The First Part: Interior Design Styles to Consider While Crafting Your Dream Home
The quote from Albert Hadley "The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what's in or what's out. This is not an easy job" sums it all up.
It’s a two-part bit, considering the fact that many of us shy away from reading a lengthy article, but most importantly its kinda difficult to sum up a creative field such as interior design in an article. Hence in bits for easy consumption, we may not be able to do justice in elaborating all the styles but can certainly attempt to give you an understanding of what they are. So, let’s begin…
Crafting, yes there’s art as well as craft involved, the interiors of your dream home in today's world is more inclined towards designs that reflects your personality, your passion and in a manner which is suitable for your own everyday lifestyle. It can be done but you need to keep in mind that it would require a lot of time, patience, and a lot of thought.
The challenge might seem to be creating a beautiful home but creating a beautiful home that you can afford is a bigger one. Architecture and interior design industry offers a variety of styles to help you create the home of your dreams. With their own unique characteristics, each of these interior design styles has their own merits and thus it becomes important to have a rudimentary understanding of design styles that would be the best for you and your home. Beginning with…
Mid-century interiors are a classic and seems to stay relevant no matter the decade. Talk about the 1950s and ’60s during this time the design industry was trying to break free from its traditional barriers and step into the modern era. Mid-century modern homes have a breezy and seamless flow and have encouraged indoor-outdoor living.
The style would always feature sliding doors and picture windows which are left bare to emphasize the connection to nature. The use of rich and luxurious woods such as teak, rosewood, and walnut kind of builds a connection with the outdoors. Moodier hues like orange, burnt sage and rust for a decidedly mid-century modern living room, whereas other room allows for a more playful take on hues by including sunny yellow, bright orange, turquoise, and primary colours scattered about.
Creating mid-century modern homes is fun and a great way to bring even the smallest of spaces come to life. Those looking to add authentic vintage styling in their home, mid-century modern design is great because it is a charming decor with practical features, is durable, easy to source at any price and easy on the eye.
Throughout history contemporary interior design is the one that is always evolving and most likely continue to change over the course of the twenty-first century. What’s unique is that contemporary refers to anything of the present moment, yet it borrows from various time periods and creates ‘spaces’ fit to last a lifetime.
Contemporary interior design is all about being sleek and the simple use of space. Use of different features like detailed mouldings on walls and windows and open layouts creates an interesting and distinct space. In contrast to modern design, contemporary doesn’t often incorporate bright colours but is dominated by warm, neutral tones. Though the colour palette is limited, textures become more important, especially when it comes to upholstery.
Contemporary design continued evolution to echo the popular styles of current day design allows it to incorporate elements from other periods and styles without pinpointing to any one over the other. Neutral colours, clean and sleek silhouettes, and an overall minimalistic approach to decor are some of the more obvious attributes of a contemporary design.
One of the most misused phrases in decorating is citing Modern Design as it is often confused with contemporary style, it has its own distinct style. Modern style is based on a design movement birthed around the turn of the 20th century. Modern design is characterized by a monochromatic colour palette, clean lines, minimalism, natural materials, and natural light. Though you may see a range of colours in contemporary styling but modern styles would have monochromatic colours.
The elimination of unnecessary detailing, the celebration of natural materials, neutral or earthy colours, and constructed with clean, straight lines with minimal ornamentation. Modern designs are free from clutter and unnecessary flourishes as it prioritizes functionality over fashion. The neutral colours it steers clear of bright colours in favour of a monochromatic, neutral colour palette such as white, beige, grey, black, and pastel tones.
The use of furniture instead of walls to differentiate between the spaces of an open plan home. For example, a kitchen island that separates a kitchen from the dining room, or a sectional sofa can bring definition to an open living room. Modern look of an interior is often accentuated by low and long furniture pieces situated low to the ground made from natural materials like unpainted wood or metal.
Probably one of the most well-known styles, traditional interior design. It draws its inspiration from 18th & 19th Century England and France and that explains why it’s common to find expensive textiles like silk, velvet, and linen used everywhere from upholstery to window treatments.
Traditional style boasts a rich, warm, and inviting feel and has plenty of room for interpretation that allows you to create a unique well-judged traditional style home. Its familiar features appeal to all ages and personalities. Traditional interior look will never go out of style or look tired as it is elegant and comforting at the same time.
That said, you can make traditional style interior design all your own by incorporating pieces that speak to your personality and lifestyle while making a statement, so if antiques and classic designs are something you enjoy, traditional interior design may just be the one you go for. When it comes to interior design styles, almost everything is rooted in traditional interior design ideas, and for good reason.
To be continued…
Now that you’ve read about few of the many design styles and probably got a better understanding of design styles, it’s time to get inspired. The second part is a continuation where we list of some of our favourite interior design styles. From urban to nautical and so on, options for you to consider when you are designing your home.
It is important to remember that your home should reflect your personality and reflect your own unique tastes, so do not feel like you have to follow a specific style. Think about what you like, what you want to include in your home, and what you want to see when you look around. Then, with the help of a professional interior designer or us “Sun Interiors”, you can create a home that is perfect for you!...