26 Popular Interior Design Styles

26 Popular Interior Design Styles

September 03, 2018

Are you thinking about redoing the interior design of your new or current home but don’t know where to start? There are a number of different designs to choose from, or combine elements from, and we are here to help. We have compiled a list of the 26 most popular interior design styles and have provided descriptions and key elements of them for you below. Feel free to give us a call and tap into our Winnipeg interior design experience if you have any questions.


The 26 most popular interior design styles include:



Modern interiors are typically simple and free from clutter. They pay homage to the Modernist art movement and try to incorporate a sense of functionality and clean lines, while keeping a sense of simplicity. These homes combine neutral and primary colors, utilize geometric patterns, and incorporate open floor plans. It is one of the most popular styles for real estate staging.


Mid-century modern

Mid-century modern homes reflect 1950s and 1960s nostalgia from the inside-out. This design style includes clean lines, limited furniture, and eye-catching bits of blues and greens. Functionality is also very important with this style, and these homes include elements of traditional and non-traditional materials.



Minimalist interiors are inspired by the arts movement of the 60’s and 70’s and Japanese design elements. These homes focus on a simple, efficient, and clutter-free design. There are very few pops of color. Black, white, and primary colors are the best choice for this design style.



The Scandinavian design style reflects the simple elegance of these countries. The style focuses on simplicity and functionality, while incorporating some textures and fabrics to bring warmth to the otherwise cool design. The color palette is simple, though bursts of color are common in accent pieces.



Industrial home interior design started to become popular in the 1990s and takes its inspiration from urban lofts and warehouses. This design style features exposed pipes and beams, metal finishes, vintage and antique pieces, and has a largely utilitarian look. The color scheme is typically neutral, though color may be introduced through artwork to add some color.



Although contemporary and modern styles are often used interchangeably, they do have some differences. Contemporary styles incorporate some of the functionality of modern styles but allows for a more fluid style. These homes also include open floor plans, but focus more on neutral colors, metal accents, artistic light fixtures, and textured fabrics.



Urban interior design seeks to bring elements of the urban lifestyle indoors. This style also often borrows from other styles, namely Bohemian and Industrial, to create a unique look. These homes might include exposed beams, balanced with light color palettes, and a heavy dose of artistic influence.



The traditional style has its roots in the European styles of interior design. They incorporate darker woods, a variety of expensive textiles, and rich colors. Some of these homes include furniture designs that borrow from 18th Century England or the French Colonial styles and may include built-in cabinets and crown molding.



Transitional is often confused with traditional, modern, or contemporary designs as it actively incorporates elements of all three. It includes both curved and straight lines, minimal accessories, neutral colors, and textured materials and fabrics. Transitional homes are styled to make the space feel warm and inviting, while not compromising on style.


Art Deco

The Art Deco movement started in the 1920’s and has become a very popular interior design style. Art deco utilizes geometry and lines to create a sense of symmetry and multi-directional light sources to create a unique ambiance. This style incorporates a bright color palette and seeks to make a statement.



Country style focuses on creating a cozy atmosphere. Though the inspiration might differ from home to home as some will have preferences to different origins like French, English, Tuscan, etc. However, all Country homes have rustic features. These homes often have organic materials, warm colors, and patterned textiles and focus on achieving balance in the home.



The Coastal design style is sometimes referred to as Hamptons style. These homes incorporate lots of blues and greens and are often inspired by the beach or ocean. Furniture is often white or beige and ocean elements are often incorporated throughout the home via accessories. Natural light is a key feature in these homes and the entire design focuses on creating a cool, breezy atmosphere.


Shabby chic

Shabby chic is a very popular interior design style right now, especially with the current DIY movement. This style incorporates some craft elements, pale color palettes, vintage fabrics and accessories, and floral prints. The furniture in these homes is distressed (or looks that way), light fixtures are typically ornate, and the overall vibe is softer than a Bohemian or Vintage style.



Homes that incorporate an eclectic design include a lot of contrasting colors and materials. This style combines elements from a number of styles and often breaks rules of other styles. This style focuses on individuality but relies on basic design principles to create a cohesive interior.



