Style Guide

With hundreds of interior design styles in the design world, we here at Design Shuffle are here to make it easy for you. We’ve outlined a simple style guide of the most widely used styles out there. Learn about the most popular interior design styles below and find out which one fits your next project best.

Asian
This calm, minimalist look fuses influences from Japan, China, Thailand and Korea among other prominent Asian countries. The style takes on bamboo, stone, fiber elements (like silk) and colors from nature to create a serene environment. Furnishings tend to be carved wooden designs, with lacquered surfaces or hand-painted details. Minimalist Asian designs are simple, clean, straight-lined, and low to the floor. If wood is used, dark and rich tones are used.


Interior Design by Marie Burgos Design

Art Deco
This is a classic retro style dating back to the ’20s and ’30s, combining elements from ancient cultures with a modern Machine Age look. This style includes streamlined elements, geometric shapes, and other elements such as stainless steel and glass tops.


Interior Design by James Rixner, Inc.

Arts & Crafts
After the onset of the Industrial Revolution the Arts & Crafts movement became prominent during the late 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century after the roles of professional craftspeople (involved in ceramics, glass, textiles, metal and wood) were reduced or eliminated by the effects of industrial labour. The Arts & Crafts style (and the Mission style) covers the Craftsman style as epitomized by architect Frank Lloyd-Wright. The focus is on hand crafted elements creating a warm and streamlined look (usually wood) with a lack of excessive embellishment. Straight lines, a hint of native culture and Spanish influence, stained glass and mica wood are all items reminiscent of the era.


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Contemporary
Contemporary style deals with clean, straight, and cool colors.The colors are rather muted compared to other styles such as whites, creams, and dark shades of brown, taupe as well as mauve. The textures used in contemporary style deal with mostly shiny metals, polished wood, and tile. Velvet and silk textures are often used to soften up the hard textual feel of the environment. On the walls, contemporary stylists use very minimal statement pieces to keep the clean and uncluttered look.


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Country
Country design has a very casual, relaxed and inviting look that has a family friendly appeal to it. Ranging from English cottage country to elegant French country styles, all of these looks give a cozy and comfortable ambiance to a home. Natural, earthy materials and handcrafted decor are emphasized and embrace the natural elements from each location. White wood panelling and cabinetry mixed with light flora patterns often characterize some country looks. Time-worn family heirlooms take on inspiration from surrounding landscape and include floral elements or checked fabric made of cotton or linen. Greens, reds, blues, beige and white are all common in the country colour palette.


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Eclectic
The melting pot of all styles, the eclectic style borrows from several other design styles and arouses a sense of surprise with unexpected contrasts. The style relies heavily upon the deliberate use of color, texture pattern, and composition to make such a diverse space look cohesive. Usage of a variety of patterned, textured, or solid fabrics is characteristic of this style. Collections and sets of similar pieces, contrasts in colors, worn surfaces combined with refined surfaces are some other eclectic elements.


Interior Design by Studio Ten 25

Mediterranean
Style referring to design inspiration from southern France, Italy and Spain. This coastal region is known for its sub-tropical climate, home to vibrant fruit trees and vegetation like olives, grapes and citrus. Earthy is the term for this style and textures of the Mediterranean are exactly that. Stucco walls, large wooden beams, and pine furnishings are commonly seen. Mediterranean colors are quite earthy and range from deep reds, oranges and yellows.


Interior Design by J Hettinger Interiors

Mid-Century Modern
This look originated in the ‘50s and 60s and was highly influenced by Scandinavian designers and architects of the time. The style is characterized by simplicity, functionality and natural shapes. Orange, yellow, olive green and browns add to the Mid-Century Modern feel.


Interior Design by James Rixner

Modern

Featuring a clean look originating from the 1920’s, straight, sensuous and contoured furniture, polish surfaces, and expansive spaces are center stage to the amazing geometry and angular architecture used in modern design. Indicative of the style are white walls, large bare windows, and open floor plans. Industrial materials including concrete, granite, and linoleum are used for the flooring while chrome, painted steel and laminated wood became popularly used in furniture design as well.

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Scandinavian

Traditional Scandinavian interiors are replete with pale-hued furnishings, floors and walls which all work together to brighten the Scandinavian home’s interior. Most everything is painted, bleached or stained from the furniture to the walls in light pinks, blues, greens, grays, yellows and white. Fun accents of red and gold add to the brightness of the décor. Furniture is painted, bleached or lightly stained and has clean lines and sensuous curves with tapered legs. For modern Swedish Styling, straight lines and sleek designs are typical. Furnishings lack ornamentation so popular of traditional design.

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Traditional
Traditional style is very elegant and inviting as it includes a classic look with matching colors and older-styled furniture. Traditional furniture originates back to 18th century England and 19th-century neoclassical periods. Think Queen-Ann styled sofas and table legs. This furniture is finely crafted with wonderful details. Colors usually include the mid-tones and are muted. Fabrics consist of stripes, solids and plaids.


Interior Design by LNM Interiors

Transitional
Transitional retailers include Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, or even West Elm. The transitional look blends the contemporary and traditional styles together and offers an updated look on classic feeling furniture. The color palette emphasizes a monochromatic scheme of beige, tan, and ivory. An abundance of texture makes up for the lack of excitement in color. Textures range from high tech micro-fibers, chenille, to leather, to woven reeds.


Interior Design by LUX Design

Tropical
A look inspired by such tropical destinations as Hawaii and Fiji. Light and airy is what the tropical look is going for. This style emphasizes such natural materials as rattan, wicker, bamboo, wood, and natural fabrics – cotton, linen, silk. This style usually goes with a natural color scheme along with blues, greens and citrus. Palm tree prints are often a running motif.


Interior Design by Peti Lau Designs

Tuscan
Mediterranean influenced style influenced by the earthy yet refined, sun-kissed fields of Italy. Tuscan style has a warm old world look where natural elements, a stone exterior, stone tile/fireplace, stucco exterior, venetian plaster, wrought iron, decorative metal tables, romantic bed frame of wrought iron, classical vases/mirrors, color palette: warm colors, golden crèmes, browns, olive green tones, wine hues


Interior Design by J Hettinger Interiors

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