Define by Design: Choosing the Right Interior Style for Homes

For homeowners on a remodelling mission, finding the perfect interior design means browsing through stacks of home improvement magazines, dozens of bookmarked design idea blogs, and a collection of paint swatches from the neighbourhood paint store. All those resources can sometimes only muddle the decision-making process instead of leading to that eureka moment.

For a relatively stress-free decorating process, advises identifying a personal design style. Doing so paves the way for concrete ideas on which material, colour scheme, floor covers, and other furnishings to use. The following are some of the more distinct interior styles that can guide remodelers on which elements they can identify with and prefer the most.


This style takes inspiration from the rare, durable, and utilitarian features of warehouses, garages, etc. Its characteristic elements are visible steel beams, exposed brick and metalwork, and even piping. The modern design obviously works best when converting warehouses and other large areas into living space, using limited but carefully chosen pieces to highlight the space’s original function.


This interior style mainly starts with colour to set the tone – layering a white base palette with primary colors to exude a beach house feel. Nautical-themed furnishings, weathered wood, and fresh linen spreads create a bright and spacious area that’s perfect for inducing rest. Use sea colours to emphasise the refreshing ambience of a beachfront abode further.


Current or popular trends usually inform the style of contemporary design. It does not reflect a particular style, but rather incorporates influences from design over several eras. If it has any defining characteristics, it would be wide, airy spaces, open floor plans, large windows and unique shapes. Contemporary homes use a minimal style favouring comfortable and sustainable functions. No exposed brick here, as the style goes for freshly painted walls in neutral colour schemes, clean geometric lines for furnishings, large sofas, and only small hints of colour for furniture or decorations.

Designing interiors require quite a bit of introspection on the homeowner/remodeler’s part. The most important aspect of choosing a style is finding the right balance between style, comfort, and convenience.