The Ultimate Guide to Design Styles

Spring is well on its way, though the southern climate proceeds to send mixed signals. Many homeowners regain the excitement that left during the fall and winter seasons, to redorate, cleanse, and in a sense renew their dwellings. We all do it, and look forward to the day we can perform the duty of yardwork barefoot. While many of us have confirmed the decision to brighten our homes this spring and summer, we have yet to confirm which design route to take. Often times, homeowners and even designers, make the mistake of clashing unsuitable design ideas with the architecture of the home. For example, trendy modern home accessories might not be best for a beautiful Tudor home. To resolve this issue, the first thing to decide in the beginning process of updating your home for upcoming seasons, is to choose which design style works best for your home and take off from there! We want your design experience to be the best yet, so we have organized a guide of four design styles that would work great in any home.


The term Mid-Century Modern was birthed during the 1920s-1950s (late 19th centuty). This design style became prominent post-World War II through the ideals of cutting excess, commodification, and practicality of materials in design which heavily influenced this aesthetic of the furniture. The Modern interior design style is "recognizable by it’s clean, unadorned interiors. Use of natural materials such as wood, leather, teak and linen make it very distinguished among other design styles. Furniture is usually very open and raised off the floor allowing for an airy feeling. Modern interiors generally have bare floors and if area rugs are used, they are typically wool, and neutral in colour. Hints of color are used in moderation."


The most umknowingly utilized design styles is Transitional. Many homeowners gravitate towards this particular style of interior design without realizing it. Transitional Style in interior design and furniture design is defined as a blend of traditional and contemporary styles. The concept is to incorporate lines that are less ornate than traditional designs, but not as severely basic as contemporary lines. As a result transitional furniture designs are classic, timeless, and clean. Strive to utilize ornamentation and decoration with minimal accessories to keep the focus on the simplicity and sophistication of the transitional design. It is known for color palettes to typically be neutral and subtle and sometimes monochromatic, with color in art and accents.


The farmhouse design style was birthed from necessity, not an actual curation of design. However, recently this style of interior design and home decorating has become popular in many homes as it is used as a core design style on HGTV's "Fixer Upper" designer Joanna Gaines. Stone Gable, editor of Stone Gable American Farm explains that "Farmers needed places to live and farmhouses reflected the the land, building material and goods in the rural area". The farmhouse design style seamlessly matches with other design styles as well. Pictured is an example of this as a farmhouse table and white chairs pairs elegantly with traditional wooden and upholstered chairs. This design style also relies heavily on accessories to bring it to life. Natural elements such as cotton stems and vines work great with the Farmhouse design style.


Majority of the United States population grew up with Traditional home furnishings. The characteristics that create this design style reflect European decor. "One of the most important facets of traditional interior design is the silhouettes, also called the lines, of the furnishings. Wing-backed chairs, claw footed tables, and curved furniture pieces that reflect the 18th and 19th centuries are examples of this". Though the Traditional design style has been known for its elegance, recently, it is more known for its simplicity and traditional elements; dark wood, neutral tones, and accents.

Though we only described four of the main interior design styles, design is not limited to these four only. More styles include: contemporary, eclectic, cottage, mediterranean, urban, nautical, beach house, and french. Have fun choosing which design style fits you and your family and be sure to visit Urban Home should you have questions or are in need of a talented designer!

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