Factoring in personal taste, there are millions of interior design styles.
In our experience, most people do not have one specific style they prefer, but rather, they are attracted to bits and pieces from a variety of styles.
Our role, as interior designers, is to help you identify, articulate, and bring to life what it is you like. Who cares if it is trendy! Who cares if it doesn’t neatly fit a defined design style. What’s more important is that you like it, it makes you feel good, and it makes you want to spend more time in the space!
In general, these are some of the primary interior design styles that are popular in homes, condos, and lofts in the Denver metro area:
Contemporary Interior Design
Contemporary design, as its name implies, is all about today! And because of that, the style is ever-changing. Currently, natural finishes are in, as are simple designs, basic shapes, and monochromatic color schemes.
Modern Interior Design
Modern interior design is often mistaken for contemporary design, but it is actually more similar to mid-century modern design. Features of this design style include minimalism, clean design lines, open furniture, and geometric shapes.
Traditional / Classic Interior Design
Traditional (otherwise known as classic) interior design harkens back to France and England in the 1700s and 1800s. Carved moldings and woodwork, finely-crafted furniture, oil paintings, elegant fabrics, and overstuffed sofas are just some of the elements of traditional or classic interior design.
Transitional Interior Design
Transitional interior design combines modern and traditional styles. Many of our clients prefer this type of design, within a room or throughout a house. Transitional design provides flexibility to mix, match, and contrast furniture and furnishings, fabrics, flooring, lighting, window treatments, and color. With transitional interior design, you can enjoy the best of both worlds by creating a seemingly “timeless” look.
Industrial Interior Design
Industrial interior design is typically seen in lofts (in LoDo, downtown Denver, RiNo, and the Highlands), but it can also work well in houses. This style derives its inspiration from factories and warehouses and typically incorporates a lot of metal and stainless steel surfaces and finishes. Industrial design might incorporate exposed ducts and pipes, concrete or distressed wood floors, exposed brick, or other elements that contribute to an “unfinished” look.
Minimalist Interior Design
Minimalist interior design has gained popularity in recent years, embraced by people who like open space and an uncluttered living environment. For those who love minimalism, less is more! Minimalist interior design, when done well, can exude beauty and warmth, with each piece of furniture and furnishing having a very distinct purpose.
Art Deco Interior Design
Art deco interior design style dates back to the “Roaring Twenties,” a period in which Americans experienced incredible prosperity. The cornerstones of art deco are symmetrical and geometric design, glamour, luxury, and a sophisticated elegance.
Victorian Interior Design
Excess and ornament define the Victorian style of interior design, with lots of furniture, furnishings, and fabrics in a single room. No other interior design style, perhaps, exudes opulence as much as the Victorian style. Its roots trace back to the 1800s, when Queen Victoria ruled England.
Cabin / Mountain Interior Design
Cabin and mountain interior design is popular in Colorado, not only in mountain homes, but also in homes that are located in the Denver metro area and foothills. This interior design style often incorporates elements of wood and stone, as well as images of wildlife (moose, elk, bears, and the like). Cabin or mountain style can range from rustic (reminiscent of historic log cabins) to luxurious (evocative of a luxury lodge).
Mid-Century Modern Interior Design
Mid-century modern interior design brings back the looks of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Think Mad Men (the TV show about advertising executives), and you will be able to conjure up this interior design look. It’s a stark design style, with clean lines and curves, and furniture that could pass as works of art.
Eclectic Interior Design
Eclectic interior design is one of the most fun styles, because it can draw from a variety of periods and styles. The key is to create cohesion through color, texture, shape, or finish. Many of our clients favor an eclectic interior design style, and it’s both a challenge and a privilege to bring order to a variety of styles of furniture, furnishings, artwork, lighting, flooring, and window treatments.
Other Interior Design Styles
Other interior design styles include: Rustic, Shabby Chic, Scandinavian, French, Farmhouse, Zen, Tuscan, Black and White, Japanese, Southwestern, Western, Beach and Tropical, Country, Craftsman, Vintage and Retro, Colonial, Spanish, Mexican, Mediterranean, Shaker, Art Nouveau, High Tech, and Sustainable.
For more information about the different types of interior design styles, or to schedule a free consultation with an interior designer, please call (720) 921-7931, or e-mail us here.
Please Note: We have more than 30 years experience in interior design, and it would be our pleasure to help you express your own unique design style.