Identifying your design style

Choosing your Interior Design Style

Identifying your design style can interpreted in so many ways. Our preferences are the lens we look through to determine the things we like or dislike. Angie, our interior specialist believes that visual examples are helpful when it comes to identifying your design style or approach, so when we asked her to cover some of the basics, here is what she had to say....

"There are 6 foundational styles that all represent key descriptors present a range and combination of those looks" - Angie Butler


[farmhouse] : the main dwelling place on a farm.

Historically, farmhouses were primary residences in rural or agricultural settings that were often passed down generationally. If you are drawn to a farmhouse style, you appreciate items that are homemade and authentic. Like the traditionalist, you appreciate the behind a piece. However you do not want it to feel ostentatious but rather grounded and humble. Instead of choosing pieces with embellishment and added detail, you prefer the inherent texture of ‘aged’ materials. 

Key Descriptors

Nostalgic | Casual | Organic | Cottage | Aged | Exposed Brick | Authentic | Distressed | Wide Planks | Inviting

Angie’s fabric recommendations are: Neutral or Earth toned Sheers & Linens or Textured Solids.

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[mod-ern] : of or relating to present and recent time; not antiqued or obsolete.

The modernist prefers a minimal look. You are contended when a space is paired down to the essentials. You prefer clean lines in your furniture, cabinets, and light fixtures. The modernist warms up a space with texture and textiles, but isn’t afraid of abstraction. For you, the beauty is in the simplicity of your space. Everyday items that are displayed are practical, not excessive. The modernist isn’t as interested in the story or sentiment behind each piece. Instead, the comforts you surround yourself with tend to be more focused on form and function.

Key Descriptors

Contemporary | Open Concept | Scandinavian | Minimal | Avant-Garde | Monochromatic | Straightforward | Textured

Angie’s fabric recommendations are: Layered Neutral or Warmed toned Sheers with Roller Blinds or Shutters.

Modern Interior Design Style
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[rus-tic] : relating to the countryside, rural; constructed or made in a plain and simple fashion.

This style takes its cues from nature. A rustic approach involves a lot of the same principles as farmhouse, with a particular focus on texture and materials. This style makes a statement, but not necessarily with colour or embellishment. Instead, it is more about textures and organic elements, like raw wood beams, natural stone accents, and authentic hardwoods. 

Key Descriptors

Ranch | South Western | Raw | Unpolished | Patina | Textured | Natural Stone | Copper | Distressed | Stucco

Angie’s fabric recommendations are: Textured Solid Prints paired with Plantation Shutters.

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[in-dus-tri-al] : relating to or characterised by industry.

This style shares the fundamentals of rustic, but within an urban environment. You appreciate materials in their raw, unfinished form. However, instead of the rough-hewn beams and stone walls commonly associated with a more rural setting, this style is emphasised with elements like exposed ductwork and concrete floors. Inherent to this style is a focus on efficiency and multiuse. The industrialist is typically innovative in thinking and will repurpose items to serve new functions.

Key Descriptors

Urban | Functional | Inventive | Metal | Grayscale | Unrefined | Concrete | Reinforced | Minimal | Repurposed

Angie’s fabric recommendations are: Textured Plains layered or Simple Roller Blinds

Industrial Interior Design Style
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[tra-di-tion-al] : habitually done, used, or found; long-established.

The traditionalist is attracted to historic details and classic shapes. When it comes to a piece of furniture, you appreciate seeing traces of adornment and embellishment. When you walk into a room, you want to know the story behind the time-honoured pieces you see. Architectural elements, such as heavy trimwork, paneled doors, and built-in cabinetry are hallmarks. If this is predominantly your style, you are likely to approach the design of your home using tried-to-true techniques rather than attempting to push the envelope or try the unexpected. 

Key Descriptors

Classic | European | Historic | Timeless | Sophisticated | Antique | Refined | Polished | Craftmanship | Storied

Angie’s fabric recommendations are: Textured Solids layered or Decorative Fabrics.

Traditional Interior Design Style
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[bo-ho] : having an informal and unconventional mix of elements and motifs.

Boho style focuses on objects with a story that are rich with character and detail, but expressed in a more casual, free-form way than the traditionalist. This style does not reply on historical standards. Rather, it strives to be vibrant, irreverent, and quirky. If you identify with this look, you aim to chart your own course and are typically drawn to rich colours, bold textures, and minimalistic patterns. You don’t mind organised clutter. Rather layers and collections are indicators of a well-loved home.

Key Descriptors

Vintage | Eclectic | Layered | Whimsical | Traveled | Patterned | Woven Textiles | Playful | Exotic Plants | Unique Shapes

Angie’s fabric recommendations are: Coloured Velvet or Linen Blends

Boho Interior Design Style
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