Master Any Design Style

For those who have been following Living Room for a while now, you’ll know of the many articles that serve as a launching pad for great design ideas. As your eye is caught by elements of different interior themes, you may find your inner designer is ready to bust out, choosing the best of the best in an amalgamation of features resonating with you. This may be both a pure adoption of a single concept or a tasteful blend of several compatible styles. Whichever way you choose, the results are pure you.

Here’s a review of eight more interior design concepts, building on the first part of our series. Take it all in, process in with the design flavours and elements you love, and then look around your room. Your space is there for the making.

Get risqué with Nude Design

Hardcore Minimalism isn’t for everyone. It’s often cold and hard, steel and concrete, and that’s perfect for some and uncomfortably edgy for others. When you like the uncluttered look but need comfort and softness too, Nude Design gives you elements of both.

Think “stripped down” instead of “naked”. Naked design is muted but not bland, understated in a bold, deliberate way, and open to a wide range of textures in a way that hard modern styles can’t be.

Sun and sea: Greek Island Style

The Cubist urban landscape of Santorini makes many long for the Mediterranean, even if they’ve never been. Greek Island Style is more than simply white and blue. It’s the form of sun and sea translated to the function of aesthetic living. It’s another style that’s simple and uncomplicated without being cold and modern. Celebrating the mathematics of geometry with nautical romance, a taste of Greece is welcome on many cold, Canadian nights.

The classic elegance of Rococo

Ah, Madame de Pompadour! A lady who knew how to live in opulent style, she’s the patron of the arts responsible for the widespread acceptance of the Rococo Style, up to the top levels of the French aristocracy. Intricate and ornate, Rococo spoke of the skills of its craftsmen, as well as the gold-gilded affluence of its patrons. We still owe a debt of gratitude to the asymmetrical tilt of the style that lives on through the one-sided chaise lounge.

Image via Hello Kitty Island

The fun of Kawaii

Take one part Pop Art, add a healthy dash of Japanese anime and dip it in bright primary colours and you’ve got Kawaii design. The slight contradiction of bold pastels mixed with moods of Maximalism delivers a look that’s distinctly Japanese though anything but Zen. The obvious choice for Kawaii is a child’s room, but the outrageous nature of the style is just begging for any setting centring on over the top fun.

Celebrate the city with Urban Modern

Where Industrial design translates the grit of the factory through brick and iron with a city rustic appeal, Urban Modern takes the concept downtown. Informed by the upscale lofts of New York City, Urban Modern is the sophisticated evolution borne of the historical preservation of the New York City landscape. With a layer of gloss over the past, this is a style that’s versatile, flexible, and adaptable.

Ancient innovators of Chinese Design

Perhaps the world’s first advanced civilization, China first gave us design elements such as wrought iron, lacquered wood, and organic minimalism, concepts and features that weave through the whole of interior design history. Where would the western New Age movement be without the idea of feng shui?

Water-based American Coastal

Though perhaps most connected with the northeastern U.S. seaboard, American Coastal stretches to the Pacific coast too, and even touches the sub-tropics of the Caribbean. Like Greek Island Style, there’s lots of whites and blues, while the weekend sailor influences the style in a nautical direction, though the mates keep it understated, not kitschy. For a clean, no-nonsense look that translates well to Canadian cottage country, consider borrowing from this look.

Anything-but-Shabby Chic

It’s an upcycled world, where age and patina have value the way gold leaf once did. Tastefully weathered wood and artful peeling paint come to the fore in Shabby Chic, a style suggesting a sardonic twist on its rundown name. Done well, creative reuse and aged faux finishes show no hint of tiredness. It’s an interior design philosophy that’s very easy to personalize and adapt.

Choosing a style resonating with you probably isn’t hard, but bringing it to life doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Understanding how your tastes blend with interior design concepts provides a launchpad for expanding, suggestions of colour palettes, and accent associations you may not make on your own. Beg, steal, borrow, or ignore, these styles are ready for you.