Styles for Your Home

September 13, 2013

Whether you’re building new construction, remodeling, or decorating there are several different aesthetic approaches to consider. In this week’s post, we’ve gathered some of the most popular styles and outlined their origins, materials used, and color schemes. While some look for modern and simple, others want a more traditional, nostalgic aesthetic. Either way, each of these styles has the potential to help you create warm and inviting spaces. Note: here we’ve provided examples of differentiating kitchen styles, but these aesthetics certainly may apply to any room in your home.

1. Traditional

Still the most popular design choice for homes in America, the traditional style is inviting, simplistic and reminiscent of 18th and 19th century elegance. It evokes childhood nostalgia and warmth and it is relaxed, yet graceful (

Key elements: Lots of windows for natural light; uses natural materials like terracotta, limestone, slate and brick

Color palette: Natural colors like earth tones (brown, green, rust), clean neutrals (white, beige) and pastels

Traditional Kitchen by Boston Architects & Designers Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc

2. Industrial

The industrial style emphasizes strong, clean lines. It takes a minimalist approach, but mixes new pieces with older vintage accessories (think thrift stores and flea markets). Overall, it’s very utilitarian and fun to mix multiple textures in the same space.

Key elements: Large spaces with lots of windows for natural light; materials like steel, aluminum, iron and tin; juxtapose metals with softer materials like wood or exposed brick; use of art and rustic light fixtures as accent pieces

Color palette: Natural metals speak for themselves, but can use neutral, cool colors to start; may accent with stronger, moody colors like dark purple or bright orange

Industrial Kitchen by Telluride Interior Designers & Decorators Studio Frank

3. Eclectic

An eclectic style home or room is light-hearted and fun, and is not confined by rigid rules of design. If you can’t decide between Asian inspired design and contemporary, or you prefer individuality rather than following the rules, this style may apply to you. Still, there are basic principles to be followed to ensure a balanced and comfortable space.

Key elements: Can mix wood finishes and patterns; may use a multitude of fabrics (patterned or textured); can use different finishes simultaneously (bronze, stainless steel, opaque finishes)

Color palette: May integrate any colors you like; to make design more simple many start off with neutrals and then add accent colors, like complementary or supplementary colors (for our guide to choosing colors, click here).

Eclectic Kitchen by Denver Interior Designers & Decorators Ashley Campbell Interior Design

4. Rustic

The rustic style isn’t just for those in the country. It’s grown popular everywhere due to its organic shapes and textures and its natural warmth. It’s nostalgic, honest and simple.

Key elements: Use of natural, weathered wood (avoid brand new materials); exposed wooden ceiling beams; tarnished metals; vintage accessories and connection to the outdoors (flower arrangements and wild outdoor gardens); fabrics are soft and natural (cotton, linen and wool)

Color palette: Warm and earthy, like brown, rust, red, navy, and neutrals

Rustic Kitchen by Richmond Specialty Contractors Wellborn + Wright

5. Contemporary

This style focuses on the basics of line, form and shape. The emphasis on clean lines creates a casual atmosphere, and lots of windows for natural lighting make contemporary spaces more inviting. Ultimately, contemporary spaces are minimalist and leave great flexibility for experimenting with color and accessories.

Key elements: Use of natural light; clean and simple lines in architecture and furniture, use of natural fabrics (like soft linen or cotton); many people use light fixtures and abstract art as statement pieces

Color palette: Relies more heavily on materials than color; colors tend to be neutrals like brown, black and white; bright accent colors (yellow, pink) used often

Contemporary Kitchen by Essex Junction Photographers Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

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