9 completely different styles to decorate the house
'Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love,' says celebrity decorator Nate Berkus in his book, The Things That Matter. It's true that our homes are an expression of ourselves, but they're not entirely original, as there are a variety of interior design styles that most of us fit into. Below are the nine styles that have stood the test of time.
Derived from the French, bohemian means artistic and unconventional.
Full of sandy and oceanic tones, coastal interiors are very popular with Australians.
The king of modern minimalism is undoubtedly Axel Vervoordt, who was famous in the industry long before his work for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West made his name known to the masses. The minimalist interior is characterized by restrained color palettes and textures.
Exposed ceiling beams and wood are key elements of the Country style, which mimics the look of traditional farmhouses. A warm and classic design choice.
5. Art Deco
First seen in France around 1920, Art Deco interiors are characterized by bold colors, geometric shapes and intricate details. 6.
Contemporary style favors soft, rounded shapes as opposed to the stark lines seen in mid-century modern design. The trend towards 'chubby' furniture, such as the sofa shown above, is a good example of the style.
Monochromatic design uses only one color in different shades. This refined color palette creates strong impact in a space.
The provincial style usually refers to the French provincial, which harkens back to the past with ornately carved wooden furniture, white plastered walls and wide windows to overlook large courtyards.
The avant-garde, eccentric interior is best embodied in the former home of the French artist Jean Cocteau. This villa on the French Riviera had all-white walls until Cocteau moved in and painted (mostly erotic) murals on each one.