A Small Glimpse into Basic Design Styles
There are so many design styles out there it is hard to pinpoint which one you like best. Personalities are showcased in each individual one and deciding on one style for your home can be one of the toughest decisions made. The designers at Divine Interiors put together a basic guide to help you decide which one best suits your life, home, and personality.
Use of classic styling and symmetry to create a calm, orderly decor. Color palette is usually in the mid-tones and fabrics are muted, usually simple florals, solids, stripes or plaids.
Tuscan style captures the essence of the Italian countryside without feeling overwrought or theatrical. It’s rustic but not primitive, unpretentious and effortlessly stylish.
Vintage interior design is all about creating a sense of charm and history through old eclectic pieces. By adding antiques, collectibles, flea market finds, and estate sale items you can develop a vintage atmosphere.
An ornate, fanciful and decorative style is characteristic of this look. Colors range from rich, sun-drenched Mediterranean hues to softer, muted shades. Often, one color or fabric is repeated throughout the space. It’s characterized by rich details and extensive use of gold, bronze and gilt. Antique or heirloom furniture, layered dramatic window treatments and abundant fresh flowers fill out a French home.
Retro Style Decorating actually encompasses several decades of styles, but is most commonly reflecting the decor of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. As there is so much to choose from past styles, what you decide to include will ultimately be your own interpretation of the past, and will therefore be entirely unique and individual.
Modern design uses geometric shapes, including rigid squares and rectangles along with smooth curves. Perfect circles and ovals are also common in modern interior design. Modern interior design is also generally very simple and even minimal, with few ornamental flourishes to interrupt the even, unbroken lines and flat surfaces.
Light may be the single most important, yet most overlooked, element of coastal style. That’s one reason white is the hallmark color of coastal interiors: It spreads and amplifies light rather than soaking it up. The idea of Coastal indoors is to blend the idea of outdoor and indoor. This can be accomplished by lots of glass, type of furniture, and even nature.
Arts and Crafts:
Wood is the single most important element. It embraces sturdy, simple, comfortable furnishings that are built to last and are as much about function as form. The Arts and Crafts movement was all about simple, clean lines and expert craftsmanship with objects inspired by nature.