What’s Your Interior Design Style: A Breakdown of All the Styles

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Design: Anette Nilsson

What interior design style are you? It’s one of those questions that as designers, we are constantly asking our clients. And today we are asking you. 

Any time we meet with a new client and start on a project, before we do anything we first take the time to help them navigate through the different “design styles”. This process involves pointing out key features of each so that we can then decipher together what style they fall into. It’s a process of elimination and for many they already know what they love and gravitate towards, but for others, seeing pictures of all the different styles helps them know “ohhh, that definitely isn’t me”. Which then allows us to help get them closer to what is them.

While there are quite a few styles below, this is not meant to be the end-all-be-all list, as styles are constantly changing and evolving, and many if not most people can be a combo of both. That is where the fun comes in for us! So, today it’s a crash course in design styles – let us know in the comments what yours is.

TRADITIONAL

Traditional is one of the oldest, and most common design styles so let’s start with that. The traditional style is rooted in heritage and traditional shapes and forms. You will often find pieces that have not changed at all since they were first created hundreds of years ago. It is all about conscious layering, formality, and incorporating pieces with structure and symmetry.

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Design: Justina Blakeny

BOHO

Bohemian style AKA as Boho to most, has become very popular in the last 5 years although its roots date back much further than that. Boho style is all about pulling together natural and organic elements into a very layered and collected look. You’ll find lots of caning, rattan, bamboo, and textiles in this style mixed with bright and saturated colors. It’s exotic, it’s playful and it’s very layered.

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Design: Ann Stephenson

ORGANIC MODERN

It’s neutral, it’s inviting and it’s casual. It relates to modern in its clean aesthetic and color palette but this style is all about layering neutral textiles and textures to create interest rather than introducing additional color. In this style you’ll find lots of light-toned woods and relaxed textiles mixed with iconic lighting done in black, brass and chrome.

ECLECTIC

For all intents and purposes, this could be called the slightly more refined cousin of Boho. It has a lot of similarities as far as the collected nature, the colorful combos, and the curated aesthetic. However the pieces are less organic and more styled. Eclectic rooms could be filled with iconic pieces from just about every style, and when done right it all works together.

Design: BluDot

MODERN

On the opposite end of the spectrum from Boho or Eclectic, lies modern. Many people feel modern can be cold, stark and sterile. But – in reality, modern style is very much rooted in square shapes and forms. You won’t find anything in this style with extra embellishments, and typically the style has a more neutral color palette with the occasional pop of color.

 

Design: Studio McGee

MODERN FARMHOUSE

This style has become very mainstream in the last 5 years – thanks to the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper. The style uses a lot of found and salvaged objects but pulled together in a more modern and refined way. Rather than being too rustic and farmhouse-esque it is more inspired by the latter. You’ll see plaids, blues, greens and lots of white and black used in this style. It is very inviting and comfortable and has a slight tinge of traditional in it without being too formal. Think rustic yet refined.

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Design: Joseph Dirand

GLAM

This style is filled with luxe textiles like leather, suede and velvet and jewel toned colors. It’s very high-end and polished and employs all the very finest of finishes. In this style you’ll see a lot of minimal yet impactful touches that give it that posh and elevated look without having to add on too much of the extra detail and fill that you might find in a “Hollywood Regency” style.

 

Design: Ravi Iyer

INDUSTRIAL

Just as the name states – the origins of this style lean more factory-esque and machine. It can lead a bit more masculine than the other styles as it uses a lot of metal, rustic wood, and leathers. However, the softness comes through its neutral color palette and the use of found objects which instantly can give the room some soul and character.

 

COASTAL

The name inherently gives you a sense of what the style holds. It’s all about the casual beachy atmosphere that you’ll find in many of the homes on the east coast. The style is all about bringing the natural elements of the coast inside your home. There are a lot of white-washed woods, blue tones and plenty of white to help all that beachy sunshine bounce around the room.

Mid-Century Modern

With cues coming heavily from the ’50s and ’60s this style has become one of the most common and relatable styles for many people. The pieces designed during this period have stood the test of time and still remain fresh, modern, and relevant. The lines on many mid-century pieces are simple, clean and minimal and are made out of warm woods with purposeful details and styling.

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Design: Studio Niels

MinimalIst

A style which has similar cues to modern – minimalist, has very clean lines and simple shapes however the style lives by the the mantra “less is more”. It uses a very, very refined had when selected items for rooms that fall into this style and everything in these rooms must play a purpose. You won’t find too many extra objects or layers.

 

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Design: Anette Nilsson

Scandinavian

Hailing from its namesake, Scandinavian design is very much nordic in its roots. It has some similarities to organic modern but reads a bit more simplistic and minimal in its approach. When colors are used, it’s a very soft color palette of pastels balanced out with light-toned woods and lots of whites, creams, and tans. It is inviting, simple and clean yet very warm and relaxed in its styling.

