10 Popular Interior Design Styles You Should Know When Furnishing Your Home | Architectural Summary

When one thinks of Bauhaus-style furniture, the first things that probably come to mind are the various armchairs made of steel tubing and black leather. And indeed, the Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer (both available today via Knoll International) are the most famous designs from the Bauhaus era and great additions to have today.

However, for a modern Bauhaus, don’t feel limited to a neutral color palette of just black, white and gray, but consider incorporating primary colors as well. Even patterns are allowed when decorating, if they consist of simple geometric shapes. For Bauhaus followers, form always follows function, so unnecessary frills should be avoided. A big advantage of this simple and straightforward design is its timeless appeal. Even after a century, it can still look fresh and bold.

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Minimalist styles require decorators to consider consumption patterns, not to suppress all decor and ornamentation in the name of aesthetics.

Photo: Max Burkhalter

Cold, impersonal or even sterile? The minimalist style has to face many prejudices, but most of them are inaccurate. After all, doing without superfluous frills at home does not mean getting rid of precious objects or memories, but rather questioning one’s own consumption habits and, in the best case scenario, reducing the number of things we buy and consume. Minimalism, then, is not just about removing all decor in favor of clean surfaces and walls, but also leaving out consumable items. A sofa corner, for example, can replace several small chairs and a dining table can serve as a workstation.

Although many minimalists are focusing on neutral tones and increasingly relying on white, a deliberate and muted use of color is also possible. The combination of different textures or the use of large-scale geometric shapes as well as typographic images also bring harmony to a pure and uncluttered environment.

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The traditional style focuses on classic furniture instead of following home trends.

Photo: Werner Straube

As the name suggests, a classic, traditional style does not follow current trends and is therefore timeless. Typically, light ceilings and neutral walls painted in cream, white, or sand tones serve as the base for dark, ornate solid wood furniture in cherry, walnut, or chestnut. Glass bowls or vases of fresh flowers brighten tables of varying sizes, which may have come from a trusted antique dealer or a flea market, while tapestries or a large Baroque-inspired framed mirror give a old school touch to the walls.

For curtains, sofas, armchairs and cushions, thick brocade or velvet fabrics are suitable for soft colors such as burgundy, brown or green. Eye-catching checkered or striped patterns are also welcome in classically furnished bedrooms and complement a stylish overall picture.

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