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20 Interior Design Styles to Choose For Your New Home

20 Interior Design Styles

At the start of the New Year, many people have an urge for change. Perhaps you want to take up a new hobby or start a book club. For some people change starts with the home. Redesigning your house will make it feel brand new again and give you a sense of fresh beginnings.

If you want to do home renovations or change the entire look of your house there are various interior designs to pick from. Are you looking for ideas? Then take a look at our top 20 interior design styles. You may find one that resonates with your personality.

1. Mid-Century Modern

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The mid-century modern interior design style started between the late 1930s and 1960s. This style is timeless because it still appeals to most interior decorators and homeowners. So where did the mid-century modern style originate?

Mid-century modern was based on earlier styles such as Bauhaus that originated from Germany and became highly popular in America. The events of war brought many architects to America where they put their techniques to the test on US homes.

Distinctive Features

The design is exceptionally streamlined with clean lines. The functionality of a mid-century modern style is essential to ensure rooms flow well with each piece placement of furniture pieces. You’ll find that this style is associated with minimal ornaments and clutter.

There are complementary contrasts of various materials and patterns with both organic & geometrical shapes.

How to Accomplish this Look
The mid-century modern design is all about selecting the correct colors, furniture and accents. Here are a few ideas on how to achieve this interior look for your home:
 Select a carpet for your lounge with colorful geometric shapes. Your walls should be painted white so the colors from the accents in your lounge can pop.
 Find antique furniture shops that sell pieces to complement the area, such as a coffee table or straight-lined sofas from the 60s.
 Opt for soft neutral or cool tone fabrics.
 For architecture select crown molding to connect the ceiling and the walls.

2. Natural Materials

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The type of natural material you use will determine the style you want for your home. For example, furniture made out of bamboo will give a tropical effect whereas leather sofas will create a masculine environment.

You can use natural materials throughout your entire house. Here are the most popular natural materials for interior design:
 Wood: If you want to create a rustic or warm environment opt for wooden ceilings, pillars and trimmings. Wood can also create a classical elegant atmosphere with oak side tables, cabinets and window frames. Wood is also ideal for sunrooms.
 Marble tiles: For a crisp clean environment, opt for marble tiles for your kitchen and bathroom. Marble is durable and it’s an insulator. You can tile any room in your house and they come in various shades & patterns.
 Wrought iron: If you want to add a bit of Victorian architecture to your home, use wrought iron for your stairway banister or even your light fixtures. It’s a low maintenance natural material that won’t rust easily if taken care of properly.
 Seagrass rugs: Sisal and jute are popular types of seagrass to make rugs out of. These rugs create a natural environment suitable for beach homes.
 Glass: Instead of wooden doors replace them with glass to allow more light into a room. Stained glass windows and doors change the color of a room. This is used in traditional style homes.

3. Shabby Chic

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Shabby chic is a type of interior design that uses furniture, fixtures, wall paint and accessories that appear aged. Furniture will be chosen based on how old and worn the pieces look. Pieces of furniture and other accents can be made to look old by distressing the material.

Wall paint can even be made to look worn by scratching the finish for a textured effect. Accents such as couch cushions will have faded fabrics with pastel prints on them. Ornaments can be made with rusted metal or painted in such a way to make it look oxidized.

How to Achieve this Look

You should always start with a neutral background. Ensure your walls are painted a clean white and there’s no clutter lying around. This is because most shabby chic pieces are bold and colorful so to make them stand out you need neutral tones in the background.

Wooden picture frames with white chipped paint look stunning on a distressed iron table. The advantage is that it’s easy to make all the pieces yourself using old unused items you have around your house already.

But if you want your interior design to look more professional, get someone to do the work for you. Interior designers know which accents will work and how to place them correctly to achieve the style you want.

