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Interior Design Styles

Words describing design styles such as contemporary, minimalistic and rustic chic can be quite confusing! Let’s have a look some of the popular terms used and accompany them with a few lighting choices.

Interior Design Styles

MODERN

Broad in term, modern design has a simplistic feel with sleek with fair lines, a minimalistic colour palette (such as white, black combined with a simple cool colour like green) and balance.  Modern design is a strict understanding of design which originated in the later twenty-first century.

Typical materials in a modernistic design include steel, metals and of course, glass. When adding light to your modern interior style, you may want to opt for a floor lamp or a statement piece such as a chandelier.

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CONTEMPORARY

One may think contemporary = modern but in actual fact, is this not true. Contemporary is the “now” and moves away from loyalty to a specific style. It is much easier going and evokes a feeling of present trends and is constantly changing with popular, modern day fads.

Focal points in contemporary design come down to three basics: form, line and shape. Opt for neutral elements and add a dash of daring colours for some eye-catching pigments. Hanging copper or smoke shaded pendants makes for quite the fit with this design.

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MINIMALIST

Inspired by the modern era of design, the minimalistic style is modern but simplified. It is functional with fresh and pure lines throughout and combined with furniture that is graceful rather than glamourous and vivid in colour.

It also includes the utilisation of geometric forms in a notion of open-plan house layouts. A geometric shaped pendant may be a good option to go with. Black and white palettes are favoured but modern minimalism has evolved to include neutral colours which are less monochrome and have a subtler feel. In this case, dimmable downlights and floor lamps are a perfect fit.

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INDUSTRIAL

Envisage antique wooden elements, paired brass pendants and minimal yet practical furniture. Inspired by an urban style of warehouses and studio apartments (lofts), the industrial style may come across as unfinished as bare bricks, unpainted walls, raw wood and metal elements are completely or partially exposed. A dash of colour can be added in the form of art/photography.

This design style is more rugged incorporating indistinct dark palettes, lustrous/buffed metal and timber. Simply put, the design has warehouse style revamped into an apartment or home. Typically, it encompasses exposed ducts, pipes and any of the usual features one hide. Hardwood shelves, old metal and features that remind you of the hard-working industrial era.

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SCANDINAVIAN

A simple demonstration by Nordic countries of effortless living. Completely understated including mostly white palettes and wood, enamelled aluminium with steel and wooden flooring. Colour is used sparingly and mostly comes in the form of art work or indoor plants.

Major differences between minimalist design and Scandinavian is the materials used. Scandinavian design favours organic textiles like hemp with no clutter.

Wooden or glass pendants and downlights do compliment the Nordic inspired design.

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RUSTIC CHIC

More feminine with a pastel colour palette combining it with architectural elements like arched ceilings with wooden flooring and/or beams. Inspired by nature with unrefined components such as wood and cement to get that old farmhouse feel.

Warm lighting is important to get the real feel of the rustic chic design thus, try and opt for pendants or table lamps. Wall lights are also complimenting but steer clear of traditional ceiling lights to keep the look.

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COASTAL/HAMPTONS

Inspired by the United States’ beachside housing interior, the Hamptons design is open and airy with light tones and natural palettes, often paired with greens and blues. Furniture usually takes the colour of beige/white. The idea is to create a laid back, seaside ambience inspired by the ocean of course. Striped scatter cushions, white painted wood and large windows are own to the design style.

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