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Here is the second part of our article about the most popular interior design styles! You should use this list to gain a basic understanding of common interior design styles and what is involved in each of them, as well as how they differ and how to create them.

Minimalist Style – Minimalist architecture became popular in the late 1980s in London and New York, where designers worked to achieve simplicity, using white elements, cold white or blue lighting, large spaces with minimum objects and furniture. The concept of minimalist design is to strip everything down to its essential quality and achieve simplicity. Minimalism simplifies living spaces to reveal the essential quality of buildings and conveys simplicity in attitudes toward life. It is inspired from the Japanese traditional design and the concept of Zen philosophy.

The idea is not completely without ornamentation. The basic geometric forms, elements without decoration, simple materials and the repetitions of structures can also represent a sense of order, ornament and essential quality. The movement of natural light in minimalist buildings reveals simple and clean spaces. In order to successfully implement a minimalist style storage is key in order to allow the space to remain minimal while still retaining the essential objects you use within that space. Minimalist kitchens are an excellent example of this, where clever use of space and hidden storage is regularly used.

Here are the key words to define Minimalist Interior Design Style:

  • Cool colors and white or blue lighting;
  • Large open spaces with minimum furniture, essentials only;
  • Reduced to ideal quantity;
  • Storage is key to maintaining minimalism;
  • Natural light used as a feature.

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Classic Style Interior Design – Classical interior design is based on order, symmetry and balance which relates to the ideals of the Greek and Roman Empires. A primary element in classical style is the use of a focal point around which visual balance is achieved, for example a feature fireplace flanked on either side by matching armchairs with an ornate mirror above. The color palette common to classical interior design style is often inspired by nature. A variety of yellows, blues, greens, browns as well as softer, muted hues like terracottas, grays and pinks are commonly used. When accenting with whites, choose off-white if you want to stay in keeping with a more authentic classical color palette. Choose bright white if you want a slightly more contemporary feel instead.

Fabrics used in classical interior design style tend to be elegant without being overly ornate or attention grabbing. Cotton, canvas and velvet are some commonly used in classic interiors. Natural flooring of wood, stone or marble works best in the classically styled environment as they relate well to the natural color schemes used.

The key identifying feature of the classic style is symmetry with each side of the room mirrored on either side of a central focal point. Columns are also a feature of classic design, relating back to Greek and roman architecture, and as such vertical, tone-on-tone stripes on the walls or curtains can represent this. The use of classical ornamentation can also be used to identify a room as being of the classical style.

Here are the key words to define Classic Interior Design Style:

  • Order, symmetry and balance are key;
  • Room ordered around a focal point, such as the fireplace;
  • Natural colors and materials;
  • Elegant fabrics.

We will be back with the Part III of DÉCOR STYLE which will cover Art Deco Style Interior Design and Retro Style Design.

(Source: Online Design Teacher)