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One of the hardest things about interior design is deciding on which style you love enough to design your own home around it. I see this a lot with clients who have tried to merge elements from various design styles. What ends up happening is that it lacks cohesiveness. There’s a little nod to 3 or 4 different design styles but none of them stands out as the leader. This creates visual confusion in your space and it also becomes an endless frustration for you when you’re trying to fix what doesn’t look right. 

When I take on a project for a new client I ask them to find images either in magazines or on Pinterest and bring them to our first meeting. I can usually tell within a short time what you like and I can begin to narrow down the style direction.

What if there was an easier way that didn’t require hiring an interior designer? There is! I’ve created a powerful tool that will not only help you identify your style but will provide you with tons of additional information including:

  • What defines the style, 
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There are a lot of design styles that stick around for a short while and then either disappear or morph into something else (yes I’m talking to you Grandma Chic). And then there are the classic design styles that are here to stay. I’m going to share the characteristics of those 6 that have been with us for a good long time.


1/ Traditional Design Style

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This is probably the most easily identifiable style. It’s classic and timeless and whether you love it or not, you can likely identify a room designed in the traditional design style.

The essence of traditional design is rooted in the 18th and 19th century. Over 200 years there were prominent styles that came and went but when you see traditional designs today, they will usually pull from various eras. It’s all about having fun collecting as opposed to being a puritan devoted to one particular region and style. Read more about traditional design here.

COLOURS: The colours of this design style are warm and muddy but can range from light to dark. You won’t be using bright or pastel colours ever in this style.

FURNITURE: Rolled arms, deep seats and high backs are the trademarks of traditional design. There’s a lot of metal but think warm brass and gold as opposed to chrome or nickel. 

Think your style is traditional? Take the quiz here and find out.


2/ Transitional Design Style


This is probably the most popular design style currently because it embraces characteristics of both traditional and contemporary styles. It’s the marrying of the best of both worlds and to some degree, it’s also why it’s hard at times to nail it down and describe it. 

COLOURS: This style looks best when it incorporates a neutral palette. Use a light neutral for the walls. You can add in a dark neutral like navy, black, etc for some of the furniture pieces. The new neutrals that have replaced gray (beige, sand, mushroom) work extremely well in a transitional style.

FURNITURE: Since transitional design is a blending of both traditional and contemporary you can use a mix of both styles. Opt for clean lines on the large furniture pieces. You don’t want anything fussy or overdone. The furniture should always be comfortable in a transitional space. Read more about transitional design here.

Think your style is transitional? Take the quiz here and find out.


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Contemporary refers to the design of the moment. It’s all about what’s current and on trend. Contemporary design is fluid and you’ll see a change every decade to adjust to the change in current styles. The most confusing aspect of contemporary design is that it can’t be nailed down because it’s an ever evolving thing.  

COLOURS: The perfect contemporary interior design tends towards neutrals overall. There is a strong pull towards contrast and you’ll often see the foundation of a contemporary space include white paired with gray, navy or tan. Over the last 10-15 years we’ve seen a lot of spaces with white walls and either gray or black furnishings.

FURNITURE: Contemporary furniture generally has very clean lines with strong architectural shapes. Avoid shapes that are overstuffed or have a lot of curves and rounded silhouettes. You will find that most contemporary furniture stays away from anything fussy. Read more about contemporary design here.

Think your style is contemporary? Take the quiz here and find out.

4/ Hollywood Regency Design Style

SOURCE: Elle Decor


Hollywood Regency is also referred to as Hollywood Glam or just Glam and it comes to pack a punch. It’s a style that came to us in the 1930’s during the Golden Age of Cinema. Try to visualize the elegantly dressed women with their cocktail in one hand and a long cigarette in the other. This image of elegance became popular through old movies. That’s the time we’re referring to and it moved from movie sets to homes where the wealthy could keep the party going at home. 

COLOURS: Deep jewel tones and saturated colours are the only way to go to create this look. Colours range from black to pink with everything in between. While we normally see walls painted deep colours, if the lighting in your space doesn’t allow for that, white can also be used on walls, leaving room for deep colours to be used elsewhere. 

FURNITURE: Furniture pieces tend to be understated in scale and size but since this style is all about luxury and comfort, don’t sacrifice comfort to achieve the style. Upholstery includes chairs with round silhouettes although we do see sofas with straight, thin lines incorporated here as well. Read more about Hollywood Regency design here.

Think your style is hollywood regency? Take the quiz here and find out.


5/ Modern Farmhouse Design Style

SOURCE: Studio McGee


This style was brought to us by Joanna Gaines and Shea McGee. It’s essentially a combination of contemporary mixed together with traditional farmhouse and a hint of Scandinavian style designs. It’s like a cleaned up version of a rustic country home but it’s also quite minimal. 

COLOURS: This style relies on a base of cream or white paired up with black and caramel or tan. Almost always the walls are painted in the neutral white or cream.

FURNITURE: The lines on furniture are generally contemporary, straight and simple on all pieces. Upholstery is comfortable but unfussy. There’s also a lot of leather in a caramel or tan colour. There’s definitely a nod to mid-century design in the modern farmhouse style, especially with the caramel leather and wood framed chairs we see so often. Read more about modern farmhouse style here.

Think your style is hollywood regency? Take the quiz here and find out.


6/ Coastal Design Style


Coastal design evokes images of casual living and laid back beach days. It’s really a giant nod to Mother Nature with all of the natural elements that are included in this design aesthetic.

COLOURS: This is the style most connected to the outdoors so it’s logical that we begin with a gentle, soft palette. White or cream are typically the foundation and it’s commonplace to see the entire home painted in that base colour. Blues and greens are next when you’re creating the perfect coastal colour palette. There can be some navy but generally it’s softer blues and greens.

FURNITURE: Coastal design is casual and comfortable. The pieces are oversized and stuffed in that perfect way that leaves you no option but to have a seat and stay put as long as possible. There’s a lot of down wrapped upholstery which is the most comfortable but gives the casual look that does require some fluffing to keep it looking its best. Read more about coastal style here.

Think your style is hollywood regency? Take the quiz here and find out.

I hope all of this information gives you some confidence going forward about which design style suits you best. If you need help with a design project, contact me. I’d love to speak to you.


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