The first step to finding your home style is knowing that there are plenty of options out there. While you might feel like you always know what is your style, it’s definitely not as easy (like asking someone’s zodiac sign). Your style is like your personality, it’s complicated. Some might even be conflicting.
Unlike many things in life, here you don’t have to choose one. You might find yourself falling in love with many different styles (and it’s OK!). Go ahead and read about them here.
// BOHEMIAN //
Creative and easygoing. A hobbyist like you needs your home to be multi-functional. Whether it’s entertaining, snuggling or napping, you need your home to anticipate your every need. Avoid looking chaotic by creating focal points and bringing in curated items.
// Worn rugs and upholstery //
// Strong saturated colors //
// Global patterns //
// Tribal accents //
// Pillows and poufs //
// Indoor plants //
// Mood lighting like candlelight //
// Hanging ornaments like hammock, dream-catcher or beads //
// CONTEMPORARY //
Sleek and chic. You like abstract artworks, appreciate smart storage. You live now and look to the future. Contemporary and modern can be easily confused but they are not the same thing. Because this style is constantly evolving, it can tolerate a bit of rule-breaking and works with other styles. So don’t be afraid to introduce them.
// Strong lines //
// Neutral palette with color blocking accents //
// Glossy surfaces //
// Low sofas, lounge chairs //
// Smart hidden storage //
// Arc Lamp //
// Over-sized artwork //
// EIGHTIES //
Fun and vibrant. You take risks and can be eccentric. Colors make you oh-so-happy. The 80s consists of Art Deco influences which is all about creating symmetry and balance. The overall look is tastefully put together with a youthful vibe and maintaining its quirkiness.
// Curve lines //
// Pastel colors //
// Geometric patterns //
// Polished brass //
// Mirrored furniture //
// Round-arm upholstered furniture //
// Patent leather, plush velvet //
// Neon lighting //
// Colorful pop art //
// INDUSTRIAL //
Bold and unassuming. You are hardworking and values honesty. You might be perceived as geeky but you’re just cool (we know, right?). Industrial style reflects the look of old warehouse and factory. Everything is utilitarian and pared back to its essentials.
// Concrete as floors/walls or shelves //
// Exposed bricks or subway tiles //
// Neutral palette mix with warm tones //
// Steel with a matte finish //
// Re-purposed furniture like wooden crates as coffee tables //
// Metal chairs //
// Pendants with exposed bulbs //
// Chalkboard paint //
// MID-CENTURY MODERN //
Impeccable and trustworthy. You are also known to have a quirky sense of humor. You like to get to the quintessential of things, including conversations. Mid-Century Modern arose from the 1950s and 60s emphasizing on uncomplicated and iconic designs. Whether it’s an Eames chair or a Saarinen table (I heart the latter a lot), it is sleek and put together, with a sense of nostalgia.
// Warm wood finishes //
// Geometric patterns //
// Neutral palette with pops of bright color //
// Chrome and brass accents
// Furniture with tapered legs //
// Long sofas, sideboards //
// Eames chairs //
// Sputnik chandeliers //
// MINIMALIST //
Free and assertive. You enjoy simplicity because the world outside is chaotic. You want your home to be simple, clean, organized and airy. You let go of unnecessary things and only keep those you love; less is more. Minimalist can be seen as sterile and uninviting, add in textures and small doses of colors to soften the look.
// White surfaces //
// Neutral palette with color accents in furniture/artworks //
// Flat paneled storage //
// Platform beds //
// Furniture with simple legs //
// Bare windows or streamlined window treatments //
// Concealed lighting //
// Multi-functional pieces //
// MODERN GLAM //
Poised and glamorous. You have a larger than life personality, no doubt! You think that every space of your home deserves to shine because you’re dramatic like that. This style is a modern take on Hollywood Regency which born out of movie set design during the golden age of film-making. It’s about expressing yourself, folks.