  1. I like it all. If someone came here today and forced me to pick one I’d say boho. But I love the Scandinavian couch. I’d want a soft plushy couch and lots of color!

    1. I am a lover of Hamptons style so I would say beachy with class

      1. Oooh eclectic industrial. I like it. I like it very much.

        1. Thanks for sharing your style! Stay inspired xx -B

          1. Boho, Scandinavian and Modern Farmhouse. I love your designs Bobby. Love love…..

          2. I am like the traditional look, combined with a light coastal vibe. I have some great antiques inherited from my mother, but like to work in easy natural coastal fibers and colors. I can see the ocean from my little house, so I guess I’m bringing that North West Coast Best Coast indoors. Slowly, It’s taking shape. Thank you for a great article!

          3. Thank you for reading. Good luck with your lovely home by the ocean! xx -B

      2. I think I’m eclectic, but kind of shabby chic, heavy on the shabby, lol!

    2. I think Industrial may be my style. As a interior designer wanna-be, I enjoy aspects of all styles, but I like industrial personally.

      1. I like them all except not so much Scandinavian and minimalist. That’s why currently my style is “ half finished paralyzed eclectic “. 😭😭😭

        1. I love the farmhouse, coastal and Scandinavian style! So a mixture of these three would be great…but where to start

      2. Boho and eclectic! Yes, thank you!! Maybe a little touch of organic modern here and there but oh my this is amazing.

      1. Mid Century Mod (swoon) Absolutely love everything about it.

        1. So glad you love it too! Thanks for reading – B

          1. Ooo! This is fun! Thank you, Bobby. I gravitate towards Farmhouse with a streak of Boho! 😃

        2. I really love the modern farmhouse and mid century modern styles! I struggle with visualizing these styles and incorporating them into my spaces, so I really appreciate that you gave us inspo photos as a guide!

          Thanks B!

        3. I feel like “fun” wasn’t in there. Maybe the example photos just didn’t reflect what i imagine my “style” or lack thereof, is. Fun. Vibrant. Playful. Is there a purely “fun” interior style?

        4. Traditional farmhouse/cottage/cabin. Is that a thing? I just made it one.

      2. So hard to pick just one! Thanks for laying this all out though!!

      3. I love a mix of Boho, Midcentury Modern, and a bit of Industrial. So like, 70% Boho/20% Mid Mod/10% Industrial. I love textiles and plants and jewel tones bit I also love a good Mid Mod credenza and some Industrial lighting. Ugh! Wish you could fix up my apartment, Bobby! Hope you’re staying safe and healthy.

      4. I wonder if you can combine Boho, Industrial and Mid-Century Modern. They are my top 3 ❤️

        1. Those three could work together beautifully. MCM and Industrial are a natural fit and I would suggest using Boho elements as accent pieces.

    3. I love most of these but I’ve gotta say that my favourite has gotta be industrial, closely followed by modern farmhouse. I love the gorgeous natural colours!

      1. I love this article! Amazing job at describing the key elements of design and how they correlate best to each unique style! Bravo!

    4. Coastal/Scandinavian. That said, I wouldn’t kick any of these lewks out of bed. Thanks for the fab distraction. Take good care!

    5. I think I’m a mixture of the modern farmhouse, and coastal. I love the coziness of the farmhouse, but also the clean and fresh coastal atmosphere.

    6. I’m a cross between Coastal and Modern Farmhouse

  2. I think my home is a mixture, but more like Modern Farmhouse! Thank you Bobby! Regards from a very big fan! Livia from Mexico

    1. Thanks for stopping by Livia – and hello to Mexico

      1. Everything looks stunning!
        However, I really love organic modern, modern farmhouse and coastal.
        Keywords – relaxing and inviting.
        Love your work Bobby ❤️

    2. After reading this, I vibe with a blend of Scandinavian and Organic Modern. I love the tones of each and the idea of having natural elements to make it cozy. We don’t have any fluffy blankets rn, but we have a fluffy samoyed who fills every room with her fluffy self.

    3. Always been a fan of mid-century modern and scandi, however Organic Modern now has my attention. Love the colours and lines and feels so relaxed.

      1. Thank you for this! I’ prefer a modern farmhouse/industrial blend. My issue is trying to seamlessly incorporate antiques I’ve inherited from family members, even from great great grandparents. Bobby, I’m sure you’d have some creative solution, but I’m flummoxed! 😂😂😂

        1. This can be a challenge for sure, but it’s definitely nice to add pieces that have personal history and meaning to them. You can definitely mix in antiques with a farmhouse/industrial look. If it’s a larger piece, like a chair or dining table, build the room around that and layer in other pieces that you love. If you have smaller accessories, you can easily incorporate those into a bookshelf or vignette. Hope that helps! xx -B

  3. i lean toward eclectic and industrial, they are so cozy and comfy. i love having all of these listed out, it’s informative for someone like me who’se doesn’t know a lot about this sort of stuff

    1. Glad you liked it! Thanks for reading through and leaving a comment

    2. Totally went into this thinking I knew my style….yeah….no. I’m definitely into organic modern and minimalist!!!

  4. I see a mix of what is in my mind for our I terior style. Having a hard time applying what’s in my mind to a set idea that conforms more to a labeled name in the retail biz. I read your list of design styles and this helped a ton. I am just feeling stuck between 2 of them with a bit of a 3rd..HELP!!!

