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Top Interior Design Styles and How to Achieve that Look (Demo)


It is great to have the perfect interior design, which matches the ambiance needed by the client. After all, the overall goal of the interior is to give the clients a space to feel at ease after a long day at work. Many consider their homes as their own personal retreat from the fast paced working life. That same theory applies to favorite hangouts like coffee shops and cafes. Most people, especially students, tend to stay in places where they feel more stimulated to study, read or even meet up with friends. Many would say that the interior’s ambiance adds to that feeling.

These perfect interior design styles have made their way to magazines and even to mainstream consciousness. There are many ways these interior design styles have been interpreted and used. More often than not, these styles appeal to several individuals’ personal tastes.

However, like with many good things, there are minor setbacks. One setback is the cost associated to executing the look. The biggest misconception is that to achieve a particular design scheme, one needs to spend large amounts of money on items associated with the style and hiring designers to design their interiors.

While it is advisable to consult a designer on the interior execution, designers often suggest using items closely related to the specific style you want to achieve.

So here are the top interior design styles that are currently trending and how designers achieve them on a friendly budget.

Minimalist Style

This is one of the current interior design styles being employed by almost everyone. It draws its overall look from the principle established by Mies van der Rohe, ‘Less is more’. To achieve the minimalist look, stick to a unitary color scheme of neutrals such as grey, white, cream and black. Use a single statement piece such as furniture, accessory or lighting in a bold color to break from the monotony. Many minimalists suggest having potted plants to add a bit of natural life in the minimalist style. Avoid using too many frames.  Try to make the arrangement as interesting and minimal as possible.

Industrial Style

Another of the most recently trending interior design styles is the Industrial Style. Utilizing the raw brick walls and solid structures, it pays tribute to the factory design of the modern working class. Industrial style makes use of accenting the raw brick walls with iconic modern furniture and vintage accents. Simply put, the industrial style is akin to New York apartment living. To achieve this look, consider using furniture made from wood palettes and reproductions of iconic modern chairs, such as the Eames chair and the Tolix Chair.

Framing is extremely important as well as its contents. Use modern prints such as pen and ink drawings and minimal photo prints and frame them on sleek black frames. Interlacing lines play a major role in industrial style design. Use factory style lighting pieces, such as caged light bulb pendant lights or even drop pendant lights. An interesting note to consider when using industrial style is that it uses inexpensive materials and still manages to look adequate.

Modern Style

This is one of those interior design styles that are popular with condominium homes, since it utilizes the concept of compartmentalized and comfortable living. Modern style is, by definition, a style that is currently designed and can easily be adapted or mixed into other themes depending on the mood of the client. Many designers use modern style to their advantage as it can easily adapt to create even more unique styles. They also utilize the idea of integrated furniture and transformable furniture.

To achieve the modern look, designers suggest built in modular cabinets for storage and hanging shelves. The built in cabinets can even be incorporated in stairwells and even support columns. The point of it is to make use of every portion of the interior and make it as functional as possible. Consider using sectional seating for the living room since you can easily convert it into beds. You can also use sofa beds in case you have guests. Make use of subtle colors, such as pale yellow and light blue, so you can achieve a more relaxing ambiance.

Rustic Style and Shabby Chic

These interior design styles have one common factor. It utilizes elements found in country scenes and houses. The Rustic style uses elements, such as wrought iron, sturdy furniture and all nature weathered elements. In layman’s terms, it is a style mostly associated with masculine farmhands, lodges and rustic country sides. In contrast, the shabby chic utilizes pastel colors, floral prints and feminine accessories to convey a feminine take on the country look. You can usually see this in Provencal homes and English cottages.

To achieve the look, designers suggest using sofas with upholstered floral prints or wooden framed sofas. Flowers and potted plants play a major role in these styles since they are meant to convey a message of it being in tune with the country look. Wood painted in pastel and natural colors help solidify its roots in nature. Consider having elements such as wicker, wood, lace, wrought iron and leather in the design.

Traditional Style

This particular interior design style is associated with clients embracing the traditional elements of a specific culture. Traditional style, by definition, is a style, which comes with a more distinct and widely accepted look for each culture. People who choose this style are inclined to be much grounded to their cultural heritage and are prone to be admirable and proud of their culture. Traditional style uses iconic pieces of furniture that are identified with their respective culture. To achieve this look, designers suggest using traditional wooden furniture that can you can easily find in local furniture shops. Use accessories that are part of the culture such as statues, prints, pillows and vases.


These are just some of the top interior design styles that are currently on trend. Designers say that one can easily create these if he knows how to easily interpret their distinct characteristics.