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Your Guide to Home Decorating Styles

Thinking about redesigning your home but not sure how to decorate it? Whether you want to create the ultimate industrial-style studio apartment or you want to incorporate feng shui in your living room, there are tons of home decorating ideas you can use to design the home of your dreams. Here are 14 different design styles and home decor ideas that will help you spruce up your space!

Minimalist

Living designed in Minimalist style with a tan couch and white walls and blush pillows. Photo by Instagram user @mi_property_solutions
Photo via @mi_property_solutions

When people think of a minimalist home, they often imagine white walls, uncomfortable seating, and lack of decor—except it’s anything but! Minimalist design is all about clean lines, functional layout, multipurpose furniture, and keeping your space simple, bright, open, and warm.

How to Decorate: To achieve this style, stick to neutral paint colors like beige or blush, incorporate furniture with plenty of storage like hutches and ottomans, and add soft touches of texture with fuzzy blankets and pillows. And remember not to crowd your space with unnecessary knick-knacks and furniture!

Modern

Bedroom designed in Modern style with gray walls and a bed with white sheets on a platform frame. Photo by Instagram user @architect_mustafayev
Photo via @architect_mustafayev

Often confused with contemporary decorating, modern is one of the types of interior design styles that focuses on the look of sleek furniture and eliminating unnecessary details or decor. You’ll find that typical characteristics of modern style have an emphasis on reflective surfaces like glass, vertical or horizontal lines over curves, earthy tones, and simple patterns.

How to Decorate: Go with hues of blacks, whites, grays, and metallics for your color scheme. Add pops of color with throw pillows on your bed or decorative vases on your coffee table. If you have a kitchen island, set up a few black leather bar stools that have straight backs to them. You can also hang square mirrors with metal frames in your entryway.

Contemporary

Dining room designed in Contemporary style with blue walls and purple chairs with a marble table. Photo by Instagram user @ericaitaborahy1
Photo via @ericaitaborahy1

While modern and contemporary are types of decorating styles that are often used interchangeably, they’re very different. For example, modern style adheres to rules of straight lines and solid textures, whereas contemporary style is more fluid and includes curved lines, soft edges, and bolder colors.

How to Decorate: Use hues of blues, greens, pinks, golds, and oranges to incorporate an accent wall that complements the colors of your large furniture. Buy furniture that’s both plush and linen to contrast a sculptural floor lamp or a dining table with a metallic finish.

Bohemian

Living room designed in Eclectic style with patterned rug and orange chair and tall house plants. Photo by Instagram user @bohemianhomedecor
Photo via @bohemianhomedecor

Bohemian style is an interior decorating trend often associated with free-spirited people, as this style encourages showcasing your individuality with unique color schemes and mismatched furniture. A home that uses boho style decor might include vintage light fixtures, globally-inspired patterned rugs, beaded pillows, and chairs that come in variety of shapes and colors.

How to Decorate: Hang a crystal chandelier from the ceiling and position large orange floor pillows around a green coffee table. Add a few family heirlooms on your mantel or old wine bottles with flowers in the them. Fasten fringe curtains to the windows or silk canopy over your bed.

Traditional

Dining room designed in Traditional style with an animal print rug and wood table with chandelier. Photo by Instagram user @betweenporches
Photo via @betweenporches

There are no home decor styles quite as classic as traditional style! Homes featuring this trend are geared toward finished wood, rich hues, and fabrics with ornate details like silk and velvet that are rooted in 18th century European and Colonial styles.

How to Decorate: Set wingback velvet chairs around your dining table, or make a claw-footed table with a glass top the focal point of your living room. Swap out a plain wooden bed frame for one with a tufted headboard that has matching ottoman. If you have hardwood floors, lay down a kashan rug to add a touch of luxury.

Transitional

Living room design in Transitional style with gray and blush furniture with gold light fixtures. Photo by Instagram user @cindymccorddesign
Photo via @cindymccorddesign

Joining traditional style with contemporary style is what transitional decorating is all about! It borrows elements from contemporary decor like glass and curved edges and blends it with the wooden elements and rich fabrics of the traditional style to form a relaxing space that’s both sleek and inviting.

How to Decorate: Use cozy shades of white and tan to create a serene feel and include dark brown coffee tables and end tables for depth. Incorporate a geometric lamp on your nightstand to counter a wooden bed frame with ornate carvings. Lay down a yellow or blue-striped cushion on an espresso European bench in the entryway.

Rustic

Living in Rustic style with gray couch and patterned pillows with worn wood on the wall. Photo by Instagram user @vintagemarketdayscntrlnr
Photo via @vintagemarketdayscntrlnr

Rustic style is a great way to bring the outdoors into your interior design! It embraces textures and colors that are influenced by nature, as well as organic shapes to help bring warmth to the area. Furniture of rustic style mainly consists of leather fabrics, dark-stained woods, and wire accents.

How to Decorate: Use beiges and browns on your walls and with furniture fabrics. Adorn the walls with antlers or a wire mosaic. Add warmth with a stone fireplace or orange lighting for a more budget-friendly option. Lay down cowhide or sherpa rugs to warm up dark-wood floors.