    1. I love modern farmhouse, traditional, AND Scandinavian! So confused 😄

    2. Everyone’s style typically is a blend of a few of these styles – that is what makes each persons aesthetic unique. What two styles are you feeling stuck between?!

      1. The Organic modern chair is beautiful and the seams on the Scandi ottoman are too. I love Industrial, that sofa looks so comfy for naps. Thank you for this, I’m now off to research Craftsman and other architectural housing styles 😀

  5. Just what I needed. I love pretty much all the styles except for traditional. That’s why it was so hard for me to decide. But now that it has finally been explained so thoroughly, I feel I lean more towards coastal. Thank you!

      1. Hi Bobby, great article and examples. I’m a Creative Director and Graphic Designer. And I’ve studied Interior Design within several aspects. I think I have every good book and magazine about the subject. I came across this great book about styles, 60/30/20 rule, picking your inspirational piece, color theory, placement of items and recommendations. It also has a do’s and don’t which is a must needed list. It helped me with research and an design direction. She has Design Style definitions which I thought was very simple to relate to: Asian, Beach, Bohemian Contemporary, Eclectic, Glam, Industrial, Mediterranean, Mid-century Modern, Modern, Romantic, Rustic, Traditional, Transitional and Tribal. I’m Transitional… Traditional frame work with Contemporary fabrics. It’s been very interesting for me. And I do recommend this book. I have several others, but I won’t encroach on your audience. I do applaud your asthetics and expertise as a designer. Thank you for such an well-informed article. I will definitely pass it on! The book is Big Design, Small Budget (Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps) by Betsy Helmuth. Amazon has it, but make sure you get the first edition with the green rug on front cover.
        Thanks again Bobby!
        And Happy Designing!
        Myra 😊

        1. Amazing! Thanks for your comment and sharing great book recommendations – I will definitely check those out sometime. Stay safe & inspired! xx -B

  6. I am feeling the modern farmhouse, but my home – that my family loves for so many practical reasons – is mid century. Can the two meet and fall in love? …Speaking of love, I think your design on QE is *consistently* on point and I think your design easily stands among the big names of this era. Your contribution to QE is outstanding, and y’all are such an awesome team. On a personal note, as the LGBTQ+ faculty leader at my college, I thank you for your inspiration and courage to reach so many young people with your positive message of self-love! Xos, your fan, Rebecca 😀

    1. It’s people like you that make me love what I do so much and inspire me to keep doing it – thank you so much for the kind words and for all of your support. Love you Rebecca

      1. I’m a sucker for modern farmhouse but I truly enjoyed just having them all laid out like that!

        Bobby, I absolutely love Queer Eye and I especially love the time and care you put in to each space you design. They always reflect the person they were intended for! Please keep doing what you do and changing people’s lives!

  7. I love Scandinavian and Minimalistic style, but my absolute favourite is kind of a toned down shabby chic. French doors, lace, rustic metal details, white and pastel.

    PS: My boyfriend and I love Queer Eye, and especially your designs!

    1. Well PS – I love you and your BF, thanks for watching and stopping by!

      1. Love these. Have a mostly eclectic style. Love the show (so does my daughter) and the tips you have for finessing a look and more! X

        1. I usually break the rules and mix all kinds of styles. It works though if I go with my heart and pick pieces I love.

          1. Industrial and Boho/Eclectic. Sigh. I love it all (except traditional).

    1. I ❤ organic modern & coastal. Easy breezy. An interior design student at the mo, I LOVE your style & posts! Thank You ❤

  8. I love all these styles and looks. My style wasn’t mentioned. I have a Victorian era, Queen Anne style with all the claw feet, cabriole legs, dark woods, and embellishments you might see in an 1800’s antebellum house in New Orleans. Not surprisingly, I grew up there and was very influenced by the culture. That and the library from Beauty and the Beast. So warm and cozy!

  9. I love this! I’m wanting to redo my living room/ kitchen space and I think this has helped me find my style. I’m loving the mid-century modern but I’m going to do it with a little boho twist 🎉

    1. Mid-Century modern for me. I like modern, clean simple lines with the warmth of wood mixed in there.

      1. I think modern organic is my favorite but would like to mix a bit playful style like BOHO. My hus and I are big fan of queer eye and your works! Thank you for inspiring us! Love from Japan:)

        1. I’d have to say my spot’s got a Mid-century Coastal Boho vibe to it. 🙂

    2. That sounds like so much fun! Let us know how it turns out. We would love to see some pictures

  10. My style is a mix between scandinavian and glam!!! Your website is lovely, bobby! Love you xoxo

  11. I’m confused now because I like coastal and Scandinavian, help! My kitchen/living area is white, dark grey with oak and blue accents. Coastal?

