Here’s a brief overview of the most common decorating styles, so you can begin to identify with and determine your own personal decorating style.
Contemporary rooms are uncluttered and decorated with minimal furnishings. Neutrals, black, and white are the main colors in the room, but punched up with accent colors. When decorating a contemporary room, remember, less is more-no florals, ruffles, or details. The furniture pieces have exposed legs. They are usually covered in natural fabrics, and styled without curves or decorations. The floors need a smooth look with wood, tile, or vinyl. To add texture and color to the floor, area rugs are used. Window treatments blend with the wall color.
Traditional rooms are calm and orderly. The furnishings are classic and may seem to be outdated. Gentle curves are found in the furniture and patterns on the upholstery is common. Wall colors are either very light or very dark. Multicolored florals feel at home in a traditional setting. Traditional homes will have crown molding and chair rails. Shutters, sheers, cornice, and valances are common on the windows. You will find lamps, plants, mirrors, and books used as accessories and placed in perfect symmetry.
Transitional rooms are a blend of traditional and contemporary design. The room has the classic feeling of traditional but the clean lines of contemporary. The room will have a sophisticated feel with neutral colors, such as creams, grays, and black. The fabrics will be suede, leather, or chenille. Accessories are minimal-furniture placement is similar to traditional, but the furniture style will be more like contemporary.
Country rooms are usually made up of muted colors, handmade furniture, and accessories with patterns like stripes, floral and checks. Country rooms have a slightly cluttered appearance which adds to the warmth, comfort, and charm of the design. Simple window treatments like roman shades and half curtains are found in country rooms. Patchwork quilts, baskets, and tinware are often used as accessories in the rooms.
Eclectic rooms have diverse furnishings and fabrics. There are no rules when it comes to designing an eclectic room. Antiques of different periods and countries are often found in the rooms. Eclectic rooms can have a cluttered, but lived-in look. Dark walls and white trim also help to define an eclectic design, however, anything goes!
So, which decorating style are you drawn to? Can you see how you may have already incorporated some of these styles in your own home? Let us know your style in the comments!