We have been taught that man is a social being; we are encouraged from all quarters that the outside is good. Yet for centuries man has spent a lot of energy and creativity into building and designing the interior of homes and even offices. Interior design in the past few decades has seen a greater popular attention than ever before. More and more people are interested in creating a style for themselves, either by following pre-existing interior design styles, combining more than one style, or creating a totally different style based on lifestyle and personal preferences and sometimes financial capabilities.
However, in order to create that personal style peculiar to you, or even to avoid the irresistible cluster of more and more furniture all to no end, a basic understanding of design fundamentals is at least necessary. The ability to differentiate between interior design styles also adds to creativity and provides the basis for fleshing up and building the interior of your dreams.
There are a number of popular interior design styles, although the list keeps increasing based on various criteria like age, year, locale and so on. Some of the most popular interior design styles include Modern, Contemporary, Eclectic, Minimalist, Industrial, Mid-Century Modern, Traditional, Transitional.
When you think modern design, think of a home with clean, crisp lines, simple colours, with materials like metal, glass and steel. Simplicity equals modern design.
Modern and contemporary are often used interchangeably. Contemporary is however different from modern because it describes design based on current trends, it is more fluid, constantly evolving with little or no adherence to one particular style.
Eclectic design as the word implies borrows ideas from different epochs, with a sense of balance of course.
Industrial style incorporates a sense of rawness and incompleteness particularly in the materials; brick, brass, old wood, little serviceable furniture.
Versatility is the word for vintage interior styling because it can be charming or retro and edgy rather than the common impression of being traditional. Adding one vintage cabinet in a living room can give a living room a retro look.
The minimalist, based on the plainness of Japanese lifestyle, is focused on theory that a smaller amount equals more. Essential elements and empty space incorporates the design statement.
Mid-century modern focuses on clean-cut, simplistic lines, clear colours and furniture made of wood and metals. It borrows concepts of modern design and further simplifies them.
Coastal interiors centre on nature; clean, clear, and cheerful. This creates an open space, making your haven at once relaxed and unpretentious.
Traditional design style is rooted in European lifestyle featuring rich colour combinations and an assortment of eminence and curved lines, flamboyant details and fabrics.
Transitional is a very popular style because it incorporates both traditional and modern design to create balance. For instance, a transitional design may incorporate modern materials, such as steel and glass, and then fuse them with luxurious fittings.
These are merely a few of the seemingly endless interior styles, most of which are popular today. Some of the other styles include the Bohemian style, the typical carefree style with no rules; the French Country style which involves warm earthy colours; the Rustic style; Shabby Chic; Hollywood Glam, among others.
Choosing the right interior design is essential to creating the perfect kind of living space, specific to you and which would make it easier to be inspired when replacing the floorings or getting a new cabinet for the lounge.