What is your Design Style?
When you embark on the journey of kitchen remodeling, or any other rooms in your home, choosing a style and design is fun and rewarding. Selecting the right style for your renovation will allow you to enjoy your space for many years to come.
A lot of factors go into choosing a design style when you are remodeling your home. You may be interested in current trends or choose solely based on your personal preferences. You may also need to blend styles if you and your partner have different ideas or if you like more than one style. Some styles are distinctly different while others have only subtle variations.
Art Deco Style
Born in the glamorous and lively roaring twenties, Art Deco is a bold geometric style characterized by a play of simple clean geometric shapes and angular and bold rounded and patterns. Materials used are lacquered woods with chrome hardware, plastics, glossy paints, glass, jade, silver, ivory, rock crystal, obsidian and mirrored accents. Colors are high in contrast and bold like bright yellow, green, blue, red, and pink mixed with black, silver, and chrome. Furniture is made of exotic woods and has streamlined shapes.
Arts and Crafts or Craftsman Style
Following the industrial revolution, the arts and crafts style became popular in the early 20th century. It blends basic structure and natural local materials, wooden engineering and simple handcrafted designs. Built-in cabinets and exposed beams are hallmarks of this design. Cabin style bungalows, stained glass windows, porches and low pitched roofs create a one with nature look and feel. The fireplace was the center of the home and trim included wainscoting and picture rails to organize walls.
Asian Zen Design Style
Natural colors and fibers, bamboo and other materials inspired by elements from China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam are blended for a calm Zen like and peaceful environment. Balance and harmony are achieved by exquisitely combining calming water features, beautiful cherry blossoms, natural stone decorations and rich textiles for a soothing relaxed and laid-back look and feel. Light, water and energy flow openly and unrestricted. Stripped plank floors, white, matte or neutral walls create a calming atmosphere.
Bohemian Design Style or Boho Chic
This style originated in Paris France in the late 19th century with a refusal to conform, and it is characterized by unconventional design choices, individuality, free spirited bright and layered colors, a lack of structure and a sense of serenity and happiness. Elements include sexy tie-dyed handmade pieces, eclectic collected items from world travels, exotic antiques, rich vivid colors and bold patterns that make your home uniquely yours.
Coastal Design Style
While this style is clearly inspired by the ocean, beaches and other coastal elements, it is no longer limited to coastal areas as it brings pleasant reminders of the perfect beach vacation into your home. It is defined by an easy, breezy, light and airy feel, beach or nautical accessories, tropical patterns, natural teak, seashells, soothing relaxed and subtle colors like sands and off whites with blue accents. Simplicity, elegance and layered textures are hallmarks or coastal design which can be modern or traditional. Sub styles include Tropical, Mediterranean or Cottage Coastal.
Contemporary Design Style
The contemporary style is rooted in current time and is therefore a constantly evolving style. The contemporary style it is characterized by minimalism, durability, technology, open concept, an uncluttered look and a mix of clean boxy lines and elegant curves. Colors are neutrals like whites, tans and grays with a splash of color. You will want to bring in a lot of natural light and use other lighting as artistic design statements. Lamps have sleek metallic finishes and straight lines. Use natural fabrics such as linen, silk, cotton, and wool. Furniture is monochromatic, sleek simple and low to the ground with metal frames or steel legs, and convertible pieces. It can draw on elements of Art Deco, Minimalism or Modernism.
Country Design Style
The Modern Country style draws on rural idyllic life in the country, and is a bit more spirited than a strictly traditional style. It incorporates natural earthy materials like wood, especially reclaimed wood, rock, exposed beams, hand scrapped wood floors and exposed brick. Colors are warm pastels and bright blues and yellows with checks, stripes and floral patterns. Think farmhouse apron style sink, barn-style doors, stenciling, vintage baskets and signage, white wood paneling, a wood-burning potbelly stove in the corner, and grained wood cabinetry. You want signs of wear, so avoid anything that looks brand new, try thrift stores or estate sales for historic decorating items. Mismatched furniture gives your design an over-time collected look and don’t forget the vintage country armoire. Layer with warm colored pillows and throws. There are regional nuances of country style, for example French Country or Cottage style can be versions, and there can be western influences.
Eclectic Design Style
This is a very flexible, charming, creative and personal design style that allows you to show your uniqueness in your home and it is defined by variety and contrast. It is an aggregation of other design elements, but caution is advised. Creating a balanced design with contrasting choices may sound contradictory. Simply throwing together items from various styles will backfire, as the eclectic composition is a very deliberate arrangement. To get it right you need to use the basics of design like texture, line, color, form, composition and pattern to tie the look together. You should not combine more than three design styles or periods. Use similar or the same colors and patterns to make the items look cohesive, and limit colors to three or four, focusing on neutrals.
Wallpaper is a popular choice with eclectic schemes and so is mixing old and new or grouping your art together.
