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Most interior designers create and design according to his or her own personal philosophy. Some follow a traditional style, while others like to mix and match between different schools of design. One of the best ways to find the right interior designer for your project is to first understand your own style preferences, and then choose someone to match your vision.

Here’s a basic guide to five of the most popular design and home decor styles in the interior decorating industry today.

Mid-Century Modern:
Retro-style is making a comeback in a huge way, especially pieces with a 21st century twist. This style is mostly defined by its blend of minimalism and naturalism, with neutral tones accentuated by fine lines and peg legs, for example:

Scandinavian: There’s more to Scandinavian design than IKEA! This is a popular look that is, above all, “clean.” Light colors, organic materials, simple shapes, and a focus on proportions are the key to unlocking the Scandi look.

Industrial: Exposed brick, stained concrete, distressed wood, and steel are all essential elements in this rustic, turn-of-the-century industrial style of design that has had a resurgence in popularity in recent years, especially in kitchen spaces.

Cottage: Some interior decorators love cottage-style design because it is cheerful, welcoming, comfortable, and relaxed. Cream and ivory colors pair well with soft greens and blues, and old-style accessories like woven baskets and checkered pillows can provide a down-home feel.

Bohemian: Laid-back, carefree, and warm, a bohemian style runs the risk of becoming too cluttered if not layered and designed properly. Mediterranean and American Southwest prints work well to add a worldly flair to any common living space.

As an industry that generates $10 billion in revenue every year, interior design is a broad category that can encompass a wide range of styles, tastes, and aesthetic choices. If you want to learn more about how our team at Janet Brooks Designs, please take a look at our portfolio of work to identify a running theme or particular style that you may like.  When you better understand the schools of thought of interior design and decoration, you’ll be better able to articulate exactly what it is you’re looking for in your own home.