What's your style?
When it comes to designing our homes, sometimes we are so eager to fill our spaces with amazing finds that we don't take a step back beforehand to establish the style we are looking to achieve, or if those finds compliment our style. Some home owners find themselves with a mixture of design styles happening in their homes due to trends changing over years, and sometimes leading them to question their own design style overall. So how do we avoid this self questioning? Here are a few short tips for helping you identify the design style you most associate with, and ways to continue designing with that style!
Modern design is a widely used term that is used to describe designs that utilize smooth surfaces, straight lines, sharp angels, and a subtle color palette. Modern style is achieved through simplicity. Simplicity in surface texture, color choice, and of course furniture selections. In these spaces we see a heavy use of black and whites through marble, cast iron, quartz, porcelain, leather, etc. Natural light and an open floor plan are key factors that weigh heavily into the modernized design aesthetic, this is due to the airy and welcoming feeling these elements give us in a modern space with minimal ornamentation. If you're interested in applying a modern style to your own home, live by the famous words of modern interior designer/architect, Mies van Der Rohe- less is more. Design with less decoration/ornamentation, less color, less clutter, and you will be on your way to achieving a modern design of your own!
Scandinavian design revolves solely around simplicity, functionality, and minimalism. This style pays homage to the simplicity and functionality of the Nordic countries this style originated from, displaying function and minimalism at every opportunity. Scandinavian style utilizes various wood tones, bright molded-plastics, and the use of artworks. This design style speaks to the simplicity of it's homage through light color walls with pops of artwork, a spacious feeling, and an emphasis on functionalism through defined furniture placements and the functionalism of the furniture itself. The Scandinavian style is known for it's famous furniture pieces such as The Shell Chair, The Wishbone Chair, and The PP-66 Chair. Incorporating well-known furniture pieces like these from the Scandinavian design period in your space is a sure-fire way to achieve a Scandinavian design style.
The Farmhouse style is a style that has become increasingly popular and modernized over the past several years. However, it is a play off of the industrial style. Farmhouse style spaces utilize various industrial elements such as rich woods, mixed metals, and exposed brick and/or ceiling beams. Where the design becomes "Farmhouse" is through the use of soft/smooth materials such as linen, marble, and glass. Farmhouse design displays dark colors and textures of industrial design while contrasting them with light/organic elements and natural lighting to create an entirely natural design aesthetic. Mixing materials is commonly seen in farmhouse style spaces to balance out the light and dark tones and elements. If your goal is to achieve the Farmhouse style in your own home, keep a cool/organic color palette in mind to compliment the rustic/raw feeling of the woods and metals.
Minimalist Style stresses the appreciation of surface texture, and color restriction. Minimalism is directly related to modernism. However, it goes deeper into the "less is more" mentality that is seen in Modern style spaces. Minimalist designs are extremely simple, there is little to no ornamentation, color is rarely seen, and furniture is very streamlined. Clean lines and functionality are emphasized in minimalist designs creating a design one in it's own. The space speaks for itself, with little decoration, dramatic lines and angels, and smooth surfaces the minimalist design aesthetic is achieved.
Traditional design is shown through dark woods, rich color palettes, heavy/textured furniture, and increased ornamentation. These spaces offer a feeling of depth by utilizing various elements and principles of design such as color, texture, line, and contrast. Traditional spaces typically feel dark and heavy while offering a feeling of coziness and security. Designing a traditional style space can be achieved with a light color palette as well. However, the furniture remains grand and plush throughout traditional design.