Home Design Style Guide — RISMedia – RisMedia.com

Whether you’re in the market to buy, build or renovate, understanding different design styles can provide additional insight into the buying, building or renovation process. Even if you’re working with a design-build firm or an interior designer, having basic design terminology in your back pocket can help you most effectively hone in on your preferred design style. This will ultimately make navigating the design process more manageable. This guide will break down the different home design styles to help you immerse yourself in the design process.

Traditional Design
A traditionally designed home doesn’t have to mean tired or stuffy. You can adjust this classic style to your taste and lifestyle preferences. While traditional style typically complements the details of older homes, you can also layer it into newer construction. You can accomplish this through incorporating intricate mouldings, classic finish selections, such as polished nickel or antique brass, layering the lighting and selecting furniture with traditional influences.

To prevent a room from feeling like a time warp, mixing traditional pieces with contemporary accents can keep the space current. An example is pairing an antique dining table with modern chairs or juxtaposing a room of rich, wood furniture with lucite accent pieces.

Features of traditional style include:

  • Detailed woodwork
  • Intricate patterns
  • Period pieces such as curved and detailed furniture
  • Rich colors
  • Brand: Ralph Lauren

For traditional decor enthusiasts, Grandmillennial style is a subset of traditional style that has an appreciation for traditional decor, chintz, chinoiserie and latticework.

Transitional Design
Transitional design blends traditional style with contemporary influences