By Pankaj Sabharwal – AffluenceArt

Looking to decorate your new home and seeking thematic inspiration? Search no more. We’re covering eight interior design styles that are popular in modern homes.

In reality, practitioners blend different elements from several decorating styles together, but it’s crucial to identify the core aspects of each one.

Obviously, there are interior design styles beyond the four types outlined.

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1. Mid-Century Modern

The mid-1900s produced some of the most iconic pieces in modern design. It is characterised by refined lines, minimalist silhouettes, and natural shapes.

The mid-century modern masters defined creative ways to use new materials like molded plastic, plywood, and aluminum in industrial design. Its pieces are highly versatile and can complement a myriad of design styles.


2. Industrial

The industrial emphasises liberal use of exposed steel with distressed wooden elements, frequently complemented by exposed brick walls. The modern variant commonly includes copper-tone accents. In terms of general feel, industrial decor is often rustic and mature. A notable point from this post is that industrial decor ranges from modern rustic with cleaner lines to rugged vintage with elaborate ornamentations. Depending on your tastes, you can opt for a lighter, chic look or a darker, antique design.


3. Nautical

Warm, relaxing and positive. Nautical decor is also referred to as coastal or cottage decor. This interior design style is based on white or sand coloured foundation, with blue as the primary accent colour. Material-wise, nautical decor incorporates unfinished wood in its tables or chairs, combined with chic linen upholstery for your lounge seats and sofas.


Your options for decorative accents are many: seashells in clear jars, jute ropes, rowing oars, sailboats, navigational maps, and more.

4. Scandinavian

An off-shoot of the mid-century modern movement, Scandinavian design introduced a popular minimalist look to the interior architecture field that lasts to this day.

Featuring gentle contours, playful accent colours and a balance of engineered and organic materials, Scandinavian furniture are simple, contemporary and functional.

Many Scandinavian designs employ Bauhaus principles and are characterised by fluid lines, focus on object proportions, and populist appeal. A great majority of Scandinavian interiors use white with gray tones as the foundation colours.


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