Interior Design Styles

Interior Design Styles Made Easy

By Rachel Giercyk

Interior Design Styles

There are a few top interior design styles of décor that are prominent in today's interior design methods. These have been transformed through years of evolution.

Below, we will talk a little bit about each style, and give great tips and tricks on how to easily incorporate them into your spaces.

The main styles of décor that exist today are as follows:

Interior Design Styles: Simplistic Or Casual

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The interior design casual style of home décor has a simple, cozy, and inviting character.

The simplistic style combines textures, lines, and accessories, following simple but fine layouts that mimic a sense of symmetry that plays outside of its common boundaries.

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Simple interior design styles are easy to obtain. Details and accessories for casual-style rooms are to be simple. Plain shapes like rectangles or circles and items with smooth curves work well. 

Put together rooms with things that you already have. You can transform functional accessories into decorations. For example, you can use a stylish bottle as a base for one of your lamps, or a rustic oak door as a coffee or dining table.

If you are not looking for a casual look for your entire house, you can incorporate elements of the simplistic style into any type of room. Adding a simple touch of casual into a traditional room can be as easy as adding a functional and decorative item that appears slightly rustic.

Take your space from simple to stunning with this casual style gold beverage cart. These characteristics inspire familiarity and comfort, casually inviting you into a room.

The casual décor style consists of specific elements of design. Large cozy furniture, such as upholstered chairs or a comfortable couch dressed with an easy to clean slipcover, fit the bill. Furniture appears in neutral or pastel tones, with darker hues as accents for contrast. 

Furniture is wide and short, appealing more to comfort than décor. Coffee tables and other surfaces are large and simple, often with drawers for functionality.

To add more character to the room, accents such as pillows and curtains present off-color patterns and textures. The casual look is aided by the simple appearance of natural fabrics such as wool, cotton, and linen.

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To aid in the organic look of these fibers, other rustic materials can be incorporated. Possible options are wicker, naturally finished woods, and rattan.

The concept of casual style is based on hominess and comfort. Textures are prominent in a simple canvas and furniture is low, large, and cozy. If you're inspired by simplicity and comfort, the casual style of décor is definitely something to consider.

Interior Design Styles: Tropical Chic

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The tropical chic décor style has become very popular within the last decade. It involves the use of jungle elements with bright colors and organic components.

This type of décor combines textures and patterns with a splash of color and just a couple of accessories.

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Natural materials such as rattan, bamboo, wicker, and wood best suit the jungle theme. This acacia wood bar cart is a beautiful way to present your friends and family with refreshments at your next outdoor gathering.

Furniture in the tropical chic style of décor is large and low, much like in the casual type of design. Lines are long and wide, with accents of height incorporated into accessories such as plants, dividers, and pieces of art.

Furniture is upholstered in textured or patterned fabrics that inspire luxury. Chenille, for example, is a great choice for this type of décor, as it is light in texture. It’s also easily found in jungle-related patterns that incorporate natural elements, such as leaves or animal print. Seldom used, these can create a harmonic environment. But use them too much and you'll overwhelm the integrity of the design.

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Other elements usually found in tropical chic designs are elephants, giraffes, and other jungle animals like monkeys and lions.

The colors of the tropical chic style is earthy and bright. These include greens and browns, beiges and tans, and golds and yellows, which are always accented with black. They aid in the natural feel of this décor style, adding complexity and character to the room.

Wood colors for this type of home decoration vary between light and dark, but darker stained woods are more prominent in this theme.

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Plants are wonderful additions to this style, as they are easily related to the general theme of the décor. Great plant possibilities that match the tropical chic style are palm trees and other large leaf plants. Aside from healthy oxygen, they will grant the room that final touch for a natural, tropical look.

Interior Design Styles: Lodge

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The lodge-style is a popular type of décor that is rough and rustic, a reflection of mountain life and outdoorsy lifestyles. 

For lodge décor style, colors are an important part of adding liveliness and a contemporary feel to a rustic log cabin look. Sometimes lodge-style can be somewhat obscure in the presence of a lot of dark brown wood. But if a variety of lighter earth tones are used, then the woodwork acts as a unifier, granting a flowing order to any lodge-style room. 

The lodge-style doesn't necessarily mean old and dark. Nowadays, décor trends have evolved in such a way that you can have a beautiful log cabin décor that is contemporary and balanced. 

For example, a wonderful addition to a lodge kitchen is the use of a butcher’s block. You'd be surprised how well this light-colored wood surface contrasts with the rougher lines of natural logs.

For an even more dramatic contrast, incorporate stainless steel appliances to add a balancing shine and metallic element into the picture. 

While many would find this too busy, others would find comfort in the variety of textures and the contrasting effects of each element. 

