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What are Design Styles and How to Choose Yours

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

Design style. Do you know which one you are? If not, you’re not alone. I find most people know what they like but may not really know what design style they are. We are going to touch on 13 of the most common design styles. The goal of this blog is to give you the main characteristics of each style. I will also give you examples of what each style looks like and tips to decide which style may fit you best.

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Art Deco




Hollywood Regency

Industrial Mid-Century Modern


Modern Farmhouse

Rustic Scandinavian

Shabby Chic


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Art Deco Interior Design

the key elements you will find in Art Deco is:

  • Geometric forms

  • Angles

  • Linear patterns

  • Chevron Patterns

  • Gold

  • Steel

  • Velvet and animal skin fabrics

  • High-end woods like zebrawood

  • Deep colors

Learn more about Art Deco in my blog post Art Deco Interior Design.

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Bohemian Interior Design

The key elements you will find in bohemian interior design is:

  • Asymmetrical layout

  • Casual

  • Carefree

  • Bold palettes mixed with neutrals

  • Contrasting colors

  • Layers of texture

  • Distressed, mismatched furniture

  • Rattan and cane pieces

  • Mixed patterns

  • No such thing as too much

  • Plants

Learn more about Bohemian Interior Design in my post, How to Decorate Your Home Bohemian Style.

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Contemporary Interior Design

The key elements you will find in Contemporary interior design is:

  • Simple design

  • Strong, visible, clean lines

  • Neutrals, blacks, and whites

  • Uncluttered

  • Metal, stone, and glass elements

  • Simple patterns

  • Furniture with simple lines

Learn more about Contemporary Design at Architectural Digest.

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Eclectic Interior Design

The key elements you will find in eclectic design is:

  • Mixed prints

  • Mixed textures

  • Mixed patterns

  • Mixed furniture styles

  • A core color pallet

  • Simple wall colors to keep from competing with decor elements

  • Gallery walls

  • Statement objects

  • Plants

Learn more about Eclectic Interior Design at Leaf + Lolo.

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Hollywood Regency Interior Design

The key elements you will find in Hollywood Regency is:

  • Bold colors

  • Metallic material

  • Glass accents

  • Rich, layered textures

  • Contrasting patterns

  • Lacquered surfaces

  • Open floor plans

  • Minimalist furniture

  • Luxurious fabrics

Learn more about Hollywood Regency at Inspiration Design Book.

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Industrial Interior Design

The key elements you will find in Industrial Interior design is

  • Exposed brick walls

  • Exposed pipes

  • Exposed beams

  • Metal and wood elements

  • Industrial “warehouse” lighting

  • Exposed light bulbs and Edison bulbs

  • Antiques

  • Open layout

  • Copper

  • Concrete

Learn more about the Industrial Design Style in my blog, What Does Industrial Decor Look Like?

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Mid-Century Modern Interior Design

The key elements you will find in Mid-Century Modern design is:

  • Clean lines

  • Organic material paired with man-made

  • Simple, sleek lined furniture

  • Uncluttered space

  • Plants

  • Natural hues with a hint of color

  • Rooms built around a statement piece

Learn more about Mid-Century Modern in my blog, Is Mid-Century Modern Timeless?

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Minimalism Interior Design

The key elements you will find in Minimalism is:

  • Simple

  • Clean lines

  • Monochromatic color palette

  • Simple accents of color

  • An uncluttered functional space

  • Every piece should add value to the space

  • Focuses on the people or the view opposed to the items in the room

  • The use of light and beautiful materials

Learn more about Minimalism from Amy Wax.

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Modern Farmhouse Interior Design

The key elements you will find in a modern farmhouse is:

  • Comfortable spaces and furniture

  • Less rustic than traditional farmhouse

  • Reclaimed wood and materials

  • Uncluttered

  • Architecturally salvaged elements

  • Wide plank floors

  • Wrought iron touches

  • Vintage accessories

  • Neutral base colors layered with natural woods

  • Variety of textures