shouldn’t equal unnecessary clutter.
Maximalist style is a type of interior design that is characterized by an over-the-top, opulent aesthetic that incorporates a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures. It is the opposite of minimalist style and is often described as “more is more.” Maximalist style originated in the 1980s and has become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to add personality and drama to a space.
Common features of maximalist style include the use of bold colors, intricate patterns, and a mix of different styles and periods. It often incorporates a wide range of materials, such as velvet, gold, and patterned wallpaper, and it is not afraid to mix and match different elements to create a unique and eye-catching look. Today, maximalist style is often used to create a bold and energetic atmosphere in both residential and commercial spaces.
If you are going for this style it makes sense to work in layers, and mood boards are your best friend while planning to help you make sure all the loose ends come together. Maximalist interiors should still be carefully curated.
Good examples of the style come from designers such as Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Kelly Wearstler. This is a good place to explore fantasy styles. My personal favorite? Jungalow style as made popular by designer Justina Blakeney.
20. Mid-Century Modern Style
The most important thing to know about Mid Century Modern style is that it is iconic. It’s enough to know that many of the furniture items invented at this time (50s-60s) were first created by some of the foremost founders of modern architecture. Many of these pieces continue to be produced under license, while the originals fetch a pretty penny, even though they are not yet antiques!
Mid Century Modern style is a type of interior design that originated in the mid-20th century and is characterized by a clean, minimalist aesthetic that emphasizes function and simplicity. It was influenced by the Modernist movement, which rejected ornamentation and embraced practical, functional design. Mid Century Modern style is often associated with the work of famous designers such as Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Le Corbusier.
Common features of Mid Century Modern style include the use of natural materials such as wood, glass, and steel, as well as clean lines, geometric shapes, and a neutral color palette. It often incorporates elements of vintage and retro design, such as teak furniture and atomic patterns, and it is known for its use of open space and natural light. Today, Mid Century Modern style is still popular and is often used to create a sophisticated and contemporary look in both residential and commercial spaces.
Mid century modern is classic ‘modern vintage’ and has a large following of people who collect and furnish in the style. Accessible, sophisticated and with an emphasis on pure materials and clean ergonomics, it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular!
It’s an easy style to decorate in, and it’s a style with broad appeal across the board.
21. Minimalist Style
The best thing to do with Minimalism is to simply let it speak for itself. There’s something sacred about empty space. It presents possibility and is ‘untainted’ by clutter and accessories.
Minimalist style in interior design is a design philosophy that focuses on simplicity and functionality, using minimal elements and a limited color palette. It originated in the mid-20th century, with roots in Japanese and Scandinavian design, and has since become a popular choice for modern and contemporary interiors.
Common features of minimalist design include clean lines, a lack of ornamentation, a focus on natural materials, and an emphasis on negative space. Minimalist interiors often utilize a monochromatic color scheme and are designed to create a sense of calm and clarity. The goal of minimalist design is to create a space that is uncluttered and visually pleasing, while also being practical and efficient.
Whether this restrained style is for you or whether you give it a hard pass comes down to your personality and learned preferences. Many people who embrace minimalism are people who wish to embrace a simpler, almost Zen type of lifestyle. Often these people are introverts looking for a respite from the noise of life.
Visual noise comes in the form of too much clutter and ‘stuff’. Minimalism requires mindfulness and personal discipline, as everything that is on display is very carefully chosen; so much so that furnishings can read as artwork.
Whether you love or hate this “extreme” style, it’s easy to see how Minimalist style strikes a chord with those who are less ‘worldly’ and possibly slightly more esoteric when it comes to their design choices.
22. Modern Classical Style
Updated classical style is what ‘modern classical’ style is supposed to be all about. The big question is how it’s different from eclectic (which is a possibly broader classification) and transitional.
Modern classical style in interior design combines elements of traditional classical design with modern aesthetics and materials. It is characterized by a balance of symmetry and proportion, as well as the use of luxurious materials and finishes. The modern classical style draws inspiration from the grandeur of classical architecture and design, but it is updated for contemporary living.
Common features of modern classical design include the use of marble, wood, and stone finishes, ornate moldings and trim, grandiose chandeliers and lighting, and elegant furnishings. The goal of modern classical design is to create a sense of sophistication and timeless elegance, while also incorporating modern functionality. The modern classical style has its roots in 18th and 19th century neoclassical design, but it has been adapted and evolved over time to suit the needs and preferences of contemporary homeowners.
Modern classical is an almost perfect eclectic style and it is sometimes considered transitional.
23. Modern Farmhouse Style
This style is a lot like Shania Twain in the late nineties. Modern Farmhouse broke the mold when it became popular because country hadn’t had a moment in interior design fashion in awhile. Then it was overplayed and everyone got sick of it.
