Any space can become your dream home, it all depends on how you style it!
Before you can decorate your apartment your way, it’s important to know what your interior design style is. Knowing this can help you create a more cohesive theme and make it easier to find matching color schemes, choose furniture, and more. Fortunately, there are a plethora of design styles to choose from for all kinds of lifestyles and personalities!
As the name implies, the traditional design style is a tried-and-true, older style reminiscent of 18th and 19th-century homes, with its ornate and historic designs. Furniture from this style consists of detailed dark wood, fabrics and upholstery.
The modern style is characterized by neutral and light colors, glass walls and expansive windows, crisp lines, and black or chrome accents. It is highly minimalistic, and focused on balance. Because of this, it’s common to see automated appliances built into the design.
Transitional Interior Design
Can’t quite decide between traditional and modern? Then transitional is the design style for you! Transitional combines both traditional and modern elements, such as functional yet comfortable furniture, the use of neutrals and beige, minimal accessories, small pops of accent colors or metal finishings, and high-quality fabrics, to create one entirely new style.
Not to be confused with the “modern” style, the contemporary design style is a little harder to describe, as it refers to whatever the most “current” design style is. Thus, it is constantly evolving. If you’re one that likes to stay on top of trends or create them, contemporary styles might be for you. While the style is consistently ambiguous, it finds its current roots in modernism, minimalism, Art Deco, and more.
If you enjoy a clutter-less and functional look, you may find the minimalist style to your liking. Minimalist designs are at their core, “simple” or “bare” in comparison to more elaborate design styles, however, they are very “clean and organized”, leading to a sophisticated and reductive appearance. As such, the colors used in minimalist designs are very few and monochromatic.
In opposition to the minimalist style, the eclectic design style is more of a maximalist take on furnishing. Similar to the Bohemian style, this style features a mix of many cultures and eras, utilizing contrasting stark colors, layered interior designs, and fully furnished gallery walls. It is truly the embodiment of experimentation and an artful sense of fun.
The Bohemian style borrows from many different styles and cultures, and evokes a sense of adventure and travel. It often consists of showcases trinkets, mixed patterns and rich colors, animal hides, and unconventional design choices.
The farmhouse style is the epitome of Southern comfort, with a use of wood and white tones, knickknacks and antique pieces, giving a home an overall All-American aesthetic.
These spaces are most commonly referred to as a “loft” or “warehouse” style, reminiscent to New York apartments with their exposed vents, beams, and pipes, textured walls, brick detail, and concrete flooring.
Light or beige wood coupled with white walls and simple features is a telltale sign of the Scandinavian design.
One of the rarer styles, art deco, features furniture with jagged or sharp pointed edges, symmetry, intricate line art, bold geometry, rich colors, and decadent French-inspired detailing.
This shabby-chic style is the epitome of opulence, featuring shiny metals, the use of mirrors and glass on furniture, jewel toned color schemes, crystals, and velvet upholstery.
How To Choose One
Don’t quite know what you want? Here are some ways to narrow down what style might be right for you.
Thinking about your favorite colors and tones can help you decide what palette to base your design style on. Do rich and contrasting colors excite you? You might be suited for one of the bolder designs. Easily inspired by neutral tones and whites? One of the minimalist or farmhouse styles will do just the trick.
One tip some interior designers use to help clients decide on a theme is to look through your wardrobe for inspiration. Take stock of the most flattering colors and fabrics. For example, if your go to outfit is a white shirt with blue jeans, that might pair well with a modern farmhouse or Scandinavian style with lots of blue and white accents!
Some styles are more cost effective than others. As the name implies, the simpleness of minimalism is easy on the budget, while glam or Bohemian might require more spending.
Interior Design Mood Boards
Perhaps the easiest way to pick a theme is just by finding inspiration via Pinterest or décor displays in catalogs or at your local furniture store. Saving images of what you like and putting them together in an album or board can help you solidify precisely what you want. You may even be able to track down those exact pieces now that you actually have a reference photo.
Style Your Future Home
Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have a home you’re proud of. At Platinum Apartments, with our luxury rooms and impressive facilities, no matter how you choose to decorate your unit, you’re sure to be proud of your home. Check out our availability and floor plans, so you can start designing your next home today!