  12. Thank you! I didn’t really know the way to express my style. I love organic modern and modern farmhouse. However… I’d love any make over that Bobby would do at my house.

  13. My preferable interior design style would be a mix of minimalist and organic modern. More minimalist and less organic modern though.

  14. Eclectic for sure my house is a traditional suburban house and inside a mix of that with a little farmhouse, boho and industrial mixed together with a few goth pieces of art and accessories. I’ve been told our house is cozy and inviting but I always felt I should start over and stay consistent in one design style. After reading this I feel like eclectic is ok and ultimately it should be a place where you are surrounded by things that make you happy. I live in a suburb of Kansas City and have loved seeing all the QE2 episodes filmed in our area!

    1. Loved spending some time in Kansas City – such a fun place to film. Thanks for stopping by the site and good luck with your home.

  15. Eclectic and mid-century.
    I grew up with mid-century, loved it then, still do. But I tend to be eclectic also.

  16. Very interesting! I love articles about home design with photos – thanks, Bobby. I just decorated my new home, and it was fun but nerve-wracking. I’ve loved traditional for a long time, but wanted to move to a cleaner, fresher look – turns out there is a name for it: transitional! So that’s what I did, and I think I pulled it off fairly well. Incorporating symmetry in a smaller space is tough! Would include a photo if that was an option. Just LOVE home design and LOVE Bobby Berk! You are amazing.

  17. WOW! There are things I like in each of the styles shown here! But I’d have to say Glam is my top choice…it’s just me! However, I also really like Rustic Farmhouse as well! Boho would be my last choice.
    Again…there’s just something in pretty much each of these photos and descriptions that I like!

  18. Can you be a mix of costal and minimalist?
    I love them both.

    1. Of course! Those two styles definitely work together and have a lot of similarities in materials. Make it your own and have fun with it!

  19. MCM/Industrial/Eclectic – all of that. Maybe BOHO in my little art studio. Difficult choices.

  20. I love a bit of boho and scandi. Yellow walls and plants 😍

  21. I think if I had to choose one of the listed above, it would be Scandinavian, but really I just like bright and airy plus plants and some textiles. Maybe minimalist meets boho.

  22. Eclectic Scandinavian. I’m from Sweden so the Scandinavian style comes naturally I guess.

  23. I like mid century modern and modern farmhouse the best.

  24. I love most of these. Eclectic, Modern Farmhouse and Industrial are my faves. I wonder how to best bring these together. <3

  25. Love the efficient, clear descriptions, and great pics!! Challenge to figure out how to make a coherent whole when trying to include family pieces from different styles/eras. Helped to pretend I had a second house to decorate- then I could think more clearly about what I personally prefer. Who knew I was a modern girl at heart (with a touch of glam and a couple cozy touches by the fireplace)!

  26. I’m all boho textiles w/ industrial furniture color palette and Scando-cozy vibes. So maybe eclectic…

    It would be so fun if Tan could do an outfit pairing for each style 🙂

  27. I’m a combination of glam, traditional and modern farmhouse. Great article!

  28. I am definitely a blend of Boho, eclectic, and traditional and probably more. I love both simplicity and complexity. I recently moved after 33 years in a 1908 Sears Craftsman house built by the home owners back then from a mail order kit. I got rid of a lot of books, furniture and eclectic objects. Now I’m renting a much smaller home built in 1948 and am slowly trying to figure out what I really need to support the purpose of each room. An uncluttered bedroom with an old, handmade blue and white pseudo-Indian-paisley print quilt/bedspread but underneath I just bought a deep raspberry colored cotton weave blanket from the Company Store and an indigo African Mudcloth cotton throw from an antique mall nearby. My writing room has books, plants, prints, chatchkes, a lovely chintz armchair and matching oettoman I just inherited from my recently deceased mother. I desperately need to figure out a way to keep paperwork organized. That was usually my husbands area o o is f expertise but he died suddenly over four years ago at the age of 58. I hadn’t lived alone since I left Brooklyn in 1982. to become

  29. How does “transitional” style fit into the mix?

  30. I’m moving soon, and came here for some inspiration to design my new home. As a California girl, I lean towards coastal. But I’m also leaning towards Spanish Colonial, because I used to live in Santa Barbara. Not sure where to start, but the color palette featured here helps! Thank you Bobby!

  31. Love this site, Bobby! How has it taken me this long to visit??? Your work is just beautiful and brings me to tears every time I watch the show. You carefully create unique spaces to match each client’s needs and personality, yet it’s all undeniably you. It’s an interesting and delicate balance to achieve, so my hat is off to you on that front. Excited to see more…I’ve got the box of Kleenex ready! [BTW, Organic Modern/Modern with a side of Eclectic. Thanks for helping sort that out!]

