– By Kilcroney Furniture

At the start of any interior design project, we often wonder what style we should choose – what style do I like? what style will look good in that space? what style will I feel comfortable with?

Whether you’re decorating a living room or a whole house, a cottage or a Victorian House, the style will always change according to the existing space and what is appropriate for it.

Here is a selection of 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.

Modern Style –  Modern Style design is clean-lined and focuses on function, avoiding the excessive accessories and decorative elements seen in many other styles. Some people feel the modern design is too simple, harsh or cold –  however, when well planned, it can promote a sense of calmness and simplicity to any home.

The modern style is ideal for small spaces as it maximizes space and create the impression that a room is more spacious than it actually is, offering clean lined design, function before form, minimal use of textures and asymmetrical balance in furniture and layout.


(PHOTO: Preface Collection By Kilcroney Furniture)

Contemporary Style – A lot of us think of Modern and Contemporary Style as being exactly the same. The terms modern interior design and contemporary interior design are often used interchangeably, however there is a difference between the two.

Contemporary interior design is based on trendy looks that are in style at any current moment, while modern interior design refers to the specific geometrical, clean-lined style called modern. The fact that the modern style may also be a part of a current look or trend adds to the confusion between modern and contemporary.

Contemporary interiors are comfortable and welcoming without being cluttered and dark, and is a style that is equally appropriate for offices, stores, lofts and homes. A contemporary style home can very well have a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.

The key identifying feature of a contemporary style interior design is line: smooth, clean, geometric shapes are essential for contemporary style furniture pieces with upholstered furniture usually in black, white, or another neutral tone. These pieces are simple and uncluttered, without curves or decoration. In conclusion, with contemporary interiors, less is more. Go basic, bare, bold, and structural with bespoke, unique and individual furniture.

We will be back with more decorating styles soon in Part II.

(Source: Online Design Teacher)