Modern Farmhouse style in interior design is a popular design trend that combines elements of traditional farmhouse style with modern design elements. It originated in the United States in the early 21st century and has since become a popular choice for both residential and commercial interiors. The modern farmhouse style is characterized by a mix of rustic and modern elements, including the use of natural materials such as wood, stone, and metal, as well as clean lines and a neutral color palette.
Common features of Modern Farmhouse design include exposed beams, shiplap walls, and a focus on functionality. The goal of modern farmhouse design is to create a warm and inviting space that feels both comfortable and stylish. It is often associated with a cozy, country-inspired aesthetic, but it can also be incorporated into more urban or suburban settings.
As tends to happen with styles, Modern Farmhouse got so popular that it is necessarily seeing some backlash now. My personal take on this style is that it is fairly timeless.
Country style is always going to appeal to a certain type of person who wants the feeling of retuning to nature and a simpler time. Modern Farmhouse is an updated, sophisticated version of that sentiment. As such, it is likely going to remain a classic despite the haters.
24. Organic Modern Style
Adding to the endless expressions of modernism, this style tries to get back to naturalistic roots through a focus on unrefined, raw and “organic” materials and a palette that is sandy and serene.
Organic modern style in interior design is a design philosophy that combines a minimalist aesthetic with a focus on natural materials and organic forms. It originated in the mid-20th century and has been popularized by architects and designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Eero Saarinen.
Common features of Organic Modern Design include the use of natural materials such as wood, stone, and glass, as well as curved and flowing lines that mimic the shapes found in nature. The goal of organic modern design is to create a sense of harmony between the natural world and the built environment, while also emphasizing functionality and simplicity. Organic modern interiors often utilize a neutral color palette and incorporate elements such as plants and natural light to create a sense of connection to the outdoors. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, organic modern design is also focused on sustainability and eco-friendliness, often incorporating recycled or sustainably-sourced materials.
Warm and comforting, like a nurturing womb, this is a simple, fairly minimalistic style that is cozy and soothing.
25. Period Styles
Way too broad of a category to cover in a couple of paragraphs, let’s just say that lovers of history will find much to adore in these styles. This is the realm of classical art, antiques, the legacy of the Beaux Arts, and also the aristocracy.
This is where Greek and Roman styles and all their many resusitations and revivals ended up in the 21st century. To understand period styles is to understand your history and to appreciate it.
Period styles in interior design refer to design styles that are inspired by a specific historical era or architectural movement. These styles are characterized by a distinct set of aesthetic and design elements that are specific to the time period in question. Some examples of period styles include Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern. Each of these styles has its own unique set of features, such as ornate ornamentation, grandiose furnishings, and a focus on symmetry and proportion in the case of Victorian design, or sleek lines and bold geometric patterns in the case of Art Deco.
Period styles are often used to restore or replicate the look and feel of a specific historical era, either in a residential or commercial setting. They can also be incorporated into more modern interiors as a way to add character and personality to a space.
26. Rustic (Country) Style
For those who really want to leave innovation behind, there is rustic style. With interiors that look as though they might have been untouched since they were built, the one small exception to this is some modern-day furniture.
When the modern information-age stresses are getting you down, this is probably the best remedy. Simplicity, calm and peaceful harmony with the past.
Stylish but laid back, aesthetic yet carefree, Scandinavian modern style manages to look visually on point while also being inviting and homey.
Scandinavian style in interior design is a design philosophy that originated in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland in the mid-20th century. It is characterized by a focus on simplicity, functionality, and natural materials, as well as a preference for light and neutral color palettes. Scandinavian design is often associated with a minimal and modern aesthetic, but it can also incorporate traditional elements and motifs.
Common features of Scandinavian design include the use of wood, wool, and other natural materials, a focus on clean lines and a lack of ornamentation, and the incorporation of natural light and plants to create a sense of connection to the outdoors. The goal of Scandinavian design is to create a comfortable and functional living space that is also aesthetically pleasing. It has gained widespread popularity in recent years and has influenced design trends around the world.
Scandinavian style is true crowd-pleaser and hard to beat in terms of its sustained popularity over the years.
28. Traditional Style
Traditional style today is used for any interior that has strong pre-modern cultural influence, even if it was built and furnished in modern times. Many people ‘inherit’ traditional style, while others choose traditional as a starting point for their own exploration of style.
Traditional style in interior design is a design philosophy that is characterized by a classic and timeless aesthetic, with roots in 18th and 19th century European design. It is often associated with luxury and opulence, and is characterized by the use of rich materials, ornate details, and a focus on symmetry and balance.