Remember to mix and match accessories & styles. You can make your sunroom look like an ancient gypsy caravan with patterned rugs, hanging lights and distressed wooden furniture. Or, if you’d prefer a more elegant approach, use Edwardian-style furniture, paint them white and complement them with silver or gold trimmings.

4. Industrial Style

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Industrial style interior design is another chic approach. This rustic look was derived from taking old factory buildings and converting them into lofts or apartments.

How to Achieve this Look
The industrial interior design is fairly easy to accomplish. Typically a room with an industrial appeal has low light and dark features such as face-brick walls & fixtures made from copper. Floors are done with concrete layering and they’re painted gray.

Pendant lights are used with a yellow tone to create a soft warm glow throughout the home. Be sure to use natural materials such as leather couches and wooden side tables for your lounge. Use dark bamboo blinds for the windows instead of drapes for a modern appeal in all your rooms.

5. Coastal Interior Design

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You don’t have to live by the sea in order to achieve a coastal interior design. Typically, coastal homes have large windows and high rise ceilings. Floors can be laminated to give that wooden effect. Doors and windows are framed with sleek wooden finishes & some walls may have whitewashed planks for decoration.

Lighting is important so you may find a sunroof in the living room or lounge. Walls are painted white to create contrast when adding cooler accents to a room.

Keeping cool by the coast is essential, so natural tiles are used for the kitchen. Patios will also be tiled out with natural stone.



6. Modern Design

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Modern interior design refers to clean lines and a basic color palette. Modern is organized with minimal clutter. Most people have the idea that modern designs are minimalistic and cold. But you’ll find that modern interior décor can be comfortable and relaxing.

The materials used in a modern designed home will include steel, metal and glass. Modern style architectures include open planned spaces with large windows to create an airy atmosphere. These homes will have sliding doors instead of swinging ones and high rise windows.

You’ll find that most modern homes are tiled out with either ceramic or natural stone flooring. Laminated flooring is typically used for living rooms and bedrooms.

7. Eclectic style

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The eclectic style uses various interior design ideas in one area. It’s a mixture of time periods, trends, colors, materials and textures. For example, if you love the shabby chic idea it might go well with other designs such as the industrial style.

How to Achieve this Look
To bring together various interior design styles, mix and match materials & colors in the home. Pick one color for the background and ensure that it’s a neutral tone such as gray, black, beige or white. Then build around this with an accent color of your choice. Teal goes well with gray and white.

Opt for bold furniture with elaborate shapes and patterns. Since your background is neutral you can go wild with the accents. Patterns play an important role in eclectic designs. So hang abstract paintings on the walls or add cushions with Aztec patterns on them.

8. Modern Style

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A modern style home is easy to achieve. The use of color is important in modern style homes. Neutral tones such as white and black are quite popular because they complement other colors well. White makes bright warm colors such as pink and red stand out & these shades are ideal for kitchens.

Black complements cool and warm tones & other neutral colors such as gray. Modern style homes don’t have too many colors in one room. Typically you’ll find no more than two shades in each room of a modern home.

Furniture used in modern décor has straight lines and they’re symmetrical. Tables, chairs and couches have steel frames with no detailing. As mentioned before, in modern designed homes the use of glass and metal is popular so use tables made from these two materials.

9. French Country

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The French countryside interior design and style are all about using natural materials, subtle gold, tapestries and muted colors. A French design may seem effortless to achieve but the countryside style has a formula to help you achieve that picturesque aesthetic.

How to Achieve this Look
This interior design style is inspired by the French countryside. French interior design is elegant and flamboyant. This type of interior décor can be bold and sometimes over the top, but there is a way you can achieve a soft classical look that’s comfortable.

All you have to do is bring natural elements into your home namely big leafy plants and include whitewashed wooden door & window frames. Natural wooden or marbled floors are popular for living rooms and kitchens.

Your French country style home should be bright and airy so select a neutral color such as white for the walls. Keep the decorations and accents light with pastel silvers & blues. Patterns are also popular so select a rug that has graceful designs on it for your bedrooms and lounge.

