Interior Design Aesthetics: 5 Popular Styles Explained

September 7th 2022

Aesthetic trends are continuously evolving: from art to music, and fashion to architecture. Interior design is no exception – but which interior design styles are ‘in’ right now? And most importantly, which of these popular styles call “home sweet home” to you? In today’s blog, we’ll guide you through our top five, and see what you think!


Shabby Chic


Shabby chic is a personal favourite of ours: the perfect combination of comforting and carefully curated. Often described as the ‘lived-in look’, shabby chic is an interior design style which embodies eras past, while also showcasing present-day pride in all things feminine. The term “shabby chic” was coined just shy of four decades ago: a timely ‘alternative’ to the sleek and shiny norm of the 1980s. So, what is shabby chic, you ask? Picture this: you walk into a room, and you’re assaulted with an array of pastel colours – from bright white, to soft lilac. The predominantly vintage-style furniture – either genuine antiques or modern replicas – is adorned with soft, worn fabrics and feminine florals. How utterly charming!


In 2022,our fascination with vintage aesthetics is at its peak, therefore it’s no surprise that shabby chic is all the rage right now, inspiring interior designers worldwide to curate outside the box. If you’re looking to shabby chic-up your home, here are a few simple steps to begin. Beyond soft hues and vintage accessories, you should also look to layer different textures. For example, embroidered cushions could be paired with a crocheted throw, or velvet curtains could contrast with your lace tablecloth. Also, if you’re looking for antique-style decorations which are slightly more accessible, try your local flea market! There’s no telling what hidden gems you may find. Alternatively, there are many newly made items which are designed to look irresistibly vintage, from furniture to bedding, to tableware.


Scandinavian


If minimalism is more your style, you will likely prefer the Scandinavian aesthetic. Like shabby chic, the Scandi style favours soft, homely hues and a blend of textures, yet overall, creates a far more simplistic, modern aesthetic.


Scandinavian design has also been around for much longer, since the 1930s. Naturally, this style originated from Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Interestingly, the Scandi interior style we all know and love was a direct result of the long Nordic winters, which led to the desire for as much open, light-reflecting space as possible – while also keeping cosy and warm!


The Scandinavian style rapidly grew in popularity, with homeowners across the globe favouring its no-nonsense approach! The typical Nordic aesthetic perceives a lack of clutter as an increase in comfort; so, if you want your home to reflect this popular style, you should ensure that the majority of your décor has a functional purpose. And, of course, some for purely decorative purposes! You want to strike the perfect balance between modern minimalistic style and delightful cosiness.


Key features of Scandi interior design include bright light, as mentioned earlier: the style celebrates airy brightness, from natural light to layered artificial lighting. A range of soft textures is also a must – particularly light wooden surfaces, cotton, linen and suede. While the colour palette is similar to that of shabby chic, these soft hues must coordinate! Finally, indoor plants are the perfect way to breathe life into your home, again, giving the illusion of light.


Farmhouse


Put simply, farmhouse style is simple and practical, with a sprinkling of rustic charm. Farmhouses have seemingly been around since the dawn of time – well, since the 1700s, at least. As the name suggests, they were originally built on farms, with the sole purpose of housing farmhands, sheltering them from the elements! Farmhouses were subsequently built from sturdy wood, standing erect whatever the weather.


Fast-forward to 2022, and the farmhouse aesthetic is a staple of American culture, though also replicated in homes and public venues alike across the globe. Still typically found in a countryside setting – albeit not necessarily a farm! – both traditional and modern farmhouse styles have key iconic features. Like the other styles we’ve touched upon, the farmhouse aesthetic boasts a balance of practicality and home comfort. Rustic, hard-wearing materials are paired with cosy finishing touches; a farmhouse radiates warmth and safety.


So, if you have the urge to transform your home into a makeshift, modern farmhouse, there are some easy steps you can follow! Firstly, try to add a little rustic character to each room. Whether this is through wood beams or a brick wall, any sign of rough-and-ready ruggedness certainly feels farmhouse-esque! Also, mix and match those textures, and whip out your neutral colour palette: your base colour could be brown, beige or grey, interspersed with splashes of brighter colours! Also, at Maison Plan, we love a bit of DIY. So, get stuck in – as one would have to on the farm! – and have a go at repurposing existing items (jam jar lanterns, anyone?) or even creating furniture of your own!


Industrial


We’re now catapulting from cosy farmhouse décor to the stark industrial world. We’ve all heard of the industrial revolution. Since then, buildings that were once factories are now perceived as an appealing aesthetic for many homeowners - and London-based renters! -alike. “Industrial chic” is a term referring to the interior design of industrial spaces, such as warehouses, which have been repurposed into trendy, modern homes. These large, light, open plan spaces are typically revived with bold, edgy décor.


Whether you are renting out a warehouse, or want your home to emanate industrial chic vibes, here are the basics you need to know. First and foremost, authenticity is key. So, the more exposed piping and brickwork, the better! Think of it as an almost ‘unfinished’ look – but in the best, most liberating way.


Not dissimilar to the farmhouse style, the industrial aesthetic calls for recycled and/or repurposed décor galore. Industrial shelving is a great example: the whimsical combination of wooden planks and metal pipes. While the overall style of industrial chic is sparse and care-free, we’d definitely recommend a selection of bold, statement pieces. This is also reflected in our suggested palette – predominantly, you should be using muted tones, but don’t shy away from those splashes of bright colour!


This aesthetic is another great opportunity to fuse different eras together; while the overall look is modern, vintage, bohemian-style flourishes are most welcome. Lastly, the industrial style works best when it is curated collaboratively. So, make sure everyone has the chance to get creative, and leave their mark!


Traditional


Finally, we’re heading back to basics: traditional interior design. In this day and age, the word ‘traditional’ can be lumbered with negative connotations, yet the traditional aesthetic is certainly nothing to sneer at. But what qualifies as traditional? How far back do we have to go?


Well, this style is predominantly inspired by the 18th and 19th centuries – a true throwback! If you’re looking to turn back the clocks in your own home, a Grandfather clock would be a good start! As expected, the traditional aesthetic is characterised by décor from eras past, from antique furniture to works of art. Some of the previous styles we’ve been exploring thrive on minimalist chic, yet with traditional décor, it’s all in the detail!


In even starker contrast, while other styles embody ‘light’, in every sense of the word, the traditional aesthetic favours dark, rich tones and heavy, ornate furniture and fabrics. If any of these guidelines are a little too traditional for your taste, you can always incorporate modern elements into your traditional-style home, and vice versa. Either way, with its warm palette and matching furnishings, the traditional style will very quickly feel like home – especially if you intersperse those iconic antiques with family heirlooms! Think semi-regal, and 100% homely.



Get in touch


If any of these interior design styles tickle your fancy, or if you need further guidance about which aesthetic would best suit your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Maison Plan! Simply visit our website to discover our exclusive, on-demand home services.

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