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To accessorize in lodge style design, rustic items like an iron fireplace set, wood bowls, or picnic baskets would suit the harmony of the décor. If you like, you can even use taxidermy mounts to inspire an outdoor spirit. 

Furniture styles for lodge décor can be tricky to incorporate. A good option is mid-sized sofas in a lodge-related or plaid pattern. Leather sofas also offer a natural look, texture, and shine.

Interior Design Styles: Minimalism

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Minimalism was designed with small spaces in mind, and less decorative elements allow a home to stand out by itself. This style of décor doesn't incorporate many accents, accessories, or even furniture items. Colors are monochrome, simple, and in small quantities. It is based on the idea of white as a way to maximize space.

Minimalism generally manifests its décor style in modern, contemporary ways, even though it is possible to find minimalist designs that are retro and more outdated.

The minimalist style appeals to organization and order. But it does so in a more casual, relaxed way that is not present in the case of formal styles of home décor, for example.

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This type of décor follows the principles of functional decorating, where a decorative piece is also a useful resource. The design highlight is placed in the building structure itself, and efforts are made to preserve a maximization of space in an open layout as much as possible. Incorporate a white bar cart with glass rack for the maximum organization for smaller spaces.

The common concept of colors in home décor does not apply to the minimalist style. Like a blank canvas, a minimalist room uses light and bright colors to increase the perception of space and establish a neutral palette for other elements of design.

While white is the color of choice, off-whites, teals, pale greens, and blues are other possible options that appeal to this type of home décor.

Minimalist furniture appeals to clean lines and geometric shapes, generally of dark colors to make full contrast of the brightly colored walls. In this way, light affects a minimalist room in a special way, increasing perception of its size and placing our attention on the functional furniture - the only decorative elements used in this style.

Just like furniture follows clean lines, smooth textures, and glossy materials, fabric from the minimalist style is also plain, with no prominent textures to distract the eye.

Interior Design Styles: Formal

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The formal style of décor is characterized by symmetry, symmetry, and more symmetry. From the windows to the room's shape and layout, order rules this type of home décor.

In a formal room, decorative elements are arranged around what is called the focal point - the place where most attention is drawn. For example, if your room's focal point is the fireplace, you will set up your furniture and accessories in straight lines around it.

To maintain symmetry in a formal room, most elements of décor appear in pairs so as to balance things out.

Furniture that appeals to the formal style is generally tall and sleek. Woods are dark and polished, such as oak, mahogany, Bombay mahogany, and walnut.

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Because of the tall nature of the furniture, formal-style rooms work best if ceilings are vaulted and doors and windows are tall.

Windows are covered from top to bottom with two layers of covering: a flowing fabric and a more rigid fabric on top to pull everything together.

Antiques are a great addition to any formal room, as they follow the conservative look that the formal style appeals to.

Ideally, a formal room has walls that are upholstered. This adds to the classiness of the formal style and the “expensive” look that is generally achieved.

A formal home also has dark, rich hardwood floors to go with the dark furniture - particularly in common areas. Oriental or Middle Eastern rugs offer warmth and dress furniture in living rooms and dining rooms.

The formal look certainly isn't for everyone, but it's an appealing style that tends to maintain the order of a house. If you'd like to incorporate this style into a room in your house, the dining room is a great option, as it is well suited to the formality of this décor style.

Interior Design Styles: Shabby Chic

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The Shabby chic style inspires comfort and casualty. It incorporates vintage elements; light pastel colors and cozy pieces of furniture.

Use a vintage wooden bar cart to add a touch of shabby chic to your entertaining area. Its’ removable serving tray is bound to lend an extra hand!

Floral styles are an important part of the Shabby Chic style, and they appear not only in the fresh form but also in patterns and accessories. Pastel colors used are soft and slightly neutral. Faded yellows and greens, light pinks, and pale white are common choices applied to this feminine style.

Candles are also used to add warmth and comfort to the already inviting shabby chic décor. Incorporated to the other elements of this style of design, the result evokes tranquility and safety.

Just like you might have found in your grandparents' attic, pale white, embroidered fabrics are a great contrast to the floral motif and pastel colors. Off-white fabrics that look as they've been stained with tea offer a vintage feel that adds to the familiarity and security that is inspired by this style.

Another important contrasting element of the shabby chic look is the use of white-painted furniture. This detail adds to the innocence of this home décor style; inspiring pureness and cleanliness.

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The shabby chic style of décor can be achieved by combining similar elements in a harmonic way. Floral patterns and pastel colors compliment each other and are counteracted by the addition of rustic vintage elements such as books, old alarm clocks, and porcelain plates.

