When it comes to remodeling an existing home or designing a new development, the question that always ends up coming up is: How are we going to design the interior?
It’s almost like a Pandora’s box because there are so many beautiful options available to you, it’ll almost paralyze you just trying to decide.
What might help with the decision is gaining a clearer understanding of what those design styles are, what they incorporate, and what spaces might be best suited for them.
We’ve got our top 15 interior design styles for luxury homes to get you started.
Classical Luxury interior design is based on old Greek and Roman designs, while also mixing more modern characteristics of today’s world.
This design style has an emphasis on features with grandness, playing on elements like tall ceilings and interior or exterior tall white pillars.
Because of the styles it is based on, it generally uses white color schemes while also using accent elements such as grand chandeliers or intricate ceiling designs.
Classical Interior Design tends to hold king with luxury interior design because of it’s representation with Greek and Roman styles.
Victorian interior design, as it name suggests, emulates that of the style used in the Victorian era.
The Victorian era was 1837-1901, which means that the design styles of this era had a lot of basis on previous period design.
Because of that, the Victorian style is based on a combination of Baroque, Greek, Roman, and other architectural and interior designs, even including those from Asia and the Middle East.
Traditionally, it was used with mostly with a warm color scheme, but current the current iteration of this style looks for more contemporary details.
This design style is used with large spaces and has an eclectic combination of other era characteristics, therefore it’s primarily used with villas, penthouses, or large independent homes.
The “traditional” luxury interior design puts a massive emphasis on warm colors and woodwork.
This is a style that has a dominant stance in the southern regions of the US.
All aspects of the interior play on the warm, earthy colors and style of woodwork, from sculpted walls to the furnishings such as tables, armoires, and cabinetry.
Woodwork and molding would have detailed carvings, often contributing to a bigger motif or ambient picture.
Because of how minute yet plentiful these wood carvings can be, the space needs to be large.
Implementing this style in a small space can make it too convoluted or busy to make it feel right.
Expression through the traditional design style is best suited for villas, mansions, and large independent homes.
The Baroque design style was a movement that pushed towards a boldness in colors, boasting them on paintings, sculptures, and stained glass.
Because the time period prior to Baroque was more about having bland or stark colors, and expressive art had been removed due to extremist religious views, the Baroque style was a direct response in protest of that.
The interior design style continues to make use of bright bold colors, enhanced lighting to expose those colors, and a lot of sculpting architecturally.
Gold accents tend to be popular along with ornaments and accessories.
This style is meant to be loud, expressive, and display extravagance.
The follow-up to the Baroque period, the Rococo style takes what the Baroque period started and begins to play with it in a expressive manner.
The color scheme prioritizes light pastel colors, retaining gold accents from the previous period.
The Rococo theme also tends to look best in big spaces because of how much room it needs to spread its wings fully, using large motifs with interior floor patterns, and implementing heavy molding and high ceilings.
This particular style is best suited for homes that capture a lot of natural light, as the light pastel color on white background can really shine from sunlight without feeling overwhelming.
Where other styles love to incorporate as many details and intricacies as possible to expose sophistication, Modern interior design goes the route of clean lines and neutral colors, using fewer furnishings and details.
The intention is create more spacious rooms with focal points, bringing in a more functional form than totally visual.
Modern designs look to take advantage of natural light and clean designs to give a luxurious look, with a dash of minimalism.
Contemporary interior design doesn’t have one particular set of guidelines, but it’s more of an accumulation of other styles, particularly later in the 20th century.
Contemporary design’s visual appeal depends on the particular aesthetic that is intended for a space.
Depending on the space’s characteristics, certain qualities might be used over others.
You may choose to go for more pastel colors with natural lighting, or you might go for flamboyant bold colors and design with accent walls, or bold light floors and light fixtures.
The contemporary method allows for flexibility and mixes of styles, bringing in your own unique combination that makes a luxurious statement.
Sometimes interior designers like to combine styles to create a hybrid.
This is generally when you take a traditional style and mix it with something more sleek, creating a contemporary combination that has two contrasting styles.
This tends to be a more artistic method, creating a unique mixture of styles, furnishings, and decor, that gives a space its own personality.
