Virgie Vincent in Lifestyle, Interior Designer, Real Estate Branch Manager • Essex Mortgage Jun 19, 2019 · 1 min read · +200

Popular Interior Design Styles Explained: Part 1

Popular Interior Design Styles Explained: Part 1

Interior design styles can range from modern to contemporary to industrial. The number of interior design styles is not just limited to those three! One of the biggest challenge for anyone styling their home is finding a style the represents them and their personal interior design styles. With so many options, it can be difficult to figure out which style best suites you and your home. Today we take the guesswork out for you. In this first part series, we will be learning about the different interior design styles and what sets them apart from one another.


Rooted in modern design there is a German and Scandinavian influence that focuses on early to mid-20th century design. When you walk into a modern-styled home there are a few things that will stand out. Modern designed homes have a strong focus on clean crisp lines with simple color palette. From furniture to decor you will find simplicity. You will find that most modern interiors are sleek and won’t have a lot of clutter laying around. Neutral colors and natural materials are heavily used and color is used sparingly. If color is used, it will be an earthier color such as rust, turquoise, or olive green.


Many people often combine modern and contemporary designs together. Although they do share their similarities, the two styles are quite different. Despite its name, modern interior design refers to a time before, while contemporary design represents the future. In contemporary designs you will find that a designer will often stick a palette of back, white, and grey. You will also find that contemporary design will include curving lines. Like modern design, you can expect to see little clutter.


Minimalist design takes the ideas of modern and contemporary design and simplifies them even more. The style first emerged in the early 90s and is a go-to for someone looking to create a tranquil space. Minmlaist design lives by a “less is more” mantra as it focuses on thick clean lines and bright airy palette. One of the most advantageous aspects of minimalist design is that if it is done properly, the design will not easily go out of style.


As we move away from minimalist design, we enter the world of industrial design. Industrial style draws inspiration from the look of a warehouse or a loft. Common elements of interior design include exposed brick, ductwork and pipes, and wood. These homes are will often feature high ceilings and dangling light features. Other than a few pieces of art or photography, there won’t be much variant to the neutral color palette created by wood and metals.

Stay tuned for the next month, when we will explore even more interior design styles.

Originally published at on June 10, 2019.