What Is Your Interior Design Style? Top 10 Designs

February 7, 2023
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Your interior design style is an expression of personal taste and preference. 

Each style has its own distinct appeal – but how do you know which one is right for your home?  

The key to finding the perfect interior design style is understanding what makes each style unique and exploring what speaks to you, personally! 

From Organic Modern to Japandi, English Cottage to Scandinavian, Minimalist Modern to Modern Farmhouse, Industrial to Coastal, Mid Century Modern to Boho/Eclectic, there’s a style to suit your design goals.

As a design and DIY expert, I’ll guide you through 10 of the most popular styles.

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Your home is a reflection of you

No matter what your style is, interior design will bring out your personality and make your home feel like a reflection of you!  

By combining elements from different styles, you can create a unique space that captures your aesthetic. 

Let your creativity guide you and create a home that’s truly yours. 

Start exploring each of these interior design styles to see what sparks your interest and makes your heart sing! 

Let’s start with one of the hottest interior designs, (and might I add, MY FAVORITE!!) the contemporary ‘organic modern’.

1. Organic Modern 

The organic modern interior design blends natural textures and materials with contemporary shapes and lines. This makes for a more relaxed and yet sophisticated look. 

It’s perfect for those who want their home to be both comfortable and stylish, at the same time.

The key features of this interior design style are natural materials like:

  • wood
  • metal
  • stone
  • indoor plants
  • organic textiles
  • muted tones

This style focuses on comfort while creating a modern look that celebrates nature. 

An organic modern interior design style

Organic modern decor is perfect for creating a warm, inviting atmosphere with plenty of texture.

“This style focuses on comfort while creating a modern look that celebrates nature.”

2. Minimalist Modern

This contemporary design type combines sleek furniture with bold colors for a contemporary feel that is both striking and uncluttered. 

The key to perfecting a minimalist modern style relies on negative space to allow bright colors to stand out without overpowering the room’s overall look. 

A sophisticated design that is not for the faint-hearted nor a busy family. This design style focuses on creating an uncluttered space with sleek lines, neutral colors, and modern furnishings. 

Family room with a sofa and lots of colorful throw pillows

Clean lines and a neutral color palette, with an emphasis on functionality over form, are integral to minimalist modern design goals.

Simple furnishings and minimalist decor give this style its unique appeal. 

3. Modern farmhouse style

This classic interior design style combines rustic elements such as wood beams and exposed brick with more contemporary touches like geometric prints. 

It also utilizes warm tones to create a cozy yet modern feel.

Modern farmhouse interior design style room with a fireplace and 2 sofas facing one another

Modern Farmhouse takes cues from traditional farmhouses but with modern touches like industrial-style lighting or distressed wood furniture. 

The key to achieving this look is to combine the old with the new, such as vintage pieces paired with sleek metal accents. 

For a modern farmhouse look blend modern pieces with classic farmhouse elements like wood beams, shiplap walls, and natural finishes. 

4. Industrial Interior Design Style

Industrial designs incorporate raw materials such as concrete or metals into the decor to create an edgy yet sophisticated style. 

To nail this design look, it’s all about embracing an unfinished aesthetic and celebrating the use of raw materials like brick, metal, and reclaimed wood. 

Industrial styled kitchen with exposed rafters and a wooden long table with white chairs

Industrial pieces have an edgy vibe that can be softened with natural textures or pops of color. 

With a neutral palette at its core and a utilitarian style, this style lets you express your creativity and love for a strong utility vibe. 

Use distressed metals, exposed brick walls, and minimalistic furniture to create an edgy feel in your space. 

“To nail this design look, it’s all about embracing an unfinished aesthetic” 

5. Scandi Interior Design Style 

The Scandinavian style emphasizes simplicity and functionality with light colors, clean lines, and minimalistic wall art. 

This is a modern style that features soft textures and muted colors and is all about keeping things simple and uncluttered, while still providing plenty of comfort with plush furniture and cozy lighting. 

Round coffee table next to a console table with a lamp and white flowers. A scandi interior design style.

Natural materials such as wood and wool craft a simple but stylish look that celebrates minimalism and functionality. 

Organic shapes often create the foundation for this design style while monochromatic modern elements can be used for accents. 

This is one of my favorite design styles. I recently shared how our newly finished theater room is my favorite place to hang out. The predominant reason for this is the monochromatic vibe in there.