  32. What about 1910 Victorian Glam? My home was built in 1910 with curved entries and lovely big molding everywhere- I love classic old chandeliers with Venetian plaster walls. I just need help blending the old and the new together! 😊

  33. I would say I’m Traditional Glam. I like things that will stand the test of time without getting too museum-like, and I like my sparkle and luxe finishes.
    Love that your spaces on QE are always welcoming, no matter what the style!

  34. Midcentury modern with a pinch of eclectic! Though I have so many plants my aesthetic is more jungle than anything else. My parents recently gave me permission to oversee their kitchen remodel, & as a weekend warrior/designer I am STOKED. Leaning toward modern farmhouse.

  35. I am a modern farmhouse/industrial type girl. They both are so earthy!

  36. I personally loved modern farmhouse and boho but ohmg I loveeee Mid-century side table and lights, also Scandinavian plush sofas, glam doors, eclectic colours…. Bobby can’t I choose more than one and would incorporate plants as well. Do help me out soon I wanna do some major changes in my Parents house back home. Lots of love ❤️ and respect .. QE have helped me a lot to come out from my anxiety.

  37. All of these stylings are absolutely beautiful! My taste is a combination of boho, ecclectic & a dash of mid-century modern. Loved this post and all the designs shown!

  38. I like all of the Designes. They can be so many expressions of you
    My Home is a Mix of Boho, Industrial and Scandinavian.
    Love from Germany

  39. I’m Mid-Mod Boho, I suppose, but in truth I love everything!!
    My hubs and I always love to see what incredible designs you come up with!

  40. Ugh, I’ve been scanning for decor and design ideas on Pinterest since forever to do up a new space that I’ll be moving into and after looking at this my indecisive mind is somewhat at ease. I lie somewhere between boho and coastal. Which is what I can start look for now. Hehe, thanks Bobby & team this was indeed very helpful. Lots of love and light! 💞

  41. I think I am eclectic. My couches are neutral Crate and Barrel lounge but my walls are deep Aegean blue. I like neutrals with bold colors as accents.

  42. Eclectic and Mid-Century Mod sang to me! I’ve always called my style Early Yard Sale but it’s more like Hand-Me-Down-Hillbilly. 😂 The majority of my furniture was given to me; the pieces I’ve bought were purely practical and chosen for comfort.

  43. Want to be coastal but end up mid century modern. Problem for me with light colours is two dogs…and a husband! Going for white washed floorboard style tiles to lift the colour scheme and white walls. Love these styles .

  44. My house currently is mid century modern but with a very light bright palette. It’s great but I would like to integrate some glam elements to it and definitely a ton of plants! Could you write a post regarding plants for Indoors? Styles and names and what to look for, either fake or real and just general advice about this PLEASE!!

  45. I love the farmhouse modern, the industrial and the scandanivian. I think I’m a mixte of the 3. Great article! Loved it!
    Marie
    Montreal, Canada

  46. I would say that I like the style which is industrial. I like the plants in the space.

  47. I loved looking at your website!
    I am obsessed with interior design right now (I’ve redesigned my bedroom at least three times, and designed other people’s houses without them knowing) and found the site super helpful!
    I think that my style jumps around a lot depending on what kind of house or room I’m designing, but I’m very attached to coastal, modern, and industrial designs.
    Oh, and I’ve been absolutely loving QE! All the designs you do are awesome, and they fit everyone’s personalities and tastes perfectly. I think that dark kitchen cabinets are growing on me…
    Anyway, very inspiring!! Love all your designs! 🙂

  48. Love Modern Farmhouse! There are so many ideas in my head for transforming our home, but I always get stuck on how to start. My weakness is the in between… how do I conquer it?

  49. My style is definitely Modern Farmhouse. The problem is my husband thinks his style is Industrial when in fact is Modern. You can imagine the struggle when we are decorating!!

  50. Love it all. But I’m especially drawn to the coastal and the Scandinavian styles. I love my interiors to feel soft with a lot of textural accents. ❤️
    I really love your designs Bobby … you are here to make the world a more beautiful place. Which is also my personal motto 😊✌🏽

  51. Organic Modern Boho Farmhouse. That is a thing… right?

  52. I LOVE this article. It really gives focus to decor selection and design. My husband and I recently bought a house (eek! So excited to decorate!) BUT my husband also wants to be apart of the decorating process…which I’m determined to make a good thing. Now I view this post as a ‘What’s your Interior Design Love Language’ He leans Eclectic/Traditional and I love Scandinavian/Organic Modern. I’m torn and feel like not decorating anything because I don’t want to waste money making our house look like it’s having an identity crisis.

    This must come up all the time when couples hire design consultants. Beyond adding personal touches we both enjoy, I’m kind of at a loss. I would really love if you could write a little ditty up on how to speak to multiple interior design “love languages”! Or even just a tip to steer my in the right direction.

