5 Most Popular Interior Design Styles to Know Now

5 Most Popular Interior Design Styles to Know Now

5 Most Popular Interior Design Styles to Know Now

When you’re decorating a home, knowing the differences between popular interior design styles can make all the difference in honing your personal tastes and curating the perfect room. Maybe you’ve moved into a new apartment or renovated your old house, and now you’re looking for just the right style to furnish it. Or perhaps you’ve been in your home for a while now and just want to inject a fresh look into the space. No matter your situation, we’re here to help you find the interior design style that calls your name. Below, we’ve compiled an overview of ten popular interior design styles and home trends. Ranging from the cool north to the far east, from clean minimalism to colorful boho-eclecticism, these are the styles to know. Take a look and see what resonates. 


1. Scandinavian 
Functional, rectilinear, and clean; that's how the Danes, Swedes, Norwegians, and Finns love their furniture. And now people from all corners of the earth are digging the Scandinavian style too. This design movement puts a love of nature in the forefront, and as such, Nordic design uses almost exclusively natural materials like local woods and rattan as well as linen, cotton, and leather. Often this material palette is complemented by a simple color scheme such as white, gray, and beige. Accents are mostly added in light pastel shades or, for true Scandi lovers, with design objects such as chairs by Fritz Hansen, lamps from Louis Poulsen, and decorative objects from Ferm Living or Muuto.

For a few years now, two new interior sub-trends have sprung from the aesthetic: hygge from Denmark, which is all about warmth and comfort; and Swedish lagom, which seeks to conserve resource through conscious, minimalist-leaning choices (in fact, lagom translates to “just right” or “just enough”). Whether you pursue hygge, lagom, or a simpler Scandi style, these trends from the far north are not only practical and inviting, but they can easily combine with other interior design styles.
2. Japandi
As the name suggests, the Japandi home trend is a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian design elements. Japandi blends two cultures that, despite their great distance, share an important connection: their value of nature.

In interior design, this special relationship is reflected largely through the use of materials such as natural stone, paper, and wood. The big difference between this and a pure Scandi look is that these spaces often make use of a darker, richer color palette. In general, the Japanese influence allows for a broader use of tones such as black, dark green, terra-cotta, and eggplant. Another adaptation is the introduction of feng shui principles, which have Chinese origins but are often incorporated into Japanese home decor. These days many designers are mastering the balancing act between North and East, among them, for example, Munich-based Stephanie Thatenhorst and the Danish designer David Thulstrup.

3. Mediterranean Style
What do a Majorcan finca, a villa in Provence, and a small white house on the Greek islands have in common? The relaxed, rustic, and welcoming spirit of the Mediterranean. For those who live in less sunny places and don’t want to miss out on the serenity and that seaside feeling, bringing the Mediterranean look into their home is the perfect solution.

The key is a mix of light colors, earth tones, and splashes of warm accents. Think white, beige, forest green, and terra-cotta complemented by ocher, orange, and azure blue. The most popular materials include clay, raffia, and linen, as well as local olive or pine wood. For both floors and walls, colorful mosaic tiles or handmade zellige clay tiles are particularly suitable. And of course, don't miss the opportunity to display colorful ceramic tableware and Mediterranean plants and herbs, which not only make for great accent but are also handy for cooking.
4. Country House
Had enough of the gray urban jungle? With country-style furniture and accessories, the charming cottage look that originated in 17th-century Great Britain can easily make its way into your home, no matter if you’re living in a big city or a remote enclave.

In many homes, wooden beams and bricks—a helpful foundation for this look—are just waiting to be discovered, so it could be worth exploring what layers you can peel back. Opt for furniture that has some history, maybe those with small blemishes or a vintage look. Flea market finds are great for larger pieces (look for furniture made from solid wood), and precious heirlooms such as picture frames, tablecloths, and even grandma’s vase might also fit in. For a very British style, bring in a tea set, preferably with a floral pattern, or a Chesterfield sofa.
5. Midcentury
Few decades have produced as many iconic designs quite like the 1950s and ’60s did. It's no wonder that midcentury style is still so insanely popular today. Case in point: The Charles and Ray Eames Lounge Chair, which is a true legend of the period, is still produced to this day through Vitra.

The comfy chair displays some clear and important characteristics of the midcentury ethos: high-quality natural materials like wood and leather meet lush, organic shapes supported by a delicate metal base. These characteristics can be found not only in the chairs of Eames or Le Corbusier, but also in the kidney tables and sideboards that are still very much in demand today. Also typical of ’60s chic are opulent, textured fabrics such as velvet, corduroy, and bouclé in fir green, bold navy, and purple. Combining midcentury with shiny brass or chrome accents will round out the glamorous and cozy style.

- Hometecture Team
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