Perhaps you are thinking of renovating your home or a space within it or perhaps you have just finished renovating and now comes the fun part… the design. This can be overwhelming, particularly if you have spent hours scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration, which often is followed by questions, rather than clarity. Which style have I adopted in my home? Do I even have a style? Can I mix two together? Does my home look outdated? When it comes to style, the most important thing is that YOU love it. Not so much keeping up with the trends and what you should or should not be doing. However, there are some general things to keep in mind when designing your space.

  • Budget – what is your budget for the design and how can you design the space you want whilst staying within that?
  • Purpose – what will the space be primarily used for? How much time will you be spending in there?
  • Aesthetics – which colours appeal to you? What furniture will you have in this space? Which décor items will you bring in? Is it a large or small space? Textures/patterns?
  • Style – which style appeals to you? Do you like modern? Perhaps traditional? Coastal? Farmhouse? Consistency is key, however, this does not mean that you cannot mix styles or that you are limited to just one or two.

Now that we have looked at some important factors to keep in mind before and/or after a renovation, we will now briefly explore some of the popular design styles and what they look like.

Modern – a popular style that incorporates clean and simple colours and lines, whilst having visual and functional simplicity. This interior style usually incorporates the use of black and white and glass and metals.

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Mid-century Modern – This style has gained popularity over the past years even though it came to fame in the 1940s. This design style also incorporates clean lines but uses organic and geometric shapes to form a timeless design.

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Traditional – This style is largely based on the 18th and 19th Century European styles, yet with a modern touch when used today. This is popular because it has a ‘homely’ feel and boasts comfort whilst remaining timeless. Dark wood can often be seen in a traditional space, alongside materials such as silk and velvet.

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Farmhouse – Cosy, rustic and simplicity embody this style. It is a style that has gained much popularity over the past years. It reflects rural architecture and often includes many windows, barn doors and exposed beams. The colour palette for this style is often a neutral one. There is also the Modern Farmhouse style, which is very similar, only with modern touches including, smooth lines and glossy pieces

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Scandinavian – This style is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. It offers a clean and simple interior with an emphasis on minimalism. It is a space that feels serene and calm whist being functional. It usually draws on a soft colour palette and touches of greenery to enhance the inviting and welcoming nature of the space.

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There are many other design styles to consider, but ultimately, your space is about what you and your loved ones like and enjoy. We hope the above has been helpful, but also keep in mind that you do not need to have just the one style in your home. There are some important things to keep in mind if you would like to mix styles or even if you do not have a defined ‘style,’ but rather just need some tips when designing your space:

  • Keep a consistency throughout your home. This does not mean that everything needs to match, but rather that there is a flow throughout. For example, if your home is Colonial, you would not put in a modern kitchen, but rather a kitchen which has at least some Colonial aspects to blend in.
  • Stick to a limited colour palette. This will ensure a nice flow throughout and you can then draw on pops of colour as accents.
  • Match the wood. This is often a difficult one and does not mean that all the wood aspects of your home need to match exactly, but rather, that the colours of the wood do not clash.
  • 80% – 20% – This is a great rule to help guide you when mixing styles. This means that you have a dominant style (80%) and a second style which you sprinkle in (20%).

All this being said, your style is your style! Design styles are there to guide you and give you inspiration, but they are not set in stone. You need to make sure that you like and enjoy your space and that means that it ultimately comes down to what you love.