If someone asks you what the decorating style is in your home, would you be able to answer? The most important thing when decorating your home is to know your style. Different people choose different styles because it catches their eye or it just speaks specifically to them. According to many professionals, if you’re not sure of your style, you’ll likely end up listening to other people or looking to trends to determine “what looks good,” but ultimately end up feeling dissatisfied when the outcome isn’t what you were hoping for in the back of your mind.

Dissatisfaction can make the whole experience terrible and decorating your home should be fun!

When you are choosing your decoration style go for things that inspire you and gather them together. Save what you feel speaks directly to you. You can also learn some interior design styles and how they differ from one another which will help you make a choice. These styles include:


Contemporary designs are designs based on the here and now. It is fluid and represents a sense of “present” to a particular form. Not necessarily a modern form but particular to things that are currently the fashion that will extend longer than a specific trend.


Most of us have grown up in a home that was decorated with classic style furnishings. The traditional decoration is calm, predictable, and orderly. There is nothing wild or chaotic. Most of the conventional furnishings might feel outdated. Pieces match and are consistent. Within most traditional designs there is depth, layering, and dimensionality.

French country

French country design entails sophisticated simplicity at its best. Rather than depending on one combination of a single toned color and bold colors to attract attention to the eye, this look drives in the creation of relaxation and welcoming atmosphere. The easiest way to achieve this look is by focusing on colors that inherently warm and subtle such as creams, tans, and soft yellows. It can also include collections of excellent ceramic dishes, heavy garments, and bed coverings.


Rustic style is a design that focuses on rugged, natural beauty like stones and wood. It embraces natural inspired textures, earthly and straightforward colors, and ultimately, unpretentious, organic warmth. Many designs now articulate rustic design with more modern furnishings and accessories.

Hollywood glam

This design is perfect for homeowners that enjoy making statements. Hollywood glam is a design that contributes luxuriousness and class. The color palettes are usually bold colors like red and purple that make it stand out.


Bohemian is for people who think outside the box. It reflects a carefree lifestyle with few rules except following what your heart wants. Bohemian style is not complicated because anything goes as long as you love it.


Transitional is very popular because it’s a contemporary blend of modern and traditional designs. There is a sense of balance that is appealing and unexpected. As a result, transitional furniture designs are classic, timeless and clean.

With an understanding of designs, fundamentals and styles can be a good help in choosing your design idea. With this knowledge, you will be able to pick what inspires you to style your home and provide a framework to build your aesthetic eye. And if you’re still having trouble deciding just what you want, try finding a reputable interior designer to help you make the right decision.

About the Author: Olivia Lind spends her day focusing on her job as a CPA, but, in the evenings you’ll find her organizing and decorating the sets of the local theater guild and helping to arrange showroom floors for one of the largest furniture companies on the west coast. In her free time she enjoys hitting up the local club scene with her friends and taking extended weekend jaunts wherever her VW bug can take her in a day or two.