Interior Designing Styles
I warmly welcome you all to this article focused entirely on Interior Design Styles. I will be taking you on a deep dive into 18 different Design Styles that you might want to try out for your homes.
Wanna know who will benefit from this?
- People who are looking to create a better home and interested in staying true to a particular style or for those who want to learn how to mix styles confidently.
- Then we have the professionals – those who are new to the field and those who want to get into this field or maybe a more seasoned professional who wants to get refreshed on design styles.
Want to know the styles I’ll be looking upon?
- English Country
- Modern French
- Coastal Chic
- French Country
- Urban Modern
- Mid-Century Modern
- Art Decor
- and Zen
That’s a lot but don’t worry I’ll be making it very interesting for you.
Well let me tell you I wouldn’t be doing all of the styles in one go it will be covered in 4 sections
- Formal Interior Design Styles
- Casual Interior Design Styles
- 21st Century Interior Design Styles
- Retro Inspired Interior Design Styles
OK so let get the style adventure started.
Section 1 Formal Interior Design Styles
This section will be focusing on 4 major interior design styles which are considered to be more formal than the other styles. Now by formal, I mean those that lend an air of sophistication and elegance to a room.
So how do these styles create a sophisticated elegant feel to their rooms?
They do this by using luxurious fabrics such as velvet, chintz, chenille, and silk with furniture often made of mahogany, walnut, and cherry. The use of elaborate moldings handmade Oriental and Persian rugs and window treatment in a heavy fabric sometimes with valances fringes and tassels.
That said the four styles I’ll be covering in this section include
- English Country
- Modern French
These are 4 beautiful but different styles with fantastic details for each
Traditional Interior Design Style
Some people feel that traditional interior design styles are dated too fussy. But to me, it’s a timeless style that is beautiful and can be made to be comfortable and even somewhat casual. It is also a style that is rooted in traditional European decor and has its roots in furniture styles that were first popularised in the 18th and 19th CE in England and France.
So, what does this style look like, or what does it mean?
Well, let’s go ahead and break down this style.
The defining characters of a traditional interior design style
Now, true traditional furniture is going to be high quality, sturdy, and well made from woods such as mahogany, walnut, maple, and cherry.
Multiple furniture styles are often included under the umbrella of the traditional design style, some of which you must have heard of. These include:
- Queen Anne
- Chippendale ( What the Chippendale Furniture is and How to Identify It )
- Sheraton (Sheraton Furniture, The Charleston Museum)
High-quality woods, such as mahogany, walnut, maple, and cherry were used for woodwork in all of these furniture works.
For fabrics, you will see more expensive fabrics typically being used such as silk, cashmere, velvet, and damask. But if you want to use a casual vibe you are always free to use linen or cotton. It’s important to know that generally fabrics used in a traditional room are going to be neither too textured nor too shiny, but uses more muted patterns.
Colors and Patterns used:
As far as common colors used in traditional homes, I would recommend you to go with white ceilings and white, cream, beige, or taupe for the walls. Although you could use burgundy or a navy wall as a backdrop to a stunning piece of furniture, bold colors are also used in artworks and any accessories in this style. Overall, though the color palette will be more neutral it does incorporate some stronger colors like dark rich browns, greens, blues, and reds.
Now for patterns, go with refined window treatments. By this I mean use drapery panels that are either straight or pleated. A hallmark of this style is to use embellishments like tassels and fringe on your panels as well as valances. you can choose to use tie backs if you like.
It is wood by far, but if you want you can even use laminate tiles or carpet is ok as well. For rugs, Oriental, Persian, or Kilim rugs ( “Kilim”. American Heritage Dictionary).are a staple. For a lower alternative look for machine-made materials such as polypropylene
Ok now let’s move on
The Defining Character of traditional design style
If you don’t remember anything else from this article remember this ” formal symmetry “.
The use of formal symmetry is key for a Traditional interior design style. This means that you will have to purchase everything in pairs. The whole room could utilize formal symmetry or just one wall.
Other important characteristics include arches, columns, crown molding, wall molding, and wainscotting. For lighting, we could use crystal chandeliers and fixtures, lamps, etc.
Now another interesting design element about traditional rooms is to use collections and artworks as their decor. Books also fit well into Traditional style homes.
Ok, so that's it, I hope this helped you a lot. Stay tuned until the next one.