// Curves lines //
// Lacquered surfaces //
// High contrast palette with jewel tone accents //
// Motifs //
// Plenty of chrome or brass //
// Big mirror with detailing //
// Satin, velvet, fur //
// Crystal chandeliers //
// Bright graphic wallpapers //
// RUSTIC //
Spontaneous and carefree. To you, home is all about feeling warm and cozy, simple and comfortable. Forget about trendy homes and big cities. you prefer natural and lived-in. And you always choose such places for vacations. It’s not hard to see why, because this style is organic and unpretentious.
// Surfaces with aged or beautiful patina //
// Wood floors //
// Earthy tones //
// Casual patterns (stripes/plaids/checkered/floral) //
// Iron or copper accents //
// Sofas with arms and deep seats //
// Cotton or linen slipcovers //
// Re-purposed pieces (baskets turned into light fixtures) //
// Old books, wildflowers in pitcher //
// SCANDINAVIAN //
Energetic and practical. You enjoy the outdoors and is always about bringing the light in (there is no such thing as too much light, you said). You want your home to be airy and fresh, most importantly, functional. This style is very popular for a reason, (IKEA, yes?), the key is personalizing your home so it doesn’t feel straight out of a catalog.
// Clean lines //
// Light woods (maple, birch, oak) //
// Light wood or whitewashed floors //
// Whites with bright and warm color accents //
// Hits of blacks //
// Plastic modern chairs //
// Bare big windows or (if necessary) minimal window treatments //
// Faux fur or cowhide rugs //
// SEVENTIES //
Affectionate and free-spirited. You want your home to be a place that you can sometimes enjoy a conversation with friends or just chill out by yourself, people sees you as a happy-go-lucky person. The 70s is Boho-chic meets splashes of Beatnik. It is exciting because it celebrates freedom.
// Groovy lines //
// Teak wood //
// Earthy tones with dash of red/turquoise/goldenrod //
// Floral prints //
// Sectional sofas //
// Curvy chairs like egg chairs, beanbags or swing chairs //
// Shag, faux fur, felt, macrame //
// Hanging plants //
// Wallpapers or murals in subdued tones //
// TRADITIONAL //
Elegant and sophisticated. You love taking trips down memory lane. Your ideal home is warm and inviting, your ideal day is reading your favorite book with a favorite drink. Chaos is not for you because you like a sense of order. There is a reason why the Traditional style has been around for so long, and now you can bring this home.
// Wood or painted crown moldings //
// Wainscoting or wide baseboards (or skirting boards) //
// Neutral palette //
// Classic patterns //
// Persian/Oriental rugs //
// Wood furniture //
// Wingback chairs //
// Crystal chandeliers //
// Antique tea sets, fine china //
// Oil paintings //
// ZEN //
Conscientious and sensuous. Home is your haven, therefore it should be pure and honest. You strives for harmony in all aspect of your life, thus it’s important that your home is a place for relaxation. Inspired from the Japanese interiors, this style focuses on tranquility and balance, and can be very well incorporated with the practice of Feng Shui.
// Natural wood as floors and furniture //
// Monochromatic palette //
// Contrast with textures //
// Natural materials like linen //
// Simple furniture //
// Diffused light like paper lanterns //
// Indoor plants //
// Essential oil burners or natural scents from fresh flowers //
Find your core styles and let them live together in harmony. It can be simpler than getting your cats to be best friends, sometimes you just need an external help. A designer/stylist can help diagnose your style more accurately because they know what questions to ask.
But don’t fret, next time when you’re out shopping with a close friend, play this game – let her pick out something for you and ask her why. Did she pick something casual and linen, a flowy dress/skirt, proper and formal or something cool and rugged (leather!). There is no limitation to how many times you can play this game. Most people find themselves having a mix of two to three styles. Have fun exploring – try something new and out of your comfort zone!
Image Sources: Featured Image Nathan + Jac // Bohemian Sea of Girasoles // Contemporary Minimalisti // Eighties Anthony Baratta // Industrial Frederik Wissink Photography // Mid-Century Modern The Home Journal // Minimalist Smarter Home Office // Modern Glam Caitlin McCarthy Design // Rustic Cute & Co. // Scandinavian Minuscule // Seventies Moody’s Home // Traditional HGTV // Zen Top Home Design