The different types of interior design styles

From minimalist chic to mid-century modern and Hollywood glam, interior design possibilities are endless. While most designers have their preferred aesthetic, there are no hard and fast rules when experimenting with different types of interior design styles. So, whether you’re a purist, bound by the principles of each layout, or instead adopt a dynamic, bold and ever-changing approach, let’s break down the different styles and see what makes each recognisable. 

If you’d like to know your Hamptons from your provincial and your eclectic from your shabby chic, get cosy, put your feet up and keep reading. Discover the differentiating features of each style so you can see which suits your personality the best. Who knows, you might be swapping out that glass chandelier for hanging pendants sooner than you think. 


15 different interior design styles 

1. Modern 

Modern interior design celebrates clean lines, white and earthy tones, and minimal styling; in other words, it embraces simplicity. It’s a personal favourite, along with mid-century modern, for its timeless appeal that lets the carefully selected furniture shine. 

2. Contemporary 

Contemporary interior design, the sophisticated older sibling to modern design, encompasses the same clean and minimalist aesthetic but bends and shifts with the trends of the present moment, fluid and dynamic by nature. Whether it’s sleek metallic accents, funky light fixtures, or abstract art that makes you go “hmm”, the contemporary design reflects what’s popular now. 

3. Minimalist 

While minimalist interiors have always been popular, Marie Kondo, Kim Kardashian and the like have catapulted minimalist interior design into the modern zeitgeist. It’s all about simplicity with a side of zen. Think neutral colours, sleek furniture, and just enough decor to make your space feel lived-in. It’s perfect for those who want to live a simple life but in style.

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4. Industrial 

A coveted style, yet the authentic industrial loft is afforded by few. But that hasn’t stopped hipsters on a budget who love the edgy utilitarian style, incorporating elements throughout their homes. Think exposed brick walls, metal accents, high ceilings, exposed beams, and an overall vibe that screams, “I want to live in Bushwick”. It’s perfect for those who want to channel their inner Brooklynite or New Yorker and rock that vintage leather couch or stainless steel benchtop like nobody’s business.

5. Mid-Century Modern 

Maybe it was the popularity of Mad Men, or perhaps we just love a good throwback; either way, Mid-Century Modern is the trending interior design style sweeping the world! Think funky patterns, vintage furniture, curved edges, and a lot of personality. It’s like stepping back in time to the ’60s but with a modern twist. It’s perfect for those who want to channel their inner Don Draper or Peggy Olson and live that retro dream.

6. Scandinavian 

My favourite of all the interior design styles, Scandinavian design transcends external beauty, reliant on a feeling of hygge. Like receiving a loving hug or sliding on a warm and cosy sweater, Scandinavian design is as much about the look as it is the feeling. Think fur blankets, neutral hues, natural materials, and timber. It’s perfect for those who want a simple, minimalistic design with a touch of Nordic flair.

7. Traditional 

Inspired by royalty, traditional interior design takes ornate details like wainscoting, cornicing and skirting balanced with a fresh modern twist. You might see plush carpets, antique furniture, chandeliers, and intricate trim detailing in a traditionally designed home – perfect for anyone wanting to channel their inner king or queen or who appreciates opulent detailing. 

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8. Hamptons 

Synonymous with the luxury beachside estates, Hampton’s interior design embodies wealth, elegance and sophistication. Think linen curtains, wicker chairs, nautical accents and a relaxed coastal charm. It’s perfect for those who want to channel their inner Gwyneth Paltrow and live that Hamptons dream.

9. French Country 

In my opinion, there’s a lot of love about France, and interior design is top of the list. French country is the way to go if you’re a fan of rustic furniture, dramatic details and bold, vibrant colours. Think wrought iron accents, sandstone walls, vintage ceramics, and maybe even a dust ruffle. It’s perfect for those who want to channel their inner Marie Antoinette and infuse romance into every corner of their home.

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10. Provincial 

Get ready to transport yourself to the rolling hills of Provence with this interior design style! With rustic furniture, muted colours, and reclaimed timber, it’s similar to French country but more rustic. Think vintage textiles, wooden accents, and fresh flowers in antique vases. 

11. Bohemian 

Bohemian interior design is a psychedelic wonderland of bold textiles, funky decor, and personality galore. Think dream catchers, fringe curtains, Persian rugs and plants climbing the walls. It’s perfect for those who want to channel their inner Stevie Nicks and love a colourful home filled with warm and vibrant tones. 

12. Shabby Chic 

Shabby chic interior design is reminiscent of stepping into a charming English cottage filled with distressed furniture, floral patterns, and ornate, regal and whimsical charm. Think vintage tea sets, lace doilies, antique furniture, and pastel hues. It’s perfect for those who want to channel their inner grandma and love a “more is more” approach.

13. Hollywood glam 

Hollywood glam interior design is like stepping onto an old-school movie set brimming with bold colours, luxurious fabrics, and dramatic finishes. Think mirrored furniture, velvet curtains, ornate chandeliers and sconces, and decorative wallpapers. It’s perfect for those who want to channel their inner Marilyn Monroe and return to the glamorous Hollywood dream.

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14. Eclectic 

While you’d be forgiven for thinking anything goes to create the iconic, eclectic interior design style, there are specific elements that bring the aesthetic together. Combining an unexpected mix of patterns, textures, and colours, it’s an opportunity to balance vintage finds, treasures from your travels, and colourful soft furniture; perfect for those who want to combine elements of different interior design styles or express their bold and quirky personality. 

15. Art Deco

Get ready to bring some Gatsby glamour into your home with Art Deco interior design! It’s like stepping into a chic speakeasy with bold geometric patterns, metallic accents, and sophisticated finishes. Think curved furniture, oversized mirrors, and over-the-top soft furnishing. 

Need help to select your interior design style? 

If you want to inject more personality into your home, check out our property styling services; see how we can help you create a home that feels like you. 

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