What is your design style? Do you know?
What is your design style? Do you know? Mine has morphed over the years. Since I like so many different types of design I guess you would call my style “Eclectic”. Yes, that really is one style category, thank goodness.
Growing up I was primarily exposed to a traditional environment. The furniture was traditional, and the art was traditional realism. But I always had an interest in all areas of architecture and interior design. In college I majored in Interior Design and Marketing and started to gravitate more to contemporary and modern style. When I went to work for a Herman Miller dealer that is when a love for eclectic modern was cemented in me. But I still love those unique antique finds.
My home is a combination of some handed down antique pieces, classic modern and contemporary with a little retro added in. This is what classifies my design style as “Eclectic”. Somehow it all seems to work together!
So, what is your design style? If you are not sure maybe it’s one of these 9 style types:
1. Art Deco
Popular in the 20’s and 30’s. This style features sleek lines, geometric shapes and the use of materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, leather, lacquer, inlaid wood, chrome hardware and glass tops.
2. Arts and Craft
Frank Lloyd-Wright helped to popularize this movement which became prevalent between 1910-1925, and is still popular today. Simple form and organic materials are the primary focus. Unpainted wood is predominant along with vertical and horizontal lines
- Inspired by water and the ocean. The emphasis is on nautical and a beach – theme. The feel is light and breezy, primarily using whites and blues.
Contemporary and Modern are different, but they do have many similarities. Less is more is what I think of when contemporary and modern come to mind. Both styles are not ornate but have clean simple lines. Contemporary refers to now and is ever changing, and Modern is classic designs from mid-century. Modern is also referred to as Retro (just to confuse you even more).
My favorite, eclectic! This style is not just a Hodge Podge of items thrown together, but relies on the elements and principles of design (color, pattern, texture, scale etc.). Eclectic combines a variety of styles but does so in a creative cohesive way. It’s about putting together what you love.
Timeless design that exudes elegance. Inspired by 18th and 19th European design. It is calm, balanced and orderly.
This look is a combination of traditional and contemporary styles. Typically, it offers clean lines and a refined casual look.
European elegance meets old world charm is how I would describe French Country Style. Warm wood is often used with traditional forms. This style strikes a good balance between country comfort and traditional elegance.
9.Farmhouse and Shabby Chic Style
Casual comfort is the backbone of these two styles which are often used in tandem. Shabby Chic is characterized by white slip covers and white washed furniture (which can also be a part of farmhouse style). Farmhouse has a sense of recycling and repurposing old items. Both offer a laid- back and relaxed atmosphere.
These are the 9 primary design styles but they are not all of the types available. Do any of these 9 styles sound like you? Maybe now you have a better idea of what your design style really is. If you have found that you like more than one style type maybe your design style is Eclectic like mine!