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15 Most Popular Interior Design Styles Explained

15 Most Popular Interior Design Styles Explained

Really liked the last reno post on Interiors Addict? Feeling inspired by the Australian home tour featured on this morning’s The Design Files newsletter? Still not quite sure how to recreate that vibe in your own space or even where to start?

It will be much easier once you’ve learned the basics. Being able to put a name to your favourites design styles is a great place to begin.

Industrial Interior Design Style

The industrial design style emphasises the raw, exposed backbone of a space.Characterised by exposed brick, steel beams and raw materials, it highlights the history of a property. When thinking industrial design think converted warehouses, converted barns and loft apartments.Check our Pinterest board for more Industrial Interior Design inspo!

Image: Xtend Studio
Image: Xtend Studio
Image: Max Zambelli
Image: Max Zambelli
Image: Vosges Paris
Image: Vosges Paris

Mid-Century Interior Design Style

Mid-century design emerged in the 1940’s to 1970’s and epitomised a relaxed post-war era.
The design aesthetic uses natural curved shapes such as the egg like Eames chair and minimalist silhouettes to evoke a nostalgic retro style. It offers ‘fuss free’ living style that highlights the functionality and openness of a space.

Check our Pinterest board for more Mid-Century Interior Design inspo!

Image: Houzz
Image: Houzz
Image: Design Milk
Image: Design Milk
Image: Leaf and June
Image: Leaf and June

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Coastal Interior Design Style

Coastal interior design style typically utilises a white or cream base palette layered with bright blues, red and yellows.
It encapsulates beach house living, using weathered wood, nautical decor and fresh crisp linen to create a bright and airy space that feels relaxing and fresh.
Check our Pinterest board for more Coastal Interior Design inspo!

Image: Lexington
Image: Lexington
Image: Jennifer Boomer
Image: Jennifer Boomer
Image: Spots and Stripes
Image: Spots and Stripes

Regency Interior Design Style

Characterised by a sense a grandeur blended with a colourful oriental palette, the Regency style is a homage to 18th-century living.
Chandeliers and brightly coloured materials are commonplace and paired with patterned wallpaper which give the space a regal look and feel.
Check our Pinterest board for more Regency Interior Design inspo!

Image: South Shore Decorating Blog
Image: South Shore Decorating Blog
Image: Regency Distribution
Image: Regency Distribution
Image: Lulu Lytle
Image: Lulu Lytle

Country Rustic Interior Design Style

A relaxed approach to interior design, Country Rustic style is consisting of repurposed objects and natural materials. It offers a cosy and warm environment akin to country living.
Exposed beams and barn doors are paired back with neutral tones in the furniture and decor.
Check our Pinterest board for more Country Rustic Interior Design inspo!

Image: Suzanne Kasler Interiors
Image: Suzanne Kasler Interiors
Image: Sarah Best Photography
Image: Sarah Best Photography
Image: Dreamy Whites
Image: Dreamy Whites

Transitional Interior Design Style

Transitional design style is all about mixing the old with the new. It creates a space that perfectly blends a sleek modern feel with traditional elegance.
The result is an elegant, enduring design that is both comfortable and classic.
Check our Pinterest board for more Transitional Interior Design inspo!

Image: Pickell Architecture
Image: Pickell Architecture
Image: Kate Marker Interiors
Image: Kate Marker Interiors
Image: Slava Balbek & Artem Zavarzin
Image: Slava Balbek & Artem Zavarzin

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Modern Interior Design Style

Modern interior design approaches spaces in a simplistic way, highlighting functionality opposed to unnecessary cluttering. This design is perfect for small spaces as is it offers the illusion of space through not overcrowding with accessories. This design attempts to highlight geometry, focusing on clean lines and asymmetrical cohesion.
Check our Pinterest board for more Modern Interior Design inspo!

