Which Interior Design Style Fits Your Taste?

If you’re looking to decorate or redecorate your home, or even just a room or two, chances are you have an idea of what you want, or what you like. If you’re in the camp who says, “I know what I like when I see it,” you’re not alone. However, it will save you a lot of time and indecision if you find the right labels for all of your favorite styles.

Maybe your style is completely shabby chic, or maybe you’re more into cottage style. Maybe you lean toward traditional designs, and maybe modern décor is more your thing. But how do you know what to call what you love?

We’ve put together a collection of simple aesthetic statements that can help you narrow down which of these four popular design styles will help you figure out your own. And don’t worry if your answers don’t lead you to just one style. It’s not about putting you (or your home) into a nicely labeled box. It’s about finding what speaks to you.

Color Palettes

I like bright, open spaces with lots of white and neutral colors.

If this sounds like you, you should definitely look into shabby chic and cottage styles. Shabby chic is all about white and almost-white color schemes combined with soft colors. Cottage style uses lots of white, too. Both styles are bright and inviting.

The other styles that tend to use lots of white are modern and minimalist, which are very different from cottage and shabby chic. Read on for more.

I like soft, romantic colors.

You’re probably drawn to shabby chic. But color alone isn’t everything. You might find what you’re looking at in traditional style that looks back to the luxury of centuries past for its inspiration.

I like rich, saturated tones and natural wood.

If you prefer natural wood tones to painted furniture, you’re probably either in the traditional or modern camps. Both like to use natural wood to offset other rich color tones.

I like bold, bright color palettes with lots of contrast.

You should definitely check out modern style design ideas. Modern style is all about contrast, usually choosing a backdrop of white or another neutral and then adding one or two really big colors to make things interesting.

Lines and Shapes

I like soft lines and curves.

These are hallmarks of both shabby chic and traditional designs.

I like clean lines and geometric shapes.

You’re probably looking for modern or cottage. The new cottage style is all about relaxation without too many frills.

I like bold, asymmetrical shapes, and I like things to feel smooth and streamlined.

Modern style is definitely calling your name.

I like organic and nature-inspired shapes and objects.

Cottage style hasn’t forgotten its roots in the traditional country cottage, so art featuring flowers and even natural objects brought inside feel perfectly at home.

Getting some ideas? Now that you’ve got the right search terms for what you love, go find it!

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