Home interior design is very personal. Chances are high that you get confused with the jargons that are used by interior design consultants or companies to define design styles. There are scores of terms that are used to describe the styles or themes of interior design. Many of them you may be familiar with, but often mixed up or misrepresented. For example, the term Modern Interior Design or Contemporary Interior Design is a bit confusing for many.
On top of the confusion here, these two terms are sometimes understood as the same. That’s a risk! Imagine, you ask for contemporary interiors and your interior design company delivers contemporary interior design only to be rejected by you for the umpteenth time. Actually what’s in your mind could be modern interior style; which the interior designer wouldn’t think of.
This is one area Zylus Interior design platform excels in. The intuitive style selector helps the interior designers to come closer to what’s in your mind. Check our style selector here
If you checked out the page mentioned above, you will find that it is a kind of psychometric analysis to find out what your interior design style inclination is. Each photo there denotes specific interior styles.
Now, let’s look at some of the most popular interior design styles both in Dubai and internationally.
Interior Design Styles Explained
Contemporary Interior Design
Contemporary Interior design, as the word denotes, is a style that is “belonging to or occurring in the present” and is subject to dynamic changes. For cities like Dubai, where you can see amalgamation of various socio-cultural-financial status, Contemporary interior design is very relative and interior designers need to really discuss inorder to define the interior feel the client has in mind. Primarily some of the outstanding features of this design style are: neutral and tone on tone colour palettes with limited accents in bold colours, minimal design, strong focus on form, state of the art technologies, sleek materials like glass-metal-marble, straight lines and sweeping curves, focus on textures etc
Modern Interior Design
As mentioned earlier, modern interior design is most often interchangeably called as contemporary interior design. In its simplest definition, contemporary interior design is what reflects the current time and futuristic styles and designs. While Modern Interior design belongs to the time between 1960-2000. Now you know ‘Modern’ is not as modern as you thought! Primary features of this style are : clean straight crisp lines, minimal décor, open floor plans, built-in shelving, exposed structural elements like beams and columns, a neutral colour palette with more earthy tones than contemporary style, use of natural materials like leather- untreated wood- metal etc
Rustic Style of Interior Design
For those love the golden old days, who are nostalgic and nature lovers – rustic type of interior design makes a home. The extent of rustic interior elements is what one has to consider while getting the interior done. The main features of a Rustic interior are: a lot of use of elements in their raw form like unpolished wood and stone, black metal, leather, comfortable rounded forms, heavy furniture, simple earthy colours, fireplaces etc
Eclectic Interior Design or Fusion Interior Design
Eclectic interiors offer a fusion of styles, periods, materials and moods. An eclectic interior does not follow any norms of design- it is a very individual creation that caters to the whims of the home occupant. In Dubai today, a lot of the leading furniture stores cater to unique individual pieces that are put together in an eclectic setting. Designers thrive on experimenting with such interiors.
Urban Style of Interior Design
The Urban style of interior has elements of industrial interior design as well as of ‘cosmopolitan’. Exposed Brick walls, large beams of wood or metal, wooden floors, play with scale of elements etc. are some key aspects of urban style interior. Colour schemes must not be too matchy. In the urban style there is a wise mix of industrials, modern and rustic elements. Urban décor has a softer and more comfortable look than industrial design styles.
Industrial Interior Design
Industrial interior design is a raw edgy style where interior structures are proudly laid bare. Exposed beams, Ac ducts, pipes, concrete floors and walls exposed metal etc. It is a very bold style. While industrial design homes tend to be minimalist, there is lot of room for drama by juxtaposing the raw with refined, the sleek and modern with the vintage and classic.
Minimalist Interior Design
For the millennial, an increasing affinity towards minimalistic interior design style is evident everywhere. The minimalistic approach to interior design is stark. It focusses on essential forms and functions while doing away with unneeded and excessive detailing or accessories. One should be careful on the extent of minimalism that need to be implemented in the interior design as too minimalist can sometimes look sterile.
Classic Interior Design
Classic interior design is deeply influenced by western classic tradition and aesthetics. Carvings, mouldings, cornices, ornate columns, decorative motifs, gypsum details in walls and ceilings, domes, murals, marble busts, sculptures, urns, swags in drapery etc. The furniture also is typical to the style with chaise lounges, saber legs, carved details etc. Within classic interiors, one can opt for various periods of classic design such as renaissance, regency, baroque.
Traditional Interior Design
Traditional interior design is a toned down version and a more modern version of classic interiors. Classic furniture is used, but wall and ceiling treatments are more minimal.
Themed Interior Design / Ethnic Interior Design
Ethnic Interior Design or Themed interior design refers to a design style that draws inspiration from the traditional décor of a particular country. Famous themes for styling are : Moroccan, Indian, Chinese, Scandinavian, Spanish, Middle Eastern and French. When designing as per a theme, every element and detail of the interior has to be true to the chosen style.
Futuristic Interior Design
Futuristic interior design is sleek and high tech in its form, finishes and detailing. The lighting, structural enhancements and décor elements will have varying degree of sci-fi feel, based on the extent of futuristic level you desire. Expect a lot of glass, chrome, high gloss paint finishes, indirect blue lighting, radical forms and experimental details.
Regardless what style of interior you look for, Zylus Interior Design platform presents you an intelligent option to complete your interior design online, via an intuitive step by step procedure. When you are ready, start your project here.