10 Interior Design Styles: Which One Are You?

Trying to figure out your interior design styles? Not quite sure which one is yours? I've got ten different design styles I'm going to share with you, so stick around.

1. Traditional

The first design style we're going to talk about is traditional. Traditional doesn't mean your grandma's house. A traditional interior design scheme has a timeless look. It is comfortable to put together but not stuffy.

Traditional interior design

A timeless look is accomplished by tying in classic pieces that have stood the test of time and certain touches of style that have lived through the past two centuries.

Traditional timeless design

The comfort of traditional homes comes from the furniture, textiles, and color.

Usually, the sofa or chairs are oversized or maybe even tufted. Drapes and rugs will be thick and ornately patterned, and the color palette for more traditional homes is warmer.

Comfortable and formal interior design

Amongst the comfortable elements of a traditional home, there's also a sense of subtle formality.

This can often come from more ornate and decorative architectural features of the home, crown molding, chair railing, etc., and the choice of art frames, lamps, and light fixtures.

2. Transitional

This is a term that represents many people's styles. Transitional is a mix of traditional and contemporary, modern and timeless.

Transitional interior design

It's more casual than traditional and more comfortable than modern.

It truly is a mix of both worlds. The transitional design maintains a relaxed feel with less formal pieces than traditional, yet still incorporates the old with the new.

Transitional design depends on neutrals and wood tones, using color and pattern sparingly.

Earth tones in transitional design

You'll notice a lot of earth tones in transitional design.

3. Modern

This is a style I see more in urban homes, condos, and office spaces. Most people hear modern and think cold and uninviting, but if executed correctly, there is no reason that modern can't feel homey.

Modern design with clean lines and textures

Modern design relies on clean lines and textures like metal and glass to achieve a sleek look.

Cool tones and minimal colors

You won't find a lot of wood tones or earthy colors, but relatively cool tones and minimal colors.

To ensure modern design doesn't feel uninviting, it's important to incorporate comfortable furnishings, drapes, and other textiles to warm up the space.

Maximalism in interior design

4. Maximalism

There is a misconception that maximalism means lots of stuff, but it means lots of color and patterns layered together.

There is a spectrum of maximalism. You can be vibrant and eclectic, or you can be subtle in your choices.

Maximalist interior design

In the homes of those who choose to be more exuberant in their design choices, you'll find layers of color, textures, and collected art items.

There is no shortage of interest in these homes.

Minimalism in interior design

5. Minimalism

This is a more well-known style and is the opposite of maximalism. Like modern design, you won't find a lot of color or pattern in minimalistic designs.

Instead, these monochromatic spaces are neutral and light, offering a clean canvas.

Minimalist interior design

Minimalistic designs emphasize simplicity and functionality.

Rarely is something chosen that doesn't serve a purpose, but that doesn't mean minimalistic homes are boring. They can offer mental clarity and peace.

6. Industrialism

Industrial style uses texture, minimal color, and repurposed material.

Industrialism in interior design

Industrial design focuses on architecture, so these spaces are created with exposed brick walls or columns, wood beams, and many metal accents.

Just like minimalistic design, a small range of neutral colors are used, mainly relying on the colors and patinas of wood and metal.

Industrial design

Industrial homes often pair with features of modern design using clean lines while leaning a bit more masculine and rustic.

Lofts and warehouses

Because the style originated in lofts and warehouses, this look works best with open-concept spaces or rooms with large windows rather than smaller spaces.

7. Southern or English country

Various versions of country homes incorporate a wonderful blend of color, textures, and coziness.

Southern or English country

Found both in American southern and English country is an abundance of patterns.

Wallpaper is a must, often paired with painted trim or woodwork.

Upholstered pieces are usually colorful and patterned in coordination with window treatments.

American southern interior design

American southern interiors are often more formal, and just like maximalism, there are lots of collected items and detailed and ornate decorations.

English country interior design

English country is often more casual or quaint than American southern homes, and you'll find lots of natural elements like stone and wood in houses of this style.

There's also a feeling of items collected or established over a long period of time rather than bought from a store.

8. Modern Farmhouse

This style is a new take on farmhouse style. The modern farmhouse style combines rustic and new, vintage and modern.

Modern Farmhouse interior design

Where farmhouse decor was shabby chic and used many chippy elements, modern farmhouse has perfected the mixture of old and new.

It uses lots of light colors and blends it with wood tones.

Often black and white are used to contrast each other and provide a palette for the wood tones to pop off of. Antiques have their place in modern farmhouses but don't dominate them like in country decor.

Black and white in modern farmhouse design

Modern farmhouse doesn't require as much decor as other country styles, leaning more simplistic.

9. Rustic and vintage

This style relies heavily on natural materials like leather, stone, and raw wood, similar to an industrial style. Neutral, moody, and earthy colors found in nature are used in this style, giving comfort to the soul.

Vintage interiors are just that, vintage.

Rustic and vintage design

The decor is either aged or collected, giving character and story to a home in a way store-bought items never could.

Rustic and vintage home

A certain level of interest in rustic and vintage homes takes a skilled eye to accumulate.

There are rarely clean lines in a vintage-styled home, and simplicity isn't a goal but rather a gathered and established look that provides a coziness that can't be compared.

Coastal interior design

10. Coastal

This is a geographically bound style, but when done correctly, it brings peace and comfort like no other. A coastal design relies on various tones of blues, greens, and whites to invite the ocean's landscape into the home.

Light and bright color palettes make the space feel like a sunny beach day.

Light wood or painted furniture and even rattan pieces can be used to complete this coastal vibe.

Coastal design

Use coastal textures, glass, wood, and colors rather than anchors, lighthouses, or too many seashells.

In coastal design, linen is the go-to fabric for drapes and upholstery, and jute is an excellent choice for a rug.

Interior design styles

These are ten interior design styles, but there are many more. Interior design is very personal, so there are so many different styles. Let me know in the comments what your favorite design style is.

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  • Linda Linda on Apr 01, 2024
    When the walls and furniture are white or beige, it looks dull, bland or uninteresting. You need to add color by painting the walls or adding bouquets of flowers, bright pillows etc.
  • Jean Woodall Jean Woodall on Apr 01, 2024
    My style is more Bohemian and Eclectic. I just go with what I like and it is a mix of different styles but colorful.