Interior design gives a home its personality, combining aesthetics with the essential features of the space. While some might consider décor secondary to the fundamentals, the interior style showcases the full potential of a home.
But what are the most popular designs of today? Homeowners are no longer limited by the stock of the local home-goods store, making it easy to incorporate any type of interior style imaginable. Here is a look into six of today's most popular interior designs you could find in any neighborhood.
Scandinavian design: back to basics
For more variety, rustic-Scandinavian design is a variation that brings more decoration to the scheme. Open shelving and unique accents, for example, make for a natural extension of Scandinavian minimalism. Though not quite as uncluttered, the rustic-Scandinavian design exudes warmth and practicality, making it a popular option for many homeowners.
The simple allure of French country
Aligning with the floral colors, plant life is also a regular feature of French country design. The floral pillow designs match with vases of peonies, lavender, and sunflowers, creating a vibrant backdrop that creates a cottage ambiance. French country décor has a timeless feel that is easy to embrace in any home.
The many faces of farmhouse style
The more traditional farmhouse décor pays homage to homestead roots, with vintage accessories and furnishings giving a home character. Dark greens and blues often accompany traditional styles, while modern farmhouses tend to be rich in beige and cream colors.
The modern approach is also great for bringing in salvaged wood and metals. Beneath ceilings embedded with exposed beams, modern farmhouses have large, comfortable furniture and unique features like distressed mirrors and end tables.
Many homeowners also add a coastal touch to the modern farmhouse design. Coastal farmhouses tend to have a little more color (think blue accent walls) but still integrate the basics. Homeowners might show off oars, driftwood, or shiplap paneling while bathing the home in whites and grays. While the traditional farmhouse is still very much in style, homeowners are branching out in many ways to provide a unique touch.
Art Deco's Bold Elegance
Art Deco isn't as extravagant as it once was, although it remains a highly customizable favorite. Animal print pillowcases and colored glass are trademarks of the resurgent art deco style, but anything with a geometric leaning might fit the scheme. Many modern homes put together a toned-down version of Art Deco that balances the bold with the practical. Art Deco elements are also added to many other designs, especially modern and urban styles that tilt toward the eclectic.
The Calm Vibes of Mediterranean Design
Much like French country style, Mediterranean designs include plenty of flowers and plant life — usually in ornate ceramic pots that offer an old-world touch. Patterned ceramic tiling also provides some additional visual flair while showcasing the cultural roots at the heart of the Mediterranean aesthetic. While white or sand-colored walls offer a base, the rest of the interior is filled with colorized touches that complement the earthy scheme.
There's also a tremendous amount of versatility when it comes to furnishings. Beautifully carved wood furniture is common, but so are wrought iron chairs and embellished metalwork that point away from minimalism. Mediterranean design is an ageless form that can be simple, ornate, or anything in between.
A Mid-Century Modern Comeback
Homeowners aren't limited to fall colors and hairpin chairs, as there are plenty of opportunities to include bursts of color. Pink-tile bathrooms and aqua couches provide some balance to the typical browns and mustard yellows. Even wood paneling is returning in a big way, with designers branching out to include paneling that goes well beyond the dark wood of the 1960s. Mid-century modern is a great way to repurpose a classic style with a few contemporary upgrades.