French countryside furniture incorporates curves to give that elegant classic look to a room. Couches with rounded armrests and high rise backrests are a must. Carved wooden tables and cabinets create a majestic ambiance with a rustic twist.

10. Coastal Style

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The color scheme for coastal style is using neutral and cool tones. These tones mimic the feeling of being on the beach. Bright white is used for the walls and ceiling, light wooden floors can represent beach sand and blue accessories are used to symbolize the ocean.

Make use of bamboo to make bathroom furniture such as cabinets and perhaps use the shabby chic idea for light fixtures & window frames.

Coastal interior design is used to brighten up a room, so place mirrors strategically around your home to increase the impact of lighting. Your color scheme is extremely important to achieve this look. Green, teal, light beige and coral colors are perfect for a home with a coastal style.

11. Chic Interior

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If you want an elaborate one-of-a-kind type of home, interior chic can help you achieve it. This type of interior design is bold and creates a luxurious effect in any home. Typically chic homes are mysterious because walls are painted with darker shades such as black, purple or navy blue.

You may find that a chic home has beautiful sparkling chandeliers hanging from the ceilings or low suspended lights of different designs. Ceiling crowns are molded in elegant designs and door & window frames have intricate silhouettes.

What about Décor?
To achieve the chic décor, use rugs with floral patterns and place painted portraits on the walls with golden or wooden frames. Sleek coffee tables and shabby chic furniture will go well in lounges. For your dining room, place a long table in the area with chairs that have golden floral patterns and wooden frames.

Vases, lamps and plants are also popular features you can find in chic homes. Place them strategically to form shapes and to fill up spaces in the home. Warm lighting is a must, so use yellow bulbs instead of white ones.

12. Contemporary Interior

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Most people confuse contemporary with modern interior but they are two different designs. Modern designs are from the past combined with the present. Contemporary designs are styles that are current and futuristic.

Expect to see various glossy finishes in contemporary homes. Tiles in bathrooms and kitchens have polished surfaces & walls have no detailing. Ceilings are also streamlined with minimalistic lighting. You may find that contemporary homes have pendant lights or low hanging light fixtures.

Countertops and cabinets have straight lines with no detailing. Contemporary kitchens either have no color at all or have one bright shade such as red or green.

Contemporary homes also have lots of open spaces so your lounge, dining room and kitchen won’t have walls separating them.

13. Rustic Style

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There are many rustic styles you can create but it all depends on the theme you want for your home. Bohemian is a popular rustic style that people go for to create a tranquil environment. This style has minimal furniture and instead utilizes large cushions, bean bags & mattresses to sit on.

Low rise tables are used so that height stays consistent. Decorative drapes are used for walls windows and cupboards to add color. Fairy lights are hung around curtains, walls and door frames to create an idyllic atmosphere.

But there are other rustic styles to pick from such as the log cabin style where you can use leather, wood and stone to create a cozy environment. The fragrances from treated wood and leather leave a pleasant aroma around your home that makes it feel warm & inviting.

14. Farmhouse Style

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The farmhouse style is inspired by homes from the farmlands. The interior decorating for farmhouse styles use rustic elements and vintage furniture. There’s the use of basic color palettes such as pastel yellows, bright whites and light blue hues.

Farmhouse styles have many different types of natural materials for furniture. Wood is the most common as well as weaved grass chairs and tables. Steel is also prevalent in farmhouse styled homes to give it a slightly modern touch.

Farmhouse couches are puffy and comfortable to sit on. Use soft rugs to fill up spaces and drape tasseled shawls over chairs and couches. Plants are a must in farmhouse homes so place potted leafy foliage on tabletops where you can.

15. Transitional Interior Design

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If you have an open planned house, consider making one part of a room the focal point by placing a round rug with a table and two chairs in the space. This is a common practice of transitional interior design. A transitional design also borrows from modern décor and traditional styles.