    I love your website and couldn’t be happier about your Pinterest page. Thanks for being a really cool human. Keep up the stellar work 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! I’ll keep that idea in mind for a future post.

  53. This is SO helpful! I’ve always felt like an imbecile about style and have no confidence in my taste. Now that I can see the themes of the various styles, I can see that there is a pattern to what I like, and I can (hopefully) put my space together in a way that’s me:)

    1. I’m so glad this was helpful. Thanks for stopping by!

  54. I’m a combination of glam, traditional and modern farmhouse. Great article!

  55. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what
    all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost
    a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100% sure.
    Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  56. Hi, what about those of us in the Northeast living close to the old Roycroft campus and trying to do Arts and Crafts? 🙂 Cheers!

  57. Love this! My bf and I are in the process of building and designing our dream house right now so this article was super helpful! I think we gravitate towards minimalist / industrial style.

    1. Thank you! All the best for designing your home!

  58. Organic Modern, Eclectic, and Mid Century Modern with a touch of Glam. I love luxury and always seem to pick the most expensive items in the room. How the heck do you find nice things on a budget??
    Love you SO much, Bobby. The touching moments that we get to see between you and the people on Queer Eye are some of my absolute favorites. You’re so genuine and honest, it’s beautiful to watch. Thank you for doing what you do.

    1. Thanks for your kind words. We always try to share great looking pieces that are also affordable.

  59. I feel like my home fits in between traditional and eclectic but it’s a mid- century house so we try to add a few of those pieces in as well! Haha. I stay confused on how to decorate my home, but I love to do so! Thanks for the great article.

      1. Bobby I love the show a lot. Finished all the 5 seasons in this lockdown. What I am inspired about is the way you said in ” hunter to huntee ” that we don’t need to be specific about having a masculine or feminine taste.Or need not distinguish to define our taste. For the matter of fact I love the masculine touch in my design but even love sometimes a bit of feminity to my design. Yes I loved the change in the huntee’ s house.
        My style may be more on Scandinavian and a bit of glam to add. Also I love to design as per clients personality.
        Which I could relate a lot to you while watching the show.
        Good Job Bobby👏👏

  60. Beautifully done Bobby! We just finished Queer Eye Japan and are AMAZED by what you did with those tiny spaces. I am torn – I love Scandinavian, modern farmhouse, organic modern and Boho. I would be all the way Boho if it weren’t for all of the layering. It starts to look less clean and cared for to me but I love all of the different textures and colors with the soft white backdrop. It feels very organic to me which is the feeling I really love to have in my home. The others leave me wanting some color but I love their simple, refined aesthetic.

    1. Thanks so much! I can be hard to decide on a design style, but you can always combine what you love from each style together!

  61. I love this! I’ve been trying to plan how I’m going to style my rental. The house has a lot of character already with amazing green, patterned floors tiles and lots of timber, so I think it will be a challenge but I adore a more retro feel. I love elements of the industrial, scandi, traditional & modern farmhouse looks above. Love your work Bobby, all the way from Australia 🇦🇺

    1. Thanks so much! Good luck with decorating your place!

  62. My style is somewhere between traditional and modern farmhouse with a dash of Scandinavian. And that’s because I am Scandinavian so I must have a dash – sometimes more. Also is Texas Hill country a style? Because honestly I think that’s mine. With a dash of Scandinavian.
    Thanks for asking!

  63. I have always been a fan of Minimalistic interior design. But in recent days I have started liking Scandinavian too. Is it possible to fuse both these interior design styles?

    1. Definitely! Minimalist and Scandinavian share a lot of similar characteristics, like use of white and clean lines.

  64. I appreciate, cause I found exactly what I was looking for. You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

    1. What about French Provincial / Tuscan Farmhouse ? I see a lot of articles that those are out of style. But I spent all my summers in Italy growing up and still love that style.

  65. I had no idea there were so many styles! I’m trying to figure out what style I mostly fall into but his made it even tougher! I definitely fall into more than one category but I wonder if more than one style can be incorporated into one room?

  66. Definitely probably Boho-Eclectic 🙌🏻👊🏻🧡💚Loved this!

  67. A mixture of boho, modern farmhouse, industrial and coastal. If there’s a way to mix all of them together I’d love to see it!

  68. I love the eclectic style and mid century modern, and farmhouse!! Although you’ve made all the styles very attractive !

  69. Bobby,
    Can you just come over and work your magic?

  70. Living spaces are so magical. These are all gorgeous. I’m in LOVE with Boho and it’s Electric cousin… oOoooh but I also see Industrial looking mighty fine .. my heart!!

  71. Minimalist with a few Scandinavian-style touches to soften up. That room is perfection. Of course with a two mini’s right now we have an eclectic look. But if it was up to just me I’d toss everything and have clean lines and plants for color.

  72. Hi Bobby, well my style is a mix of modern, glam and mid_century modern with a hit of boho. Love this btw.

  73. I’m really more of a Modern Gothic, and I feel like I don’t see that as much. I love elements of mid- century modern, but also beautiful, and always appreciated, Victorian style.

