So you have a new home to decorate! Or perhaps you’re looking to redo one specific room in your house.
Well, either way, it can be hard to know the best way to decorate your space. You want it to be true to your style but also don’t want it to be outdated. But don’t worry!
We’ve gathered the 10 trendiest interior design styles of 2018 for you. Check them out below and decide what works best for you!
Bohemian style has grown in popularity over the last few years and now is a staple in many homes. Here are the details.
Bohemian design is all about being carefree and adventurous. It’s all about having few rules except following your heart. And in many cases, it’s all about having your space feel a little natural or messy, but in an intentional way.
Some popular Bohemian elements include the following. First, watch for bold patterns, often drawing inspiration from ethnic designs. Southwestern, tribal, and Moroccan patterns are very popular.
As far as design materials, Bohemian style often utilizes natural looking woods, animal hides, and metallic accents.
Last but not least, keep in mind that Bohemian design draws inspiration from countries and cultures from around the globe. So keep an eye out for international markets and look for anything out of the ordinary.
Modern design is actually quite a broad category of interior design. Here are the basic components:
- Simple colors with nothing too bright
- Clean straight lines in furniture and artwork
- Materials such as glass, steel, and metal with little wood
Keep in mind that modern design is classically simple and sleek. There are little distractions and accessories, and instead an almost futuristic feel.
Minimalism is one of the biggest design trends right now. Basically, minimalism draws inspiration from modern design but then simplifies those ideas even more.
Think sharp lines, little clutter, and total functionality. A minimalist home is clean and extremely simple–which may sound boring, but that’s not the case. It really does have its own sense of beauty.
As far as colors go, they are usually neutrals like grays, creams, and whites. And furniture and decor are always streamlined and put together.
4. French Country
When it comes to interior design themes, you can’t forget about French Country. Here are some defining features:
- Warm colors such as yellow, gold, and red
- Brick or stone accents
- Porcelain dishes with intricate designs
- Warm wood tones
Also, note that French Country relies heavily on textiles. Often these are found in quilts, blankets, and other bed coverings. They tend to have a real farmhouse feel, but with an added touch of sophistication.
If you’ve ever been to IKEA, you probably have an idea of what Scandinavian style means. Think all white walls, light colored wood, with a few pops of color from art pieces or bright textiles.
In fact, the reason for so much brightness comes from the short days and long winters of Sweden and Norway. Dark and dingy days don’t affect the clean and bright interiors of Scandinavian design.
Another key characteristic of Scandinavian design is a nice balance of organic and engineered materials. Also look for interesting or unique lines in furniture. These often are influenced by sculpture and add additional visual interest.
Last but not least, this type of interior design loves to utilize natural lighting as much as possible. Notice big windows that take advantage of the daylight as much as possible.
And for night time? You’ll probably see some bold and unique lamps.
In recent years, industrial design has exploded in popularity. If you’re trying to picture what industrial design looks like, just think of an urban loft or warehouse.
Have you ever been to an old building, perhaps from the industrial era of the late 1800s or early 1900s that has been renovated recently? This most likely fits in the industrial design family.
The key to industrial design is a sense of rawness. You’ll see exposed brick and unfinished wood, metal light fixtures, and visible ductwork in the ceilings.
Often, modern or abstract art is used to add a splash of color.
7. Add Traditional to Your List of Interior Design Styles
Traditional interior design gets its inspiration from classic European style. This typically includes the following:
- Dark wood furniture
- Curved lines in furniture and architecture
- Ornate fabrics such as silk and velvet finished with unique patterns
- Rich, intense color palettes
When it comes to traditional design, think abundance– an abundance of color, an abundance of detail, and an abundance of accessories. No detail is left behind!
8. Mid-Century Modern
Mid-century modern design draws inspiration from the style of the 1950s and 60s. In every mid-century modern design, there’s a sense of retro nostalgia. In fact, you probably have a family member whose house is decorated in mid-century modern style.
Often, this design theme is characterized by minimalism and simplicity. You’ll also find natural shapes and uncomplicated fabrics.
In most mid-century spaces, the emphasis is on functionality. It’s free of extra fuss and is very user-friendly.
9. Shabby Chic
Think of a homey antique store or flea market and that’s the inspiration for shabby chic. This is very popular design style, especially in the South.
Here are some key elements:
- Vintage accessories
- Distressed wood
- Sanded milk painted furniture
- Linen textiles
The main color palette for shabby chic often relies on whites and pastels, but a few vibrant colors here and there are common too.
Last but not least is contemporary design. Contemporary is very similar to modern design and sometimes they are used interchangeably.
However, there is a key difference between the two. Modern design strictly adheres to 20th-century design. Contemporary, on the other hand, is much more fluid and is based on the here and now.
For example, modern design would never include curved lines, but that’s totally normal in contemporary design.
Now that you’ve read all about these 10 trendy interior design styles, it’s time to make a choice! Whether you’re redoing your whole home or just one room, you need to pick which one works best for you.
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