Popular decorating styles are always changing. Is your home up to date on the latest fashion trends and decorating tips? 

If you are considering a redo of your living room, your kitchen, your bedroom or virtually any other room in or outside of your home, consider some of today’s more popular choices. You are sure to find one, or two, that you really love to use. 

Traditional  

We have to start with the traditional look because it just does not go out of style. This is the look of old stately homes, early American trends and a wide range of other formal styled items.

traditional decor style

You are looking for traditional to come through in the upholstery, in the window treatments and even in the accents that are placed around the room. Furnishings may be dark colored or light but heavy fabrics are typical. Plush wool carpets, leather furnishings and dark woods are also part of this style.

Traditional is a style that can be expensive due to the materials being used, but there are ways to get the look on a budget. If you love older architecture or watch a lot of Downton Abbey this might be for you!

Shabby Elegance or Shabby Chic

This style may look thrown together and easy to accomplish, but it is actually a challenging look to pull together. It can very easily look overcrowded or look like a jumble of small items.  

The look is lived in, with chippy paint, light toned wall and furniture colorings, old china pattern looks, warm yet comfortable pieces that create a sense of relaxation when you look at them. If you love to mix and match antique of love thrift stores this is probably for you!

shabby chic style

 

Mid-century modern

Mid-century modern style is a great choice for people who love simple, clean lines, minimal clutter and wood. Seating is lower to the ground creating a very grounded feel to this style. The avocado and orange colors of the time are sometimes utilized, but not always. Mid-century modern is very practical and yet every piece has a well thought out design. If you have a basement full of your grandparent’s furniture or you love Madmen this might be the style for you.

 

Art Deco

This popular decorating style is one that takes you back to the roaring 20’s when everything was bigger and larger than life.  Popular design choices include silver and gold accents, fan designs and polished surfaces. It has more intricate ornamentation to it than most other styles. If you love a flamboyant and over the top room, you will love Art Deco.

Art Deco room

 

Rustic

The look of the log cabin is not gone. In a rustic Southwestern feel, you will have woods used of various types. It will have a laid back feel with warm throws and soft, comfortable furniture. The color scheme here is that of warm, rich colors that complement the woods. Elements of Native American culture are often woven in to the Rustic style. But don’t think you have to live in a log cabin to have this style!  You can incorporate this style in any home.

If you love watching old Westerns, or just like a maintenance free home this might be fore you!

French Country

This is a decorating style that draws its influence from farmhouses in France. Here, you find gray and white walls that are somewhat distressed and have that feel of whimsical dreaming. Wood finishes are done with fruitwoods and cherry and paired with whitewashed pieces.  Furniture has curved legs and luxurious fabrics but still feels practical.

You will find a mix of old and new in most French country rooms, and a lot of decoration! It could be copper pots hanging from the ceiling, walls crowded with paintings, and cherished chotchkes. French Country is similar to Farmhouse style in color and texture, but much more ornate.

If you dream of living in the middle of a vineyard this style might be fore you!

Eclectic

 Eclectic happens to be my favorite decorating style, it is a mix of all different kinds design styles. If you know when you like something and just want it in your house, you might like eclectic style. Often colorful or mismatched, eclectic rooms feel loved and lived in. However, eclectic design is hard to pull off as you have to balance scale and space to keep it from seeming junky and crowded. If you know what you like and aren’t afraid to take chances, this might be fore you.

eclectic style decor

Global

Global is an emerging decorating style that adds in pieces of art or decor from around the world. Think African baskets, tapestries from the East, copper and brass, one of a kind pieces. Global can be layered with any other style but it works very well with eclectic style. If you keep bringing home souvenirs and don’t know what to do with them, this might be for you!

global style

Farmhouse

This is probably the most popular decorating style in the United States today. It was popularized by Chip and Joanna Gaines and their brand Magnolia. It features neutral walls and furnishings, lots of texture, and minimal decoration. Furnishings are simple with lots of 90 degree angles and lots of wood. Decorations are minimal. If you see shiplap on the walls, you are looking at farmhouse style. If you watch Fixer Upper on repeat, or if you love the colors white and gray this might be for you.

farmhouse style

Which decorating style should I choose? 

One of these popular decorating styles will work perfectly in your home. There are plenty to select from to help you to transform the look for your home into something that is amazing.

 

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