Types of Interior Design Styles Defined (Part 1)

Redecorating your current home or decorating a brand new home for the first time is an especially fun endeavor. But deciding how to redecorate your home can be a challenge due to the virtually limitless possibilities for designing your home. Therefore, it can be especially helpful to gain a better understanding of the overarching design styles that you can pursue. With a clearer picture of the archetypal décor styles, you will have a better idea of what would look best for your particular style of home. From luxurious glamor to subtle and modest home design, there is sure to be something that you will find pleasing for your decorating project.

Minimalistic Interior Design Style

The minimalistic interior design style is one of the more modern interior design styles. It should be noted that some people have confused minimalism with a spartan coldness. However, when done right, a minimalist design can be very comfortable and welcoming. It is akin to a no-nonsense, clean and tidy elegance.

In its most distilled definition, minimalist style is simple and refined. Minimalism offers the great combination of both comfort and functionality. To achieve this look and feeling, keep rooms spare, well organized, and efficient. For example, use fabrics that do not have any prints or patterns on them, use only solid colors when possible. And to achieve the efficiency previously mentioned, try to use only accessories that can serve a dual purpose (for example, a TV stand that also has shelves or drawers for storage).

In summary, you can think of minimalist interior design like a completely functioning art gallery or museum, with the bare essentials pulling more than their fair share of weight, while exuding a lively sense of organic drama.

The subtle, yet gorgeous ivory rose wall mural would provide an excellent pairing with a minimalist interior design style.

White Rose Wall Mural

ContemporaryInterior Design Style

Contrary to popular belief, the contemporary style is actually unique to modern interior design. A key distinction is that contemporary interior design consists of current, of the moment, design elements. On the contrary, modern interior decorating incorporates design elements that are considered to be much more forward thinking. Another key difference is that contemporary design style do a wonderful job of exuding a greater sense of freedom, which can help create a free flowing sense of movement throughout your home. This is in contrast to modern interior design, which gives the feeling of all your design elements being fixed around geometrically squared graphic lines, which serve to create more of an anchored feeling.

The Bird’s Eye View wall art kit would go very nicely with a contemporary interior design project.

Bird's Eye View Wall Art Kit

Traditional Interior Design Style

Traditional interior design style is often considered to be the grandfather of interior design elements since so many of the other archetypes of interior design have some form or another of roots in traditional interior design elements. What is especially fun about traditional interior design is that you have some great flexibility while pursuing traditional design because you can infuse your own personality in and lifestyle in your traditional design statement.

Featuring layers in order to develop a sense of nice depth, paired with overstuffed furniture, thick rugs, and a nice chair can all work together to help you achieve a very lovely traditional design. If all of that is beyond your budget, you might also consider just updating your light fixtures.

The Monterey Sun Stained Glass privacy static cling can provide the perfect complement to a traditional interior design style.

Traditional Stained Glass Window Film Static Cling

Budget and Plan Before You Start Decorating

As with many home decorating projects, the budget starts to take a toll, as the total starts to add up with each design element. Therefore, it is a good idea to conduct a full survey, planning out your entire project before you start. This way, you will get a good idea of what you can afford at that point in time as well later on down the road. You can plan your decorating according to what you know you will be able to afford at certain points. So, you might wish to start with what you know you can afford, a piece or design element that will have the biggest impact right away, and then build out your design around that as time goes on and you reinsert funds back into your budget.