Interior Design Styles, what style am I? 6 Design Styles Explained by Antonia Burnett


With a huge variety of interior products on the market today, it can feel a little overwhelming knowing where to start.  Decorating and furnishing our homes can be expensive and we want to minimise the risk of picking a design we end up disliking and making a costly mistake.  Knowing your style is absolutely key to ensuring that your project is successful.  Once you know your style, everything you choose from the colour scheme to the furniture style will work in harmony.

Antonia Burnett of Saving Graces Interiors  talks us through how to figure out your own interior design, discussing six of the most loved styles.

How to figure out your own interior design style

 So how do we find our own style?  Collecting images of interiors that you are drawn to is a great way to understand your own style.  Each of us are individual and your personal taste is as unique as your own fingerprint but there are some popular styles out there which could point you in the right direction.  I am going to focus on the 6 most popular interior styles and talk a little about how we can go about achieving these looks.

Interior Design Styles; The Top Six design styles explained.

The top six interior design styles that you might want to consider when decorating your home:

#1 Mid century modern

This style has enjoyed a huge revival over the past few years and is inspired by the architecture and interiors from the middle of the 20thcentury.  This look favours uncluttered, sleek lines and organic and geometric forms. Functionality is paramount which makes this a very easy look to live with.   To achieve this look, consider a neutral colour palette with warm earthy tones mixed in. Use dark wood accents and conical shaped lights.  

 #2  Bohemian


The Bohemian look is characterized by mixing pattern, texture and colour to achieve a carefree and unconventional look.  If you love finding interesting and unique pieces for home on your travels this look might well strike a chord with you.  To achieve this look use a colour palette of bright jewel colours mixed rustic, gnarly looking wood accents. Layering is key so plenty of cushions and throws. Textures such as jute, velvet and sheepskin are ideal.  Bring in lots of greenery such as banana and fig leaf plants.  Oh and anything with fringing on it will finish off the look beautifully. 

#3  Modern luxe


This high-end look is so popular as it is all about luxury, craftsmanship and comfort.  Many of the top hotels favour this look as it ensures that their guests feel indulged during their stay.  Modern Luxe favours sleek lines but it is the materials and finishes that really encapsulate this look.  Shiny finishes such as glass, polished metal and marble ensure that light it bounced around the space creating a magical atmosphere.  Low level lighting such as floor and table lamps is an important element to create a cosy, relaxed feel in the evenings. Use luxurious textures such as silk, velvet and mohair to indulge your senses.

 #4  Coastal


You needn’t have to live by the sea to enjoy this clean, crisp and timeless look.  This style has been around a long time and always seems to feel fresh and inviting.   The colour palette is predominately blue and white but you can play around with adding in different hues such as mint, navy, denim, taupe and grey.  Mix stripes and checks and introduce pale wood finishes such as washed oak and driftwood.  Let as much natural light in as possible so keep window dressing to a minimum. Painted tongue and groove wall panelling will add some interest and texture to the space.

#5 Contemporary


This style is defined by simplicity, clean lines and subtle sophistication.  Comfort is paramount along with a sense of symmetry and order.  The colour palette should feel calm, try grey based neutrals with black accents.  Keep the walls neutral to allow for pops of colour through contemporary, abstract artwork.  The Contemporary look is clutter free so ensure that there is adequate storage for storing every day items.  The use of geometric patterns on curtains or cushions works really well as does the occasional injection of animal print.

#6 Traditional


Symmetry is again an important part of traditional style but the focus is very much on the detail. You can really go to town with this look and add trimmings to your cushions and curtains.  Upholstered buttoned footstools work well with this style as do chairs and sofas with comfortable feather filled cushions. This is an incredibly easy look to live with as it doesn’t require a clutter free environment. In fact, the more crumpled and relaxed the better, this will only add to its charm.  Use a palette of warm neutrals and highlight with colours found in nature such as ochre, rust and fern green.  Use textures such as leather, wool and linen.  Woollen plaids and checks are ideal patterns to complete the look.

Which Interior Design style are you?

It’s hard to understand which style you prefer without starting to explore furniture pieces, home inspiration and samples in more depth. Pinterest is great for giving you inspiration, but nothing beats getting into a store and picking pieces or samples you like in person. Start by identifying a few collections that you like and then see how they fit into the above categorisation. You can then start to use this as a guide to help you keep consistent in your styling.  

Still confused?

If you are still confused about which style you like, or how to make it work with your existing design scheme, then pop along to Millers on 17th August where I’ll be available to help and give you some free advice! Click here for more information on the event.


Good luck on your style discovery journey and indeed with any projects that you might be contemplating.