7 Popular Home Furnishing Styles

The way you decorate your home should be uniquely personal to you, but there’s no harm in looking at some of the most popular home furnishing styles around for some inspiration. From Hollywood glam to a minimalist style, there should be something to suit everyone here.

1. Urban modern

You’ve heard of urban and you’ve heard of modern, but what about urban modern? This is a style that combines furniture suitable for high-rise buildings with trendy, contemporary influences – think New York penthouses.

Still confused about what this looks like? We’re talking about a mixture of soft furnishings, light colours, and accessories or furniture with a modern touch.

In the living room, think a feature wall, sofas in natural colours, and lots of cushions. For the dining room, try upholstered dining chairs and a low-hanging light fixture. Urban modern is all about giving your rooms a contemporary touch while keeping things relatively simple with a warm vibe.

2. Bohemian chic

Still a hippy at heart? Channel it into bohemian furnishings, a style you can really have fun with. Antiques? Sure. Furnishings from the other side of the world? Go for it. It will probably fit right into a bohemian-inspired home if it’s kooky, quirky, and interesting.

Don’t stop once you staple furniture pieces, either. The best bohemian chic rooms are littered with other accessories, including crystals, ornaments, wall hangings, and just about anything else you can find at a flea market. 

All colours are welcome here, although pinks and purples tend to be among the most popular. Self-expression lies at the heart of the bohemian ethos, so feel free to try whatever works for you.

3. Mid-century modern

No prizes for guessing which decades inspired this style — yep, it’s a mix of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. But it’s best to think of it as a general mood rather than a specific decade since the term hasn’t always been used.

Mid-century style is all about breaking away from classic, traditional furnishings. Instead, you’ll get to have some fun experimenting with funky designs while also embracing a more minimalist vibe overall. Enjoy retro patterns on carpets, rugs, or curtains alongside neon furniture.

Done tastefully, mid-century modern can look amazing — just make sure that not everything is a statement piece.

4. Hamptons

Otherwise known as coastal style, a Hamptons aesthetic takes inspiration from the US coast by the same name. To give your home that seaside feel, it’s all about creating a space that feels bright and fresh.

White or neutral colours with blue and black are the most common options for Hamptons furnishings; you might even like to try nautical patterns. Deck-like details are also a great idea. 

The style is best suited to large, airy spaces since they’re better at giving off that luxurious, holiday vibe. But if you want to channel some coastal vibes in your tiny cottage, go ahead and give it your own twist.

5. Minimalist

Minimalist furnishing styles have been on the rise for a few years now, and they’re not going anywhere soon.

The great thing about minimalism is that you don’t have to be an expert interior designer to do it well. Since the crux of the style is extreme simplicity and keeping furniture and embellishments to the minimum, you can’t go too far wrong.

Just make sure everything is clean, crisp, and very bright to avoid your house seeming dreary.

In its most typical manifestation, minimalism is all about monochrome colours, and this can certainly look fantastic. But don’t feel like you must go down this route. 

6. Hollywood glam

On the other end of the spectrum, we have Hollywood glam, which is anything but minimalist. If you never quite got the chance to chase your dreams in Los Angeles, you can still indulge in the fantasy through your home furnishings.

With this style, it really is go big or go home. You can have geometric patterns, velvet accents, antiques, bright colours, and more — all in one room!

It’s not to everyone’s taste, but Hollywood glam can be stunning when done well.

7. French country

Ever spent a summer in a French country house? These homes are elegant and ornate yet also somewhat rustic and distressed.

It might sound confusing, but just imagine weathered white wood alongside charming flowers and pastel-coloured furnishings. The centre of a French country house is the kitchen and dining room, where you’ll find wooden furniture, white lace, and bursts of colours. Others go for a stone approach – whatever you do, keep darker colours to a minimum.

That’s it for the crash course in popular home furniture styles. Do you feel like an interior designer yet? Of course, you don’t have to pick just one style – why not make your own unique of all of the above? Don’t be afraid to express yourself.

Eve Crabtree

Eve Crabtree is a journalist with a passion for interior design. She keeps up to date with the latest trends in the interior industry and regularly tests her hand at crafting and redecorating during her spare time.

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