Finding Your Home Decor Style

By January 7, 2015 Home Decor 2 Comments

Home decor can be quite daunting and it can be difficult to even know where to begin. We’ll break down the basics of the most popular home decor styles and you’ll be on your way to creating perfect spaces!

Traditional Home Decor Style

Furniture and accents usually reflect 18th-century English, 19th-century neoclassic, French country and British Colonial revival. The color palette falls in the mid-tones and neutrals fabrics are usually florals, solids, stripes or plaids. This style usually creates an elegant while practical environment.

Transitional Home Decor Style

The transitional look is a bridge between more contemporary and traditional styles. Historical statement pieces blended with updated furnishings with cleaner lines. Rustic elements are also frequently present.

Art Deco Home Decor Style

Art Deco is representative of furnishings that were popularized in the 1920s and 30s. Often represented with geometric shapes and rounded fronts. Mirrored accents and glass tops on wood furniture with sleek lines.

Country Home Decor Style

Country can be broken into several sub-categories with French, British, Cottage, and Italian themes. The overall feel is one of rustic elegance. You will frequently find white and neutral/muted hues with pops of color in accent pieces. Vintage floral, striped, and checked fabrics are dominate. Many accent pieces are handmade and crafted.

Craftsman/Mission Home Decor Style

“Truth in materials” is frequently at the heart of Craftsman design. It’s often represented with local, natural materials like wood, stone, brick, glass, and tile. Built-in woodwork and stained-glass windows are key attributes to the style. Furnishings are functional and aesthetically reflective of the space they inhabit. The color pallet reflects earthy tones and warm, rich wood tones.

Modern/Contemporary Home Decor Style

Modern is rooted in minimalism and an absence of decoration. Clean, streamlined furniture and architecture style from the 1930s. The color palette trends toward neutral hues. Furniture and accents feature strong geometric shapes with polished surfaces. Contemporary design expands on Modern with the use of bold punches of color in the furniture and accent pieces. These pieces place emphasis on basic shapes and forms with graphic elements in artwork and accents.

Mid-Century Modern Home Decor Style

This style is representative of the 1950s and 60s. Simple functionality is the primary influence of this era. The style was spearheaded by Scandinavian designers and highlights minimalist design, pops of deep colors, and quirky, colorful furnishings.

Asian Home Decor Style

Inspired by the design elements from Japan, China, Vietnam and Thailand. The decor strives to create a serene and calm environment. This is achieved with the use of bamboo and colors taken from nature to Furnishings may be hand painted and lacquered with ornamental designs and accented with brightly colored accessories and vases.

Coastal / Cape Home Decor Style

This look is inspired by the ocean. It evokes a light and breezy feel by way of airy fabrics for window treatments, and the emphasis on nautical or beach-themed accessories such as lighthouses and seashells. The color palette relies heavily on navy and white with gold accents.

Did we miss something? Do you have a particular style that you love, but didn’t see listed here? Let us know in the comments, on facebook or on twitter!


  • TexasMontana says:

    It’s hard to describe. I can see my perfect bedroom in my mind, but after years of searching, I have yet to be able to tell people what ‘style’ I like. I just know what I want it to look like. I think styles are helpful for elimination. For instance “modern” is something I really don’t like. So I can tell people that and that at least steers them toward my direction.

    • That’s a great point! It can often be really be hard to describe what out personal style is and frequently it can be elements of a couple different styles. Using defined styles as a point of elimination can be a great way to narrow down what that is!

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