French Country Design Style
The French Country style is steeped in tradition. There is similarity to the Country Style but with a French rural casual elegance. A common misconception is that it is ostentatious, but quite the opposite is true. The French country style originated in the rural areas of southern France and is characterized by simple rustic chic with soft flowing lines, warm colors and cozy comfortable plush seating. Muted warm colors such as cream, tan, soft yellow, sage green and lavender with brick or rusty red or blue as accent color, create a soft elegant ambiance. Mix patterns like stripes and florals with solids to create contrast. Use natural materials like distressed woods and aged metals and contrast rough antique white plaster walls with stunning dark aged wood beams. A stone fireplace ties the look together. Great accent pieces are chandeliers, large wall clocks and mirrors with distressed wood frames.
Hollywood Regency Design Style
All about luxury, glamour and making your home a showpiece, the Hollywood Regency design style is Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern adjacent and a new twist on old classics. It began in the 1930ies and is larger than life. It sports low-lying sleek furniture, bold colors, rich textiles, and dramatic elements like over-sized sculptures. It is opulent and over the top. Accessories are chandeliers with crystals, fringe on lampshades, silk lampshades and velvet drapes. Brass Chinese medallion hardware finishes off the look. Exaggerated banana leaf prints, stripes and floral chintz add glamour to the perfect wall paper. Furniture is lacquered, bright and glossy.
Industrial Design Style
This design style stems from industrial buildings and old factories and features exposed building elements like vents and ductwork, bricks and pipes, industrial lighting fixtures and concrete. The use of raw materials gives it an unfinished no frills look and feel. While the industrial design style is common in urban downtown lofts, it can be used in any neighborhood. Design elements are a neutral color palette, especially grays, and rustic colors, weathered woods and metals, large windows and open metal shelving. Furniture choices are simple, bold, comfortable and environmentally friendly with the use of recycled and salvaged materials. You should focus on function and avoid clutter.
Mediterranean Design Style
Sunny coastal countries bordering the Mediterranean sea like Italy, Spain, Morocco and Greece inspire this warm and welcoming design style. Large Windows bring the outside in and open to the connection with nature, while cool white stucco walls protect from the heat of the sun. Colors are cool fresh and vivid like whites and grays contrasting with turquoise, greens and blues mixed with earthy warm terracotta or sand colors and bright jewel tones. Good flooring choices are natural stone tile, terracotta tile or reclaimed wood, while colorful Moroccan tile makes for the perfect backsplash. Architectural elements are columns and softly curved high archways. Add a stone pizza oven to your kitchen for the perfect Mediterranean look. With clever use of materials, you can tilt the Mediterranean style a bit towards a more modern or traditional interpretation, or you can pull it either towards a more formal or a more casual direction.
Mid-Century Modern Design Style
The Mid-Century is making a huge comeback. It was first popular in the middle of the 20th century (roughly 1933 to 1965), when the destruction from two World Wars created opportunity to rebuild fresh and in a new style. This simple, futuristic forward looking style makes use of new technologies and materials like Lucite, Plexiglass, foam, vinyl, bent plywood, aluminum, steel, stone, plastic and glass, clean lines, gentle organic curves and straight horizontal lines. Traditional materials like wood were used in new creative ways. Function drives form, and sleek lines and simplicity are hallmarks of this style. Huge windows and a lot of glass and the use of a lot of natural elements allows for integration with surrounding nature. Colors range from neutrals to bold with bold pops of color adding interest to an otherwise simple minimalist space. The Mid-Century Modern design style is characterized by open concept floor plans with separation by partial walls or free-standing cabinets, or a couple of steps up or down between rooms.
Modern Design Style
While the Modern design style shares several elements with the Contemporary design style it is distinctly different. It refers to the specific time period of the early to mid twentieth century, and steps away from the more ornate Victorian, Gothic and Renaissance styles with its simplicity and minimalism. Mid-Century Modern evolved from Modern Design. Clean straight lines without additional detail, crisp clean white walls, and intentional asymmetry are components of the modern style and so are large glass windows. Colors are warm neutrals, earthy shades like rust, brown, olive greens and turquoise. The use of natural materials like leather, linen wood and stone provide warmth and comfort. Oversized rectified tiles, lack of trim, polished chrome and stainless steel, few rugs in neutral tones support the simple minimalist look and feel. Less is more is the theme of the Modern design style. Furniture is simple, streamlined and open with exposed legs.
Moroccan Design Style
Morocco is a small sunny country in northern Africa bordering the Mediterranean sea. It blends Mediterranean African and Middle Eastern influences for an exotic elegant and mysterious look. Colors are bright, vibrant and strong jewel tones, from shimmering gold and silver, fuchsia, blues and greens to rich oranges, reds, and deep purple with walls using fairly neutral shades like sand, taupe, beige. Architectural features are arched doorways and windows, materials used are terracotta, stone, tile, wrought iron, leather, wood, and copper, and flooring choices are ceramic tile and dark hardwood floors covered with ornate heavy rugs. Furniture sits low to the ground and is ornate with busy patterns, hand carved wood, overstuffed sofas and ottomans in vibrant colors. Rooms are divided by sheer and silk drapery. Use luxurious fabrics in rich colors with detailed intricate repetitive geometric patterns and accent with brightly colored pottery, ornate lamps and mirrors.
