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Updating Your Home But Not Sure Where To Start?

Updating Your Home But Not Sure Where To Start?

Mid-Century Modern Style

Looking to update your home but not sure where to start? There are many different design styles to consider when giving your home a makeover, from Scandinavian home decor styles and mid-century modern house interior styles to French provincial and contemporary.

So whether you’re going on-board on a large-scale home renovation or just giving your kitchen a refresh, having a bit of knowledge of various interior decorating styles can give your home a refined and consistent look.

We will explain 7 popular types of interior design styles:

  • If you’re after a simple but cosy house interior style, consider Scandinavian (or Scandi). …
  • A hugely popular interior decorating style in Australia, classic Hamptons style embraces a fresh, airy palette and natural textures. …
  • French provincial
  • Mid-century modern. …
  • Industrial
  • Eclectic
  • Contemporary


  • Scandinavian interior design can be defined as a minimalist and functional aesthetic that has been influential since the mid20th
  • If you’re after a simple but cosy house interior style, consider Scandinavian). One of the key characteristics of Scandinavian style is the perception of hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’). Hygge is a Danish term which informally means cosiness. It’s all about treasuring the simple things in life and creating a sense of warmth within the home.
  • The Scandinavian style has a flair for affordable, functional furniture, which were made using natural materials and traditional craftsmanship; This is at the heart of Scandi style.
  • The idea of this style is centred around a dining room table and having family meals together – this forms an important part of life.


  • The classic Hamptons style is a very popular decorating style in Australia. This style holds a fresh, airy palette and natural textures.
  • The Hamptons decorating style was originally inspired by the architecture and decorating of holiday homes and buildings in the luxury seaside communities along the eastern beaches of upstate New York’s neighbouring Long Island.
  • Key colours of this style is white and blue, nautical-décor items, timber floorboards and timber moulding along hallways and staircases. Other key elements such are positioned windows to optimise cross-ventilation and plantation shutters.
  • In the kitchen, white kitchen cabinetry dominates, with open shelving or glass paned doors. Marble or light-coloured engineered stone is the main choice for benchtops.


  • French provincial is defined by refined details, rustic textures and a washed-out colour palette and is described as a classic decorating style.
  • Typical features include powdery hues, whitewashed wood and raw timber, soft linens and texture, with an overlay of lavishness: curved furniture, embroidery and gilt framing against a farmhouse-style backdrop of stone flags and milkpaint walls.
  • This style remains popular because it is less about trends.
  • To perfect a French provincial home décor style, go for white, muted colours for walls and mid-tone timbers in flooring and furniture.


  • Mid-century modern is a style that’s timeless and sleek.
  • Mid-century style and furniture is characterised by rounded shapes that are inspired by the natural world and simple designs that are functional for the home. Some of the most famous mid-century furniture designers are Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Arne Jacobsen.
  • Popping up as a new trend shortly after World War II and remaining popular until the 1960s The streamlined retro look is a classic decorating style that has never gone out of fashion.
  • Heavily influenced by the design concept that ‘form follows function’ mid-century homes and furniture are often characterised by their practical designs and beautiful craftsmanship.
  • This era’s natural materials and organic, sculptural forms are totally compatible with almost any contemporary home.


The Industrial Style is an urban look with an edge, it is characterised by raw textures, exposed elements and metal fixtures and finishes.  It paints a picture of old classic warehouse apartments with stripped timber floorboards or concrete floors, exposed brick walls and practical materials.

  • The rustic finish is a key characteristic of the industrial decorating style, with reclaimed wood, layers of chipped paint and salvaged pieces of furniture.
  • The base colour is very neutral, with colour added in the form of accents like artwork, tapware, textiles, rugs and crockery. Typical colours will include, different shades of greys, from light to gunmetal, black and white accents warmed up with wood and warm tones from brick and leather. You can then layer in colour in other ways.


  • This interior decorating style incorporates elements from various cultures, decorating styles and time periods which gives it a highly personal character.
  • Think of a Moroccan rug combined with deer antlers, mismatched vintage chairs and French toile fabric.
  • The key to pinning the eclectic look is through thoughtful mixing dissimilar elements through colour and texture. The texture should be used at least three times in different spots to give it a cohesive look.


  • Contemporary means of-the-moment, but is also considered classic. A contemporary house interior style has the most cross-over with other aesthetics.  Contemporary design is constantly changing.
  • Contemporary interiors includes signs of modern, traditional, art deco and even futuristic design concepts.
  • Unlike other styles which are more or less set in stone, a contemporary look is about whats of the moment today and may change in a few years’ time.
  • “Today” the look is defined by curved lines, neutral colours and minimalism, but it may look slightly different in the future.”
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