When it comes to decorating your home, there are so many different styles to choose from. Whether it be something on trend like a Hamptons home or something more personable like a Moroccan style abode, you can really make your home ooze with your own personal style, with a few key pieces. I've chosen my top 15 decorating styles to help you make your home beautiful.
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Hamptons style is inspired by holiday homes in New York’s Long Island. Natural textures such as white-washed linens, freshly painted white timber and accents of blues make up the majority of this style. The aim of this style is to create a relaxed, coastal feel to a home. Plantation shutters usually look at home in this style, as do island benches, timber floor boards, glass panelled doors, and aluminium framed windows. For lighting options, stick to metal or glass pendants and lanterns or anything in a shiny chrome. For furnishings, think large sofas in neutral colours and loads of cushions with stripes or light blue floral patterns.
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Boho is a style that originated from the travelling gypsys of Eastern Europe. It is an eclectic and unique style where it more is more and doesn’t matter if things don’t match. The design rules of Boho are that there are no rules. If you have collected anything throughout your travels, it should be on display. Wooden furnishings feature heavily in Boho design as do exotic fabrics, patterned rugs, books, mirrors and artwork. Low tables and floor cushions work will in Boho homes and dark feature walls don’t look out of place either. These days people are also choosing to mix indoor plants with macramé pot plant holders into boho designs and hanging chairs made from textured rope also look fantastic as features as well. Think bold colours, multiple patterns and the odd cow skull hanging from the wall as well.
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Industrial style is a combination of exposed steel and rustic wood with the occasional exposed brick and industrial lighting fixtures thrown in for good measure. If you don’t like a cluttered home, this is the look for you. Industrial décor is sleek and organised with plenty of baskets or bins to hide items out of the way.
Choose rustic colours of browns and beiges and use accent colours for rugs and cushions. Use bold furniture in raw or unfished woods (ie. coffee tables) and leather sofas to fill large living areas. Exposed pendant lamps with Edison lightbulbs (with exposed filaments) look fantastic in Industrial styled homes, with a lot of emphasis put on large caged designs.
4. MID CENTURY MODERN
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Mid century modern is an understated style that is characterized by clean simple lines, minimal ornamentation, an emphasis on function, masses of glass and a strong connection to nature.
Furniture is usually organic and geometric in shape and has flat surfaces and peg legs or hardware. This design revolves around a space remaining clutter free. Natural materials like wood, metal and leather are usually paired with bold patterns but with minimal fuss.
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Exposed ceiling beams, pots and pans on hooks, antique lighting, deep kitchen sinks, open cabinets with reclaimed shelving and barn doors all make up elements of rustic farmhouse design.
Nothing should be too delicate or precious when decorating in a rustic farmhouse design. Hardy, practical pieces with distressed woods should be paired with second hand finds, stainless steel appliances and modern lighting. Similar to boho designs, things don’t need to match.
6. FRENCH COUNTRY
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Think of the French countryside and images of an old chateaux with lavender fields and bright sunshine, rustic stone garden beds and rusted metal come to mind. This is the charm of French Country design at it’s best. Contrasting textures and colours of sunny yellows and soft golds, burn rust and fiery reds, cobalt blues and dark hunter greens should all be used when decorating in a French Country style.
Natural stone floors, painted walls, exposed beams and delicately carved wooded furniture should be paired with natural furnishings, textured throws and cotton rugs. No French Country home should be without a stone fireplace with a wooden top, usually placed in the centre of the living area or off to the side of a large bedroom.
7. ART DECO
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Think geometric shapes and patterns, opulent finishes, rich colours, luxury living with a hint of glamour and decadently detailed pieces in streamlined shapes – this is what Art Deco is all about.
Starbursts are usually added to design elements or furniture, elaborate mirrors, lighting and artworks without encouraging a cluttered look. Chandeliers play a big part in lighting Art Deco homes and large pieces of glamourous, textured furniture will accent any room.
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Scandinavian design is renowned for its stylish simplicity, large windows to let in the light and stylish wooden features. Nature is also a large part of Scandi design, so make sure you include some indoor plants or flowers in vases.
When adding furniture to rooms, make sure pieces are simple and minimal to create a feeling of spaciousness within the room. Soft furnishings area also a must in Scandi design to create warm and relaxing environments.
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Contemporary interior design is known for having sleek surfaces, crisp furnishings, and cutting-edge art in bold colours. The colour palette is usually muted (think browns, creams or pure white) with pop of colour in artworks or soft furnishings. This shifts the spotlight onto the choice of materials and textures used throughout the room instead.
Furniture features clean lines and smooth surfaces without any detailing and lighting pendants usually involve straight lines and metallic finishes.
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Cottage design is all about creating light, bright and airy spaces, by ways of painted furniture with weathered finishes, textured baskets, natural-fibre rugs and colours replicating a cottage garden (think light apricots, dusty pinks, sunflower yellows, robin’s egg blues and light shades of greens.)
It’s not uncommon to find floral fabrics paired with stripes and solids and second hand wooden furniture in cottage design. These all help to create a vintage feel. DIY is also big in cottage design with curtains and pillowslip covers featuring heavily.
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Minimalism can be described as the stripping away of all unnecessary elements and focusing on only what needs to be there. When decorating in a minimalist design, think – “less is more”. Think quality instead of quantity.
Eliminate clutter and decorate with simple, sleek furniture in a monochromatic colour scheme. Keep all surfaces clean and clear of items that aren’t needed. Start with a neutral base tone and only add one or two other colours as accents. Black and white schemes work wonderfully in minimalist homes.
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Traditional design is inspired by the 18th and 19th centuries and features timeless classics incorporating art, antiques and pieces of history. Symmetry is huge in traditional design and pieces of furniture always match perfectly.
Dark warm tones are a must in the colour palette and often rich jewel tones are used as features. Ornate furniture such as claw foot baths, carved wooden tables and tufted upholstery are defining features used in this style of decorating.
Wingback chairs with high backs, wooden legs and winged sides often feature as focal items, as do fireplaces, chandeliers, and candle holders. Rooms also feature architectural details such as crown molding, columns and wood panelling.
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Moroccan designs are a blend of African, Arab and Mediterranean embellishing styles. Arches, domes and ornamental mosaic tiles usually complete the look with strong, rich colours of reds, oranges, bright blues and greens featuring heavily.
Furniture is usually patterned and set low to the ground. Pillows, shallow bowls, decorative fabrics and wooden ornaments really help to furnish rooms. Patterned floor tiles, metal lanterns and candles are a must when decorating in a Moroccan home design.
14. VIntage/shabby CHIC
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Shabby chic is an eclectic, relaxed style which has a lived-in look and a feminine vibe. You’ll usually find a lot of distressed furniture, chandeliers, and floral fabrics in shabby chic homes.
When decorating, start with a neutral background, with loads of light, and add in pastel colours in the form of rugs, cushions and throws and second hand furniture. Stringed lighting DIY furniture and lots of plants also adorn shabby chic homes.
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Tropical interior design involves the use of natural materials, such as wicker, rattan, and bamboo with fabrics featuring palm leaves, lattice prints and cane motifs. Oversized wallpapers are on trend at the moment with images of palm fronds, dense foliage and even flamingos adorning walls!
Tropical designs feature vibrant colours and coastal feels. Bright blues and yellows used to feature a lot in tropical beach houses, however nowadays modern home owners are choosing soft blues, whites and greens to replace these outdated colours. Outdoor showers and surfboards are being featured in backyards and frangipani trees are adorning gardens with a relaxed, tropical vibe.
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