  74. Bobby, I’m not sure I would call white on white on white with lazy accent pieces “Scandinavian”

  75. I’m a bit of a mixture – mainly eclectic but I love the look of industrial! And that chair from organic modern? Absolutely to die for.

  76. I think mine might be Asian eclectic and English farmhouse with Vietnamese furniture style (thanks to my Landlord). Nothing matches (except a vague colour scheme) but I like it!

  77. I think mine might be Asian trinket and artwork eclectic and English farmhouse fabrics with Vietnamese furniture style (thanks to my Landlord). Nothing matches (except a vague colour scheme) but I like it! 😜

  78. Organic modern with a touch of Boho! Thanks for this very helpful 😃

  79. I absolutely love boho and industrial. I also love Japanese style interior but I’m not sure what category that kind of design would fall under?

    1. Boho and industrial share a lot of the same characteristics and a collected look so you might be a little bit of both. Japanese style tends to lean more modern and streamlined. To combine all three of those I’d keep the wall colors light and bright like you find in Japanese design and then bring in bold patterns and colors through the textiles and accessories like you find in boho. Add a few industrial elements through found objects or lighting and you’ll have the perfect room for you. xx -B

  80. Modern farmhouse was my favourite because of all the light but I loved traditional, Scandinavian and parts of a few others

  81. I guess I’m somewhere between boho and eclectic. I have some vintage pieces incl. mid century modern furniture that I pair with the colorful elements of boho and a variety of green plants. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  82. So many styles I like it’s hard to choose! I think your missing maximalist design for someone like me who enjoys too much stuff! Thank you for the inspiration!

  83. I have a hidden boho soul with inclinations towards glam and I am definitely not sorry about it. Together they’re conflicting, distracting and distasteful but my goal is to somehow, someway give way to one subtly while the other is employed. Thank you for your website; it’s church.

  84. I’d say my style is mainly Traditional. But still like some surprise pieces. Mix a bit of old/new. And pops of color. Still figuring out my decorating. Love so many different looks!

  85. I would say mine has to be Boho! I just love the color and blending of complex patterns! Also… I love this article! You did an amazing job at describing the key elements of design and how they correlate best to each unique style. Thank you for all that you do!!

  86. Thank you, Bobby! Well, I love beachy colors, but I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a bog city. And I also love all the Spanish colonial artifacts from Perú, like the pan de oro mirrors. And i also havesome mid-century original pieces. I love your work!

  87. Definitely boho speaks to my soul but I like some elements of modern farmhouse and industrial as well (wood and leather). Thanks for posting this guide-it’s a helpful overview. Love Queer Eye and love you 🙂

  88. Since you can be a mix, I would say mine are Eclectic-Industrial-Mid century modern. Loved the piece Bobby! Thanks 🙂

  89. These are all gorgeous styles! I think my decorating style is mixture between minimalist, boho and modern farmhouse.

  90. What would you call your style if you are a little traditional, farmhouse and coastal? I’m having a hard time combining the three.

    1. It sounds like you appreciate clean lines, rustic touches and an inviting and comfortable room. Every home is a little different as are the styles that you create in them. In combining the three styles that you reference I’d keep the bases and foundational elements in neutral tones and then bring in touches of woods to warm it up and a few graphic punches in black and brass. It will give you that traditional feel while still feeling eclectic (farmhouse) and inviting (coastal). Good luck! xx -B

  91. I’m a fan of traditional design. It was pleasing to the eye with elegant touch. Nothing can beat that for me.

  92. I love them all, but I have always been in love with the Bahamas… I would love to see british colonial with a modern twist 😉

    1. Thanks for reading! Love the idea of covering a modern British Colonial design xx -B

  93. Great basic guide and very useful! I find I’m becoming more and more coastal as I mature (AKA age). But I’ve also collected many one-of-a-kind and international pieces from my global travels, and I’ve inherited a lot of great mid-century items from my parents and uncles. I’m terrible with spacial concepts so I have a serious interior design handicap and need all the help I can get to pull all of the above together.

    1. I should add to my comment that I’m all about BLUES! Think of lounging on something comfy/plush whilst gazing at the Mediterranean and drinking in all the blues, greens, and every shade and hue in between. It’s my happy place, and I can smell the air, feel the breeze and hear the water just thinking about it! Mix in the jewel tones and shapes of Andalusia and Morroco, add some leafy plants or trees to bring the outdoors inside, make it pet & family friendly, accessible (I’m a disabled Marine Corps veteran and use some assistive devices), and easy to maintain/clean, and you’ve just created my utopia!

  94. How many styles may come and go but nothing dethrone Minimalist from the heart as my most favourite interior design style? Thanks for writing this awesome blog post and sharing it with us.

