Interior Design Styles: The Most Popular Types Explained

Do you keep noticing an interior style you love but you’re not sure what it’s called? Wondering what the difference is between modern and mid-century modern? We’ve got you covered.

At Satin & Slate, we work with homeowners and businesses to customize their homes and offices into a dream space that’s beautiful and also functional for everyday life. We use the most popular interior design styles to transform spaces from ordinary to extraordinary.

If you’re looking for some design inspiration for your remodel, keep reading as we break down the most popular types of interior design styles.

What Are The Most Popular Types Of Interior Design?

  • Traditional
  • Modern
  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Contemporary
  • Minimalist
  • Bohemian
  • Modern Farmhouse
  • Hollywood Glam
  • Coastal
  • Shabby Chic
  • Industrial
Interior Design Styles: The Most Popular Types Explained

Traditional Interior Design

Traditional is a sophisticated design inspired by England and France during the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s common to find materials like silk, velvet, and linen used throughout this design. It features fabrics in a variety of different patterns such as damask, florals, and plaids. Furniture is commonly found in dark woods, however traditional homes will also incorporate a touch of glam with crystal chandeliers.

Most traditional homes have a very neutral color palette with pops of color brought through artwork or floral arrangements.

Traditional décor is very “matchy” so using furniture sets in the same color and style are key. If you find consistency throughout a home to be boring, then traditional may not be the design for you.

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Modern Interior Design

Modern design was created from the style of the early to mid twentieth century and reflects the modern art movement. Clean lines, earthy tones, and natural materials such as wood and leather are all common components of this understated look that focuses on simple form and function.

Mid-Century Modern Interior Design

The modern era birthed mid-century modern design that started in the 1950s. This design style has a breezy flow and encourages indoor-outdoor living. Expect the use of sliding glass doors and picture windows in this design to have a connection with nature, as well as furniture in dark woods. Pops of color, especially in bright shades like yellow and green, are also common. There are pieces of furniture that are synonymous with the design style including the Eames lounger and the infamous egg chair.

Contemporary Interior Design

Contemporary design refers to the style of today in the present moment. It is ever changing and reflects what is currently in style. At the moment, contemporary design refers to open spaces, monochromatic palettes and the use of natural materials such as wood and metal.

Minimalist Interior Design

If you believe that “less is more”, then you will really appreciate minimalist design. Inspired by Japanese design, it consists of neutral tones, clean lines, simple finishes and lots of empty space. Furniture is generally multi-purposeful as it often doubles as hidden storage to keep the space neat and tidy.

Bohemian Interior Design

Bohemian style, sometimes referred to as “Boho”, is an eclectic style that is unconventional and meant to express individuality. Bright colors, unique patterns, and artwork from all over the world are found throughout bohemian style. 

Unlike the previously mentioned minimalist design, bohemian design believes that more is more, and you can expect to find any space designed in this style to be full of unique and interesting artifacts.

Modern Farmhouse Interior Design

Modern farmhouse puts a traditional, country spin on contemporary style. It’s a newer design style that’s definition is still being refined. 

This style has the charm of a country house, with features like exposed wood, quilted bedding and rustic décor. However, it has the clean lines, neutral palettes and open space that is incorporated in contemporary style.

The key to modern farmhouses is to blend old and new together. Think incorporating an antique table that is surrounded by new designer dining chairs. The style has cozy elements while still managing to look freshly updated.

Hollywood Glam Interior Design

Hollywood Glam, also known as Hollywood Regency, dates back to the 1930s and celebrates the decadence of the “Golden Age” of Hollywood. This style brings glamour into everyday life. 

Bold architecture, rich fabrics, and metallic details are all big parts of this design style. There is a fine line, however, between decadence and gaudiness. It’s important to have balance when using this design style so that the space does not look too over the top.

Clean lines, monochromatic color schemes and uncluttered spaces should be used so that the “glam” part of Hollywood Glam is not overpowering the room.

Coastal Interior Design

Love being at the beach? Now you can everyday when you use coastal design. This style instantly makes you think of the breeziness of the coast and includes lots of natural light, soft tones with coral or turquoise accents, and a clean aesthetic. It includes lush plants, natural materials like driftwood, and an overall design that is simultaneously laid back yet chic.

Shabby Chic Interior Design

Shabby chic is a soft and mellow design that is rustic and feminine. It has a ‘lived-in’ look that incorporates vintage-inspired furniture with fabrics that are cozy and somewhat distressed looking. Antique and distressed woods mixed with shiny accent pieces are essential for shabby chic design.

Industrial Interior Design

With exposed materials like brick and lots of open space, it does not take much for this minimalist design to make a bold statement. Industrial interior design is most often associated with city lofts and apartments. However, it’s now becoming popular throughout homes and even in restaurants and offices. 

Industrial is yet another type of design that loves to mix old with new. You’ll often find furniture that mixes wood with metal, neutral tones without any pops of color, and industrial accents like vintage photographs or distressed leather pieces used in this design.

Choosing The Right Interior Design Style For You

There are plenty of design styles to choose from for your home. We recommend checking out plenty of design examples that will spark inspiration and help you discover the style you love. 

When it’s time for your remodel, work with a reputable professional designer that will guide you through the process. When you are looking to take your home from ordinary to extraordinary, Satin & Slate can help make your design dreams come to life. Contact us today for more details. We look forward to working with you!

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Founded in 2017, Satin and Slate is one of the elite interior design studios in Southern California. Located in Long Beach, this dedicated team of designers oversees from kitchen and bathroom renovations to commercial projects. Equipped with their own showroom/studio they can satisfy the needs of any client. Featuring clean lines, bright colors and fresh ideas Satin and Slate’s mission is to bring your vision to life and help transform your space into something extraordinary.

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