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9 Popular Interior Design Styles in 2019

Anna Sotnik

“Have what you love, pick what you like, design your home with your heart and not with pictures from magazines.”

Understanding your own taste can be a lifelong journey. One can find it easy, another one may change it every season, but most people learn their design style with years, trying new environments, products, colors and textures.
Learning the basic design styles will help you to find the best interior design styles to suit your home, lifestyle, and tastes. By knowing your likes and dislikes you can design your home by yourself, even without the help of the professional designer.

If you want to make your house beautiful, unique and special you have to create your own style. To do so, you have to mix styles, colors and textures, till the final result will make you feel comfortable – will make you feel “home”. This way you will never make a mistake by buying a new lamp or carpet for your home because you will know the exact type and color that will perfectly reflect your taste and will match your designs style.

Design by: SM

First step in creating your own design style is learning and understandin the existing design styles. I’ll explaine the most importent elements of the 9 basic design styles, so you will be able to understand which one is yours.



Light, open, airy interiors, with soft tones and a clean aesthetic, evoke the breeziness of the beach and make you feel like summer year-round inside your home.

Image by: Roger Davies

“A coastal space takes its cues from the natural environment for everything from color palette through to materials used,” says Will Taylor, author of Dream Decor, and the blogger behind Bright Bazaar. “The core features are usually jute textures, earth tones, layered blues, crisp whites, stripes, and loose linen upholstery.”


Image from House of Turquoise

Coastal design based mostly on natural materials, you won’t find many metallic, plastic or flashy textures. It’s almost like Contemporary (2019) or Scandinavian design in the sense that – “less is more”. Spaces free of clutter, well planned and organized with attention to every detail. Every shelf is a piece of art in selected decoration and it’s arrangement. It’s all about natural lights, materials and textures. Though wood is common, it will usually be white-washed, blond maple or ash. Shades of whites and blues provide a fresh foundation for the home’s design.

“Feeling as though there’s no boundary between indoors and outdoors”by Sienna Fantozzi from House Beautiful





Traditional interior design brings the traditions and elegance of the past into the present.

Traditional style is inspired by classical European design style, but that doesn’t mean it’s outdated. It’s a style that brings comfort, quality and security by creating feeling of peace, history and connection, as well as cozy feelings of relaxation and warmth. “It is functional, unfussy, and restful looking. Edges are soft, smooth, and blend into the whole.” – sais Coral Nafie in The Spruce

Traditional interior design is typically defined as being predictable. In general, there is nothing out of place or of a different style in traditional rooms. Everything has the look that it goes together.

Traditional homes often feature dark, finished wood with rich mahogany tones, ornate architectural details and elegant furnishings.

Consistency is key in traditional design, it seeks to create a calm, orderly space, with matching furniture and symmetry in accessories.

Wild, modern and chaotic do not mix with traditional design.

Elements of traditional design include:

  • Classic elegant European decor
  • Elaborate molding and beveled wood paneling
  • Build in massive cabinets
  • Elegant/antique furnishing with finer details
  • Symmetry and visual balance in furniture arrangement
  • Natural palette with dark, rich colors for furniture
  • Expensive textiles (silk, wool, velvet and charmeuse)
  • Hardwood floors with wool carpets
  • Heavy curtains, drapes and valances
  • Multiple sources of lighting (chandeliers, table and floor lamps, sconces and candled)



When picturing industrial design, we typically think of lofts with big open windows and lots of exposed brick.

Key to the industrial style are aged and unfinished textures – wood, brick, glass and stone. Metal accents – copper, steel, brushed metal or black-painted wrought iron confirm the factory origins of the style. Leather fits the style well, particularly if it’s distressed or vintage.



This style relies on using a combination of neutral shades for walls and floor covering, to create a clean look. Natural colors of wood, steel and stone make the main color palette of the space. Bold and bright colors, such as yellow, red, orange and green cand be found in the color pallette on the accessories, decoration and textile, as you can see at the pictures.
The open concept layout is another factor in industrial design, focus on making the room as open as possible. 

This design style allows each space to tell a special story that can never be duplicated.

When it comes to the furniture and accessories, the selection can be either modern, midcentury or even victorian or rustic. The idea of mixing “old” with “new” may explain why so many people have fallen in love with this style. Plants also bring warmth to the industrial modern decor. “When it comes to plants, the bigger the better is the formula to adopt for industrial interiors, otherwise they would be lost in the large space of a former industrial warehouse.” – sais Andreea in Impressive Interior Design

Industrial style allows the freedom to embrace antique beauty while still enjoying modern convenience.



Scandinavian interior design is known for its light, almost white color palettes, cozy accents, and modern, minimalistic furniture. Colourful art is seldom found in Scandinavian interiors, but when it is, it’s often in graphic multiples or botanical prints.


Scandinavian design is marked by a focus on clean, simple lines, minimalism, nature and outdoor inspiration. Wood floors tend to remain uncovered, light wooden parquets are frequently found in Scandinavian homes, and, of course, live plants are a popular choice when it comes to really bringing the outdoors in.


“There’s not a lot of clutter, and it focuses on functionality, using natural materials”, says Niki Brantmark, the author of Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living and the blog My Scandinavian Home.
“Scandinavian design has a tradition of striving to ensure everyone has access to good design, not just the elite” –  she explains.
“This is why you’ll see the beauty in everyday pieces. IKEA is a good example of this.”

