This might be the year you finally decide to redesign that space in your home or office. We all put these jobs off as they can be a bit overwhelming what with the planning that goes behind a successful design project, and let's face it, not everyone is born to be an interior designer. Thankfully Space Shack has got you covered. So, switch the kettle on and put your feet up and read our guide below where we explain the ten most popular design styles out there right now. By the end of it, you'll be impressing friends with your new found confidence and superior design knowledge, as you explain the difference between Vintage and Eclectic, and Contemporary and Mid-Century Modern.
Modern style combines classic pieces of 20th-century designers. It is a sophisticated combination of sleek and rigorous lines with a plain and cool colour palette. This look is for those who like an urban apartment-loft lifestyle and perfect for those Londoners with inner-city studio apartments.
The contemporary look is a much more informal style. Full of rich textures and materials with a wide palette of pastel colours which encourages eclectic furniture combinations to complete the look. This is ideal for anyone who likes to have fun with their interiors without renouncing to elegance.
The Scandinavian style comes from the Scandinavian peninsula (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, and certainly not just IKEA!) and it is characterised by simplistic lines and functional design. It also involves a lot of natural materials and light woods. It's a great young and fresh look suitable for a first-time buyer who wants to embrace a designer lifestyle but prefers a cosy but clean feel and would like to eventually add authentic pieces alongside modern recreations.
The minimalist style doesn't just mean 'no furniture', it's more a look that brings us back to the essentiality of things; the appreciation of simple living. It is characterised by simplicity of the design, against the purity of the lines and the use of a small number of materials.
5. Mid-Century Modern
The mid-century style is a celebration of what was design between the 1950s and the 1960s. It combines warm colours, fun patterns, dark woods and clean, minimalist furniture design. When people say they want the 'Mad Men' look - this is it!
This style is inspired by the industrial heritage of Great Britain. Simply put, it's about materials in their raw state giving an unfinished, masculine look to your space. The presence of stainless steel is almost always a must too. So look at metallics, brass and copper, but make sure you find textures and soft furnishings to counteract the harsh edges these elements.
Vintage is a fun way of creating an eclectic collection of original furniture from whatever period you like, whether it starts from a hand-me-down from a relative to something you've found in a flea market. What makes it exciting is the process of collecting pieces over the years. So if you have the time to cultivate your home furnishings, and also not shy about potentially renovating or upholstering a bargain find, then this look is for you. Beware; it can get very expensive! Other important key elements of this style is to choose and stick with a period you like and embrace the colours and patterns by finding modern furnishings that compliment this.
The eclectic style spans a variety of periods, styles and trends. To make a success of this look, as it can be quite easy to make look like a junkyard of styles and random furniture, most people use a common element to pull it together. For example; think of using a particular colour or common shapes, or perhaps select a featured texture and material like leather or chrome. Once you have this sorted, it's quite easy to have an original environment which delights and surprises you every time you look at it.
When I think of Bohemian, I think of the Art Nouveau period, though now it's more commonly interpreted as the look of those exotic places of the Middle East and the oasis of North Africa. It's an incredibly rich and opulent look, made of luscious textiles and tapestries, combined with either modern or striking ornate furniture. Worth bearing in mind the Bohemian style really relies on the presence of cushions and foliage to complete this Bedouin look.
The coastal style is a perfect look to always make you feel as though you're on holiday or have a second home (even though you may only own one!). It's a style that uses themes of the ocean, nautical paraphernalia and themes of dreamy coastline villages, although sometimes can even incorporate the old-school British Colonies feel. Make sure you have lots of soft furnishings in calming whites or washed-out denim and incorporate shades of blue, but just be careful you don't go too far and turn your house into the interior of boat or a holiday villa - unless that's the purpose of your space, or you actually live on a boat.