Vintage style seeks to incorporate retro or edgy elements in to their design. These homes pay homage to the ‘40s and ‘50s and this style is often referred to as the mix and match style. These homes can feature open shelves to showcase books and antiques, neutral colors, and contrasting patterns.



Asian homes focus on elegance, asymmetry, natural materials, clean lines, and feature references to nature. These homes focus on creating a peaceful, calm space and do not include any frills. Homeowners can choose from a variety of color palettes and accessories as long as they concentrate on creating a harmonious space.



The farmhouse look is often compared to the Rustic or Country design, though it differs in that it incorporates elements of the Shabby-Chic style, feels lighter, and focuses on having a warm feel. These homes often have a fireplace, large kitchen, vintage or rustic furniture and limit the use of glass.



Inspired by Italy, Greece, and Spain, Mediterranean homes feature earth tones and incorporate ornate furniture, high ceilings (if possible), and even arches and columns. This style can also include sturdy, short wood furniture, rustic elements, lots of complementary textures and patterns, and soft rugs.



Craftsman style refers not only to the style of the exterior of the house but can also include the interior design as well. This style incorporates an open floor plan, built-in cabinets and bookcases, and natural materials. These homes also often include fireplaces, wainscots (or chair rails), and have plenty of built-in features for homeowners to work with. The focus of this style is the marriage of form and function.



Rustic is inspired by nature and seeks to bring the outdoors inside. This style can include exposed beams or stone walls, reclaimed wood furniture, neutral colored fabrics, and animal-skin textiles. You might also find a lot of handcrafted furniture and wood-burning fireplaces in these homes.



This interior design style features an open-floor layout and incorporates beach, jungle, or safari-themed elements. These homes often have ceiling fans, many indoor plants, monochromatic color schemes, and furniture made from natural materials including bamboo, rattan, and teak. Homes decorated in this style may also feature tropical-inspired fabrics, art, and accessories.



Southwestern-style homes often feature recessed windows, warm color schemes, and terra cotta or brick floors. This style incorporates Native American and Spanish style elements and seeks to reflect the natural landscape of the American Southwest. These homes typically have open floorplans, handmade tiles and tapestries, and dense, wood or metal furnishings.



This style is still quite popular in older homes and with those who wish to preserve these homes and this design style. As the name suggests, this style stems from the Victorian era, which incorporated elements of Asian and Middle-East styles in accessories and furniture. The Victorian interior design style includes vibrant colors, plush fabrics, fitted carpets, textured walls, and large, elaborate furniture.


French Country

French Country focuses on a warm, inviting space and invokes an old-world vibe. This design style features a diverse color palette, rustic metal or natural furniture and exposed ceilings and walls. These features are combined with delicate porcelain dishes, lots of flowers, and toile (or other printed) textiles to incorporate a bit of elegance in these homes.



The Bohemian design style is carefree and truly reflects the owner’s personal style. This style can vary greatly from person-to-person, though it typically incorporates a wide variety of fabrics, furnishings, colors, and accessories. These homes typically are filled with all sorts of “things” but it all works together.


Hollywood Glam

The terms Hollywood Glam and Hollywood Regency are interchangeable and reflect this dramatic design style that focuses on luxury and opulence. These homes incorporate bold colors, plush fabrics, and seek to make a statement.



Although decorating or redecorating a home can be a bit intimidating, the best place to start is to select the style that suits you the best. We have provided you with 26 of the most popular decorating styles to choose from. Pick out a few of your favorites to research a bit further and talk to your local home interior decorator to get started on your new styled home! Call Maximum Impact Plus today!


- Angie Kendel, from Maximum Impact Plus, is a CID Certified Interior Decorator and has vast experience with interior renovations and a passion for helping people increase the value of their home by recommending improvements to increase a home’s value and creating beautiful, aesthetic living spaces. As a CSP Certified Staging Professional, she is not only able to showcase a home for sale for that instant “WOW Factor”, she is able to increase the value of client’s home, helping them sell their home at top dollar. By applying universal design as a CAPS Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, Angie is able to help clients with changing physical abilities today, tomorrow and anticipating their needs in the future, allowing them to maintain their independence and stay in their home longer.



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