Beginner's Guide to Interior Design - Chapter 5: Design Styles
BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO INTERIOR DESIGN
CHAPTER 5 - DESIGN STYLES
One of the most basic steps you’ll need to take when creating your design plan is decide on your design style. Defining the design style you would like to use for the design of your room will help you a lot in understanding how will you use each element in the design process to get to the desired outcome.
Design style can imply on your lifestyle, profession, your worldview and also where your residence in located. When choosing your design style, go with what feels right for you, what you think that you will feel the most comfortable with when you’re in your room.
There are dozens of different design styles in interior design, however to make as this chapter as concise as possible, we’ve covered the most commonly used styles in interior design in the past few years.
Industrial design is all about taking the raw usually hidden materials and expose them. This design style commonly incorporated with features such as brick walls, steel and metal pipes and lighting fixtures, distressed wooden floor and distressed wooden objects. This style was originally initiated from people converting old warehouses or factories into residential living apartments or into offices. The idea of industrial design style is to keep the spirit of the space former use, while giving it a very new and edgy look.
COMMON USE OF ELEMENTS
Color: Most designs use a Monochromatic or Analogous scheme, with warm colors such as browns, reds and cream colors or in some cases a gentle touch of cold color like light blue. This design style put a strong emphasis on the use of neutral colors, such as black,white, grey and natural wood color
Texture: Use of rough and cold textures. Steel and metal, Natural distressed wood and leather fabric, brick walls.
Line: In most cases, spaces used for industrial design will be high. In this case, creating vertical lines using objects and features will make the room look a bit lower but wider.
Space: Usually industrial style is incorporated with large spaces, and thus need to arrange the objects according to large space practices. However, this style can also be applied on small spaces.
Pattern: Appear in Area Rugs, Decorative Pillows and wooden floor. Usually as simple stripes
The main idea in Minimalist design style is to focus on simplicity and function. Thus, simplicity of lines, forms, colors. The majority objects and features of the style serve the main purpose of functionality. The style incorporate clean lines, neutral colors, large empty spaces and geometrical forms that are simple for the eye to capture.
COMMON USE OF ELEMENTS
Color: Most Minimalist designs Monochromatic scheme with only neutral colors or just one single color with very delicate touches. Colors such as white, grey, silver, black and natural wood.
Texture: Using clean and modern textures. Glass and laminate wood with high light reflection, steel, leather or linen as fabric.
Form: Geometrical forms and sharp lines are more common in Minimalist design.
Pattern: Most of the times no pattern is used in this style.
Space: Design your room in Minimalist style require a large space. Designing this style involve in keeping open and large empty spaces. The arrangement of objects and use of space should be functional, meaning focus of the purpose of the room and not a lot more.