Defining Your Design Style

When a new client comes on board, one of the first things we ask is what their preferred design style is. Often the answer starts with, ‘Well I’ve seen this on Pinterest / Instagram…’, which is a great place to start gathering ideas and discovering ‘the look’ you’re drawn to. But one of the best things about interior design (as well as creating beautiful spaces) is its ability to affect how we feel and interact with our surroundings. This makes style an incredibly personal thing! We believe your home’s interior should uniquely reflect your personality and lifestyle. This likely means combining elements from multiple interior design styles to create a look that suits you and your property. Therefore, having a little insight into the key features of some typical design styles is a great place to start…


Minimalist

Clean, simple lines, natural tones and minimal furniture.


Contemporary

Reflective of present day trends, the key features defining contemporary interiors are:

  • Curves & sweeping lines

  • Neutral colour palettes

  • Natural Materials


Modern

Often confused with contemporary, modern refers to a designated time period from the early to mid-20th century. Its basic principle is ‘form follows function’. Key features include:

  • Clean, straight lines

  • Minimal decor - no clutter

  • Neutral colour palettes

  • Open plan layouts


Mid-Century Modern

A favourite of mine, mid-century modern is inspired by design of the 50s and 60s, interiors are functional, but feature strong shapes, textures, and pattern, with pops of colour throughout.


Traditional

A timeless style taking its cues from the 18th and 19th centuries, incorporating classic art and antiques. Expect to see textures of silk and velvet, with floral patterns or stripes on a natural colour palette.


Transitional

A fusion style of traditional and modern elements. The balanced blend of these two styles equates to a cohesive timeless design, which flows from room to room. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, with neutral colours referencing the stately element of traditional interiors.


Eclectic

For spaces that don’t fit into any other category! Eclectic interiors mix patterns and textures, combine old and new and incorporate global influences. Gallery walls are a key feature.


Maximalist

‘More is more, and less is a bore’. Maximalism is fearless combination of colour, abundant pattern, and infusions of texture.


Industrial

A style which relies heavily on features within the building’s architecture, for example exposed brick, high ceilings and exposed steel. Key elements include:

  • Neutral colour palettes

  • Reclaimed furniture or materials

  • Open plan layouts


Rustic

A contemporary take on ‘country’ interiors, which highlights the raw beauty of natural materials. The focus is on creating a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.


Bohemian

A free-spirited aesthetic rooted in cultural mixing and an artistic sensibility. Key features include bold colours and pattern, texture and vintage furniture.


Scandinavian

Function is at the heart of scandinavian design, with simple profiles, muted tones and natural materials being key to the aesthetic.


Do you have a strong affinity to one design style, or a fusion of many? Let us know!


Images sourced from Pinterest


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