5 popular interior design styles (and what they mean)

Hey angels! This week I wanted to talk about one of my main interests: interior design. With hundreds of interior design pins on Pinterest, and thousands of people using the hashtag #ihavethisthingwithhome, it can be hard to differentiate between different interior design trends – which makes it tricky to search for inspo or specific furniture pieces. I’ve made a roundup of five popular interior design styles (with lots of stunning photos from Pinterest).


Taking major inspo from the 1970s, boho interiors are dotted all over Instagram. Categorised by a use of rattan, layers of different materials, and of course PLANTS, the laid-back style is very playful and casual. Moroccan rugs are an important trope of this trend – and you can never have too many cushions. For your colour palette, the base is typically neutral (white/cream) but is layered with hues of green, yellow and terracotta.


For most people under the age of 30, we inadvertently channel Scandinavian interior design because our homes are full of Ikea flatpacks. Typical Scandi design is all about simplicity and functionality (it’s like the opposite of those jeans that have an irrelevant, non-usable pocket on them). Scandi furniture is designed with a purpose, and features lots of clean lines and sleek shapes. Less is definitely more. The Scandi colour palette is often monochrome with occasional pops of bold shades, but feel free to put your own twist on it.

Traditional Farmhouse

This style uses lots of natural woods and has a cosy, classic look. Picture the inside of a converted barn in the heart of the countryside, add some animal motifs/checkered blankets, and finish with some shabby chic furniture and a Chesterfield sofa – you’ve got traditional farmhouse. To nail this colour palette, warm neutral colours are ideal, as anything that’s too bold might clash with the mix of woods. If you think it’s too bland for your taste, you can always add accents of colour in your soft furnishings.


Exposed brick lofts in the centre of Manhattan are a much-loved concept, especially when it comes to industrial interior design. Much of this style depends on how the house is built. To really capture it, exposed brick, wood/stone floors, and a use of metals (e.g. a metal mezzanine floor, sleek kitchen cabinets) is key. Obviously it’s not possible for us all to live in converted warehouses or loft apartments, so don’t worry: you can still get this look if you live in a beige 3-bed terraced house. A dark colour palette is key, and try to use metal as much as possible (coffee tables, lamp shades, mirror frames, etc). Keep things pared back and simplistic, and stick to black, grey and silver hues.


With maximalist interiors, more is more and less is… non existent. Bright colours, mixed patterns, animal print, bold shapes – these are all key components of maximalism. Clashing styles and taking influence from other cultures are important in this trend. It can look kitsch and at times garish, but you can prevent it from looking messy by having motifs or shades tying it together. With this colour palette, anything goes except for neutral shades, so ditch the beige in favour for bold neon hues.

Interior design is all about having fun, and the best part is mixing and matching different styles and trends to suit your taste. Hopefully this brief guide gives you some inspo for your next DIY project.

Love Rachel x

One thought on “5 popular interior design styles (and what they mean)

  1. Wow. You are so inspiring. I love your website! Your blog is great, really love your writing on interiors, as a huge enthusiast of Pinterest, I’m really enjoy your tasteful pictures and writing. It literally makes me want to get up and do more designing in the house, I definitely feel I gravite towards a bohemian style. Your poetry is amazing ❤ I love it! Your are a romantic creative with soul and I hope for more to come, keep doing what you love and what your so talented at.
    All my love,
    Fern XxX


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