Here are some popular interior design styles and their terminology:

Scandinavian (Skandi):

Also known as Nordic or Scandinavian design, this style emphasizes simplicity, minimalism, and functionality. Common features include light colours, natural materials, clean lines, and a focus on natural light.

Mid-Century Modern:

This style emerged in the mid-20th century and is characterised by sleek lines, organic shapes, and a combination of both natural and manufactured materials. It often features teak wood, exposed legs, bold colours, and retro-inspired furniture.


Inspired by urban lofts and factories, industrial design incorporates raw and unfinished elements. It often features exposed brick walls, metal accents, distressed or reclaimed wood, neutral colour palettes, and open spaces.


This style refers to current design trends and is characterized by clean lines, neutral colours, and a mix of materials and textures. Contemporary design often focuses on creating a sleek and uncluttered look.


Bohemian or boho design is eclectic and artistic, incorporating a mix of patterns, colours, and textures. It often includes vintage or globally-inspired pieces, layered textiles, plants, and a relaxed, free-spirited atmosphere.


Traditional design draws inspiration from classic European styles, featuring ornate details, rich colours, and formal arrangements. It often includes antiques, symmetrical furniture placement, elegant fabrics, and intricate mouldings.


Coastal or beach-inspired design captures a relaxed and breezy atmosphere. It often incorporates light and airy colours, natural materials like wicker or rattan, nautical elements, and beach-themed accessories.

Modern Farmhouse:

This style combines modern elements with rustic charm. It often features a neutral colour palette, shiplap walls, reclaimed wood accents, farmhouse sinks, and vintage-inspired lighting.


Minimalism focuses on simplicity and reducing clutter. It features clean lines, a limited colour palette, open spaces, and a focus on functionality. Minimalist design often incorporates hidden storage solutions and unadorned surfaces.

Art Deco:

This style originated in the 1920s and 1930s and is characterized by bold geometric patterns, luxurious materials, and a sense of glamour. Art Deco often includes mirrored surfaces, metallic accents, bold colours, and stepped or curved forms.


There are many more styles and design approaches out there, each with its own unique characteristics and vocabulary.

Take a look at our pinterest board on design styles.

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