Interior Design Styles: Traditional

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Traditional interior design styles of décor are characterized by having a classic look that stands the test of time. It defines a tranquil environment and maintains order.

Traditional rooms are not as sophisticated as formal rooms, but they are more glamorous than a casual or simplistic style of décor.

Furniture in a traditional style room is focused on the focal point and set up around it in straight lines that circle an axis. 

Furnishings are large and follow clean lines, and are often upholstered and have no sharp edges. Accessories and furnishings appear in pairs to establish a sense of order and symmetry. However, the style is relaxed and more focused on comfort than aesthetics.

Furniture woodwork is generally clean and curvy with smooth edges and a limited number of sharp angles or vertexes.

A traditional room presents a mix of vertical lines that add sophistication, with horizontal lines that establish comfort and tranquility. Complex patterns and bright colors are too distracting for traditional types of décor.

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As they usually keep within a strict theme, use fairly plain fabrics and colors, and simple shapes like squares, triangles, and circles. This chrome bar cart is clean-lined with open, geometric designs. It adds the perfect look to your traditional spaces.

Colors are kept within a minimum wavelength of change to maintain order as much as possible. Tones are usually pale and light, pleasing to the eyes, and easy to match.

Dark and bright colors can be used as accents, but are seldom employed as wall colors. Accessories are kept simple and many are limited to functionality, such as lamps, mirrors, paintings, framed laminates, and screens. However, the use of other items that are purely for decoration is also common, and these include porcelain china, plants, and vases.

The traditional style is simple and classy. Applying a combination of rules from the formal and casual styles of décor, the traditional style is a perfect mix of both.

Interior Design Styles: French Country

The French country interior design styles have been popular all over the world for centuries. While it dates back to the beginning of decorative practices, this style is simple enough to incorporate into your home décor. It is familiar, cozy and inspires thoughts of warmth and security.

Several elements influence the French Country decorating style. Although rustic, the style is also very elegant. It brings a warm feeling to your home.

The French Country style encompasses a large array of colors. You can use soft yellows and blues, bright reds, blues, and greens, as well as rust.

These same colors are used to decorate the fabrics to accentuate the already dramatic effect of the bright color scheme. In order to define accessory pieces, use bright black or a dim shade for your walls. Natural vines are often used to adorn doorways and windows.

Natural materials are preferably used in French Country Décor. Rustic floors are commonly made from natural stone, brick, or clay. Dark beams of wood that contrast well with the light tone of the walls are often present.

Traditional countryside themes include roosters, sunflowers, and olives, as well as grapes and lavender. Toile, a French design for fabrics, becomes white or light background linen or cotton that has a large themed design.

The French country style is wonderful for anyone who prefers a cozy, comfortable, and rustic look. It is easy to achieve a décor of this type if you follow the tips above. Remember that this style emphasizes the use of color and texture as a way to contrast the individual elements in the room and achieve balance and harmony.

The French country style inspires thoughts of prairies, wildflowers, bright, warm sunlight, and the outdoors. If you use these design components in combination with your own personal touch, you will find this style to be familiar and comforting.

Interior Design Styles: Tuscan

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The Tuscan style of décor dates back to the ancient Roman civilization. Back then, design elements were natural, rustic, and connected to everyday activities like farming, eating, and being around family.

Tuscan homes, usually called villas, inspire thoughts of the mountains of Italy, vineyards, and olive trees. Natural stone materials compose the walls, and metallic elements make up accessories. Rustic woods are showcased in the furniture and water is generally featured in an outdoor pond or fountain.

As you may have noticed, Tuscan-style rooms and homes incorporate many different elements of nature, including stone, metal, wood, and water. Air is also incorporated in Tuscan villas with patina work on walls and surfaces, which is reminiscent of clouds and sky. 

Marble and travertine, two other natural elements, are generally used as flooring and or counter material. The Tuscan style is very special as it is a countryside style that is characterized by more solid materials. While wood, wicker, rattan, and other flexible materials are usually a clear representation of the countryside, with this style of décor the effect is the same, but with different resources.

Colors in the Tuscan style of décor incorporate earthy tones such as terracotta, browns, golds, grays, and beiges. The Tuscan style is also characterized by a specific type of glass tile work, a typical kind of artisanship that commenced in Europe centuries ago. This tile work can be included in floors, walls, countertops, and backsplashes to add a touch of color and personality.

Tuscan-style homes also feature many architectural devices, like columns, pillars, molding, and frameworks.

The Tuscan style is Best when applied to a home as a whole. If it’s broken up into a single room it can easily clash with other simpler types of décor. But if you wish to add this style to just a portion of your home, your best bet is to add this beautiful look to your kitchen.