The idea of transitional interior design is to create balance. There may be symmetry in a room where tables are placed on either side of a couch. Creating a natural balance is easy. Whatever you do on one side you must do the same on the other side.

If you want to achieve a balanced look, utilize one shape for a room. For example, if you have round mirrors on the walls incorporate round tables in the room.

16. Scandinavian Interior Design

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If you want a simple yet comfortable design, Scandinavian interior uses minimal furniture and accessories. Scandinavian furniture is streamlined with no detailing to create a clean and organized environment.

You’ll find only what you need in a Scandinavian designed home. There is no clutter or ornaments filling the space of counters or tabletops and wall decorations aren’t common. Tables and chairs are strategically placed in allocated areas where there needs to be seating.

Lamps are placed conveniently to light up darker areas of a room. The only decorative features used are mirrors, clocks and maybe potted plants.

17. Traditional Interior

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Traditional interior design has a European appeal to it. You can use as many accessories as you want in any room to achieve this style.

There is a distinct contrast in traditional designed homes because doors, windows and ceiling crowns are accentuated with dark wood. You can enhance these colors further by placing furniture with contrasting hues strategically around the house.

Traditional décor uses many textures, patterns and a variety of materials such as silk, velvet & leather. Consider layering your décor by placing throws on chairs, couches and beds & use lots of cushions.

Another way you can create layers is by placing rugs under tables and soft textured cloths on the tabletops with a vase & a picture in the background.

18. Contemporary Style

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We spoke about contemporary design but how do you complement space with accessories and furniture? As mentioned before, contemporary is extremely organized so if you want a clean and streamlined home consider using one shape throughout your rooms.

If you’d like to mix it up and create an asymmetrical area you can incorporate more than one shape & perhaps utilize patterns as well. But keep it simple and don’t overcrowd a room with accessories.

Ensure that your background has a neutral color palette if you want to use patterned furniture or accents, so your house doesn’t look too busy.

19. Traditional Design

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As mentioned before, traditional designed houses use natural elements for the structure of the home. Wooden frames, pillars and ceilings are prevalent as well as natural stoned flooring in dark shades.

You may find one or two stained glass windows with steel frames. Glass doors are more popular in traditional homes to create colorful hues on the walls. The use of patterns is a common traditional style so kitchen tiles may have checked patterns or you’ll find herringbone flooring and backsplashes.

Traditional homes are functional to make your environment comfortable. It’s also designed in such a way that you can fill your spaces with furniture effectively because there are no odd gaps that can’t be utilized.

20. Retro Style

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A retro style home utilizes elements from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Décor includes bright colors such as yellow, red, orange and pink. There are many patterned accessories that fill a space of a retro home and you’ll find that carpets, wallpapers & couches may be filled with decorative shapes.

Low rise furniture was popular in the 60s and 70s so if you want to have a slight modern appeal combined with the retro style, use ottoman couches and tables with shorter legs. For a bold statement hang abstract pop-art pictures on your walls.

Tall steel lamps with neutral color shades are a common retro feature as well as wooden cabinets and shelving. Photo galleries are a must for any retro home so frame as many pictures as you want and place them on a designated wall in your home.


Final Thoughts

Pick one of the interior décor styles on our list that will be ideal for your home. If you have a French countryside architectural house, then utilize the look that we mentioned for this type of home to complement your environment.

But if you have a contemporary styled home then you’re able to do more with your interior decorating. If you’re unsure of what styles go well with the shape and layout of your house, look at pictures of homes that have a similar design to yours so you can see how they’ve been decorated.

You can achieve any style you want in your home. You simply need to select the correct colours, patterns textures, furniture materials and accessories. Selecting the appropriate elements will look sophisticated when combined together.

So which style did you love the most? Let us know which interior décor style you’ll be using in your home in the comments below. We enjoy hearing from our readers especially because your tips and tricks may help others with ideas for their homes.


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