Posted By Avonlea Kitchen + Bathroom Concepts
How to Define Your Decorating Style
When it comes to decorating their homes, most people play it safe and think that good design is mostly just about matching colors and tones but good interior design is about much more. At its core, design is about building the right environment to evoke the desired emotion. In order to discover your decorating style, begin by taking a look around your home. Decide what you like and what you would like to change. Compare your favorite items with some of these great decorating styles to see where you fall! Don’t be afraid to mix and match!
This decorating style is characterized by an elegant blend of pale hues, jewelry-like accessories, and traditional furniture. It evokes a formal lifestyle and often features old-world elements and clean Art Deco shapes.
Design inspiration: Grace Kelly, Tiffany & Co.
- A palette of soft colors or neutrals
- Delicate furniture with tapered legs and curved, feminine lines
- Luxurious fabrics such as silk or velvet
- Rich, dark wood with polished veneer
- Dazzling lighting adorned with crystals such as grand chandeliers
- Rich, flash accents and décor in metal, marble, and glass
- Predominantly symmetrical floor plans
Characterized by bright colors and modern furniture with clean, straight lines, this style combines edgy, colorful elements with midcentury design. Simple furniture forms balance out bold patterns and accent colors. This is a popular decorating style in urban homes, particularly downtown lofts.
Design inspiration: The Museum of Modern Art, Frank Lloyd Wright
- Furniture with clean straight or angled lines, few curves
- Blocks of rich, saturated color
- Plain legs, skirtless bases, and blocky upholstery
- Abstract and/or geometric patterns
- Pop-art inspired décor and accent pieces
- A mix of wood including light words like birch or oak and dark works such as walnut or mahogany
- Lacquered finishes
This warm, traditional look is perfect for relaxing with friends and family. It often includes English and early-American inspired furnishings and a country cottage, laid-back style. Weathered and inviting furniture that is built for day to day life and is low-maintenance is perfect for this style.
Design inspiration: fuzzy slippers, cottage life
- Slipcovered, plush, and comfortable upholstery with roll or square arms and ball feet or skirts
- Natural fabrics like cotton and wool
- Solid textiles, simple stripes, or unfussy floral patterns in muted colors
- Solid hardwood tables with turned legs, large pedestal bases, or trestles
For a rich and layered look, this design style combines the uniqueness of flea-market finds with furniture designs from various time periods and parts of the world. Here, Victorian pieces may be paired with 18th century French styles for a truly customized and one-of-a-kind style. Dusty colors, timeworn, or handmade textiles, and collected objects help to create a cozy, lived-in feel with an air of exotic mystery.
Design inspiration: Paris flea markets, Granny’s teacups
- Jewel tones missed with washed-out, dusty or chalky colors
- A mix of fabrics from pillows, upholstery, and window treatments including paisleys, ethnic tapestries, jacquards, botanicals, and florals
- Crystal chandeliers and bead-embellished lamps
- Abundant art and knickknacks, decorative touches on walls and surfaces
- Shapely and feminine furniture with intricate detailing and worn, weathered finishes