Interior Design Styles Explained

Foxy Interiors will go through each style of design while showing you examples to better understand it.

Have you ever found yourself asking the question what are the different types of interior design styles? Do you know the difference between traditional and transitional interior design? What about the difference between modern and minimalism interior design styles? Maybe you want to switch up your style but need guidance. Foxy Interiors' brief explanation of interior design styles plus simple instructions for how to get the look will help you find your inner interior stylist.


Art Deco

Colors – bright to muted to metallic

Details – 1925

Shiny, delicate, geometric

Get the Look – Use case goods and decorative objects with geometric shapes, candlesticks, sculptures, decanters, sconces, wallpapers

Arts and Crafts

Colors – muted, unstained wood

Details – 1910 to 1925

Simple, no exterior decoration

Get the Look – Use built-ins, custom cabinets, stained-glass windows


Asian Zen

Colors – shiny finishes

Details – elements from Japan, China, Vietnam and Thailand

Get the Look – Use natural fibers, bamboos; lacquer or hand painted ornamental designs; intersperse bright animals or mythical creatures.


Colors – multiple layers of vibrant color, pattern and texture


Details – collected worldwide treasures over time


Get the Look – Use rattan furniture, woven wall hangings, lush plants, vintage throws and pillows.


California Chic

Colors – pale blush, off-white

Details – contrasting elements, velvet

Get the Look – Use pale pottery for succulents and patterned pieces (similar to Southwest); weathered leather, organic neutrals, textured cozy elements


Colors – indigo, white, turquoise, gold, coral


Details – nautical or beach themed


Get the Look – Use bleached driftwood, whitewashed case goods, woven pendants, rattan, spiky greenery



Colors – gold, teal, neutrals with bold accents


Details – clean sleek lines


Get the Look – Use graphic elements in art work or accents, layer solids with abstract patterns

Country (Farmhouse)

Colors – muted neutrals, red, black, white, turquoise


Details – floral, checked, striped, vintage patterns


Get the Look – Use handmade items, shiplap, baskets, metal, pottery, antiques, up-cycled objects



Colors – everything goes but with a cohesive look


Details – layer color, pattern, texture and composition of old and new of your favorite things


Get the Look – Use contrasting elements and conversation pieces

French Country

Colors – blue, yellow, cream, brick red, sage green, lavender


Details – toile, stripes and florals; distressed woods, aged metals, Old World craftsmanship, carved intricate wood


Get the Look – Use white as a foundation and layer seasonal decor


Hollywood Regency

Colors – glitzy, ritzy and shiny; think glamorous


Details – mirrors, tassels, dangling crystals; textured walls; molding; lucite


Get the Look – Use high contrasting furniture, layer with textiles, embellish everything.


Colors – grays, white, neutrals


Details – exposed pipes, duct work, brick, ceiling beams, rustic wood, metal and leather


Get the Look – Use Edison bulbs and fixtures with structural details (think curved light post), metals, open shelving



Colors – cream, white, black, gray; think earthy, natural and muted


Details – incorporates both Japanese and Scandinavian design; cozy and simplistic


Get the Look – Use many textures, interesting objects, natural materials like wood, woven baskets, stone, metal and leather; connect indoor and outdoor spaces; add greenery


Colors – cream, white, blues, greens, dark woods


Details – heavy ornate wood furniture, stone or wood walls, exposed beams


Get the Look – Use velvet, linens and florid patterns, dark wood furniture


Midcentury Modern

Colors – cream, white, pale orange, yellow, olive green, chocolate brown


Details – 1945 to 1965, glass walls, light woods, no window coverings, rounded edges on furniture


Get the Look – Use Scandinavian furniture, simple and functional pieces, black décor accents


Colors – white, black, gray


Details – 1990’s, no pattern, right angles, symmetrical, appears stark without decoration;


Get the Look – Use linear furniture with flat-pile upholstery, sheers or no window treatments; use only pieces that serve a function.



Colors – neutral, earth tones


Details – 1930s, polished surfaces, strong geometric shapes (right angles), asymmetry, clean lines, minimal, absence of decoration


Get the Look – Use only simple patterns, materials in metal, wood, and glass; sparingly add soft furnishings like rugs and throw pillows as accents


Colors – bright colorful jewel toned


Details – Islamic art based; heavily layered rugs and pillows with intricate patterned luxurious fabrics, colorful mosaics, metal lanterns, textured walls; ornately carved wood


Get the Look – Use many layers of complimentary brightly colored patterns; intricately ornate interiors



Colors – neutral and pastel colors


Details – 1950 to 1970; originated in Norway, Sweden and Denmark; simple and functional


Get the Look – Use textural layers of fabrics, light woods with simple lines

Shabby Chic

Colors – muted floral prints, white, pastel prints


Details – early 1980s, think cottage, white painted furniture, white slipcovers, painted motifs, vintage décor


Get the Look – Use white, pale floral prints, white slipcovered furniture; up cycled case goods



Colors – caramel, cream, warm sun-washed colors (orange, yellow, green)


Details – a blend of Native American and Spanish influences; tile, exposed beams, handcrafted items, bright woven fabrics


Get the Look – Use leather, warm colored woods; keep distractions to a minimum with décor; use natural materials and crafts to decorate


Colors – mid-tones, gold trimmed objects


Details – 19thCentury Neoclassic, French country, British Colonial revival; classic styling; symmetry; fabrics in patterns, solids, stripes, plaids, florals, chinoiserie


Get the Look – Use window treatments and wallpaper; ornate decorative objects



Colors – neutral to pale


Details – 1950s; combines traditional and contemporary designs and balances historic pieces with updated silhouettes and materials (Rome to chrome); luxury and comfort


Get the Look – Use room elements that invoke pattern repeat in shapes, color, and design; combine old and new


Colors – muted or vivid


Details – palm leaves, bright flowers, natural materials for wall coverings, printed fabrics or solids, bring the outside indoors


Get the Look – Use wicker, lacquered, or dark wood furniture; grasscloth wall coverings; use fabrics used outside for interiors; decorative objects replicate those found in the tropics (birds, lizards, palm trees)