Acknowledging the basic interior design styles – casual, formal, contemporary and traditional – is the beginning. When rooms ramble between these styles, the result can become cluttered and chaotic.
Whether you’re a beginner in interior design, a do-it-yourselfer or a seasoned professional, knowing your innate interior decorating style can help you focus on the pieces that will work to polish a room, and which pieces to leave at the store.
Traditional style remains the most popular and, perhaps, the most recognizable style for residential decorating. If a classic and refined look is comfortable and inviting, your style probably has a traditional bias.
When a trendy look sets off your style meter, youjust might be modern or contemporary. While this style is easy to identify, it is one of the most difficult to execute.
The clean lines, polished surfaces, strong geometric shapes and asymmetry of modern design can appear cold and uninviting if it is not balanced with warmth. I like to place an unexpected antique in a room otherwise modern.
If you long for a space that is homey, warm, comfortable and inviting, your style is probably casual.
Casual homes have simple details, textured elements in fabrics and accessories, soft upholstery and arrangements that avoid fussiness. They beg a guest to stay in their comfort for hours on end.
If you find yourself longing for crystal chandeliers and refined details, your style is probably formal.
One of the most distinguishing features of interior spaces and homes decorated in a formal style is the symmetry of windows, furniture, artwork and flooring. These elements are most often arranged in exact pairs on a straight axis around the room.
Furniture and accessories look as though they’re adorned with hand-carved accents and gold leafing, while pillows and draperies are dressed with tassels and trims.
Design magazines are peppered with quizzesto reveal the real you for decorating. These tests are not crystal balls for the home. They do, however, point out the obvious of who you are.
In reality, you know who you are and how you want to live … and that is the answer to your style question!