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Defining Your Design Style

Updated: Jun 16, 2022


How would you define your design style? Not sure? Here are a couple of common styles that may help you figure out just what it is. Like, I think our home is a mixture of mid-century with transitional.

P.S., most people's style is a mixture of a couple of these... and that's ok. That just means you made it your own. Let me know what you think yours in the comments below.

P.S.S. there's also a fun addition down at the bottom of the post of how to figure out which style is closest to yours.


Contemporary / Modern

According to, a Contemporary Design Style is one that, "offers an 'everything in its place' interior featuring designs that are high on function and simplicity and low on collections and fuss." So, minimalist? I think of this as very sleek and clean lines with touches of neutral tones. This style incorporates a monochromatic color palette with rectilinear elements. Basically, lots of browns in various shades with straight lines. Not much adornment. This style may sound harsh, but has the ability to be warm and inviting.

Photo Credit: @janeledgerinteriors



This design style is inspired by the 18th and 19th centuries and brings in deep wood tones, patterns and thick crown moulding are all the norm. Think drama, drama, drama... in the best way. This style pays homage to the antiques and styles of the time period and brings in classical art and furniture. Furniture with curved legs, arms and backs were all the rage when the craftsmanship is what shined through.



This style is the perfect combination of traditional and contemporary. It incorporates wood tones from the traditional style and combines it with natural light and some linear elements together from the contemporary style. Pieces with curves and comfort along with giving a room balance is what the transitional style is all about. Like in the picture below, it brings in the antiquity of the cabinet hardware combined with the marble and black tones of the countertop and the cabinets.

Photo Credit: @pcdsackitchens



There are no rules when it comes to an eclectic style. This style is all about what brings you joy and mixes patterns and textures. What makes this style so great is that it's personal. There is no other style that introduces the personality of your home more than this one. Eclectic style is where you also take risks. It takes a keen eye to mesh this style together gracefully.

Photo Credit: @coastallivingwithcara



This style is all about textures and natural elements. Plants, wicker and layering of your room. The Bohemian styles' main vibe is relaxation and the fact that it doesn't take itself too seriously. Oranges, greens, creams and browns are common color schemes that are introduced to achieve this style. Layering of traditional and modern patterns is also a dead giveaway for the Bohemian style.

Photo Credit: @restyleart



The Scandinavian design style is all about beauty without sacrificing function. It brings in some of the same ideas of the contemporary/modern styles (clean lines and minimalism), but also incorporates the natural elements of bohemian with natural texture and foliage. Whites, creams, light browns and grays are the color scheme of choice for this style. It's all about colors you would find, well, in Scandinavia.

Photo Credit: @scandinavianinteriors



This style is probably one of the most familiar styles and can be characterized by wood tones, whitewashing, and 'X's' adorning everything from furniture to kitchen islands. Farmhouse mixes wood tones with stark whites to bring contrast and depth to a home. Common decorations are painted wood accent walls and distressed pieces of furniture to make a home feel inviting, warm and cozy. Black elements are also commonly introduced to really make the white tones of the home pop.

Photo Credit: @mytexashouse



Any colors you would find at the beach, you are likely to find in the Coastal Design style. Blues, creams, light wood tones and rattan are just some of the elements of a typical coastal style. Neutral and solid colored base furniture pieces are combined with accent pillows and textiles to bring in more color and pattern. Stripes and other subtle patterns are very common for this style.

Photo Credit: @lilypadcottage



Dark wood tones combined with pops of color and curved shapes. Think of any ranch style house in the 50's, hence the name mid-century, and this is likely what you will get. Commonly in these homes, there was a stacked stone fireplace surrounded by wood based furniture and fun colored upholstery. It is all about the lines with this style. Clean lines or slightly tapered furniture feet are a dead giveaway for Mid-Century.

Photo Credit: @johncolephoto


If you aren't sure what your design style is, click the link below for a short quiz


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