When improving the interior design of your home, it can be easy to get sidetracked by different attractive pieces, regardless of whether or not they fit with your home decor. Similarly, many people struggle with picking a theme for their whole home and become too obsessive over showcasing that single theme (for example, are you the green queen of Brooklyn?) This week we’re walking you through five interior design styles that are big in 2018 and how to start incorporating them into your home without it looking distracting or going overboard.
Modern and contemporary styles often get confused, as they sometimes appear very similar. The main difference is that a modern home can be recognized by balance, clean lines, and simplicity. Contemporary homes, on the other hand, simply follows trends considered “in the now,” meaning this style is ever changing. To accomplish a truly modern design, remember that your home doesn’t need to be stark or cold (as many contemporary homes might feel.)
To accomplish this look, incorporate many different materials within one room for depth such as leather, wicker, stone, and brick. Avoid busy patterns, and instead, opt for decor with clean lines and neutral colors.
Minimalism is one of the most well-known yet least-practiced interior design styles. Most people avoid this style because they aren’t quite sure how to accomplish the look while maintaining a comfortable, functional home. However, when executed correctly, minimalist homes are just that: comfortable and functional. There are plenty of different types of minimalism, but there are no formulas that need to be met in order to achieve this look.
To accomplish this look, think practically. Remove anything from the space that doesn’t serve a direct purpose, and clear all decorations from usable surfaces. Opt for one or two bold statement pieces per room that accentuate tall ceilings or depth in a room, as minimalism encourages exaggeration of large spaces.
Most of the time and industrial interior design rests heavily on the space itself. Most of the time in industrial spaces you’ll see raw materials such as exposed ductwork, brick, or unfinished wood. These rooms typically benefit from plenty of contrast in color whether that be bright green plants against dark wood, or black industrial piping along white walls.
To accomplish this look, embrace the authenticity of your home and draw attention to the raw materials all around you. When decorating, draw attention to your unfinished spaces with dark metal and raw wood. Essentially, choose decorative pieces that resemble the unfinished parts of your home such as bookshelves made of vintage pipes or hanging lamps with unique metal frames.
You might feel slightly discouraged as you look around your home and see many different pieces that you love, that all seem to fit a different interior style. If this is the case, a transitional design might fit your taste the most. Essentially, transitional designs mold together elements from both modern/contemporary styles and vintage styles to create a comfy yet clean and sleek appearance.
To accomplish this look, remove or renovate colorful pieces, as transitional styles rely on calm colors to help effortlessly blend the two styles. We recommend choosing one of your favorite vintage pieces (such as an oversized chest or an intricate lamp) and building the room around it. Modern pieces are easier to find or replace than family heirlooms and can be changed as your taste evolves.
Similar to other styles, there are various different types of coastal design techniques. This style can be recognized by its ocean-hued decor, white accents, and use of natural light. If you’re hoping to achieve a coastal design, choose elements that resemble the calming colors, airiness, and light you’d get at a day at the beach.
Choosing natural materials such as wicker or soft fabric will help make the room feel larger and more open, aiding your coastal theme. Avoid obsessing over adorable starfish or anchor trinkets, as you don’t want your coastal home to seem too overdone and cluttered. It’s important to make your guests feel calm and relaxed, rather than distracted by overly aquatic decor.
In the end…
At the end of the day, you’re the one sleeping in the home you created. We’ve seen homeowners effortlessly mesh together coastal and minimalistic decor schemes, while other homeowners opt to strictly follow one style throughout the home. If you’d like help revamping your current decor, call us today and we’ll help you choose indoor and outdoor wicker furniture to fit your style!