The first step to executing your dream home design is understanding why it works.

Here at Sparetoolz, we’re all about helping make your #homegoals a reality by giving you easy and economical access to the tools you need for every project. 

DIY endeavors don’t start with tools, though--they start with inspiration. Having a basic understanding of design principles can make it so much easier to replicate your favorite trends, so today we’ll be providing one of the most important tools in our arsenal: education!  

Interior design trends are like a revolving door--in one moment, out the next. A few have endured the rotation and established themselves as widely-recognized design styles. 

Most of today’s trends are branches of these underlying styles. The better you grasp the style, the more effectively you can execute the trend. 

Without further ado, here is your ultimate guide to the 15 most prominent and popular design styles:

  1. Modern 
  2. Traditional 
  3. Transitional 
  4. Contemporary 
  5. Farmhouse 
  6. French country 
  7. Industrial
  8. Minimalistic 
  9. Mid-century modern 
  10. Rustic 
  11. Coastal 
  12. Eclectic 
  13. Bohemian
  14. Scandinavian 
  15. Vintage 

Top 15 Design Styles: Explained 


Taking inspiration from Scandinavian and German design, Modern style dominated interiors for the first half of the 20th century, and it’s easy to see why. Clean lines, sharp edges, natural light, and reflective surfaces such as chrome, glass, and steel make a pretty good argument for peaceful interior bliss. 

While some find Modern interiors too clean, too sterile, or too bland, others adore it for its sleekness and calm simplicity. To evoke the Modern muse, stick to a neutral color palette, clear away clutter, and be conservative with curved edges.    

Modern interior kitchen design featuring monochromatic white palette, marble countertops and light wood floors

Photo: Pinterest


Traditional style is exactly that: traditional. Traditional design eagerly trades vibrant colors, funky patterns, and bold statement pieces for sophisticated hues, warm tones, and welcoming furnishings.

Traditional interiors tend to rely on stately supporting architectural details (think crown molding and ornate fireplaces) anchored by an interesting combination of rigid symmetry and cozy furniture.  

When it comes to color palette, accessories, and furnishings, the world is your oyster! The key to nailing the Traditional design scheme? Two is better than one. (Remember...symmetry.) Double the lamps, double the side tables, double the get the gist.

Well-appointed traditional living room styled in white and neutral tones, stately white fireplace with matching ottomans nearby

Photo: Cottage Home Company



🎶Tra-dition-al and Mo-dern, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.🎵

Marrying Traditional and Modern elements to produce sleek interiors with a smattering of cozy, old world charm, Transitional style was the 1950s’ rebuttal to the Modern preferences of the decade(s) prior. Transitional design is all about pairing the old with the new, and straight lines with round edges.    

To nail a Transitional interior, first ground the space with a neutral color palette, organic textures, and lots of comfortable furniture. Then, strategically install slim, modern fixtures, and other touches. For example, a Transitionally-inspired bathroom might feature traditional trimmed windows, minimalist brushed tapware, and spotless glass shower walls. 

Transitional bathroom styled with warm white walls, standalone white tub positioned in front of large windows

Photo: freshome


Contemporary design borrows elements from other styles typical of the end of the 20th century. With tone-on-tone color palettes, open spaces, and overall minimalist base notes, it might be categorized as Modern design’s soft-spoken creative cousin. However, artistic lighting, loud accent colors, and very light or very dark wooden focal points put Contemporary style in a league of its own. 

Contemporary kitchen styled with white marble counters, light grey-white geometric backsplash, wood stools, orange accents


A charming standby and Pinterest favorite, Farmhouse inspo is everywhere. This picture-perfect design style is inspired by both the interior and exterior of traditional farmhouses, though with a few modern upgrades. (Like, you know...indoor toilets.)

Reclaimed wood, antique accessories, comfortable furnishings, tall, open ceilings, and barnboard details are all typical of Farmhouse style homes. Colors are cozy, but breezy. Think creams, browns, and greys, accented by pale shades of yellow, blue, and green. 

Modern farmhouse kitchen with high ceilings, styled in monochromatic whites with grey accents, wood floors, pendant lighting

Photo: freshome


French Country 

What do you get when you dip a Farmhouse in glitter? No, it’s not a riddle; it’s French Country. This elegant interior design style dates back to 1600s France and is still viewed by many as the epitome of sophisticated glam. It’s all about luxury, elegance, and understated opulence. Ooh-la-la.   

Cobalt blue and ocean hues, statement fireplaces, and elegant furnishings paired with luxe accessories (such as chandeliers) are frequently found in French Country style homes. If it’s fancy, it’ll fit right in.  

French country living room styled in blues and whites with taupe wainscoting

Photo: House Beautiful



Although it didn’t become an interior design darling until late in the 2000s, Industrial style’s roots sprawl back to the 1700s, when industrialization was well on its way to Revolution status. 

By the 1960s and 70s, workplace safety regulations came calling, and many urban landscapes were left dotted with ghostly mills and empty workshops. Always up for a creative repurposing challenge, American east coast artists were among the first to adapt these massive, decrepit structures into the beautifully gritty homes we know and love today.

Industrial style is inherently utilitarian, showcasing exposed piping, concrete, naked brick, wood, and metal. To ease the potential severity of Industrial interiors, keen interior designers soften them with airy neutral colors, flowy fabrics, and soft furnishings. 

Closeup of elements in industrial style living space featuring worn brick, cement wall, large windows


Less is more--Minimalism’s mantra. Monochromatic color schemes (often grounded in bright white), clean lines, elegant lighting solutions, and a high level of functionality are all characteristic of the Minimalist style. Keep accessories to a minimum, get liberal with sharp edges, and opt for sleek furniture. 

