The living room is the heart of the home: it needs to be inviting, comfortable and attractive while reflecting your individual personality. There are dozens of interior design styles which you can choose from, but the most popular branches are modern, contemporary and traditional.


Before you can choose a theme, you need to fully understand what each style represents and incorporates. We’ve broken down each design to help you choose your perfect room.

Traditional

Traditional interiors are inspired by the 18th and 19th century Europe homes and focus on predominantly earth tone colours, such as golds, browns, burgundy and greens. Furniture is ornately designed, and either in deep woods or heavy furnishings. An example of a traditional living room would be floor length thick curtains, claw footed chairs with a patterned upholstery, an intricately designed rug and a carved mahogany coffee table. This type of decor is extremely grandiose and works best in large, spacious rooms to avoid the space feeling too small for the designs.

Modern

Modern design is based on the mid 20th century era and as such uses clean lines, bright and open spaces and natural materials for a minimalistic feel. The core element of modern design is function: clutter is replaced by sleek storage solutions and simple furniture is given favour over intricate patterns and styles. Modern homes are aesthetically pleasing but need maintenance as mess can quickly look out of space. A typical Nordic home is a perfect example of a modern interior.Modern design is based on the mid 20th century era and as such uses clean lines, bright and open spaces and natural materials for a minimalistic feel. The core element of modern design is function: clutter is replaced by sleek storage solutions and simple furniture is given favour over intricate patterns and styles. Modern homes are aesthetically pleasing but need maintenance as mess can quickly look out of space. A typical Nordic home is a perfect example of a modern interior.

Contemporary

Contemporary interiors embodies what is currently ‘in’ in interior design, and is best described as a mix of modern and traditional designs. Furniture tends to be less sleek than modern furniture, without being as extravagant as traditional styles. There is still a focus on bright, large spaces but without such emphasis on functionality: furnishings are in place simply because they look attractive.

Unless you can stick to purely traditional or modern decorative accessories and furnishings, contemporary is usually the easiest design to build upon as it allows for pieces which reflect both eras. For example, a traditional rug will work well with minimalist furniture and art as the juxtaposition creates a fresh perspective on both designs