Find Out Which Interior Design Style Defines You!

Nov 03, 2020


Defining your interior design style is very important when it’s time to design any space because it serves as a guide at the time of selecting colors, the type of furniture, and other details. It’s also great for inspiration on how to achieve a cohesive home.


Mid Century Modern:

The mid-century modern style is defined by simple forms, organic influences, high functionality, minimal ornamentation, and playfulness. Mid Century Modern is characterized by open space-concept, environmental integration, simplicity, functionality, geometry, and nature.



Color palettes in this style are natural and warm. Other colors that are usually used are olive green, mustard, orange, yellow, or even pink. The color palette here is huge, ranging from natural, dim tones to bold and vibrant hues.



Furniture is often characterized by their practical designs and beautiful craftsmanship. Look for furniture in shades of dark and natural timber finishes, like walnut, usually with rounded shapes. The timber credenza, rounded dining chairs, and the Eames lounge chair are icons of this time. So if you are elegant, if you love warm spaces and you appreciate high quality and innovative furniture, this style is for you!



Scandinavian design is clean with simple lines, minimalism, and functional without sacrificing beauty. This style was born in the Nordic countries and, because the winters are so long and dark, Scandinavian interiors are typically painted white to help keep spaces bright.



The Scandinavian furniture style is characterized by the seasons in the north. This results in the need to create warmth and comfort pieces, so light wooden pieces without unnecessary details are a must-have. Fabrics often have fur optics, cotton, or linen. And, of course, to help brighten up spaces and to bring in some life, plants are found in plenty of Scandinavian homes.



Some famous design pieces are essentials to get the look, such as the famous plastic chair by Eames, the diamond chair by Harry Bertoia, the tulip table and chair, and other famous furniture of the early 20th century. So if you like unique and stylish pieces, clean and bright, this style can match perfectly with you.




Industrial style refers to an aesthetic trend in interior design that takes inspiration from old factories. Industrial style is a design of bringing back the period that focused more on manufacturing, mechanical creativity, and appreciating raw and unfinished interiors. This style is all about proudly displaying the building materials which we usually try to conceal. The favorite textures are exposed bricks, exposed concrete, steel beams or columns, stainless steel, and unfinished woodwork.



The color palette is all about neutrals like gray, black, and pure white because they are perfect for contrasting with the raw materials. The furniture is very comfortable, in leather or a pop of color. Usually, the spaces are dramatic with very interesting lighting fixtures.


The Industrial style is perfect for the people who appreciate how stuff works, repurposing the old to create something new. So If you like that and you love warm spaces and raw materials, this style is perfect for you.



Glam Style:

If you’re a fan of pretty, fancy, and just generally extravagant things, glam style may be perfect for you. Glam color palettes are neutrals, with white, cream, grey, black, gold, silver, and often jewel tones. Neutrals may be the base of glam, but all things shimmery are the undeniable heart of this style.



Glitz has a place of honor in the finishing touches. Brilliant metallics, crystal chandeliers, fancy fabrics like velvet, and sheepskin are crucial to get the look. Furniture with sculptural lines with metal and rich details are a must-have. Nothing embodies the essence of glam style quite like the mirrored coffee table, console, or accessories.


Contemporary style:

In-home decoration, if you like trends and you like to keep up with the styles of the moment, you are a follower of the contemporary style. The Contemporary style of decorating is defined by simplicity, sophistication, textures, and clean lines. Neutrals, black, and white are the main colors in contemporary style interiors. 




Furniture pieces should make a bold statement but, at the same time, they should be simple without decoration. Sofas, chairs, and ottomans often have exposed legs, this style is for people that don’t like to use ruffles, excessive details, or floral and colorful prints. In contemporary rooms, plants and flowers should be large and dramatic in simple containers. Large blooms with interesting leaves and dramatic shapes work better than small arrangements.

If you’re elegant, vanguardist, and sophisticated, maybe the contemporary style is for you.





The Minimalist style is defined by the famous concept: “less is more”. Minimalism in design is to strip everything down to its essential quality and achieve simplicity. The basic geometric forms, elements without decoration, simple materials, clean lines, uncluttered, monochromatic, natural light, and order are all essentials in a minimalist space




All of the furniture has a purpose and function. Pieces are reduced but they still stand out, which means that each furniture is a piece of pure art. The color palette here is very serene, practical, and super basic: the neutral colors like white, gray, and black are the only favorites. Textures like natural concrete and wood are essentials in this style and natural plants as well.




If you’re a super practical person, you see the beauty in the simplicity and you love living practically, this style absolutely defines you.



One of the defining characteristics of a rustic home is the use of natural materials. That means lots of wood and stone in furniture, on ceilings and walls. This style uses rustic and organic elements and accessories in their most natural state. It’s simple, natural and has an earthy feel.




The furniture is soft leather with simple lines, handmade fabrics with rich and natural texture. Hand-made creations of furniture items and decorative elements are crucial to get the look. The color scheme of this style is inspired by Mother Nature’s neutral palette with a mix of soft gray, brown, beige, tan, and black. It usually incorporates dusty earth tones and greens, brick red, and adobe orange.

The Rustic Design is warm and inviting. So if you love to have a close connection with nature, this style is perfect for you.



Traditional decoration is calm, orderly, and predictable. It’s comforting and classic. There is nothing wild or chaotic in a traditional room. Furnishings are classic, Nothing is a surprise. Pieces match and are consistent. Traditional style sticks to the basics. Wood furniture will usually have a mix of straight and curved lines.

Fabrics in a traditional room are generally neither too shiny nor too textured.  Florals, plain colors, stripes, geometrics, and small all-over patterns are common. Soft, neutral colors go with the traditional style color scheme.





Japandi is the fusion between Japanese and Scandinavian style. It’s a hybrid style where two completely different styles act together to create a beautiful space. Interior design doesn’t have to be rigid, you can mix and match your favorite styles to create and customize one for your personality and taste. So let’s see how these two styles mix together.




This hybrid style combines the Scandinavian minimalism with the wabi-sabi Japanese style that finds perfection in imperfection, which means finding beauty in craftsmanship, raw materials, and simple and natural elements. A warm and neutral color palette is the background of every japandi style interior. Unlike the Scandi style that works completely in white.




Furniture pieces are statement pieces and bold accessories by themselves. They have clean and minimalistic lines. Match furniture with natural and textured fabrics, without decoration and patterns. Because of the strong Zen influences in this trend, the pieces are about quality, not quantity. This means not a lot of greens here, just a few plants, maybe just one to decorate with a bold simplicity.

So if you like the Scandinavian style, but you feel that you need a warmer ambiance, this hybrid style is for you.

About Zahira Cury

Zahira Cury is an Architect, Interior and Lighting Designer, stylist, founder and creative director of D.Signers Group. She earned a masters in "Lighting Design and Led Technology" in "Politecnico di Milano" in Italy and throughout her love of architecture and interior design, she decided to create the D.Signers Instagram to share extraordinary spaces and inspire worldwide.

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