There are as many decorating styles as people in the world, so any mention of the main styles is likely to be extremely subjective. Nevertheless, today we’re going to talk about some styles that are “on trend”, the ones we constantly hear about. And we’re going to do this by highlighting some of their main differentiating features that ensure no two ambiences are the same.
As far as decoration is concerned, Nordic countries have always been a step ahead and they are undoubtedly a point of reference. The main features of this style are functionality, straight, simple lines, pale colours, light, and uncluttered open-plan areas. Based on the simplicity of its elements, it is characterised by conveying naturalness in a way that no other style can. Like the Nordic landscapes, the colours that predominate are neutral. Everything is directly influenced by the prevailing climate and geographical location.
Minimalism started in New York in the 1960s, although it was devised in Europe by the architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. The phrase that best defines this style is “less is more”, and its main features are light, elegance and moderation. It differs from other styles as a result of the order and simplicity of its forms, its pure lines, the sensation of space and its neutral colours, such as white, black and grey. In minimalism, all the elements form part of a whole, and just one element can ruin the entire style.
This style arose out of the boom of using industrial spaces to convert them into lofts. It started in New York, just as minimalism did, in the 1970s, the result of an initiative led by students and artists seeking cheap, spacious places to work, so they adapted former business premises and offices into everyday homes. The main features are very light, large surface areas with no divisions. The use of cold colours, as well as materials such as steel, aged wood and brick, are essential in this modern, cutting-edge style that seeks contrasts as a vital component.
Rather than a style, it is a trend. In other words, it is a form of integrating elements from a variety of mainly distant, exotic cultures into another style. It is this blend of other cultures that is the style’s main feature, making it stand out from others in a uniquely different way. The idea is not to combine elements with no basis, but instead to create harmony between them all to create a pleasant ambience. Earthy colours or the range of reds most predominate in this style, but blacks and whites can also be combined from other cultures to complement them. Lighting should be subdued and in the background.
This style is a fusion of styles found in Mediterranean countries. The influence of the sun, the sea and the typical landscape is the inspiration for this fresh, carefree style. Its main features are bright colours, such as blues and greens, although white is also prominent, light, and materials such as wood and marble. Although it is not minimalist, it contains certain details that are similar to this style, such as its uncluttered look. However, its main objective is to achieve a sensation of welcoming warmth.
This style is completely different to the others. It takes us back to our origins, to the old houses our ancestors inhabited in their villages. The main focal points and features are its materials, such as wicker, wood and ceramics, and colours inspired by the land, such as beige, ochre and reds to ensure a radiant ambience. One aspect we need to pay attention to is brightness so we can bring that special natural light found in old village homes into our own.
Six ways of viewing life, because style is not just about decorating a room, it represents a vision, how you approach your day-to-day existence. What’s yours?
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