What’s your home style?
Traditional style homes take inspiration from 18th to 19th century English homes. Usually more ornate, traditional homes incorporate a lot of brick and large siding on the exterior, and crown molding, wainscoting on the interior.
Furnishings are often more plush with rounder, softer lines.
Popular in the 20th and 21st centuries, contemporary design is very fluid. Unlike other design styles which are rigid in their aesthetics, contemporary design evolves and changes over time.
Often compared with modern design, contemporary design often features rounded lines and a softer palette, which contrasts against the straight lines and cool palette of modern design. Contemporary design stays current with trends, but does not chase fads.
Modern design often features clean, crisp lines found in everything from the cabinetry, countertops, and furnishings. There is very little detail and ornate features. The color palette is often neutral, leaning toward greyscale.
Modern design can bleed into minimalism — the idea that less is more. Each piece of furnishing should stand on its own and be appreciated.
Midcentury design was popularized in the 1940s and 1950s, and spawned “ranch” style homes for decades to come. Think “Mad Men” style.
Many midcentury homes are 1 story dwellings, with open floorplans. Windows are often ceiling-to-floor length, or placed high near the roofline, because natural light was an important design element.
Often times midcentury homes “bring the outside in”, which means featuring plants and gardens in the interior.
Because of the open floorplans, accessibility of the rooms, and relative clutter-free furnishings, midcentury design is quite adaptable to today’s living standards.
Craftsman (Arts and Crafts)
Evolved from Victorian style homes, craftsman homes feature ornate design features, yet are much more pragmatic and paired down.
On the interior, space is free flowing, if not quite entirely open-concept. Spaces are defined.
Many industrial homes are converted lofts, warehouses, and factories. They often feature exposed ductwork, pipes, and brick interior walls.
Industrial homes can have very high, vaulted ceils, and wide open spaces. Many feature less-than-traditional flooring, like concrete.
Eclectic style homes blend designs from many different periods. To prevent the styles from clashing and appearing too cluttered and noisy, often times eclectic design will have one unifying element – like the same color palette.
For example. using only neutrals or pastels can create a sense of unity among varying styles.
Farmhouse / Cottage / Country
Popularized by Joanna Gaines on the HGTV show “Fixer Upper”, the farmhouse look is casual and worn-in. Farmhouse designs feel cozy and comfy.
Taking traditional design cues and pushing them further, farmhouse design often features large, comfortable furnishings in open-concept spaces. Reclaimed wood is used ornately, as well as traditional elements like shiplap.
Rustic design incorporates a lot of raw materials, like exposed brick, untreated wood, and comfortable furniture.
Cabin / Lodge
Cabin / lodge design draws inspiration from the cabin in the woods, where materials chosen are ones readily available.
Design elements include exposed wood walls, timber beams and ceilings, and stacked logs.
Beach / Coastal
Beach houses use functional design from beach living. Featuring a lot of light hardwood floors (sand gets everywhere!) and washable furnishings, beach homes are incredibly livable.
Asian design can be incredibly minimalist. Featuring natural wood tones and simplicity, Asian design often is viewed as tranquil, and sharing harmony with nature.
During the 1950s while America was going through the midcentury movement, Scandinavia was also going through a design movement — led by simplicity, cleanliness, minimalism, and functionality.
Erring on the lighter side, common themes include light floors, natural light, and pragmatic furniture.
Mediterranean design takes inspiration from elements of the sea — the palette includes a lot of whites, blues, and turquoises. Draperies often flow with the wind. Often very ornate tiles are used as flooring, backsplashes, etc.
Spanish colonial homes often feature low, swooping rooflines, symmetrical archways, and pastel / brown color palettes.
With Spanish design, there are a lot of textiles used, for a soft look. Mosaic pottery is also very popular.
Similar to the recent “farmhouse” look, French country design blends down-to-earth elements of the rustic movement with more refined looks. Using natural materials, French country design still manages to reach a certain look of sophistication. Relying on a lot of whites and natural woods, many French country homes feel very lived-in.
If you love clashing colors, patterns, and textures, you’re probably into boho. With a loud, vivid palette, boho design is in your face.
A lot of textiles and drapery is used, from lace to Aztec prints.
Don’t be afraid to fill your space.
Tropical / Island
With tropical design, think palm trees and outdoor living spaces. Many tropical design homes are light and airy, and they bring the outside in (and vice versa).
Many tropical designed homes have large outdoor spaces — weather resistant furniture, pools, firepits, pizza ovens, etc.
Southwestern design features aesthetics that are practical in the dry, scorching sun. Outdoor materials include clay roofs and stucco walls.
On the interior, southwestern design takes cues from Spanish design, with large, exposed timber beams, curved lines, arches, and mosaic patterns.
Victorian homes feature many ornate details, and often have steep, pitched roofs. With many railings, balconies, and banisters, Victorian homes appear full of detail.
On the interior, Victorian homes are often have enclosed spaces (opposite of open-concept). Each room serves a purpose. Wood is usually stained dark, and decorative windows are common, including stained glass.