Interior design styles for newbies: a handy guide

Interior design styles for newbies: a handy guide

Interior design is a complicated, yet extremely fascinating art. Wrapping your mind around all the details and logistics of your living space can turn into a real adventure with elements of drama. The result has to be perfect - both for you and your guests.

To help you on this noble quest, Bright Side created a little guide to popular interior design styles. Study them, mix them, and find your favorites!

Art Deco

When you find yourself in a room like this, you simply don't know where to look - everything is sparkling, shimmering, shining, and shouting. On your left, there's a statue of Venus, all sad and thoughtful, wrapped in silks. And on your right, you'll find a laughing Ganesha, look up, and, yes, here it is, an unexpected African mask. Just because. Art Deco is a head-spinning mix of everything, as long as it's expensive and posh. The neighbors will be jealous.


If everything you see (or rather don't see) is built-in, with a lot of chrome, metal, plastic, and glass, welcome to high-tech. It can be rather nice and comfy, though, so try and give it a chance. Something tells us it's here to stay.

Classic style

Classic style is, well, classic. In general, it's rather lush and pompous. Richly decorated wallpaper, columns, antique furniture you wouldn't risk touching, gold candelabras, and numerous paintings - a room like this will bring to mind the last royal reception you've been invited to. Where you were a king, obviously. Enjoy, but try not to let it all get into your head.


If you have a strange feeling that this looks like the inside of a Salvador Dali painting or a confessional in a Catholic cathedral, worry not! It's not an elaborate hallucination. It's just Modern style, dominated by S-shaped lines and stained glass windows. M-m-m, cozy!

Pop Art

Andy Warhol, Monroe, pictures of cans, plastic tables and chairs, dazzling bright colors - no, this is not a contemporary art exhibition. This is the result of your friend deciding to decorate his home in the Pop Art style. Well, at least he'll never get bored here.

Eco style

You could've just as easily lived in a tent in the middle of the woods, but, thankfully, designers came up with Eco style. Tons of bamboo, clay, wood, and water are used; everything is good for both you and nature. Plus, there's hot water and central heating. Why go outside at all?


French people know a thing or two about beauty, so even a purely rustic style in their hands has become chic and popular around the world. Flowers, angels, pastel colors, doll-like tables, subtle elegance - you'll feel more relaxed by the minute.

Colonial style

Decorative plates, fans, horns, rattan furniture, and tribal masks from Africa - if the interior looks like it belongs to a treasure hunter who is forced to wait out the winter in the city, it's likely the Colonial style. Be careful, somewhere in the walls there might be a secret door...

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