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Industrial Design is characterized by raw materials like metal, wood, brick and tile. A factory loft in a big city is your jam because you can add some finishing touches, but you are far more interested in seeing the architecture in its primitive state.
This is a more masculine, unfinished look that is simple and intentional. Old materials excite you and when someone wants to throw it away, you can idea of where to put it in your space.
As for DIY projects you could create pipe shelving, fix up old metal chairs or go dumpster diving or thrifting for some old, rusted pieces to put on the wall.
The most modern element of your industrial style is likely the windows and furniture although both could also be old and freshened up.
For this to be your style, you need to consistently notice and love raw materials and see the beauty in old things that just need to be loved in your well-planned space.
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Industrial Edison Hanging Pendant Light
Rustic types love to use natural tones, a variety of textures and warm wood accents. You love to see the original hardwood floors or wood beams. A bouquet of fresh flowers or some branches from your backyard add no-fuss beauty to your spaces.
Outdoors (antlers, cowhides and wood stumps) can mix with modern materials like marble, white linen and sophisticated lighting to create a rustic chic look.
Rustic decor has a woodsy and homey feel and tends to suit the more country-inclined folks.
To start using this style in your home look for natural materials that could be re-purposed in the home ie: wood stump or a side table or some old doors for a headboard. Use nature as you inspiration and connect your indoor space with the outdoors. Also, white is a dominant color in many of these designs. Wood and pops of color that can be found in nature are beautiful accents.
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Mid century modern peeps love clean lines and an overall polished look. This look is not frivolous and uses geometric patterns frequently.
The art of this design style is iconic and simple. The furniture is streamlined, lighter, and ergonomic. Colors are bold and matched with warm wood finishes like teak and rosewood.
When I think of mid-century modern I always picture a low, long credenza with thin tapered legs, perfectly styled with large, beautiful art or a mirror above.
If this style speaks to you, begin to recognize the patterns in the period furniture, art and colors. Your personality is likely simple and sophisticated.
If you have a mother or grandmother from the 1950s and 60s that is ready to get rid of their stylish furniture, take it off their hands and place them into your modern home. When thrifting be on a careful lookout for pieces that resonate with the sleek look you want at home.
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Hey Coastal Interior Decor Lover,
Two words for you: light and airy. This style is a reflection of the beaches that we love to linger on. Light blues, white and muted tones are common in the decor.
These homes are dedicated to making all year long summertime. This is done through lots of natural light and clean and crisp fabrics. This is a gorgeous look, but as a mother of three, I know that this would only work if the fabrics I bought we heavy duty and good to be bleached more than once. If you are single or an empty nester, you can enjoy your pristine beach house without interruption.
For textures, you want to use natural fibers like straw, sea grass and jute and keep the coastal decor minimal and intentional.
To add coastal to your space look for light, weathered wood and seashells on the beach. Observe all the natural colors and textures that you see near the water and try to implement this into your home.
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Eclectic designers love color and collecting memorable items from places you have visited. You have a hard time pin-pointing one specific style because you like all of them mixed together. You are a collector at heart and you enjoy telling the stories connected to your items with your guests. You have a unique style, and you know what you like and dislike.
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Minimalists let space and bold, yet functional decor pieces and furniture do all the talking. Less is more is your mantra and your spaces show this. You are strategic about what you keep and could explain the purpose of everything you own easily. Simple designs and quality materials are what you desire in a room. You are productive and abhor distraction from pure beauty and function. Proportions are important to you and everything fits well in spaces you fill. I have left the shopping list short for this category because it is more about everything fitting well in the space vs. having a particular look. Minimalist spaces tend to have low-profile boxy furniture, see through items, and very few simple items placed well.
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Hollywood Glam crave gold accents, crystal chandeliers, dramatic colors/patterns and a fancy party. Your attention to detail is amazing which is apparent in your efforts to balance overkill and conservative. You want everyday to be a luxurious get-away in your home. You are an elegant person who cannot refuse some everyday glitz through your makeup or wardrobe. Your friends appreciate your polished style.
Traditional design is heavily influenced by the propriety of European design and manners. You love all things classic–literature, art and interior design. You love elegant furniture, dark rich colors and ornate decor. You appreciate old-fashioned sitting rooms and large floral arrangements. You believe custom window treatments (curtains) and hardwood floors are a must in any home. Antiquities and history fascinate and inspire you and you love to share what you learn with others. You don’t DIY, you leave that to the professionals.
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Traditional Wingback Chair (Cool historical fact: The wingback chairs were placed near the fire and were intended to shield the face from the heat or drafts of cold.)
Traditional Faux Flower Arrangment
This is the last style I will mention because it is becoming increasingly popular: transitional interior design.
“Transitional Is the Art of Mixing
Successful transitional design is achieved by seamlessly combining a mix of modern and traditional. While there are many interpretations of this style, here’s a list that will help you achieve a well-blended transitional look.
- Stay neutral with your color choice, allowing the lines of the furniture to take center stage.
- Incorporate textural elements such as wood, glass, lacquer, rattan, fabric, steel and metal.
- Limit the use of accessories; you are adding artful details through your mix of furnishings and fabrics, and you don’t want to confuse the eye.
- Choose impactful art, but use it sparingly. In most cases, one large piece on the wall is better than an arrangement of small pieces.” (Little, 2015)
Little, Shelly (2015) Transitional Design: What it is and How to Pull it Off. Retrieved from Freshhome.com