Types of Interior Design

House interior design styles are many and varied and often confusing. How do you tell them all apart and what elements does each style contain that makes it unique from any other?


While it is difficult to name all the house interior design styles possible there are a few elements that stand out among each one. For one, consider the name of the design style and note any features that stand out to identify it by either decorative elements or time period.

From the modern design style to the eclectic you can identify some of them simply by their name. A modern design style is usually considered to be minimalist and focused more on function and maximizing living space.

The contemporary, while it may sound similar to modern, is not exactly the same. This design style focuses on the trendy look and what is in style at that moment in time.

A minimalist style is just that, it focuses on the less is more concept and the more simple a living space is and less cluttered the better.

The classic design style is all about symmetry and balance and usually has some focal point in the room like a fireplace or featured piece of furniture.

The urban style is more industrial and uses unfinished surfaces as focal points along with non-functional items to create a distinctly modern look.

The art deco look while in its heyday during the 20s and 30s has found its way into modern society and its focal point is lighting in the room along with industrial materials and lots of mirrors.

The retro look is just as the name implies, a distinct look that fuses the past with the present. Redesigned old world style with a modern twist.

The country look is simple and cozy and the decor often consists of items obtained at flea markets and antique shops.

The rococo style is flamboyant and extravagant and uses a lot of gold and rich and bold fabrics along with expensive wood pieces.

The Georgian style uses lots of floral patterns and porcelain accessories as its decorative style.

The Victorian style is usually excessive with lots of decorations and accessories and flamboyant designs but the walls and floors are usually plain.

Finally, the eclectic style is a hodgepodge of all the other design elements coming together in an organized and unusual way that is both creative and appealing to the eyes.