Short guide: How to choose an interior style Part l

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Each interior style, shaped by a certain era and mentality, has its own unique atmosphere. A space designed in a certain style will appeal to someone, but for someone, it will turn out to be uncomfortable, even if the design is made according to the latest fashion.

In order not to get lost in the flow of information and understand how to choose an interior style “just right” for yourself, we bring to your attention this cheat sheet guide: briefly about the popular styles in the interior of an apartment and the people to whom they suit.

Scandinavian: beauty in simplicity

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite Scandinavian interior. Three pillars of style: light colors, rational use of space, and natural materials. The most favorite is wood. Maximum air and light, minimum dust collectors, and dark colors.

A minimalistic Scandinavian space with an eye for detail. Here you will not see massive curtains on the windows and palace decor, but you will encounter color accents, Scandinavian ornaments, living plants, charming textiles, and ceramics.

Main pluses: Scandinavian style in the interior saves space due to competent ergonomics and expands it visually, thanks to the abundance of light colors. It takes root equally well on large and small footage. It can let light and air into even the darkest and most cramped apartment.  

Suitable for: Practical individuals who are uncomfortable with gilding, candelabra, and crystal chandeliers. And also to cleaners who like to keep everything in its place.

Loft: brick and brutal

The first thing that comes to mind when the word “loft” is red brick and high ceilings. In fact, brickwork in a loft space can take on any shade, and ceilings do not have to be endless. The loft interior, which originated in abandoned industrial spaces, can today be reproduced in an ordinary city apartment.

The focus is on open floor plans and rough textures. If the living space does not have “natural” brick, the decorative brick will replace it. Yes, and not a single brick – there is concrete, metal, and roughly processed wood. 


Among the contemporary styles in interior design, the loft provides the most space for creativity. The decorative elements tend to be urban. By the way, there will be graffiti, LED signs, “street” lamps. All this brutality can coexist with the usual home decor and works of art.

The main plus: The ability to save money on wall decoration, communications, too, can not be hidden.

Suitable for: The world of interior design has begun to get tired of lofts, but there are still many fans of this style. It is believed that the loft style in the interior has a masculine character and is ideal for bachelor dens. However, many women in love with this style will disagree. Suitable for bohemian rebels and creative minds who are inspired by industrial aesthetics.

Classics and neoclassics: for all time

Scandinavian and loft have long won the sympathy, but they have not succeeded in surpassing the popularity of the classical style in the interior.

It should be borne in mind that different meanings can be hidden behind the phrase “classic interior”. You can appeal to the Renaissance, antique sculptures, columns, and candelabra, but more often than not, interior classics mean something familiar: paintings on the walls, curtains on the windows, beige colors, traditional composition, symmetry, and simple furniture forms.

But there is also neoclassicism! Essentially the same style, but with a modern twist. Having absorbed all the best from the classic interior, neoclassicism reduces the degree of pomp and monumentality: less palace, more practical. The neoclassical style in the interior of the apartment presupposes noble materials and richness of textures. Here you will find a place for velvet, carriage ties on furniture, suede, leather, varnished wood, mirrors, and gilding. On the floor parquet, ceilings chandeliers. Light shades are in favor: cream, coffee, powdery. Neoclassicism in the interior involves a combination of traditional decor with modern.

Main pluses: Always up-to-date, time-tested.

To fit: conservative natures, convinced that fashion is temporary and eternal style. It is also a win-win option for everyone who is not sure of their design flair and is afraid to give up, getting lost in fashion trends. By choosing classic, you will be always in trend.

Hi-tech: new technologies in the interior

In the 80s of the last century, the high-tech style in the interior proudly carried the flag of technological progress and was at the forefront of trends. He still does not lose popularity, confidently mimicking trends and modern engineering solutions.

High-tech in the interior is modern materials, minimalism, and functionality. This interior loves chrome, a lot of chrome, and also glass and synthetic materials. But high-tech says no to classic decorative elements. If a painting, then only abstract art, if a plant, then a greenhouse on a space station. 

The color scheme is as neutral as possible, but not against bright strokes. Lots of metallic. The whole emphasis is on a variety of textures and lighting. No chandeliers, but a lot of LED lighting.

The main plus: You don’t need to hide equipment in this interior; on the contrary, it can completely replace the decor. 

Suitable for: Perfectionists who prefer pragmatism to romance, as well as lovers of gadgets and science fiction.

Eco: GMO free

It would seem that eco-style in the interior should be the complete opposite of high-tech. In many ways, it is, eco does not accept synthetics, is indifferent to chrome, and does not focus on the technical stuffing of the interior. However, these different styles have a lot in common – a craving for rationality, free space, and simple geometry, and they also have a common child – the so-called eco-tech (not to be confused with architectural bio-tech), combining manufacturability and love of ecology …

In its pure form, eco is always exclusively natural materials and an abundance of living flora. Favorite eco-interior – cork that can appear both on the walls and on the ceiling. The main materials also include wood, glass, natural stone, paper, and bamboo. Eco-space can be effectively decorated with saw cuts, driftwood, and moss. By the way, there will be wicker products, which have recently successfully moved from gardens to the list of interior trends.

The main plus: Eco-interior has every chance to become an oxygen-rich anti-stress space in the middle of a gas-polluted city.

Suitable for: Nature lovers who prefer interior asceticism to palace abundance and those who always sort garbage.

If, you have not yet decided which style in the interior to choose, read the second part of this guide!

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