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Live in What you Love – Interior Design Styles 101

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Learn Your Unique Decorating Style – Interior Decorator Fort Worth

You have a new home and dozens of a pinterest boards full of ideas to make it look the way you want. But do you really know your unique decorating style? If your décor seems to lack cohesiveness and flair, you’re not alone. With so many decorator terms out there it’s no wonder you’re confused!  In this article, we will define and explain 9 design styles. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means (remember Moroccan style??) but we wanted to focus on the top current styles popular today.

Mid-Century Modern – Do you miss the look and feel of your childhood home built in the 60’s? Do you gravitate to open floor plans with large, rectangular glass windows, sliding glass doors and half walls? Are you not afraid to buy a fiberglass chair? If so, then perhaps your design style leans toward Mid-Century Modern. MCM broadly describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century (roughly 1933 to 1965). This post-World War II era architecture and design style was born out of a desire to build things quickly and simply. Mid-Century Modern furniture is easily identified by straight, clean lines accented with smooth, curved angles. The style rarely features any fancy ornamentation or upholstery. This minimalist design commonly relies on wooden construction, but can also include fiberglass or metal.  Colors tend to combine darker neutral tones with saturated accent colors. Check West Elm and IKEA for a few key Mid Century Modern pieces for your home.


Transitional – When defining your design style, is modern too sleek? Traditional too stuffy? Your borderline style may be “transitional” (also known as “updated classic” or “classic with a contemporary twist”). Through its simple lines, neutral color scheme, and use of light and warmth, transitional style joins the best of both the traditional and modern worlds. Transitional furniture designs are classic, timeless, and clean. Color palettes are subtle with an emphasis on soft grays and whites. A lack of ornamentation and decoration with minimal accessories keeps the focus on the simplicity and sophistication of the design. Pottery Barn is a great place to start to get the Transitional look in your home.

Hollywood Regency – The golden age of Hollywood – the 1930’s. Film sets at that time were created with theatrical accents and bright, bold colors. Going Hollywood Regency is all about the details, so if you have a flair for glitz, this design style may be for you. While Hollywood Regency design is a throwback to another era, it’s still incredibly modern and relevant to today’s hurried lifestyle, where people view homes as havens where they can relax. It is generally characterized by:
Bold Color – fuchsia pink, bright green, turquoise and yellow…all often tempered with black and white
Luxe – fringing, velvet, crystal-dangled chandeliers, shiny silvery finishes and silks
Bright and Shiny – plenty of lacquered furniture in black, white or any bright color as well as the abundant use of mirrors both on furniture and walls
Geometric Shapes – geometrically patterned carpets and plenty of faux bamboo
Shop vintage stores where you can DIY key pieces with fresh, high lacquered paint. eBay is another good place to browse.

Farmhouse – Rocking chairs on wide covered porches, white painted plank walls, an apron front sink in the kitchen – undeniably Farmhouse! This decidedly American style is experiencing a major resurgence, appealing to those who prefer the classic, comforting style of a simpler time. And you don’t have to live on acreage with chickens to achieve it! Here are a few farmhouse details that can help you get the easy-breezy look in your home: light colors, rough-hewn finishes, warm wood floors, wood countertops, mixed cabinetry in the kitchen (mix open shelves with regular wood door cabinets and maybe a few glass front ones), key antique pieces, a farmhouse table, vintage farmhouse style lighting, galvanized metal and of course, mason jars! With the popularity of the farmhouse look, décor can be found almost anywhere, but one unexpected place you might want to check are farm supply stores like Tractor Supply. We also love Hobby Lobby.


Eclectic – Do friends tease you about never being able to make up your mind? Is your iTunes playlist all over the board? Does seeing matching lamps on bedside tables make you cringe? If so, then you have Eclectic written all over you. The eclectic style can be defined as a selection of what appears to be the best in various other styles. It’s a collections of elements gathered from different sources and put together through the use of color, texture, shape and finish. According to Houzz, “Eclectic style is the great equalizer. It reshuffles the rule book, mixing and matching old and new, East and West, luxe and humble, showy and quiet. It invites you to fill a space with objects you love and unique finds that strike your fancy.” The challenge with eclectic is to learn to walk the thin line between contrast and chaos. When done well, eclectic décor shows your own style yet still adheres to the fundamentals of good design. The best way to master Eclectic: Choose a few must-haves to anchor the space, then experiment with rugs, artwork, lighting, accessories and other elements.

Shabby Chic – Casual, playful and feminine. Does that describe you? Do you live for a good flea market full of heavily painted and distressed pieces and antiques? Shabby Chic, also known as cottage or coastal style and very similar to French country, is a very forgiving, warm, and friendly décor style. Many folks are drawn to this style because they not only embrace imperfection, but they celebrate it. Shabby Chic strikes a successful balance of antique furnishings and original accessories, a casual mix of old and new.  White slip-covered sofas with goose feather and down fill seem to be leading the comfortable Shabby Chic trend. Wood pieces are painted and distressed to create a signature “chippy” texture. Fabrics tend to be cottons and linens.  Besides white, the shabby chic style also includes soft neutral colors such as sky blue, rose pink and beige tones. Overall the look is soft, relaxed, feminine and romantic. As mentioned above, look for Shabby Chic at your local flea market or antique store.

Industrial – Steel cables and tables, distressed wood, exposed brick walls… Does the mention of these elements get your heart racing? If so, then you like the Industrial look. This is a look that hearkens back to the turn-of-the-century industrial era. It seeks to achieve raw, edgy style. What other styles try to hide, industrial design boldly puts on display. Structural elements like steel beams, plumbing pipes and visible duct work are turned into showpieces, achieving a look that seems unfinished, yet cohesive and chic. Increasingly used to style loft apartments, commercial spaces and modern homes, the industrial interior design trend continues to be a popular. In terms of general feel, industrial decor is often rustic and mature. Check out Restoration Hardware for Industrial style inspiration.

Scandinavian – Are you a modern, minimalist who enjoys a clean, white palate? You may have some Scandinavian running through your veins. An off-shoot of the mid-century modern movement, Scandinavian design introduced a popular minimalist look to the interior architecture field seen in many homes today. Scandinavian style features gentle contours, playful accent colors and a balance of engineered and organic materials. Scandinavian furniture is simple, contemporary and functional. A great majority of Scandinavian interiors use white with gray tones as the foundation colors. To get this clean, versatile aesthetic in your home, check visit an IKEA store near you.

Modern Rustic – Are you a sucker for character, warmth and charm but prefer modern interiors? Why not combine the two? The key to a modern rustic space is an open floor plan, modern furniture, and preserved and exposed natural architectural elements. The color scheme is very simple with earthy colors and large windows bringing the outdoors in. This style has an informal elegance. Raw wood, stone and steel are perhaps the most important features of a modern rustic home. Lovers of this style want to bring nature inside. Urban Outfitters, Anthropology and World Market are great places to start or add to your Modern Rustic collection. 

Whether you decide to implement your favorite design style or not we hope you now have a better idea of what you love! Happy decorating!

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