Defining Your Design Style

It’s not always easy to determine which design style suits us best because the truth is between budget and availability, most of us wind up blending a few different styles together.  Today my goal is to help you discover your design style by taking a look at some of the popular trends of today.

Do you appreciate the simple, functional elements common in the Arts and Crafts movement?  From rich wood grain to neutral walls and earthy accents like the rug in the picture below, this style is both organic and traditional.

Or do you think Mid-Century Modern is more your speed, which as the name implies, refers to design elements from the early 1930’s to the 1960’s?  Defined by simplicity and integration with nature, in a Mid-Century Modern home you’re likely to find natural pieces blended with clean, contemporary lines and minimal details.  Don’t you think of a rock star in between worldwide tours hanging out in a house with this style?

Maybe you’re more of a traditionalist who prefers a warm, inviting interior steeped in the Traditional Design style.  With tailored window treatments, still life paintings and beautiful chandeliers, a traditional home often blends antiques with rich woods and floral or damask patterns.

If you gravitate toward distressed, well worn feminine furniture that feels like it has a story to tell then Shabby Chic might suit you best.  From crinkled fabrics to paint-chipped tables, these soft, easy going rooms could easily live in a tranquil country cottage.

My guess is most of us fall somewhere between a number of different design styles.  If you take a cue from one design trend and a couple of elements from another, mix them with a few of your own family heirlooms and add in some favorite Saturday afternoon finds, before you know it you have a design style all your own.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jeff
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 23:31:23

    where did you find that great arts and crafts rug in the kitchen setting?


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