Interior design is a way you can tailor your home to the aesthetics you love and need. Different themes have been created in interior design over time. A theme is an idea that encapsulates a work of art and creates a particular setting or ambiance. There are hundreds of themes we use today, which can give us great guidelines for creating a beautiful atmosphere. Interior design themes develop strategies to help you successfully balance any room.
Several of the most common themes today consist of Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian, Rustic, Shabby Chic, Bohemian, and Industrial. While thousands of styles are still available, these are traditional concepts that have lasted the test of time. With these guidelines, each style has décor that will work for it and décor that can clash with it. Let us explore each theme and what décor can best go in each design to help tailor your décor to your home!
Mid-Century Modern is not to be confused with Contemporary. Mid-Century Modern is a style that was used in many home designs during 1933-1965. This style offered an open layout, streamline furniture, and a light, airy color palette. When adding décor to these spaces, pay attention to the lines. Most furniture in Mid-Century Modern is very simple, prioritizing functionality. Minimalism is the core root of this style, so décor should be minimum but impactful. Look for unique, simple décor that can pop and make a statement, yet not rob the room of its simplicity.
Scandinavian is the design theme you see with Ikea furniture. This style is a very simple color palette with white, beige, grey, and black being nearly as colorful as it gets. If you were to add color décor, keep it very muted with pastel colors. Scandinavian design always uses light-colored woods. This feature can work great with accent décor as well! Another important characteristic is comfort. Comfort can be achieved with cozy textiles like throw pillows or other variables of comfort.
Rustic design is naturally influenced by natural stones, hardwoods, and other components of nature. Many of the furnishings take pride in the rough, more gnarled-size wood has to offer. This look can be a great tactic to use in your design. Galvanized metals, wood trinkets, forest-influenced décor, and candle lighting are all tremendous, authentic tricks to put into this styling.
Every design style has its own guidelines, which can help create the style. Knowing your style and some of its criteria to enhance it can help you master your design. Remember, interior design is expressive and only works if you love it. These strategies can help you master your own design and take it to the next level. Make sure to check out part two to explore even more common design styles and décor tactics.