Interior Design Styles

Interior Design Styles

CONCEPT: essential style guide + idea generator

When it comes to interior design styles, we’ve got you covered.   It is our sincere hope that you enjoy all the information we’ve set out to share with you.  All you have to do is decide which are your favourites.

Begin with giving yourself the permission to think outside the box as there are so many wonderful ways to define your unique personality by creating a magnificent living space.  So allow yourself to be creative.  Be stylish.  And when we say ‘outside the box’,  we don’t necessarily mean go crazy, we simply suggest that you take some steps to design the type of home that you really want to live in.

Most people tend to play it safe and think that ‘good design’ is primarily about matching up colours and tones to accessories and if you like that, then why not.  However, it’s a whole lot more than that.  Be creative with your home interior design styles, and projects – find ways to be individual and don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great.  Bold Fine Line is solution orientated for each of your design projects and is constantly growing and being updated.

Be inspired by places that you’ve been, styles that you’ve seen in either magazines or on t.v. and then try them out in your home with confidence.  Interior design styles are essentially about building an environment to seduce the emotions.  Create the designs you really want.   GO FOR IT!   Or let us do the designing for you


As with any specific style, you run the risk of your home looking over themed instead of tasteful and interesting.  Take elements of your prefered style and develop your design so that you avoid over doing it.  Too much of a good thing can be quite literally ‘too much’.

-the HOW TO section will help guide you.

Take a good look around your home, take it all in and decide what it is that you would really love to change and then set about building your redesign.  Put your energy into looking at all sorts of interior design styles and then make mood boards.

A mood board is a great way to help you work out your schematic ideas, interior design styles and move into firming up your decisions in the concept design stage.

How to make a MOODBOARD

Lighting is one of the most important limbs in creating good design.  How about pendants? Floor lamps, wall fittings, table lamps and LED?

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: There are 4 distinct ‘American’ interior design styles

1. American Colonial Style focuses on function and practicality and is still popular today.


2. Southwestern Style often in incorporates a bold color palette and light colored wood.


3. Shaker Style is simplistic and furniture is made from quality wood.


4. Patriotic Style themes include the American flag, American icons and American retro.

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ARTS AND CRAFTS:  the arts and crafts movement flourished between 1860 to 1910. This movement was made up of a group of designers and writers from England, UK. They produced high quality, well made, handcrafted goods which were costly.

ART NOUVEAU:  from 1880 to around 1910 art nouveau interior design was in full swing and it is said to be the first 20th Century modern style as it was the first style to look to nature and the surrounding world instead of backwards in history.  Many people confuse art nouveau with art deco interior design however they are very different styles.

ART DECOArt deco interior design represents a period between 1908 through till 1935. This style particularly began in Paris and worked its way through Europe and then globally.

ARABIAN:  Arabian interior design is a magnificent blend of color, pattern and personality. It encompasses the rich, vibrancy of tones found in the desert with complex designs.

1. Modern Arabia

2. Bedouin Arabia

ASIANAsian interior design reflects materials and finishes from the East. This design style is typical of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and China.

BRITISH:  there is many styles to celebrate British interior design however, I am going to focus on two of them, Cool Britannia and Shabby Chic.

Cool Britannia is British interior design, styled around patriotism and in the 1990’s the phrase ‘shabby chic’ was coined to describe the modern laid-back style. ‘Shabby’ refers to older, lived in or secondhand objects that have a distressed look about them, but not overly damaged. ‘Chic’ applies to objects which are old but definitely worth keeping.

1. Cool Britannia interiors:  for the lowdown and ins and outs on British interior design click here: COOL BRITANNIA

2. Shabby Chic interiors:  for the fun, eclectic style click here: SHABBY CHIC

CONTEMPORARY:   contemporary interior design became popular in America in the 50’s and early 60’s just as travel by aircraft became accessible.  The look has either straight lines or beautifully curved.  Literally this style relates to what is current, happening now and is reflected in today’s design and in fashion design.  Contemporary interior design works with most, if not all interior design styles.

FRENCH:  typical French interior design is fairly classical.  It can be both sophisticated and elegant or over opulent and dramatic.

GOTHIC:  when I think about Gothic interior design, I am transported fully into another world, of another time. Life in the Middle Ages was very different to our modern world and therefore the blend of this period with some modern influences can be extremely interesting.  1150-c.1500 and revived again in the late 18th and early 19th century.

INDIANIndian interior design styles are warm and earthy. They have an exotic appeal and hold a magical look with the use of harmonised colours.

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INDUSTRIALIndustrial interior design is the combination of art and engineering to make life ‘easier’.  Lots of high tech gadgets!

ITALIANItalian interior design is modern and has a look of luxury about it.  When I think of this style I think of all the great Italian designers like Scarpa, Sottsass or the much loved fashion designer Armani.  Italy has produced and continues to produce world trendsetting designers so it is near impossible to go wrong choosing this style as your concept.

JAPANESEJapanese interior design is simplistic and pretty streamlined in both layout and finishes.  This style is the defining influence on all modern day minimalism.

MEDIEVAL:  Medieval interior design comes from the period in European history 1000 – c.1550.  This concept is basic and not too far away from Rustic interior design.

MINIMALISM:   minimalistic interior design is certainly chic when put together well.  The clean lines and open spaces allow you to enjoy simplicity at its very best.

MOROCCAN:  the Moroccan look is rich in spice colors and is influenced by Spanish, French and Arabic interior design.  Beautiful patterns fill the spaces along with textures and aromas.

NAUTICAL:  the look of nautical interior design is very much that of the seaside and beach front.  Think New Hampshire and you would be on the right track.

RETRO:  retro interior design covers 3 decades; 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The look is varied, from plastic fantastic, disposable and low maintenance to psychedelia. The influences were the boom of advertising, flower power, pop music and pop art.

-1950’s: retro 50’s

-1960’s: retro 60’s

-1970’s: retro 70’s

RUSTIC:  to achieve rustic interior design that looks great you can mix elements of it in with a contemporary interior design so your home does not become too much like a log cabin.  This mix can be very striking and interesting.  Rustic design emphasises on natural, unrefined elements and objects.

SCANDINAVIAN:  there are two interior design styles that are Scandinavian design. The first is modern and the other is country.

1. Scandinavian Modern began in 1930 and is present today. It is born from the basic principles of modernism fused with traditional materials and can have the look of contemporary interior design. IKEA is the worldwide phenomenon of this style.

Click here: modern

2. Scandinavian Country style originated in the 17th Century and lasted until the late 19th Century. The look is that of a farmhouse and the main material is light colored wood.

Click here: country

SPANISH:  touches of Arabic design are mixed with bold, beautiful colors and shapes are found within Spanish interior design styles.  Rustic walls of plaster or stucco finish look fantastic.

TUSCAN:  the Tuscan style originates from Tuscany, Italy and embodies the calm, serene nature of the Italian countryside.  It is simple, elegant and has a sense of luxury.

VICTORIAN:  the Victorian era from 1837 to 1901 saw many great changes within homes since mass production meant that goods became more affordable. People began to take great pride in the look of their homes which they saw as a reflection of status. Plump cushions and excessive ornamentation lead the way for this style.

VINTAGEVintage interior design refers to the 1940’s and early 50’s.  It is an era that most people remember either from their own childhood, or from the homes of grandparents. Therefore vintage is often wonderfully nostalgic and feels comforting in a family home.

ZENzen interior design is based on zen principles of light, space and function and when applied to the home can give you a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind.  The approach is minimalistic and uses the bare essentials within a home and each item has its own purpose.  The best colours to build your look upon are earth tones that are warm and uplifting.

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