Identifying Your Design Style
Style can be interpreted in so many ways. Our preference is the lens we look through to determine the things we like or dislike. Even if we can't put into words our 'style', we inherently know what we are attracted to as they are ingrained in our clothing choices, spacial environment, hairstyle, mannerisms, and habits.
Below you will see the six foundational styles which we hope will help you better define how you want to approach the design of your home.
Historically, farmhouses were built as shelter for farmers and were primarily on large residences in rural settings . The root of the notion of farmhouse style originated in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. These early farmhouses were often built with materials that were readily available — for instance, wood and stone that was cleared from the fields.
Today, farmhouse interior design is defined by practicality and comfort, relying on readily available materials and colors. Wood elements and white tones are indicative of farmhouse style. Timber was the easiest to come by, which is why there’s such an emphasis on wood elements. Another core aspect is that nothing must match perfectly. Where modern design is meticulous in matching the elements of a room in a minimalistic way, farmhouse is distinctly different. Knickknacks, antiques, or pairing a vintage chair with a new sofa enhances the farmhouse interior style. The beauty is in the functionality, interjected by tinges of personality and history.
Those attracted to a farmhouse style appreciate items that are homemade and authentic, in love with the story behind the piece. Additionally they choose pieces that are inherently textured with aged materials.
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Think sleek, artistic and scandi. Modernism sprouted in the late 1800s as a reaction to overly ornate and artificial interiors, architecture and art. Meanwhile, by the 1930s, this movement that valued function above beauty, truly bloomed. Consequently, the industrial boom and growing cities created a need for simplified forms.
Modern interior design is defined by minimalism and practicality. In its purest form, modernism reflects a fuss-free approach to life. As a result, designers kept décor minimal while emphasizing industrial materials. In addition, patterns are also few and far between. Modern interior design focuses on block colors, which include primary hues.
The modernist prefers a minimalist design. They prefer clean lines in the furniture they choose, cabinets and light fixtures. The beauty of the spaces comes down to its simplicity. Through adding texture and textiles to warm the space, they are still able to create a homely feel. When you step foot into a modern designed home, your eye will be drawn to the practicality of the home, noting items on display are practical, not excessive.
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Rustic interiors are defined by ruggedness and letting natural beauty shine. The focus is to create a relaxing atmosphere by highlighting the use of wood, stone, leaves, and other organic elements. Rather than worry about perfect lines, rustic allows the character of each piece to stand out. From knots in the wood to rust on metal, this style celebrates character in a big way.
The entire goal of rustic interior styles is to be as natural as possible. This is not a style for shiny chandeliers, plastic furniture, or cold color palettes. It’s focused on warmth and comfort. From iron accents to hardwood floors, this style should feel like the glow from a fire. Layer in rugs, woven blankets, reclaimed pieces or furs (real or faux) for added depth.
A rustic approach involves a lot of the same principals as 'farmhouse'. however is focused on texture and materials. This style makes a statement, but not necessarily with colour or embellishment, instead, through textures and organic elements like exposed raw wood beams, natural stone and authentic hardwoods.
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Industrial style design takes clues from old factories and industrial spaces that in recent years have been converted to 'lofts' and other living spaces. Components of industrial style include weathered wood, building systems, exposed brick, industrial lighting fixtures and concrete.
Industrial style decor comprises of stripped back architectural details including the use of bare bricks, metals, and wood, as well as salvaged and recycled materials. Industrial style furnishings are usually hard-wearing and often obtained from reclaimed yards. The best benefit in creating industrial style homes is that you’ll have the opportunity to customize the look using furniture and decor that are completely unique to your home.
An industrial designer will often focus on materials in their raw and unfinished form. They will include elements like exposed structural beams and concrete flooring. Inherent to this style is a focus on efficiency and practicality. The industrialist is typically innovative and will repurpose items to serve new functions.
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Traditional design celebrates the long, rich history of the past by juxtaposing it with more modern elements for a decidedly elegant spin on sophistication while highlighting 18th and 19th-century European decor. It’s a timeless go-to style that exudes easy elegance and comfort and is a great route for those who appreciate antiques, classic art, symmetry, and design rich with history.
The traditionalist is attracted to historic details and classic shapes. When it comes to a piece of furniture, they appreciate the embellishment, they want to know the history behind the time-honoured pieces seen. Architectural elements such as heavy trimwork paneled doors, and built-in cabinetry are hallmarks.
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Bohemian style interior design began in the 19th century in Paris, France. It was inspired by artists, writers, performers, and nomads who believed creativity was more valuable than money — the original bohemians. With the convergence of their respective cultures, ideals, and refusal to conform to what was accepted, they inadvertently started an interior design trend. The bohemian style, named for those nomadic artists, intended to overturn beauty standards by tossing out the rules and embracing the unconventional.
Bohemian styles are defined by a lack of structure, opting instead for carefree layers of pattern, texture, and color. While there are some common practices with the bohemian look, there are no hard and fast rules. The core of the bohemian aesthetic is that it’s personal and relaxed. Boho styles are not styled for any other person’s enjoyment but your own.
Boho style focuses on objects with a story that are rich with character and detail,, but expressed in a more casual, free-form way than the traditionalist. This style doesn't rely on historical standards. Rather, it strives to be vibrant and quirky. Bohemians aim to chart their own course and are typically drawn to rich colours, bold textures, and mismatched patterns. Think organised clutter!
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So when you are ready to change the style of your home let us know which one you resonate with most and we will help you develop a home you are proud of !