Going the hybrid approach is a great way to experiment with styles and come up with your own distinct interior design approach for a home.
You can even find some that are pretty creative, mixing multiple cultures of designs, like the Japandi trend.
Minimalism design takes Modern design a step further, simplifying it by minimizing the furnishings, little to no knick-knacks, and using a neutral color palette.
This style allows for rooms to be very airy, leaving a lot of space to take advantage of natural lighting.
The focus is on clean lines and the ultimate sense of functionality.
This style is becoming increasingly popular, especially in metro areas.
The industrial-styled theme takes after just what it’s named for, emphasizing raw and unfinished spaces.
Some elements might include raw and exposed brick, wood, or concrete, and piping or fittings that are outside the walls.
You’ll often even see loft-style beams used near the ceilings, with metal light fixtures and other similar metal elements.
The space is semi-functional, where some furnishings are mostly there for ambiance, and you’ll sometimes see abstract pieces of art.
Dating back to the mid 1900s, mostly around the 1950s and 1960s, the mid-century modern design style represents a transition between traditional and modern interior design.
There are some elements of minimalism, while having an emphasis on natural shapes and colors, and using simply colors and patterns with fabrics.
This style is a historical representation of how traditional designs start moving towards modern and minimalist, preserving some parts of traditional including its wood color floors or trims, and adding more in terms of functional and more space.
This design choice can work with almost any space or furniture.
Based on the styles of Nordic countries, the Scandinavian design is simple yet keeps to some of its tradition of sculptural influence.
Some of the characteristics may include white color palettes with the combination of natural elements such as wood, aluminum, or plank flooring.
Greens like plants and trees are often used as accent colors and art and furs are often used as additional accents.
The style emphasis space and natural lighting, functional furniture and fewer smaller items and accessories.
Check out these Scandinavian design trends.
Originating from, as the name suggests, the countryside of France, this style focuses on natural warm colors.
Most furniture, like coffee tables, side tables, book cases, or armoires, are ornamental wooden, while many elements will include porcelain, heavy linens, and natural yellow/gold natural materials like stone or brick.
French Country design can often include more plants, fur-style fabrics, and natural animal elements.
Originating from the 19th century when artists were entering the low-end workforce, the Bohemian design stems from the Gypsy population in France.
As the artists entered lower income neighborhoods, they needed to find ways to furnish their lodgings, and found that the Gypsy style was an excellent fit for their creative expression.
The Bohemian design follows a lifestyle based on passion and being carefree, consisting of items that are often found in flea markets.
The color schemes tend to be bright and mixed, with rugs and fabric furnishings that are worn along with unusually shaped objects.
The ambiance of the space would usually be created by such things as seat pillows on the floor, collections of things, and other elements of art and decor that promote “mindfulness”.
You can learn more about Bohemian and other period design styles on our article about The History of European Style and Interior Design.
The Rustic design focuses on natural elements, mostly in their raw form.
With wood and stone as their common focus, the rustic design may include things like accessories from the outdoors that promote warmth and earthy feelings.
Some of those elements might include reclaimed wood that can be used for wood beams, planks, or table material.
The rustic design is often mixed with other modern styles in a hybrid to give more elements of the earth to them.
Implementing These Interior Design Styles
These are 15 of our top picks for interior design.
There are lot more other styles that you can find, some of which are based on regions, while other are based on periods.
The important thing is to identify and understand the elements of each so that you can match it with the space you’re working with.
You might even prefer to combine 2-3 of these styles in one space, creating an ultimate unique hybrid.
One tip is to be mindful of the size of the space you have, and the natural lighting available to you, as that may influence the design styles that will work for it.
In any case, remember to have fun with it!
Feel free to check back for more interior design ideas as we continue working on some of our newer homes, here on modernhouse-plans.com.
A lot of these homes are going to need to have these implemented, and we’ll share some use cases on how we take some of these styles to create a unique hybrid of our own.
You might also find this article we wrote interesting: European Interior Design Styles That Are Becoming Popular In The US
Here’s a video on design trends for 2018 that you can review as well: