Find Your Design Style

Find Your Design Style


Do you think you know your design style? As an interior designer the first thing to reveal before decorating someone’s space is their main design style. You might be thinking fancy words like Shabby Chic, French country, or Bohemian, etc. but it is simpler than that. There are three main design styles (and many sub categories of each) Classic, Casual, and Contemporary. Each style has a feel and attributes like colors, patterns, and arrangement.

Knowing your style is important because keeping a main style throughout your home gives it a balanced, harmonious feel. Now that is not to say that you can’t have bits of each but you want to know your main style and that will start a wildfire of creativity for decorating or redecorating your home.


Bold. Dark. Deep. A classic design style incorporates things like:

  • Dark Wood
  • Patterns
  • Stripes
  • Gold
  • Bright bold colors like orange
  • Ornate Pieces
  • Traditional Pieces
  • Symmetry

Think of grand crown moldings and cherry kitchens. Here are some examples below…


Calming. Neutral. Cozy. A casual design style incorporates things like:

  • Light Wood
  • Floral patterns
  • Neutral colors
  • Rustic pieces
  • Warmth
  • Practical arrangement

Think Chip and Joanna Gaines. Here are some examples of casual homes…


Clean. Minimal. Cool. This design style incorporates things like:

  • Black and White
  • Glass
  • Geometrics
  • Metals
  • Open
  • Modern

Think subway tiles and copper fixtures. Here are some examples of contemporary homes…

What to do with this info…

After reading through these think about your home. Can you name your style now? After identifying your style it will be a lot easier to pick out furniture, paint, flooring etc. Use your style as a guide to help your home have an even flow from room to room. But don’t get too caught up on making sure every item in your house matches your style it is good to have a variety. I have a causal home with all the key adjectives of a casual design style, however I have many classic and contemporary accent pieces that go great in my causal home.

Have fun learning your design style and pay attention to the styles of places around you for more insight.

Still need help? Contact me for inspiration and advice!

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