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How to Decorate- Tip# 4 (Know Your Style)

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Style. We all have one. How do you define yours? Below are the top 15 decorating styles. You may be a combination of them. Look below to see which one best defines you and then comment below and let us know!

Bohemian (Full of life, culture, and interesting items. Casual, relaxed, carefree, colorful. Mix of patterns and textures. Vintage, earthy.)

Contemporary (Current, On-trend, Clean lines. Ever-changing, developed in the latter half of the 20th century, Pieces feature softened and rounded lines. Sophisticated Neutrals Cream, white, tan, beige, black. Monochromatic and tone-on-tone schemes allow the lines and shapes within a space to take center stage. Focus on lighting and lots of natural light.)

Eclectic (A Funky Mix. A mixture of textures, time periods, styles, trends, and colors. Does not adhere to one decorating style but enjoys combining various decorating styles.)

Farmhouse (Cozy, casual and comfortable with rustic décor. Balance of old and new. Modern sensibilities that go back to a simpler time. Rustic furniture, shiplap, handmade items. Reclaimed wood, antiques. Simple and inviting.)

Feng Shui (A Chinese practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it. Arranging your environment so that the following 5 elements are exhibited- WOOD (the color green) and wood items / FIRE (red hues) and animals) / EARTH (yellows, earth tones, terra cotta) and brick, tile ceramics / METAL (white or grays) metals, rocks, stones and gems / WATER (black or navy) glass, mirrors and crystals, water features. The amount of each element in a space will rarely be in equal parts since the balance is based on your personal preference, desired outcome, and even your personal birth element.

French Country (Enviable blend of elegance and humble simplicity. Reminds one of countryside in France. Old-world aesthetic, rustic finishes, and timelessly appealing with refined curves and details. The use of heavy florals, rich saturated shades of gold, to blues, reds and greens. Copper accents, toile fabrics. Friendly, Understated Elegance. Romantic.)

Hollywood Glam (Opulent, over-the-top, Sophisticated and dramatic. The use of plush velvet, fur and large, bold prints including animal prints. A colorful palette of royal and regal colors like deep purples, saturated blues, deep reds, turquoise and varying shades of pink. Lots of gold accents and large mirrors, white marble and crystal chandeliers.)

Industrial (A blend of exposed steel and rustic wood. It is simultaneously organic and engineered, bold and refined, masculine and feminine. Urban. Exposed brick, concrete, iron pipes, exposed ducts. Stripped-back architecture and salvaged objects.)

Mid-Century Modern (from the mid-1930s to 1965. Clean lines- always. Minimalism, and organic/geometric shapes. Retro.)

Minimalist(Clutter-free. Quality and sophistication, functionality and simplicity. Stripped of superfluous elements, colors, shapes and textures.)

Modern (A period of time- A design style that was created in the 1920′s – 1950′s. It doesn’t change, it is a defined style, and will remain such forever. Stark lines.)

Rustic (Calls back to the spirit of the past, times of peace and comfort, the simple village life. Natural materials such as raw wood, stone, and metal. Primitive and reminiscent of the ancient dwellings. Cozy and warm.)

Shabby Chic (Appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, it’s soft, but opulent. Perfect balance between feeling relaxed and looking pulled together. The use of lace, ruffles, antiques, lots of white and creams, candles, vintage and weathered items mixed with layers of light, monochromatic textures. Crystal vases and ornamental crystal chandeliers in places like bathrooms and bedrooms. It puts forth an artistic yet-elegant vibe mixed with cottage-style decor. Extremely cozy and warm, feminine.)

Traditional (Classic, comfortable, calm European decor. Hallmarks include deep wood tones, architectural details, and elegant furnishings. Combination of comfortable furniture, classic designs and casual décor. Neutral foundations of cream, beige, and gray. Florals, plain colors, muted plaids, understated stripes, geometrics, tone-on-tone and small all-over patterns are common.)

Tuscan (Old World romance and elegant home furnishings together in a warm and inviting design scheme. Focuses solely on influences from Italy. Wrought-iron accessories to reinforce the rustic theme. Painted ceramic objects and tile to bring color. Rough plaster walls. Terracotta tiles, stone with mosaic inlay and worn wood covered with antique rugs.)