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The 12 most common design style

by Shopify API 20 May 2019

Designing your home is always an exciting project. However, many find the journey of choosing and deciding on a style or theme overwhelming.

At Ceramica Homes we know how difficult this can be, so we have tried to help you by exploring all possible options in order to narrow down to a selection.


(The style of simplicity)

Modern design emerged in the first half of the 20th reflecting the modern art movement. Unlike the previous designs which used heavy textures throughout the house, Modern design introduced clean and straight lines with no traditional details. Emerging with the use of technologies in construction, Modern style was deeply influenced by the construction technology, particularly the use of glass, steel and reinforced concrete, stressing simple colours, clean looks with brittle lines.


  • Oversized tiles with seamless grout
  • Sanded wood floors that minimize the grain
  • Wall inset bookshelves
  • Open floor plans


(The style of complexity and contradiction)

Postmodern design is a style or movement which emerged in the 1960s as a reaction against the formality, minimalism and lack of variety of modern design. It emphasises the use of complex architectural design with creative ideas. Postmodern design embraces unconventional ideas with an emphasis on playful, artsy and extravagant style.


(The free style era/ the style that constantly evaluating)

Contemporary design is the design of the 21st century in which no single style is dominant it concentrates on the present moment (the here and the now) with excessive use of advanced technology.

Clean, smooth surfaces, and an uncluttered appearance characterise contemporary style interior design. The modern look is a world away from the fussy interior’s beloved of our ancestors, but contemporary design doesn't have to mean a home you're afraid to live in. Shiny metal, polished wood and cool tiles are the textures you'll most often find in the modern home. Floors are most often wood or tile, although rugs are often used to add both warmth and colour to a room. Chrome finishing on furniture and fixtures - particularly in bathrooms and kitchens - also help create a very modern look, as does glass, which is used to great effect by many contemporary style interior designers.


(The style of wear and tear) Shabby Chic design gives the appearance of age and antique with soft opulence and a feel of cottage. Shabby chic furnishings appear to be distressed; with intense use of white, cream and pastel colours which outlay a feminine vibe.

Add in natural elements

Mix and match accessories

Spaces that feature a shabby chic design typically have a bright, light and airy feel to them.

Now for the fun part. Accessories are where you can truly drive home the room’s bohemian feel. This style of design is all about layering a variety of different accessories — throw rugs, blankets, pillows, wall art and décor items — to create a cosy and casual space.

Focus on distressed or vintage furniture

Most of the time, the “shabby” part of “shabby chic” refers to items that feature a weathered or antique aesthetic. Furniture is a great way to infuse this detail into any room.


(The style of functionality, minimalism and simplicity)

Scandinavian designemerged in the early 20th century based on the simple lifestyle demonstrated in Nordic countries. This design characterised by its functionality, stimulating lines which have a sculptural inspiration and all white colour platform with merger of natural elements.

Scandinavian homes have a pure, pared backed style that is centred around warm functionality, clean lines, flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance. The use of light is considered to be extremely important, and many Scandinavian homes are characterized by the use of earthy muted tones, honest materials and minimal ornamentation.


(The style of strategic problem- solving process)

Industrial design is function and form—and the connection between product, user, and environment. Its abstract ideas from factories and warehouses and modifies it into a homey feel. In the industrial style there is this sense of unfinished work or ageing place with the exposed brick, aging timber and use of some dark colours.


(The style of informal elegance, comfortable and modern living)

The concept of Rustic Modern interior design received increased attention after 2000. This embodiment of the design method includes design elements alternatively known as “kitsch” that represent eras of design in the 20th century such as chalkboards or twig racks alongside modern conveniences like reduced energy lighting and other state-of-the-art design elements. Rustic design features the use of raw and unfinished elements including wood and stone. The key to a rustic design is an open floor plan, modern furniture, and preserved and exposed natural architectural elements. The colour scheme is very simple with large windows bringing the outdoors in.


(The ornate style)

The French country design is inspired by the stunning homes of the Provence, French country design often incorporates ruffles, distressed woodwork, mixed patterns, and both vibrant and subdued hues. It uses warm and earthy colours with ornamental wooden furnishing.


(The style of European sensibilities/ classic with contemporary twist)

Traditional design refers to a contemporary blend of traditional and modern styles, halfway between old world traditional and the world of chrome and glass; incorporating lines that are less ornate than traditional designs, but not as severely basic as contemporary lines. As a result, traditional furniture designs are classic, timeless, and clean.


(Coastal, casual and timeless design)

Hampton design is rooted in the iconic American beachside area, it features light, airy colour with cool neutral shades infused with blues and green striped patterns. Furnishings are often white or beige using timber panelling, with large wooden windows that allows lots of natural light. Hampton design intends to create a relaxed and comfortable coastal living environment.

Some typical characteristics of the popular Hamptons style which was made known by the movie Something’s Gotta Give:

  • Large picture windows with ocean views
  • Sheer fabrics in sandy taupe, soft grey or white
  • Cane/ wicker furniture and accessories for indoors or outdoor
  • Distressed timber furniture in limed oak, washed grey, milk paint or dark timber as a contrast
  • Blue and white striped rugs
  • Big comfy sofas in relaxed linen fabrics with plenty of throw pillows
  • Large glass pendant lights with brass touches
  • Blue and white china and accessories scattered throughout


(Carefree lifestyle with follow your heart design)

Bohemian style is the art of living unconventionally. It concentrates on the use of vintage furniture, light fittings, globally inspired textiles, rugs, various collection and decorations.

This extensive style can incorporate:

  • Ultra-glam chandelier
  • well-worn rug
  • mid-century chair

Hollywood Glam

(Glamorous, opulent and fancy style/ maximalism)

Hollywood glam uses ultra-elegant radiance, with the use of luxurious high-end pieces drenched with crystals or wildly peculiar feathers. This style is personalised and tailored to fit various styles and desires.

Hollywood Glam is synonymous with:

  • Saturated jewel tones
  • Mirrors and mirrored furniture
  • Eclectic and metallic figurines
  • Richly tufted and velvet furnishings
  • Patterned wallpaper
  • Bold coloured patterns (gold, red and turquoise)
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