There are so many design styles and trying to figure out which one is yours will drive you crazy. The bottom line most people design style is “eclectic”. You can mix a little of traditional, contemporary, and industrial styles in one room. So, don’t worry about labeling your style, because it’s as unique as you.
The best way to design your room is to start with what inspires you. An inspiration piece will have the colors and style you’re naturally drawn too. Your inspiration piece can be a picture, a piece of fabric, it can be a piece of clothing like a tie or dress, the sea, the mountains, the city, snow, etc.
5 things to remember when designing a room
Let me start by saying there’s no right or wrong way to decorate your room. If you love it, it’s right. But there are a few rules of decorating that will help you create a cohesive and beautiful room.
Keep your rooms fresh and alive, so add some live plants.
lighting a living room
Lighting in a room can make or break the mood. So, use plenty of light and dimmers switches, so you can control the mood.
punch of color
Add punches of color to your room with colorful accessories, art, and floral arrangements.
things you love
Surround yourself with things you truly love. And get rid of the things you don’t.
Group your accessories in odd numbers.
Most Popular Interior Design Styles
Which your favorite styles?
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Modern is a broad design term that typically refers to a home with clean, crisp lines, a simple color palette and the use of materials that can include metal, glass and steel. Modern design employs a sense of simplicity in every element, including furniture. A word that’s commonly used to describe modern style is sleek, and there is not a lot of clutter or accessories involved with a modern style.
Transitional is a very popular style because it borrows from both traditional and modern design to facilitate a space that’s not “too much,” in terms of one style or another. There’s a sense of balance that’s appealing and unexpected. A transitional design may incorporate modern materials, such as steel and glass, and then unite them with plush furnishings.
Traditional design style offers classic details, sumptuous furnishings, and an abundance of accessories. It is rooted in European sensibilities.Traditional homes often feature dark, finished wood, rich colour palettes, and a variety of textures and curved lines. Furnishings have elaborate and ornate details and fabrics, like velvet, silk and brocade, which may include a variety of patterns and textures. There’s depth, layering and dimensionality within most traditional designs.
Rustic design is drawn from natural inspiration, using raw and often unfinished elements including wood and stone. Rustic design may incorporate accessories from the outdoors with warmth emulating from the design and architectural details that may include features like vaulted ceilings adorned with wood beams or reclaimed wood floors.
flooring. If there are pops of colour it often comes from the use of art, natural fiber throws or furs, or a single piece of furniture. Spacious, natural lighting, less accessories and functional furniture characterizes Scandinavian designs.
Also referred to as Hollywood Regency, Hollywood Glam is a design style that tends to be luxurious, over-the-top and opulent. It’s a dramatic design style, perfect for a homeowner who enjoys making a statement. This design style can incorporate some features of Victorian design, including plush, velvet furnishings, tufting and antiques. The colour palettes are particularly bold—think purples, reds and turquoise.
Coastal style also dubbed Hamptons style, hails from the iconic U.S. beach side area. Common features include light, airy colour palettes with cool neutral shades paired with blues and greens. Furnishings are often white or beige. The room can contain elements of wood and accessories are often inspired by the sea. Blue and white striped patterns for pillows, large windows, white plush sofas, and painted white wood are also common fixtures of the classic Coastal/Hampton style.
Modern and contemporary are two styles frequently used interchangeably. Contemporary is different from modern because it describes design based on the here and now. The primary difference separating modern and contemporary design style is that modern is a strict interpretation of design that started in the 20th century. Contemporary on the other hand, is more fluid and can represent a sense of currency with less adherence to one particular style.
Scandinavian design pays homage to the simplicity of life demonstrated in Nordic countries. Scandinavian furniture design often feels like a work of art, although it is simple and understated. There’s functionality in the furniture along with some interesting lines, many of which have a sculptural influence.
Industrial style as the name implies, draws inspiration from a warehouse or an urban loft. There’s a sense of unfinished rawness in many of the elements, and it’s not uncommon to see exposed brick, duct work and wood. An iconic home with an industrial design theme would be a renovated loft from a former industrial building.
Warm, earthy color are indicative of a French Country design style, as are worn and ornamental wooden furnishing. The style has an overarching farmhouse inspiration. French Country design may include soft and warm tones of red, yellow or gold and natural materials like stone and brick. French Country design can include collections of ornate porcelain dishes and heavy linens and bed coverings.
The power of odd numbers: Why you should be using it when decorating a room.
Let me start by saying there’s no right or wrong way to decorate your room. If you love it, it’s right. But there are a few rules or let’s say strong suggestions of decorating that will help you create a cohesive and beautiful room.
One rule or strong suggestion in interior decorating is the odd number or the rule of three. There's a good reason there were three blind mice instead of six blind mice. Or the movie “Three Musketeers” wasn't called Four Musketeers; even though there was the occasional forth musketeer. Another example is the three Stooges. The same reason odd numbers were used in entertainment can help you create an interesting home interior that's not just functional, but also has visual depth.
Now what is it about odd numbers that create a room more visually interesting? It’s simple, our brains. Three is the smallest number that can be used to form a distinguishable pattern in our minds. Also, when you see an odd number of things, your eyes are forced to move around more, which makes for a more fascinating visual experience. So, when your decorating your room remember to be a little odd.