10 Most Popular Interior Design Styles To Know Now

When you’re decorating a home, knowing the differences between popular interior design styles can make all the difference in honing your personal tastes and curating the perfect room. Maybe you’ve moved into a new apartment or renovated your old house, and now you’re looking for just the right style to furnish it. Or perhaps you’ve been in your home for a while now and just want to inject a fresh look into the space.

No matter your situation, we’re here to help you find the interior design style that calls your name. Below, we’ve compiled an overview of 10 popular interior design styles and home trends.


01. Scandinavian

Claus Troelsgaard

Functional, rectilinear, and clean; that’s how the Danes, Swedes, Norwegians, and Finns love their furniture. And now people from all corners of the earth are digging the Scandinavian style too. This design movement puts a love of nature in the forefront, and as such, Nordic design uses almost exclusively natural materials like local woods and rattan as well as linen, cotton, and leather. Often this material palette is complemented by a simple color scheme such as white, gray, and beige.

02. Japandi

Jenna Peffley

As the name suggests, the Japandi home trend is a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian design elements. Japandi blends two cultures that, despite their great distance, share an important connection: their value of nature. In interior design, this special relationship is reflected largely through the use of materials such as natural stone, paper, and wood. The big difference between this and a pure Scandi look is that these spaces often make use of a darker, richer color palette. In general, the Japanese influence allows for a broader use of tones such as black, dark green, terra-cotta, and eggplant. Another adaptation is the introduction of feng shui principles, which have Chinese origins but are often incorporated into Japanese home decor.

03. Boho

Miguel Flores

The boho look is ubiquitous and has been making its way into our homes more and more in recent years. Short for bohemian, the word originated in early 19th-century France as a term for Romani people thought to be from Bohemia and referred to their perceived unconventional lifestyle. Today boho and eclectic refer to a versatile interior design style where almost anything goes. New furniture might be mixed with vintage flea market finds, and it’s okay to have six different chairs around one big table. In terms of decor, the focus is on untreated natural materials, such as wood and rattan, and inviting fabrics like cotton, mohair, and linen (often in beige, brown, and olive). Accent pieces might add bright yellows or blues, bold patterns, wild fringes, or dazzling embroidery.

04. Mediterranean Style

Jenna Peffley

For those who live in less sunny places and don’t want to miss out on the serenity and that seaside feeling, bringing the Mediterranean look into their home is the perfect solution. The key is a mix of light colors, earth tones, and splashes of warm accents. Think white, beige, forest green, and terra-cotta complemented by ocher, orange, and azure blue. The most popular materials include clay, raffia, and linen, as well as local olive or pine wood. For both floors and walls, colorful mosaic tiles or handmade zellige clay tiles are particularly suitable. And of course, don’t miss the opportunity to display colorful ceramic tableware and Mediterranean plants and herbs, which not only make for great accent but are also handy for cooking.

05. Country House

Stacy Zarin Goldberg

With country-style furniture and accessories, the charming cottage look that originated in 17th-century Great Britain can easily make its way into your home, no matter if you’re living in a big city or a remote enclave. Opt for furniture that has some history, maybe those with small blemishes or a vintage look. Flea market finds are great for larger pieces (look for furniture made from solid wood), and precious heirlooms such as picture frames, tablecloths, and even grandma’s vase might also fit in. For a very British style, bring in a tea set, preferably with a floral pattern, or a Chesterfield sofa.

06. Midcentury

Gieves Anderson

Few decades have produced as many iconic designs quite like the 1950s and ’60s did. It’s no wonder that midcentury style is still so insanely popular today. The comfy chair displays some clear and important characteristics of the midcentury ethos: high-quality natural materials like wood and leather meet lush, organic shapes supported by a delicate metal base. Also typical of ’60s chic are opulent, textured fabrics such as velvet, corduroy, and bouclé in fir green, bold navy, and purple. Combining midcentury with shiny brass or chrome accents will round out the glamorous and cozy style.

07. Industrial

Nick Glimenakis

The most casual of all interior design styles is the industrial look, a trend born out of necessity in the 1960s that still thrives today. Brick walls, pipes, and steel structures are left exposed to deliberately contribute to a dramatic effect. Patinated wood, weathered leather, and rough concrete create a relaxed, worn-in look with a masculine edge. If you don’t want to forgo comfort, you can tweak things with pelts and colored velvet cushions in dark shades of rust, green, or blue. For splashes of color, add no-fuss plants such as cacti, colorful glassware, or an old Persian rug or tin signs from flea market visits.

08. Bauhaus Style

William Jess Laird

When you think of Bauhaus-style furniture, the first things that probably come to mind are sundry armchairs made of tubular steel and black leather. However, for a modern Bauhaus, don’t feel restricted to a neutral color palette of just black, white, and gray, but consider incorporating primary colors too. Even patterns are allowed when decorating, if they are composed of simple, geometric shapes. For Bauhaus followers, form always follows function, so unnecessary flourishes should be avoided.

09. Minimalism

Max Burkhalter

Minimalism isn’t just about removing all decor in favor of clean surfaces and walls, but also about leaving out expendable objects. A sofa nook, for example, can take the place of several small chairs, and a dining table can double as a workstation. Although many minimalists focus on neutral tones and increasingly rely on white, a deliberate, temperate use of color is also possible. The combination of different textures or the use of large-scale geometric shapes as well as typographic images also bring harmony to a pure, uncluttered environment.

10. Traditional

Werner Straube

As the name suggests, a classic, traditional style does not follow current trends and is therefore timeless. Typically, light ceilings and neutral walls painted in cream, white, or sand tones serve as a base for dark, ornate, solid wood furniture made from cherry, walnut, or chestnut. For curtains, sofas, armchairs, and cushions, heavy brocade or velvet fabrics are suitable in muted colors such as burgundy, brown, or green. Eye-catching checkered or striped patterns are also welcome in classically furnished rooms and complete an elegant overall picture.