Image: Deko
Image: Deko
Image: Cutout Architect
Image: Cutout Architect
Image: Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture
Image: Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture

Scandi Interior Design Style

Scandi design blends functionality and simplicity seamlessly. Spaces are not overcrowded but carefully constructed to evoke a simple easy going lifestyle.
There is a great importance on white as a base to layer subtle hints of colour. The Scandinavian interior design style uses light coloured wood features and simple decor to add warmth, textures and depth. It is simple and uncomplicated.
Check our Pinterest board for more Scandi Interior Design inspo!

Image: By Nina Holst
Image: By Nina Holst
Image: Jefferson Lane Home
Image: Jefferson Lane Home
Image: The Ultra Linx
Image: The Ultra Linx

Spanish Interior Design Style

Spanish design is all about creating a vibrant colourful space reminiscent of a Tuscan villas or Greek Tavernas. The colour palette uses rich earthy tones like terracotta, deep blues and reds married with dark timber, decorative tiles and wrought iron features.
Check our Pinterest board for more Spanish Interior Design inspo!

Image: El Carligto
Image: El Carligto
Image: Hugh Randolph Architects
Image: Hugh Randolph Architects
Image: Burnham Design
Image: Burnham Design

Asian Interior Design Style

Balance is key when looking at Asian interior design. It is about creating a harmonious space. Furniture placement is well considered, looking at creating a positive flow throughout the space. Incorporating hand carved and painted furniture pieces paired with a tranquil blend of neutral, bright and metallic colours.
Check our Pinterest board for more Asian Interior Design inspo!

Image: SJB Interiors
Image: SJB Interiors
Image: Leen Bakker
Image: Leen Bakker
Image: Casey Design
Image: Casey Design

Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic style uses vintage style and antique decor that evokes a soft femininity reminiscent of the French countryside. The use of distressed furniture and soft pastel colourings attribute to this sense of femininity and casual living.
Check our Pinterest board for more Shabby Chic Interior Design inspo!

Image: Janet Parrella-van den Berg
Image: Janet Parrella-van den Berg
Image: A Beach Cottage
Image: A Beach Cottage
Image: Harper's Bazaar
Image: Harper's Bazaar

Art Deco Interior Design Style

Art Deco first emerged in the 1920’s and is strongly influenced by architecture. It uses strong lines, geometry and bold colour palettes.
Art Deco allows creative freedom with patterns and materials, blending glass, chrome and gold seamlessly within a space. Clean-lined artwork and curved furniture create a sleek elegant Great Gatsby inspired interior.
Check our Pinterest board for more Art Deco Interior Design inspo!

Image: Marcos Fecchino
Image: Marcos Fecchino
Image: Elle Decor
Image: Elle Decor
Image: Barry Calhoun
Image: Barry Calhoun

Island Interior Design Style

The island style is encapsulated by rich timber in bright airy spaces adorned with palm fronds, jute rugs and linen/cotton fabrics. Island interiors layer textures in the furnishing and use hints of colours to lift the space.
Check our Pinterest board for more Island Interior Design inspo!

Image: Casa Abril
Image: Casa Abril
Image: Annie Schlechter
Image: Annie Schlechter
Image: Casa Abril
Image: Casa Abril

Traditional Interior Design Style

Traditional design echoes a classic European style incorporating rich mahogany wood tones, ornate architectural details and elegant furnishings.
This design style integrates antique pieces such as claw-footed tables and chairs that embody a sense of occasion and sophistication.
Check our Pinterest board for more Traditional Interior Design inspo!

Image: John Gruen
Image: John Gruen
Image: Whitestone Builders
Image: Whitestone Builders
Image: Emily Followill
Image: Emily Followill

Boho Interior Design Style

Bohemian decor embodies a carefree eclecticism. Taking inspiration from around the world this style blends bright colours and tribal-like patterns.
Boho uses several textures to layer a space including hand woven rugs, sheepskin throws and indoor plants which create an ordered messiness.
Check our Pinterest board for more Boho Interior Design inspo!

Image: Lucy Gladewright
Image: Lucy Gladewright
Image: The Jungalow
Image: The Jungalow
Image: Country Chic Oslo
Image: Country Chic Oslo

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