I love how all of the walls, built-ins and even the ceiling flow together perfectly. It is such a peaceful room and has such a different feel than any other room in our home. The before and afters of this space are incredible! 

6. Coastal Interior Design Style

The coastal design brings the beach inside and makes use of light colors and airy fabrics to create a light-filled atmosphere reminiscent of sandy shores. 

Organic shapes, wicker furniture, and nautical accents are perfect for achieving this breezy look. 

Capture a laid-back feel of beach living with bright colors and natural materials like jute rugs or seagrass baskets.

Soothing dark to light blues and whites gives a beach-inspired vibe. 

Coastal interior design style with a cream colored sofa and blue and white pillows

However, for this style to really work, it needs to have a beach-y environment surrounding it. Close to a lake, or on the ocean, or a beach town.

Incorporating this style in an area that gets really cold and doesn’t have even a trace of a beach vibe, just doesn’t feel right. But when done right, the coastal interior design style creates an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. It evokes a sense of serenity and peace.

7.Mid Century Modern style

This elegant and functional interior design style celebrates the elegance of the 1950s and 1960s, with a mix of vintage furniture and modern accents. 

Mid-Century Modern mixes modern shapes and patterns with traditional elements for a timeless look. 

Cherry wood colored console table with pictures and a desk lamp. A mid century modern interior design style.

Think leather couches and bold geometric patterned accents that make for an eye-catching design. 

Celebrate the golden age of modernism and mix it up with unique pieces and bold colors. 

8. Boho/Eclectic

Boho/eclectic takes its inspiration from all sorts of sources, mixing patterns and colors for a cozy yet vibrant look.

To achieve this style, blend different styles, colors, textures, and patterns for a curated, collected look that feels like home. 

Bohemian interiors are often filled with vintage finds and natural accents to create an eclectic and inviting atmosphere. 

Boho/Eclectic style is all about creating a unique look that reflects your taste and style. 

Choose bright colors and bold patterns, along with furniture of different eras, to create a space that pops but still feels comfortable.

In my opinion, this is a really hard style to nail! But I really like how this designer chose a color palette and stuck to it. They stayed within the same color tones throughout the room. None of the colors are competing against one another. They all work well together.

Eclectic styled room with lots of muted but yet bold colors. Eclectic done well!

My friend, Amber does this style well, with a twist of Boho added in…

An eclectic style home with a Boho twist. An eclectic interior design style

9. English Cottage 

English cottage interior design is warm and inviting. It focuses on traditional furniture pieces, floral patterned fabrics, and cozy accents. 

English Cottage has a cozy and traditional feel that’s perfect for creating an inviting space in your home.

You can achieve this look by using floral prints and muted colors. Vintage-inspired pieces, such as worn leather chairs or quilted throws, are a great addition too. 

English Cottage infuses the charm of English country living into your home through traditional fabrics, and thoughtfully designed details. Think cozy fireplaces and dreamy window seats.

English cottage interior design style space with a sofa, 2 lamps and floral throw pillows

This style focuses on creating an inviting atmosphere with subtle pops of color and rustic touches. 

10. Japandi Interior Design Style

Japandi blends the traditional elements of Japanese design with the simplicity and functionality of Scandinavian style.This creates an elegant yet minimalistic look. 

This style is all about blending refined details. Light colors and clean lines blended with rustic textures. These rustic textures can be natural woods or rattan furniture. 

Its main design feature is bringing harmony between these two styles: Scandinavian and Japanese. 

Organic materials like bamboo or rattan are used to create pieces that have both visual appeal and practicality.

Beautiful Japandi styled sitting area with soft lighting and lots of wood tones

Key features are clean-lined furniture pieces and warm neutral colors. 

To wrap it up…

Take the time to browse different styles online, visit showrooms or go window shopping until you find something that resonates with you. 

Once you’ve identified your favorite elements from various styles, create an overall vision and start shopping! With so many incredible options available, it won’t be hard to achieve the look you want.  

There is no wrong answer when it comes to finding a style that works for you – so let your creativity flow, and get ready to create the home of your dreams. 

For more projects, design tips, and behind-the-scenes, check out my blog that’s updated regularly with lots of great ways to unleash your creativity!

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Drop your questions and comments below. I promise to get back to you soon.

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