When I meet somebody and tell them that I am a Dallas based interior designer, they’ll often ask me what my design style is.
My first thought is always Julia Roberts’ character in “Pretty Woman” and her response when Richard Gere’s character asks her what her name is: “What do you want it to be?”. Yes, her character was a prostitute. Therefore, I bite my tongue and don’t offer that quip. Instead, I explain that most people don’t have a hard & fast “design style”, but do have general styles they gravitate towards.
And for the record, as a designer, we can accommodate most design styles. But I find that once people check out our portfolio and other social media images, they will know whether or not we capture what they are looking for.
We are currently updating our initial consultation questionnaire and adding images to guide the prospective clients. Here are some of the most generalized design styles we narrowed it down to:
Boho Chic is really a throwback to the 1970’s and is a little eclectic. It can range from very soothing to very artistic, and may include Moroccan wedding blankets, Tibeten area rugs, lanterns, and poufs. It will also include bolder colors, vintage pieces, collected items, and lots of layers. So don’t throw away that macrame plant hanger that your mom gave you when you got your first place of your own.
Contemporary design style has clean lines, smooth surfaces, and a more tone on tone color palette. Contemporary does not mean “cold” or overly modern. In fact, we are seeing much more “soft contemporary” style requests lately – both interior and exterior home styles.
Glamorous (or “glam”) design style is sometimes called Hollywood Regency, as a reference to the 1930’s glitz and glamour from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Much of this design style is in the details: high gloss lacquer painted furniture, luxe fabrics (velvets, leathers, silks), tufted furniture, metallic accents, and crystals. ZGallerie is a great resource for this style.
A Relaxed / Neutral design style has a tone on tone color palette, providing a soothing interior to come home to. Color is muted so scale, texture, shape and form is highlighted. A small pop of color may come in through some small accessories (usually blue because it’s such a calming color). This style also allows some vintage pieces to be used alongside modern furniture, all working together harmoniously.
Rustic / Industrial is a vibe that has been dominated by Restoration Hardware (although they have recently expanded their offerings that encompass some other design styles). Rough hewn wood finishes, mixed with dark (not shiny) metals including galvanized pipes, even concrete, dominate this style. Pair it with leather furniture, or solid colored upholstery in a muted color palette for the look.
Of course, this is not a comprehensive overview of design styles. And while most people lean towards one style, homes are often a combination of styles. So if you’re wondering what your design style is, start with one of the above – and if you still need help, we are only a phone call away!
P.S. I am also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Houzz – where you will find more images that don’t always make the blog or the website.