    1. Minimalism is great because it’s a state of mind too and isn’t dependent on trends. Thanks for reading! xx -B

  95. I really like the Mediterranean, Italian, even the Tuscany style. Sometimes it’s reference as ‘old world.’

  96. Is industrial glam a thing? I want that to be my style.

  97. Welp… all I learned is that I don’t like boho, farmhouse or eclectic and loved something about every picture. I just wish Bobby could come help me out. He always gets it right 🙌🏽

    1. Which ever style that makes you happy and sparks joy for you is the right one. Keep experimenting and good luck! xx -B

  98. I know this is an old post, so it’s not likely that this will get a response, but what the heck! Can you point me in the right direction–I live in Atlanta in a very classic traditional house, but my style leans more towards minimalist meets spanish meets midcentury and a little preppy at times. How do I bring all that into a home with classic/traditional architecture (plantation shutters, moldings, oak floors, brick fireplace with white molded firebox, etc) without it being super awkward?

    1. I actually love it when a more traditional home has an eclectic interior. I would layer in the other styles through furniture, lighting and accessories and keep walls more neutral colors. Check out this video for some more ideas. Thanks for commenting! xx -B

    1. A touch of traditional with modern farmhouse-esque moments. We have a 4 level split built in 1990 that we have transformed from peach everything to lofty feels with teals, wood grains, and hopefully some wainscotting in our future. Would love some of your input!

      1. Sounds like you’ve made some great improvements! I always recommend balancing color and wood tones with lighter and softer elements, like pillows, textured throws, and linen drapes. Thanks for your comment! xx -B

  99. I’m doing a remodel right now, and I’ve been desperately trying to figure out my style. I strongly lean towards transitional… But I feel like maybe that’s too broad? I don’t know…I do like some coastal, some farmhouse, and the rustic modern one wasn’t bad either. 🤷😃

    1. I recommend pulling together all the rooms, furniture and inspiration you truly love on Pinterest or a mood board. From there you will start to see themes develop, whether you’re drawn to a farmhouse style dining room, or beachy accessories or rustic lighting. You can then start to break down each room and develop your unique style. Best of luck on the remodel! xx -B

  100. I’m more into the MODERN FARMHOUSE style. but i love the color of BOHO style too!! so confusing!! love it all!! <3 sending you love from Lima-Perú.

  101. I love Old World traditional with riccocco furniture. I would be perfectly happy in a home like in Downton Abbey.

  102. We’re all minimalist. The hardest part is that we’re constantly defending our style (and empty walls) to our friends who say we need more stuff. I love the way it looks, but we realize it’s not for everyone. How do we overcome that?

    1. You don’t have to defend your style! ALL that matters is that feels good TO YOU. I recommend looking at your space and seeing if it feels balanced visually. Do the furniture groupings and visual weight of a room feel equal and balanced with the empty walls? If not, adding some super minimal and clean-lined art might be the solution (and keep your friends from pestering you!) Thanks for your comment! xx -B

  103. Too difficult to choose all styles are so gorgeous ! But I wouldn’t choose boho or glam 😙

  104. Boho, with all the light and texture of the modern farmhouse. Gorgeous xx

  105. Modern farmhouse looks like my favourite, but maybe also combined with organic modern!

  106. I loved this article. I’ve always had a hard time describing the style I try to use and it definitely fits into the eclectic category.

    1. Knowing which style brings you joy and sparks inspiration is always a good place to start! xx -B

  107. My husband is traditional and I’m MidMod. This is why we still haven’t bought bedroom or living room furniture. We are in our thirties living on college furniture. Ugh sigh. I DO have a mid century table that was my grandmas so I’m in the lead. Haha

  108. Mid-century modern for the living areas, a touch of GLAM for the formal areas!

  109. I love farmhouse and mid century mod. But thanks to my grandmother leaving me some
    Furniture, I love some traditional pieces mixed in

  110. Definitely Eclectic with Mid Modern as a base to highlight my travels, growing up in Latin America, my South American heritage, unique pieces, and the bones of my grandmother’s Mid Modern pieces with lots of light, plants, various wall & floor materials

    1. Lovely story to your design style. Thanks for reading! xx -B

  111. All of it has their own uniqueness. Thanks for sharing such wonderful masterpiece.

  112. I’m a cross between boho and industrial but mostly boho ✌❤

  113. Thought I was a cross between organic modern and minimalist until I saw Scandinavian – didn’t realise it was a design style but that’s the one! Thank you!

    1. Glad you were able to discover Scandinavian! Thanks so much for reading and stay inspired. xx -B

  114. Love the Modern Farmhouse, Costal, Mid-Century Modern & Scandinavian styles, but they all work in concert and blend easily into each other (which is good, because I’m more about what I don’t like, than what I do – obviously). There needs to be an organic flow for me, with natural colors (jewel or pastel tones) and a sense of light and space – but it can’t be to matchy-matchy.

    1. Thanks for reading and sharing your design style! It sounds really bright and inviting. Stay inspired! xx -B