Interior Design 101: Breaking down three prominent design styles

Interior design styles can be confusing and oftentimes the lines are blurry between different styles. What does it mean to have a modern, Mediterranean or shabby chic home?

Today we will break down the elements of varying design styles with a focus on differentiating traditional, transitional and contemporary.


In a traditionally-styled home, you will find many neutral colors with warm wood and bronze accents. Luxury drapes with tassels, chandeliers and simple floral patterns are all characteristics of a traditional style.

Many design decisions will be influenced by 18th-century English, 19th-century neoclassic and French country and British colonial revival. Think muted solids, stripes or plaids and you’ve nailed a traditional style.


In contrast to a traditional style, a transitional design includes clean and timeless furnishings, solid-colored drapes and minimalist accessories. This design bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary designs.

While you may notice a sense of history in some transitional pieces, this design is known for its modern straight lines and rounded profiles. Focus on soft neutral colors with an emphasis on beige and ivory tones to complete your transitional style.


A contemporary design takes a few hints from the transitional style with clean, sleek lines. However, the muted neutrals in a contemporary design are contrasted with bold punches of color.

In a contemporary home, you will notice furniture that is low to the ground and may be accompanied with metal frames and basic shapes. Sophistication, texture and space define this decorating style.


Are you considering a home remodeling project that incorporates one of the styles above? Or maybe you need help deciding which style is right for you? We are ready to help turn your house into the home of your dreams. Contact us today!