05 Mar Style Dictionary: A Guide to 4 In-Demand Decor Styles
The time has come and you’re ready to renovate! It’s homework time – you’ve got your browser tabs open, you’ve started a new Pinterest board, and your new Houzz Ideabook is just itching for some action.
But after 500 pins and a parade of mommy blogs, you’re still no closer to articulating your design vision.
Bohemian, industrial, rustic, Scandinavian ̶ what do they all mean?
Many clients have a strong sense of what they like (and don’t like) when they see it. But putting it into words is another story. We know that all these design terms can be a little confusing sometimes, so we’ve put together a quick crash course on some of the most popular styles.
You don’t need to live in a former warehouse or downtown loft to incorporate industrial style into your home (although that is where the style originates from). Industrial homes have a feeling of being unfinished with exposed beams or wood. Think high ceilings, steel or iron accents, and dangling light bulbs.
One of the rules of bohemian design is that there are no firm rules! This anything-goes style can include an eclectic mix of local vintage pieces with items picked up from your world travels. It often includes multiple textures and colours using throw pillows, rugs, and blankets for an intentionally busy look.
If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Scandinavian-style” is IKEA, you’re not far off. However, this Nordic-inspired style goes far beyond your favourite stop for Swedish meatballs and flat-packed furniture. The Scandi style is clean, simple, and functional. It maximizes space and minimizes clutter. It typically features a neutral colour palette, natural lighting, and minimal accessories.
If you love the rugged look and feel of rough timber, then a rustic home might be where your heart is. Reclaimed wood can be dressed up or dressed down, making it a versatile choice that pairs well with contemporary or even glamorous elements. Just because you’re inspired by the pioneers doesn’t mean you have to live like one (let’s keep the indoor plumbing and comfy furniture please!).
It’s important to remember that you don’t need to be an expert on home design – that’s what Kon-strux is here for! When in doubt, look at pictures to determine what you like and build a visual Ideabook (we recommend signing up with Houzz). When you’re ready, Kon-strux will start visualizing your home and putting together your ideas like a puzzle to create a professional design plan.
All photos included in this post are projects completed by the Kon-strux team.