As promised, the second part of our series helping you to define your style (there will be a third part - if you want to start from the beginning, go to read Part I).
We continue our search today in defining styles so that you can have an idea of where you land on the spectrum. Let's dive right in!
Contemporary: as its name indicates, it goes with the current trends and is constantly evolving. It can borrow from previous styles used as inspirations by designers from year to year - and also evolves around how society is evolving as well (an example being the open-planned kitchen and island that corresponds to the need of more counter space to prep: the traditional counter space being used up by coffee machines, micro-waves and so on). Nowadays, contemporary interiors tend to be clean and unadorned, influenced by modern and Scandinavian styles for the most part. For the last few years, using more colors has become popular, making the distinction between contemporary and modern more clear.
Industrial: basically taking what was there JUST before the Modern style emerged but was not considered good enough to make its way into someone's home. The Industrial style items and furniture are inspired by the old 19th-century factories, with very raw materials, oversized elements and functional designs with no fuss, often associated with a dark color palette.
Hollywood Regency: also referred to as Hollywood Glam, it refers to the styles created by set designers for movies and TV in the 30's. Back then, movie plots often evolved around characters with incredible destinies, who often had a matching interior, full of luxurious and over-the-top, opulent details. Nowadays, this style is famous for its bold colors, Victorian looking ornaments, animal prints, velvety fabrics and extravagant chandeliers. This style is the perfect one to 'make a statement'.
Transitional: for those who cannot choose between modern and traditional, transitional is the perfect blend between the two - hence its popularity. It can associate modern materials, like a glass coffee table to a flower-pattern upholstered sofa. The color palette tends to be rather neutral, to harmonize both styles together.
Eclectic: (often named contemporary eclectic) basically collects ideas from all styles to blend them into a truly unique interior design. The challenge here is to find a general thread that goes through the entire design to maintain a cohesive look.
Bohemian: style 'borrowed' from the fashion industry, bohemian interiors have no rule per se - regarding how the layout is organized or designed concept works or on how people within live. It often displays vintage furniture and light fixtures, all sorts of textiles from plaid to lace and can have a healthy dose of joyful clutter (the 'messy' look is part of the deal and contributes to the warm ambiance created). All colors are permitted, although it often evolves around brown tones.
Shabby chic: 'cousin' of the bohemian style, shabby chic tends to be more feminine and delicate and has more defined rules. Most items tend to be vintage (if not actual vintage, at least vintage-inspired with distressed looks) and the color palette goes towards the soft cream, white and light pink (pastels in general actually). Fabrics will also be more fluffy in general and lace will definitely be part of it.
Ethnic: also called Moroccan or African style, it refers to interiors with a strong vibe from another continent. With light materials and yet dark, earthy colors (browns, oranges) it often displays all sorts of items collected during trips, soft lighting fixtures made of clothes or distressed paper for a warm and cozy feel.
This is the end of this post listing all the most common styles out there. We could obviously go into more details and list even more subcategories of styles but it would simply be too long (Art Deco, Zen that Aurélie likes very much, Mediterranean, etc). If you want further details on some other styles, please let us know!
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