Common features of traditional design include the use of wood, marble, and other luxurious materials, as well as intricate moldings and trim, grandiose furnishings, and a preference for neutral or muted color palettes. Traditional interiors often incorporate elements such as antiques, paintings, and other decorative items to create a sense of history and elegance. The goal of traditional design is to create a formal and sophisticated living space that exudes classic charm and refinement. Despite its roots in the past, traditional design continues to be a popular choice for both residential and commercial interiors today.
Plenty of contemporarily-produced furniture on the market is made in a traditional or transition style. Most of the interior architectural features are custom made by local carpenters and crafts-persons. Thus, this is a more expensive style to produce or reproduce.
29. Transitional Style
Transitional style, to me, is perfectly executed eclectic style. It could also be though of as a modern classical style. When done right, the balance between modern and traditional is so perfect in many instances that the whole room just sings.
Transitional style in interior design is a design philosophy that combines elements of traditional and contemporary design, resulting in a look that is both classic and modern. It originated in the late 20th century as a way to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary design, and has since become a popular choice for those who prefer a more balanced and harmonious design aesthetic.
Common features of transitional design include the use of neutral color palettes, a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings, and the incorporation of natural materials such as wood and stone. Transitional interiors often feature clean lines and a focus on functionality, while also incorporating elements of ornamentation and decoration. The goal of transitional design is to create a cohesive and harmonious living space that is both stylish and practical. It is a versatile design style that can be adapted to suit a wide range of personal preferences and decorating needs.
Although I am very fond of modern styles (and often the modern the better!), still, to me, this is a style that is often quite visually perfect. Personally, I would like to see more plants around, but otherwise perfect.
30. Vintage (Shabby Chic) Style
Decorating with vintage is an art, but a good vintage piece can really liven up most interiors, especially if they are in the eclectic range!
Vintage and Shabby Chic Styles in interior design are both characterized by a romantic and nostalgicically-inspired aesthetic, with a focus on vintage or antique furnishings and decor. Vintage style is characterized by the use of authentic vintage pieces, while Shabby Chic style incorporates vintage-inspired elements that are often distressed or given a “worn” look. Both styles originated in the late 20th century and have become popular choices for those who appreciate the charm and character of older items.
Common features of Vintage and Shabby Chic design include the use of antique or vintage furnishings, a preference for pastel or muted colors, and an emphasis on floral patterns and feminine details. The goal of vintage and shabby chic design is to create a cozy and romantic atmosphere, often incorporating elements such as lace, frills, and other decorative touches. Both styles are often associated with a bohemian or rustic aesthetic, and are popular choices for those who appreciate the beauty of imperfection and the charm of bygone eras.
The problem with too much vintage furniture is that arrangements can look a little stale and dated if you don’t allow them to breathe or play off other items. Think about inheriting your great-grandmother’s house.
In order to make it your own you probably will want to reference some of the cultural elements of your own age. Unless your great grandmother is Picasso, then by all means; Don’t. Touch. Anything.
Congratulations on finishing the interior design style 30 mega list!
Hunting Down the Most Common Interior Design Styles: Behind the “Mega List 30” Post
Have you ever wished you had a cheat sheet for interior design styles?
I know I have.
I haven’t been able to find the depth of information I want for style reference easily enough, and so I set about creating my own.
“Ultimate” lists of decorating styles are common on the web, but here I have tried to do something different.
Rather than give you one image for each style, my approach here is to use style “mood” boards to give you a sampling of rooms in each of the major interior design and decorating styles.
This way you can preview multiple examples of a style, which can help you get a feel for the overall look without getting stuck on one example which might not be a perfect example.
Let’s just say it’s a little bit more scientific.
Why Use Mood Boards for the Interior Design Styles List?
It’s not just a cliche, interior designers find mood boards incredibly useful, for everything from collecting visual information to categorizing and presenting it.
As a designer I create mood boards for just about everything. Even stuff not related to interior design. It’s a simple way to categorize items visually and save them for easy reference. I created this interior design style list for my personal use, however since starting this site I am very happy to share my interior design style research and style collections with you here.
How to use this interior design style reference
Each of the mood boards featured in our interior design style list is a collection of between six and twelve images of different interiors which represent the style.
I’ve done my best to make sure that a fair bit of variety is represented within the style to give the most well-rounded impression.
On first glance it might seem overwhelming to take in so much information at once.
The idea here is to look for the similarities between examples and pick up on common threads and elements.
It’s also helpful just to give you the basic feel or vibe of a style.
Having all the styles in one place also makes it easy to compare styles and spot the major differences between them.
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I should add that the mega list of thirty styles is not made up of all the styles that exist. There are many more, especially considering different regions and cultures. However, all of the major styles you will come across in popular media are represented here.
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