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6 Popular Interior Design Styles to help define your personal style

Whilst we are all spending more time at home, it’s a great opportunity to find some design inspiration to plan some changes in your home.  Here, we are covering 6 popular interior design styles to help define your personal style.  Always remember that it’s important to surround yourself with things you love and you don’t need to stick to one particular design style in your home.  For example, you may really enjoy both contemporary and mid-century modern, and remember to incorporate some of those precious treasures you may have inherited or picked up on your travels.  We can help you create your own unique interior.

Please contact me to set up a virtual appointment to discuss any small changes you are considering or larger projects including renovations and new builds.

1. Scandinavian

This style is a clean, minimalist-leaning design choice with a mix of simple lines and natural colours and fibres.  If you love mixing nature into your design and minimal clutter, this is a great design choice for you.


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2. Mid-century Modern

This design style pairs well with almost every other style.  It uses lots of warm wood tones, retro furniture and accessories.  This style originated in the 50s and 60s.  Mid-century modern furniture has a retro feel to it, but also clean lines that can be incorporated seamlessly into most homes.

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3. Contemporary

Think natural light, clean lines, and minimalist living.  This design style incorporates lots of reflective surfaces to create a chic, elegant look.  It can be a difficult design style to perfect, but choosing a feature element, like the light fixture in our Flinders Street apartment project is a good place to start.


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4. Maximalism

If you love mixing patterns, textures, and colours, this is the design style for you.  Wallpaper is a good starting point for maximalism design, just like the wallpaper here in our Abbotsford project.  The bolder the better.  If you are worried about taking the plunge with this design element, it is a good idea to contact an interior designer and start with a smaller room in your home.


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5. Hamptons/Coastal

The name Hamptons comes from the popular holiday location outside of NYC.  This style incorporates nautical design elements and often features blue to mimic the colours of the ocean.  Wicker furniture pairs well with this design style.


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6. Art Deco

Jewel tones and brass finishings shine in Art Deco homes.  This design style has made a resurgence, especially following the remaking of The Great Gatsby in 2013.  You don’t have to go as bold as jewel toned walls to create an elegant Art Deco home.  This hotel in Porto, that I stayed in last year is a beautifully restored art deco hotel.

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Kylie Jenner’s Hidden Hills Home

I think we can all agree that during these trying times, being stuck at home during a worldwide pandemic, pops of colour in our home can really brighten the mood.  Kylie Jenner’s hidden hills home has an abundance of light, colour, and drama.  Jenner spoke with Architectural Digest, “… I wanted a fresh, fun vibe to match the way I was feeling. Color was essential. I love pink, and I wanted a lot of it!”.

Colour is something that can be added and changed easily in any home with paint, decor, throw cushions etc… Jenner’s use of colour has a very Andy Warhol feel about it, including artwork by the artist himself.  The mix of monochrome design in black and white with colour has a dramatic effect.

Join us as we take a look and get inspiration from this beautiful, bright space.

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A designer twist on the Moncler puffer jacket

The puffer jacket has become a staple in the winter months, it is simple, sleek and most importantly toasty warm.  The iconic Moncler puffer jacket has been keeping people warm while looking stylish for nearly 70 years.  They have created a stunning collection by introducing the Moncler Genius series which takes a designer twist on the Moncler puffer jacket.

We take a look at the collaboration between Richard Quinn and Moncler in the latest of eight collections.  Quinn is a London based designer creates bold patterned designs in both runway collections and ready to wear.  His collaboration with Moncler is definitely in line with his bright bold style.  This collaboration was released in March this year, right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quinn stated, “I wanted to create a 60s meets space age dynamic, a transition from the past to the future in my signature prints that match and clash, with strong headpieces for a vibrant idea of total luxe”.

You can view the collaboration between Valentino and Moncler in our blog post here.

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Be Inspired: French provincial

Warm and cosy, the French Provincial decorating style is a reflection of the homes in Provence in the South of France in the 17th and 18th century.

Think colours inspired by the landscape, sprawling farmhouse tables, stone floors and rough plastered walls. It remains one of the most popular interior design aesthetics in the world and can be integrated into any home. In this article, we share some helpful tips to show you how to bring a splash of French provincial into your home.

From our projects with our clients, it’s clear that the French provincial design style remains popular because it combines elegance with functionality. Those who lived in rural France during this period couldn’t afford ornate pieces of furniture found in many city dwellings, so for this reason French provincial furniture is sturdy and often beautifully simple. Signature pieces include armoires, buffets and of course farmhouse tables where the family can gather.

Today,  the popular and aspirational ‘Hampton’ style of homes draw much influence from the traditional French provincial designs. Adding hints of metallic, statement pendent lights and whites rather than creams can modernise the look.

10 ways to get the French Provincial look

  1. Feature an elegantly carved armoire in your home (a tall cupboard with shelving). You’d always find an armoire in a French house during this period because they did not have closets. Why? Well closets were considered a room and people were taxed according to the number of rooms they had.
  2. Mirrors are a wonderful French provincial accessory and a great way of reflecting light around the room. Choose a carved wood mirror or something gold.
  3. Shutters are a popular feature of these homes and were normally painted in cheery bright colours. White, however is a classic, timeless choice.
  4. Opt for natural raw materials. Natural stone floors look stunning in a French provincial home, as do distressed ceiling beams, rough plastered walls and lots of wooden details.
  5. The colour palette of a French provincial home is inspired by the landscape. Lean towards warm gold, earthly grass greens, brilliant cobalt blues, and russet reds. Base colours should be creams and whites.
  6. Another common characteristic of a French rural home is a fireplace which the family can gather around during the chilly months. Baskets full of wood add to this homely aesthetic.
  7. Women in France in the 17th and 18th century spent much of their time embroidering so include some of this lovely needlework in your home, whether it be an embroidered pillow, drapery or bed linen. Don’t forget plenty of upholstered furniture – we can recommend our expert upholsterer for this.
  8. When choosing textiles look out for traditional prints that take their cue from nature, such as vines, sunflowers, olives and roosters arranged in geometric patterns. A particularly famed French fabric is Toile de Jouy, a cotton or linen material with a white and beige colour scheme.
  9. A great deal of the charm of the French provincial style is how inviting and personal it looks.  Accessorise your home with rustic baskets, old copper pots, colourful ceramics, wrought iron and fresh flowers.
  10. For a modern look, mix French provincial pieces with modern furniture. You can always give antique furniture a contemporary twist by adding crystal knobs or having a sheet of glass or mirror fitted to the top.

Take a look at our favourite spaces below for inspiration

If you’re feeling inspired and would like to learn more about the French Provincial Design style and how it would work in your home please call Bernadette on 0417 088 602 to book a consultation.

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