What’s Your Design Style?

The Most Popular Interior Design Styles

Art Deco

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Art deco is thought to be a diverse form of Modern decoration with eclectic influences coming from the primal arts of Aztec Mexico, Africa, and Egypt, in addition to the powerful images of the hi-tech age like radios and skyscrapers. Art Deco employs unique materials such as:  Aluminum,  Inlaid wood, Lacquer, Shagreen, Stainless steel, Zebra skin. Design elements of art deco involve: Zigzagged and stepped patterns, Sweeping curves and lines, Chevron patterns, Sunburst shapes.

Arts and Crafts

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The Arts & Crafts ideal stressed simplicity, natural materials like wood and brass, and a return to individual craftsmanship-as opposed to the newly dominant methods of mass production. Being true to this movement, it was generally considered that only wood or stone was acceptable for floors. Indigenous woods in America were used, oak or maple, most commonly. Design elements of arts & crafts include:  The use outdoor influences inside, simple pieces that reflect quality and function over intricacy, bringing in  life and color to the space with handcrafted art. Designer’s Secret- A great way to feature furnishings in a space is through emphasis, like focus, lighting placement or shape. To draw attention to the strong lines found in arts- and-crafts furnishings and accessories, it’s important to contrast the linear style and incorporate subtle curves into the space, either in wall coverings or a dining room table.


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Asian design is easily achieved by using calm and serene color palette  For a general, Asian style, you can’t go wrong with a dark wood flooring if your looking for a Japanese style start with bamboo flooring. Keep furniture sparse and low profile and use large pillows for comfortable floor seating. Don’t be afraid to mix and match Asian decorating styles for a personal look.


Get this look by using natural elements in your home such as rope, driftwood and found treasures by the sea. Bring the beach home with a soft color, try using iridescent tiles that will sparkle in the sun in the kitchen. Elements that lend a hand at creating the perfect coastal decor include the right mix of tranquil colors, playful accents and organic textures.


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Comfortable and welcoming, a contemporary style uses current styles, simplicity, subtle sophistication, texture and clean lines help to define contemporary style decorating. Neutrals, black, and white are the main colors in contemporary style interiors. Floors in a contemporary style home should be bare and smooth in wood, tile, or vinyl. Add color and texture with plain or geometric-patterned area rugs. And remember less is more let the let each element in your room stand out on its own as individuals.


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Bring it all together with an eclectic interior style. Bringing in a variety of styles together and tying them all together with the use of color, texture and shape. A combination of finishes and textures sets an eclectic look apart from the rest.

French Country

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The most common French colors combinations are blue with yellow and red with yellow. Black is always a popular accent with the French color scheme.  Floors will mostly be natural wood, stone, or tile.  Within French style you will see decorative hand painting added to pieces of furniture. Adding decorative flowers, French roosters, and flowing vines will help you archive a French Country style.


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When decorating Mediterranean, consider decorating accessories that compliment the rustic appearance of Mediterranean architecture. It blends the colors of surf, sand and earth to create a casual but dramatic style. Decorative interior design includes wood and tile floors, earthenware vases and urns, dark framed wall art, iron chandeliers and candle holders, decorative arched mirrors and rustic wood and leather furniture. Tiles are really the signature of Mediterranean interior design; the mosaic tile designs the essence of a Mediterranean interior. Other Mediterranean interior design elements are burnished bronze urns and black wrought iron fixtures and accessories.

Mid Century Modern

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Colorful plastics, formica and vinyl. Think durable functionality with a space-age flair, minimalist attributes of clean, simple lines and neutral, monochromatic color tones.  Stay away from overcrowding or overdoing a space. Less is best when it comes to Mid-Century modern design. Mix clean simple lines of vintage or retro furniture with hardwood floors and patterned area rugs. The marriage of Mid-Century with modern design magically happens when you blend vintage with state-of-the-art furniture, accessories and art work.


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Modern style is a clean, streamlined look that is achieved by buy the use of color, finishes and artwork. Colors that work for a modern style are neutrals with pops of color.  Sleek, smooth and polished are words to describe surfaces in a modern interior. Concrete, granite and creative use of hardwoods are used for flooring; chrome and stainless steel are common accents on furniture and in the kitchen. A lacquered finish on kitchen cabinetry is common to create a modern look.  Art and accessories in a modern interior are extremely important, use shapes or simple forms to create a statement.

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Posted on May 5, 2011, in Interior Design Talk and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oh Gosh….I can’t pick ONE!
    I LOVE the colors of electric, with a hint of coastal/modern!
    It’s possible It’s possible!
    love you blog
    Please stop by and say hi.


  2. Adding color and pattern to a home is a great way to add different accents and embellishment that make your home stand out and become a conversation piece. Flooring should always be considered when it comes to your interior designs. Good design is in the details when planning an interior. Moldings, cabinet handles, light and outlet switches, floor coverings can bring elements together and form a more cohesive appearance

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