Interior Design Styles: The Ultimate Guide To Defining Decorating Styles In 2019.
Many of us all have a one or a few interior design styles that we love, lust or are inspired by – however when it comes to defining the styles that we envisage or point out in magazines, we are sometimes unaware of what this style of interior is defined as and all the characteristics that may encompass it.
Whether you’re putting the finishing touches to your Scandinavian inspired living room or about to embark on transforming your entire house into a ‘traditional’ styled haven, honing in on an interior style can enlighten you and can help focus your home décor efforts.
Or perhaps you are wanting to try out a new style in your home but feel a little lost on which design direction to follow.
our guide will help explore the top decorating styles of 2019.
Transitional Style – Interior Design:
It is best to begin with one of the most popular styles that homeowners tend to lean towards. It’s the perfect solution and style for those who feel that ultra-modern design can come across and stark and uncomfortable but also don’t want to feel like they’re living in a stuffy chintzy space that reminds them of their grandparents house.
Transitional style embraces comfort, but with a modern twist. As the name implies, transitional design came to fruition by combining two opposite styles.
Many designers will refer or describe it as “an updated take on the classics” due to the style acting as a middle ground between the best elements of both traditional and contemporary looks.
The warm and comfort factors are mainly drawn from the traditional aesthetic and are then combined with the clean lines and simplistic nature that defines contemporary design.
Transitional interiors tend to keep accessories to a minimum in order to let the furniture and textiles take the centre stage. When accessorizing take advantage of area rugs, throw pillows and blankets.
Using transitional style allows you to create a design that feels timeless and modern all at once.
Traditional Style – Interior Design:
Although there is a huge amount of history behind what creates ‘traditional design’ it is easiest to define this style through key pieces in history that feature as characteristics of this style.
A key feature in traditional interiors is ornately detailed wooden (often dark wood) furniture – the large majority of features in traditional design tend to draw inspiration from styles that were popular during the 18th and 19th Century in England, France, and occasionally from Italy.
Heavy and luxurious fabrics are favoured in traditionally styled homes where upholstery and window treatments are found in silks and velvets.
Traditionally styled fabrics featured a number of different patterns, but most popular designs include; damask, florals, stripes and plaids. Too add to the desired luxurious look that traditional interiors tend to achieve, you will often find ornate chandeliers or wall sconces adorning the ceilings and walls.
Many traditional homes tend to keep to a fairly neutral colour palette and bring in the colour pops through artwork or floral arrangements. Consistency is key in traditionally styled designs and matching furniture sets are used to achieve this.
Modern Style – Interior Design:
A wide misconception many have is that modern design is the same style as Contemporary design – despite the number of similarities there are some big pointers that you’re looking for a modern interior rather than a contemporary.
The first defining point is that Modern design reflects a specific time in a period of design history, whereas Contemporary design is an ever-evolving style. Modern design (or sometimes referred to as Mid-century Modern) is characterised by clean, simple lines and a mixture of wood and rusty, chrome or matte metals.
Clean lines and natural materials was essentially Modernism’s rejection of the ornate designs seen in Traditional interior design. Chrome and stainless steel play a major part in defining modern design.
Pushing away traditional metals such as wrought iron, the path was cleared for the use of clean and polished metals – largely seen on arms and chairs of modern furniture. Another defining characteristic of modern design is the need for minimalism.
Modern interiors keep home décor and living room accessories to a minimum and instead turn to large scale art as the main décor. Big bold art in modern design tends to be quite bright and lively as most modern designed interior feature neutral palettes when it comes to the colour of the walls or window treatments.
Contemporary Style – Interior Design:
When looking at interior design styles throughout history you will find that contemporary interior design is the one style that is ever evolving. Contemporary interior design styles will most likely continue to adapt and change over the course of the twenty-first century.
The fact that this style of design is so fluid and open to change is particularly exciting and a great design option to pick if you are wanting to update your home throughout the years. At this moment in time, contemporary interiors feature clean and unadorned spaces.
To create a feeling of space it is common for seating and furniture to have exposed legs. Contemporary interior design focuses largely on clean-lined comfort.
Those who favour this style understand the balance that a home can be both practical and stylish. To ensure that a contemporary space does not feel too stark or impersonal make sure to balance square corners or right angles with curved edges – maximise the cosiness of the space with plush textures such as velvet and soft linens.
Common features of contemporary design are neutral colour palettes and a tendency to choose materials such as metal or glass due to their light-reflecting properties. The combination of the above characteristics creates brilliant luxury interiors.
This short list of popular design styles defined for 2019 is just a quick glance at some great interior design inspiration. If you are not sure of how to get started with incorporating a certain style into your home or even if you want help defining your own unique style make sure to visit us in our Kensington showroom where our trained designers can begin you on your design journey.
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