One of the first things I like to do when meeting with a new client is to go through inspirational photos with them so I have a better idea of their design style. Getting it right at the start of the project saves a lot of headaches for both the client and myself.
Sometimes clients need a little guidance when it comes to figuring out what it is they really like and what makes their space feel like home. During my research of design styles, I found that I’m actually a little more transitional instead of the eclectic I always thought I was! There are an abundance of styles I could talk about. But, to keep this post short and sweet, here are seven of the most popular styles right now.
Traditional ~ this style is formal. You’ll find superior craftsmanship in crown moldings, trim, and other woodworking. Even though white tones are popular now, you will also find rich woods such as mahogany or cherry throughout a home.
Contemporary ~ This style is simple and understated with clean lines and muted neutrals with bold pops of color.
Transitional ~ The marrying of both traditional and contemporary. Creamy tone on tone whites keep it elegant. While subtle pops of blue and gold bring contemporary elements into this space.
Mid-Century Modern ~ This 1950’s post-war style incorporates minimalist design. You’ll find open floor plans and large open windows incorporated into the building aesthetic. I personally think of hairpin legs and tweed fabrics.
Eclectic ~ This playful design style incorporates a little bit of everything from different time periods. It allows one to really incorporate their personality into their space. Carefully blended colors and patterns with old and new textural pieces carefully curate an eclectic design.
Coastal ~ I think the name of this design style speaks for itself. However, you don’t have to done your home in seashells to pull off this look. Light airy fabrics blended with the colors of the sea blend naturally. Bring in natural water washed woods and earthy plants to incorporate a sense of nature.
Modern Farmhouse ~ This design style, made very popular by Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, is a beautiful mix of vintage and urban elements. The base of this design is a combination of blacks, whites, and weathered woods. Incorporating modern decor pieces with industrial objects of the past brings it all together.
The list doesn’t end here. There’s also rustic, industrial, bohemian, cottage, french country…the list truly is endless.
Also, you don’t have to be all in on one particular style. Mixing one or two styles together can really create a space of your own. This is where a great stylist can certainly help you achieve a certain look that’s all your own; a place you would be happy to call home.