“Minimalism is often considered cold and stark to critics, but Scandinavian design creates warmth through textiles, rather than cluttering things with a lot of decorative items.” – sais Sienna Fantozzi from House Beautiful. Soft textiles, such as sheepskin, wool, and mohair, maple, natural flooring and a lot of plants create an atmosphere of warmth and coziness.


It’s no wonder the style is so popular. It speaks to both our modern minimalistic tendencies and our desire to live in cozy and comfortable place. 



Shabby-Chic is not about your budget, it’s about your creativity, inspiration and imagination! It doesn’t matter the size or location of your property, it’s all about how you can mix the worn with the not so worn, and bring old and shabby furniture to life in one place.

Image credit: Simon Whitmore

Shabby-Chic is a comfortable and feminine decorating style. The main concept of this style – nothing is perfect: reclaimed wooden furniture, aged laminate flooring, vintage bevelled mirrors, every piece with nostalgic “used” effect.

This design style creates atmosphere of romance and nostalgia, with natural color palette and partly ashed furniture of vintage style. A mix of French style trimmings, wainscoting panels, and contemporary allure that fits well with various patterns and dreamy soft floral fabrics. But nothing completes the Shabby Chic ambiance more than a mix of antique and vintage accessories. White, soft beige, muted gray, pale pink, and faded green all create an amazing color palette in Shabby Chic interior.

Image credit: Spike Powell

“Shabby chic style allows to animate the written-off and long-forgotten things. It is like creating a monolithic union of creative tacky and outmoded. But it is the oldness and the naturalness of the surrounding things determines the true value of this style. It allows creative people to create the oasis of romance and comfort at home without spending a fabulous amount of money.” – found in Small design Ideas



There are a lot of definitions of this particular design style, but I define it as a mix of Modernism, Art Deco, Transitional, Midcentury, Scandinavian and Industrial styles and ideas.

What is contemporary depends always on the specific time projection, we can only imagine what contemporary will look like 30 years from now! Contemporary design that I will explain in this blog post is reflecting the 2019 trends and main lines. This style is focuses on minimalism, neutral colors, clean lines and environmentally-friendly materials. This design era ushered in new materials, such as corian, alucompact, quartz and granite. It strives to be practical, simple and higly functional, but still aesthetic and appealing.

Contemporary design style support the “less is more” theory, nothing here feels over-the-top.



Elegant style in our modern world represents clean lines, minimalism, luxury and high quality furnishing.

Design by: Boca Do Lobo

Elegant design is all about creating symmetry and balance in the home. Color palettes are kept more subdued using a mixture of various neutrals like creams, blue, ivory, yellow, white, pink and khaki. Chandeliers are commonly used light fixtures because they bring a bit of glamour into the interior of living rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms.


Image from New England Home

When it comes to decorating your home to look high-end and custom-made, details are key. Furniture and accessories should look as though they’re adorned with hand-carved accents and gold- or silver-leafing.
– “A glimpse of marble here, a gracious antique there – and each vignette is layered with glam style.” – By: 

“A monochromatic color scheme brings elegant to any space – especially when done in a sleek silver hue.”

Elegant design keeps the details simple and spare so that the interiors feel tranquil rather than overly ornate. There’s nothing ornate in the design on this design by Amy Bergman. The elegance lies in the arches and curved simple lines — pure and elegant beauty.

Interior Design: Amy Bergman

“Choosing the right paint colors, avoiding cheap, poor quality items, and shopping wisely are the best tips for creating elegant interior.”




Modern Farm-House design return us back to the roots, to the nature, to the organic and simple living. It brings with it a relaxed spirit that’s warm and inviting without a hint of pretension.


This rustic country charm allows as to be who we are, to show our personality, and the most impotent part of it – to replicate this style on your own. Don’t get me wrong, this design style isn’t about mess and clutter. It’s approach to personalized, simple design, evokes a spirit that’s homelike and inviting, even if you are no where near a farm.
Combination of contemporary, shabby-shick, scandinavian and industrial designs allows to have fun, experiment and celebrate freedom and individuality.

Design by: SMI

Modern Farm House design tend to focus on natural materials and warm color palette. Guests should always feel welcome and comfortable in these spaces, even if their boots are still dirty. 

Cabinets, chairs and tables are often constructed from quality hardwood, with cherry, maple, oak and pine. Light unfinished woods complement the neutral palette and connect the home to nature. Deeper woods, like mahogany and cherry, are sprinkled in to add variety and depth to the design.

“Farmhouse style is a warm mix of form and function. Sturdy materials (wood and steel), age-worn finishes, streamlined shapes, and textiles bring this lived-in rustic look home. In the dining room, mismatched seating (benches, stools, and accent chairs) pulled up to a long distressed wood table is a gathering spot for family and friends.” – from Waifair Ideas&Advices



“Just the way you are” – this design style is as simple as it sounds.

Design by: ClearPlanDesign

No strict scope and laws, no specific shapes or colors. The basis of this style is you and your comfort zone. All those things that make you feel free, cozy and convenient. You can mix all shapes, textures and colors to create this style. It’s simple, warm and inviting. 

Some people may even consider this style sloppy, careless and messy, without the formality of style or order. But some people find themselves more organized and comfortable in a messy and cluttered room. 

As you can see in this picture, the design is very casual. A mixture of elegant, victorian, traditional and even modern styles. But still, the room looks very warm and inviting, with soft colors and textures.

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