Scandinavian Design Style
Influenced by the bitter climate in Northern Europe, the Scandinavian design style focuses on practicality and light. Functional minimalist uncluttered spaces are bright light and airy with a calm understated warmth and beauty. Steeped in nature, light is a strong design feature and so is bringing the outdoors in. Colors are mostly neutral, like white tan, blush, bluish gray, and black, and textiles like faux fur, chunky knit blankets and soft linens bring warmth to any room. The flooring is sturdy and made from light colored wood like ash pine or beech. Furniture is sleek, modern, simple, light in color, comfortable, well made and every piece has a distinct function. Accents are kept to a minimum and are simple like clear glass baubles, and simply framed art, photos or mirrors, but you will want to add an abundance of greenery and plants. Window treatments are translucent or non existent.
Shabby Chic Design Style
This light airy and bright design style first came about in the 1980’s as an alternative to the sometimes over the top marble, brass and glass of that period and marks the beginning of green recycled decorating.
It is a comfortable, cozy, worn, lived-in but not tattered look with a relaxed artistic elegance leaning towards French country design. Begin with light walls and wood floors. Colors are soft pastels such as pink, lavender, mint, light blue and beige, mixed with the occasional turquoise, and are faded washed out colors that create a rumpled elegance. Patterns are floral and plaids and fabrics are cotton and linen. Furniture is a mix of vintage and new décor, you should look for true antiques, peeling paint, distressed wood, special glazes, and slip covers on overstuffed furniture. Accent with flea market finds like vintage glassware, china, chandeliers and mix and match accessories like blankets, pillows, and rugs. You can make them look more cohesive by sticking to a specific color scheme, and make sure the space does not look cluttered. Plants are a great addition to a Shabby Chic space and so are other natural elements like wood, bamboo, stone or clay accessories.
Southwestern Design Style
Blending Native American and Spanish influences, this eclectic style applies the warm bold colors of Mother Earth like turquoise, blue-green, orange, yellow, cream, lime green and white throughout to create a welcoming warm and ethnic atmosphere. Walls are stucco or adobe, and floors are made from dark brown or rust colored terracotta tiles. Chunky painted furniture with thick legs is made from leather and knotty pine. Woods are honey colored maple, oak, cherry, hickory, or pine. Popular accessories are Kachina dolls, animal skin, bleached skulls, dried flowers, pottery pieces, and candles. Generously use hand-painted Spanish mosaic tiles for back splash, wall borders, fireplace surrounds and open shelving. Fabrics are leather, suede and brightly colored woven fabrics. For accessories use ornate wrought iron, pottery, painted ceramic pieces, and native American accessories like clothing, blankets, terracotta pottery or hats.
Transitional Design Style
Mixing the Traditional design style and the Contemporary style is a modern and updated twist on traditional styling and is not easy to pull off. You need to marry traditional and contemporary pieces coherently. Using neutral color choices like white, cream, beige, tan, gray, or light brown can help blend these rather different styles and attain a cohesive look. Mix wisely, for example, try new contemporary furnishings but choose more traditional colors and patterns, or offset contemporary pieces with traditional lighting. You can go 50/50 or lean more towards one or the other. Traditional granite countertops can be balanced with modern hardware or contemporary pendant lights and don’t overdo it with accessories. Instead of ornate furnishings choose soft lines and subtle colors. Simple window treatments like bamboo shades, simple panels or Roman blinds in neutral colors can pull the look together.
Tropical Design Style
Create a lush green, light and breezy, calm and tranquil space that brings your vacation into your home. The Tropical design style is a relaxing environment with the freshness of nature, tropical foliage, flowing water and light, and is said to have a positive impact on peoples’ well- being. It calls for an open floor plan and a lot of natural light. Blue, gray or white walls are the backdrop for bright and contrasting colors like brown, green, bright red, yellow, and purple. White or translucent curtains frame large windows and an aquarium or water feature provides a calming atmosphere. Accent with palm trees, citrus fruit in a colorful bowl, and natural and organic materials and elements, such as ceiling-high palm leaves, woven rugs and lighting.
Traditional Design Style
Inspired by European design of the 18th and 19th century, the Traditional design is an orderly structured and ornate style that is comfortable, classic and symmetric. It relies on dark, warm, rich colors, and neutral walls with red, brown, green and warm jewel accent tones. Design elements are glazed doors, stained glass windows, checkered tiles and maple, mahogany, cherry, merbau or walnut hardwood floors.
Antiques and furniture with button-tufted pieces, claw-feet, curved wood, and ornate metal are popular choices and so are wood paneling, crown molding, columns, built-in shelving and coffered ceilings. Fabrics are velvet, leather and silk and patterns are stripes, plaids, paisleys, and florals. Accessorize with classic art pieces, ornate mirrors, sconces and throw pillows.
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