Popular interior design styles

Popular interior design styles

Minimalist Modern, industrial, shabby chic, the sheer amount of design styles can be confusing at the least for lay people and understanding the vocabulary is a challenge for many to accurately describe the design style, they’re looking for.

With and abundance of unique design styles, it can be daunting to figure out which style will work for your space and taste best.

Let’s look at some popular design styles, to understand their main features better.

Modern style

Modern is a broad design term which usually refers to a home with clean, crisp lines, a simple colour palette and the use of materials that can include metal, glass and steel. Modern design employs simplicity in every element, including furniture. Modern interiors look sleek and avoid clutter and over crowding. Functional and practical furniture is complimented by a few well selected accent pieces .


Minimalism takes modern design a step further by creating spaces that exude a calm sense of functionality. The colour palettes are neutral, light and airy and nothing is added to the space, which doesn’t serve an essential necessity. Minimalism is ultimately defined by a sense of functionality and ultra-clean design lines.


Industrial style, as the name implies has drawn its inspiration from from warehouses or loft spaces. There’s a sense of unfinished rawness in many of the design elements and it’s not uncommon to see an exposed brick wall, duct work or raw wood in such spaces. Other common features are high ceilings, metal work and metal light fixtures with sparse functional furniture. There may be one or two pieces of abstract art or photography to add a dash of colour to an otherwise neutral colour scheme derived from primary materials of wood and metal.


Bohemian is a popular style for home design and fashion. It reflects a care free life style with little rules, except to follow your hearts’ desire. Bohemian homes may include vintage furniture and light fixtures, colorful textiles and rugs, displays of collections and items found in flea markets and during traveling. This eclectic style can incorporate a chic chandelier paired with a rustic rug or a country style dining table with ultra sleek dining chairs. This is a free spirited design style, that allows many combinations and options, but the devil is in the detail and achieving a well rounded bohemian design can be a real challenge!