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Exploring 5 Major Interior Design Styles

Designing your home starts with knowing your unique design style. It's not just about picking furniture or color schemes; it's about understanding the aesthetic that resonates with you on a personal level. While there are many design styles out there these 5 major design styles — Transitional, Traditional, Modern, Mid Century, and Scandinavian— are some of the most common I see today. Discover the possibilities of what your home could look like and uncover the elements that will reflect your personality and preferences.

Transitional Style

Transitional design strikes a delicate balance between classic and contemporary elements. It merges the warmth of traditional styles with the clean lines of modern aesthetics. Expect a harmonious blend of timeless furniture, neutral color palettes, and a touch of eclectic flair. The key lies in creating a comfortable and welcoming space that remains chic and sophisticated.

Traditional Design Style

Traditional Design Style

Rich, elegant, and timeless, traditional design draws inspiration from 18th and 19th-century European decor. Think classic furniture, intricate details, bold colors, and a symmetrical layout. Traditional spaces often showcase a warm color palette, luxurious fabrics, and ornate patterns. This style exudes a sense of history and sophistication, creating a timeless and inviting atmosphere.

Modern Style

Clean lines, open spaces, and a focus on function define modern interior design. Emerging in the early to mid-20th century, this style emphasizes simplicity and a lack of ornamentation. Neutral color schemes, sleek furniture, and a commitment to minimalism are hallmarks of modern design. The aim is to create a clutter-free, streamlined space that celebrates the beauty of simplicity.

Mid Century Modern Design Style

Mid Century MoDern Style

Mid Century Modern design, popularized in the mid-20th century, showcases the best of both worlds — form and function. Characterized by clean lines, organic shapes, and a blend of traditional and innovative materials, this style is a nod to the post-war optimism of the 1950s and 60s. Expect bold colors, iconic furniture pieces, and an emphasis on bringing the outdoors in through large windows and open spaces.

Japandi Design Style

Scandinavian Design Style

Scandinavian design, with its roots in the Nordic countries, focuses on simplicity, functionality, and a connection to nature. The Hygge concept (Pronounced "Hue-Ga"), hailing from Denmark, embraces coziness and contentment. In these spaces, you'll find a neutral color palette, natural materials, and a preference for light, airy spaces. Comfortable furnishings, soft textiles, and an abundance of natural light contribute to a warm and inviting atmosphere.

A Closer Look at Scandinavian

While not considered Scandinavian, Japanese aesthetics fit closely with this design style. These include:


The fusion of Scandinavian and Japanese design, Japandi embodies the essence of "east meets west." It combines the minimalism of Scandinavian design with the timeless elegance of Japanese aesthetics. Think clean lines, functional furniture, and a palette dominated by neutral tones. Japandi spaces prioritize calmness and simplicity, creating a serene and balanced environment.

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi, a Japanese aesthetic, finds beauty in imperfection and impermanence. Embracing simplicity and authenticity, this style values the marks of time on materials and the beauty found in the natural world. Expect earthy tones, handmade items, and an overall sense of tranquility.

Scandinavian styles, along with their derivatives like Wabi Sabi and Japandi, focus on creating tranquil spaces that put function first.

Whether you're drawn to the elegance of Transitional design, the richness of Traditional, the sleekness of Modern, the nostalgia of Mid Century, or the serenity of Scandinavian, each style offers a unique way to express your personal taste and transform your home into a haven of comfort and style.

Ready to take one of the styles an implement it into you home? Sign up for a design consultation today!

Amanda Larrimer is an interior designer and stylist for her company Form Studio. She has built a career based on the idea that the way people live can and should reflect their personality.


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