When it comes to interior design, what is your style? Do you gravitate towards more traditional décor – timeless, elegant and classic in its appeal? Or maybe you favour a more modern look with clean, straight lines and a minimalistic feel?
If we’re honest, most of us tend to take different elements from various styles and eras, and blend them together to form a look that is unique to us, but if, like many, you’re confused about what’s what, let us help you to discover the design style that’s right for your home.
Whether you are sure of your sense of style, or are still sitting on the proverbial fence, read on to discover some of the most common interior design trends found in homes today:
1. Industrial – reminiscent of the turn-of-the-century industrial era, this popular theme works particularly well in urban set-ups. With distressed wood, hints of copper and exposed brickwork and steel, this rustic look could be just what your pad needs to set it apart from the rest.
2. Nautical – maybe it’s the warm, relaxing vibe of nautical décor that floats your boat, with off-whites and sandy tones complimenting a blue accent colour? If the spirit of the beach is what inspires you, then this could be a great place to start.
3. Farmhouse/Shabby chic – this is characterised by furniture and furnishings appearing worn and aged through the use of distressed wood, chalk paints and bleached fabrics. A soft, cottage-style look that is inspired by 18th century French opulence, this theme often encompasses a beautiful palette of soft neutrals, pastel shades and vintage floral patterns.
4. Bohemian – creative and carefree, this diverse style of décor reflects a more adventurous spirit. Rich patterns, warm, vibrant colours and a distinctively ethnic vibe are all indicative of the artistic freedom found in this look.
Whilst all of the above themes are hugely popular today, let’s go on to focus more closely on two of the most sought-after looks – the mid-century modern and the contemporary. Contemporary interior design is often confused with modern design, and as a result can sometimes be misunderstood. So what are the key features of each, and just how dramatically do these design styles differ?
The modern look is a defined style, rooted in a specific time period. Created between the 1920s and 1950s, the mid-century modern look incorporates minimalist silhouettes, clean lines, and uncluttered interiors. Simple and functional in design and with a general light and airy feel abounding, a modern finish tends to hold widespread appeal.
In direct contrast, contemporary style is ever changing and evolving. It occurs in the present and it lives and breathes in the here and now. There will never be a set period of time in which it dwells, but rather contemporary design will always be fluid and belong to the moment. Contemporary design gathers ideas and aspects from various styles and eras, merging them together to create a uniquely up-to-date look. Currently, contemporary design exists in harmony with the natural world. Subtle, neutral colours and natural raw materials are key components of this landscape-inspired look, with user comfort, natural light and ecological sustainability being of significant value.
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