When it comes to decorating styles, there are so many that one doesn’t even know where to begin. So, we’ll do it for you: here are six simple and elegant decorating styles worth trying in your home.
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Minimalism is based on a process of reducing architecture to essential concepts of space, light and form. A minimalist design is characterized by simple shapes, geometric, clean and straight lines which offer the space inside the chance to breathe. The furniture shows fine shapes and the sizes are low. The elements present in such a décor are those strictly necessary, keeping an airy feel. The overall range of color is neutral and for specific details primary colors are used, but in small quantities. When looking for bathroom decorating ideas, for example, minimalism can represent the right choice, both in terms of design as well as of using space to the maximum.
Zen seeks the harmonious interaction between space and form. This arrangement provides a soothing and calm atmosphere, with strong effects on one’s mood. There is no manual for Zen style décor, but a room decorated in a very clean and simple manner is the best example. Zen involves fewer colors, simple lines and a minimum number of items.
Another basic principle is asymmetry. Rigid symmetry suggests artificial perfection, which can be fatal to imagination, while asymmetry allows us to be relaxed and spontaneous, more human.
Without being tied exclusively to a particular decade, retro is an expression of all styles of the twentieth century, including the remarkable art deco of the ’30s and the fluorescent of the ’60s.
Nowadays, anything from the 50s, 60s and even 70s is back in fashion. There is no standard model for retro style, but everyone recognizes it when they sees it. Retro style at the moment is actually very modern. To achieve this style do not try fitting in a historic reproduction, but a touch of modernity.
The Swedish style is becoming increasingly popular all over the world because of the elegance and refinement that are cleverly combined with a general ambience. The walls, floor and furniture in bright colors are intended to reflect any amount of light available, reviving the darkest days of winter. Specific furniture of this style features a combination of straight lines and curved shapes.
Specific Swedish prints show a white background with various decorative elements (floral, stripes or plaid) in blue, red or yellow.
The rooms furnished in a Mediterranean style find inspiration in nature. Stone walls, intricate iron fittings or marble floors are just some of the wonderful elements of this style.
Its appeal lies in its simplicity. Combining comfortable and worn parts, a room becomes warm and inviting. Using robust and lasting materials, the image of the Mediterranean style becomes rustic and inviting. Nothing should be shiny and new.
The essential feature of this style is simplicity and the focus is on the use of a minimum of elements in the creation of a uniform composition. Bamboo, stone and other natural materials provide the basis for a relaxing palette of colors, such as shades of brown, gray and green.
Furniture and accessories show simple lines, soft and low. Simple and elegant flower arrangements, such as those of orchids or bonsai, provide a graceful note. Common in Japanese interiors are the semi-transparent fusuma or shoji screens.