Minimalist living room styled in bright whites floor to ceiling, simple warm-hued bench, black chair and accents

Photo: Pinterest 

Mid-century Modern 

Mid-century Modern is an all-American design style. It was immensely popular between 1945 and 1969 and has remained a go-to style for US interior designers since - especially in the Palm Springs area. With its simple, modern elements, warm ambiance, and surprising pops of color, Mid-century Modern style has a little something for everyone. 

This style works particularly well in intimate living rooms, dens, and offices but can be applied anywhere in the house. To achieve Mid-century Modern flair, think clean lines, white walls, organic elements (like solid wood furniture), functionality, and vintage charm. 

Mid century modern living room styled in neutral tones

Photo: Katie Hodges Design 



If you perpetually daydream of running away to a cabin in the woods, the Rustic design style is for you. Derived from the primal, necessity-driven lifestyle of our ancestors, Rustic style has been around from time immemorial,  but started becoming more refined and modernized in the early 2000s. 

A Rustic space is hyper-organic, with no frills and no fuss. Wood is a key component in the world of Rustic interior design; think exposed beams and reclaimed finishes. Round out your Rustic paradise with warm touches like fireplaces, cowhide rugs, and overstuffed white bed dressings. 

Rustic design style living room with exposed beams, exposed wood lap ceilings, wood floors, rock fireplace, natural accents

Photo: Decorilla



Feel that breeze? Smell that salty sea? Hear waves lapping against a sandy shore? These are the sensations well-designed Coastal interiors will evoke. (Coastal design has many sub-styles, such as American coastal and Mediterranean coastal, and is not to be confused with Hamptons style or nautical style. It’s a lot, we know.)  

Coastal style leverages subtle color palettes and simple furnishings to keep things light, breezy, and relaxing. Lots of white, splashed with various hues of blue, plush seating, barefoot-friendly flooring, and organic accents make daily chores feel like a day at the beach.

Coastal design living room styled in monochromatic whites and light greys with aqua accents, white lap ceiling

Photo: Caroyln Thayer Interiors 



If your home is filled with mismatched bits of furniture, clashing colors, and contrasting patterns, you’re well on your way to nailing the Eclectic design style. Eclectic design is based on principles of eclecticism, and very few rules apply. It’s quirky, it’s busy, and it may look completely different from one home to another, depending on the personal taste of the designer. 

Eclectic style just about dismisses typical design rules, but some remain. For a room to be considered ‘Eclectic,’ it should be anchored by one or two main colors. Once you have your anchor palette, go crazy with contrasting colors, textures, and furnishings.

Eclectic design living room featuring a light color palette with bright, fun accents and tufted sofa

 Photo: Black Lacquer Design


Free spirits, rejoice! Characterized by creative expression, uncompromised comfort, organic materials, and casual elegance, Bohemian design is flexible enough to resonate with both Millennial wanderlusters and now-established attendees of Woodstocks past. 

Essential elements of a Bohemian interior include macramé, tapestries, complex patterns, unfinished wood, botanicals, string lights, and lots of cozy seating. (Floor seating is particularly popular in Bohemian design.)  

Bohemian design living room featuring white walls, dark and bright colors in furniture and accents, eclectic décor items

Photo: Apartment Therapy 


Scandinavian design emerged in the early 20th century and became extremely popular throughout Nordic countries in the 1950s. Its effortless ability to marry minimalism and Bauhaus aesthetic has maintained its popularity over time. (Hi, IKEA.)      

Scandinavian spaces are packed with cozy textiles, cool colors, low hanging lights, and metallic and wooden finishes. Colors tend to be mostly neutral, with strategic pops of bright color for interest. 

Scandinavian style bedroom featuring white walls and soft, natural palette

Photo: Pinterest 



A style unwittingly showcased by grannies everywhere, Vintage design is all about breathing new life into old furnishings.

When it comes to color in a Vintage space, the world is your oyster. The key is surrounding yourself with carefully curated antiques, bespoke furniture, luxe fabrics (like silk and velvet), and old-world architectural accents, such as crown molding. Don’t be afraid to go overboard, either--a crowded, almost overstuffed room is part of the charm of this design style.

Vintage living room styled with eclectic collection of luxe, vintage furniture and accessories in subdued hues and wide variety of textures throughout

Photo: TheGlamPad


Honorable Mentions 

The world of interior design is unfathomably expansive. Here are some lesser-known, but still well-established, styles you might want to consider:

  • Hollywood Regency: Hollywood Regency (sometimes referred to as Hollywood glam) is synonymous with timeless luxury. Opulent furnishings, extravagant light fixtures, and bold color palettes ooze flashy elegance. 

  • Mediterranean: A breezy, romantic style characterized by large, arching doorways, columns, tile, and juicy colors. 

  • Hamptons: Hamptons style might be considered Coastal, all grown up. Cool colors, classic decor, and comfortable furniture all contribute to breezy, understated elegance. 

  • Asian zen: Guided carefully by Feng Shui principles, Asian zen style brims with calming colors, natural materials, clean lines, and highly symmetrical furniture placement. 

  • Victorian: Quite frankly, Victorian style is about as bougie as you can get. Unapologetically large furniture, textured walls with intricate trimmings, and an abundance of velvet are part and parcel with Victorian design. 

If we did our job right, you’re chomping at the bit to embark on a full design overhaul. What are you waiting for? Grab your tools and get moving!


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