Coastal

White living room with blue blankets and blue pillows decorated in Coastal style. Photo by Instagram user @caitlinmariedesign
Photo via @caitlinmariedesign

Design a relaxing, comfortable environment with the coastal decorating style. This design trend—also called Hamptons style—uses elements inspired by the beach and ocean, featuring plush white sofas, beige woods, shades of blues and greens, and sometimes seashells or ropes.

How to Decorate: Use large wicker baskets to store spare blankets. Paint your kitchen blue or gray and install sand-colored hardware. Put your bed on a white bed frame and offset it with an aqua area rug and green throw pillows.

Scandinavian

White dining room with wood table and tree in the corner designed by Scandinavian style. Photo by Instagram user @oursweetliving
Photo via @oursweetliving

Similar to minimalism, Scandinavian style harnesses simplicity, natural lighting, and functional furniture, but with more focus on stark structures. Scandinavian design typically includes monochromatic color palettes, sleek wooden and metal elements, and abstract home decor.

How to Decorate: Hang copper pendants from wood beams or ceiling. Place vases of flowers on coffee tables or a tall plant in the corner of your bedroom. Adorn your couch or the end of bed with geometric print pillows. You can also liven up your space with modern prints on the wall for a pop of color.

Mid-Century Modern

All white living with checker board floors and yellow curtains and patterned furniture in Mid-Century Modern style. Photo by Instagram user @magazinemerchanthouse
Photo via @magazinemerchanthouse

Whether you’re looking to change up your living room or bedroom, Mid-Century Modern is one of the most versatile decorating styles to use in your home. This retro home design trend is influenced by the 1960s with an emphasis on eccentric patterns, bright colors, molded plastics, and modern furniture.

How to Decorate: Keep walls neutral with whites, grays, and beiges, but add accent pieces with yellows, greens, and oranges. Use chairs, tables, and beds with tapered legs. Look for furniture with tweed fabrics. And be sure to mix and match shapes, patterns, colors, and artwork!

Industrial

Black and gray and wood kitchen designed in Industrial style. Photo by Instagram use @arpinharutunian
Photo via @arpinharutunian

Want more of an urban vibe? Industrial style draws inspiration from warehouses and is perfect for those who want a dark yet minimalist feel in their home. While this type of design is more popularly found in lofts and apartments, you can still embrace industrial decor in a house with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, concrete countertops, and a mixture of wooden and metal furniture.

How to Decorate: Add some wrought-iron nightstands to the bedroom or a dark wood desk to an office. Hang pendant lighting from the ceiling in your kitchen and dining room. Stick to grays, blacks, and browns for the color palette of your furniture. Repurpose antique drafting tables and metal bar stools.

Eclectic

Living room with blue walls and patterned chairs with green stools in Ecelectic design. Photo by Instagram user @lizcaan
Photo via @lizcaan

If you’re someone who enjoys home decorating styles that have a little bit of everything—whether it be colors, patterns, or decor from multiple eras—the eclectic style might be for you! While eclectic style decor might look like a hodgepodge, a lot of thought goes into harmonizing the elements of multiple interior decorating styles. One way to do this is to pick out a color scheme, and then build your design around that.

How to Decorate: Pair some Art Deco chairs with a vintage French table. Use patterned wallpaper to accent a wall. Place velvet pillows and fur blankets on a modern couch. Place knick-knacks and books of varying sizes on bookshelves. Hang black-and-white photos with abstract paintings on walls.

Modern Farmhouse

All white kitchen with black appliances and cabinets in a famrhouse design. Photo by Instagram user @jessicadevlindesign
Photo via @jessicadevlindesign

Most recognized as the style frequently used by Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper, modern farmhouse has become one of the most popular home design styles. Combining elements of industrial, rustic, and minimalism, this interior decoration style uses a mix of high and low contrast pieces with a hint of barn-like details to create home that’s cozy.

How to Decorate: Think white paint colors or a neutral palette with wrought-iron bar stools, distressed wooden tables, large windows for lots of natural light, and a variety of textures like wool or canvas for your farmhouse style decor. Include accent pieces like barrels repurposed for tables or wooden ladders for high bookshelves and cabinets.

Feng Shui

Living room painted white with brown decor for a Feng Shui design. Photo t\by Instagram user @kaza.karis
Photo via @kaza.karis

Consider using feng shui to decorate your space! The key to this decorating technique is to figure out which aspects of your life need more focus: health, wealth, relationships, creativity, etc. Then, embrace decor that features the feng shui elements—fire, earth, water, metal, and wood—associated with that life area to start the flow of positive chi.

How to Decorate: Looking to build a creative oasis? Include metal elements like a gold mirror or silver end tables to evoke creativity. Want a home bursting with happiness? Paint walls using shades of red or pyramid furniture to bring out exciting energy. Need a health boost? Add some sunny yellow accents to your kitchen or bathroom.

Now that you’ve found the interior design style that fits your home and lifestyle, it’s time to declutter your space and get rid of the old so you can bring in the new!

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Your Guide to Decorating Styles

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