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Interior Styles VS Interior trends....Do you know the difference?

Interior styles VS Interior trends

More often than not I hear from mamma's that are struggling to create a beautiful and cohesive space for their kids when it comes to picking a style or following a trend. There sure is a ton of options out there! Spend a few minutes on Pinterest or Instagram and you'll know what I mean. It's super important however to know the difference between a style and a trend to give you a clear starting point. 

Knowing the difference

Interior Styles 

So lets break it down nice and simple. An Interior style is an overall look and feel created by a space and is influenced by history and culture. Generally, a home will have a cohesive style which may be based around the time period of the home, the location etc. An example of this is a beach house with a coastal style, or an outback ranch with a modern farmhouse style. 

Popular interior design styles include:

  • Art Deco
  • Bohemian
  • Coastal
  • Country
  • French Provincial
  • Hamptons
  • Industrial
  • Minimalism
  • Modern Farmhouse
  • Retro
  • Rustic
  • Scandinavian
  • Shabby Chic
  • Victorian

A Scandinavian style kids room featuring our grey Emerson rug

Interior trends

Interior trends refer to certain colours, styles, patterns, materials or shapes that are popular or 'trending' during a certain time. Trends are often influenced by the season as well such as bright colours and greenery in Summer, florals in Spring and warm earthy colours during Autumn and winter. Trends can be heaps of fun, can add a new life to a dull space and give you a chance to play around with new colours or patterns. However, its so important to remember that unlike interior styles, trends change rapidly and 'micro' trends are often not long-lasting. 

Some of the top trends for 2020 include:

  • Wall panelling
  • Natural textures (rattan, wicker, timber and stone)
  • Earthy colours
  • Brass accents
  • Navy blue
  • Floral wall papers


Beautiful floral wall paper and earthy colours in this girls bedroom featuring our white round canopy @a.mothers.bond

Bringing it all together

So now we've looked at the difference between the two, you're probably wondering how you can incorporate both into your home? Or how you can stay true to your design style, but keep up with the latest trends?

Here's our top tips for making it work!

  • Don't feel the need to follow #allthetrends. Only the ones that really appeal to you or are in line with the overall look of your home. 
  • Design style = large ticket items, Design trend = small ticket items. This means, keep larger pieces, furniture, wall colours etc in line with your design style. Add pieces that suit the latest trend through smaller décor pieces such as cushions or throws. This way, when the trends change you won't need to completely overhaul your home and won't be out of pocket spending big bucks on the next trend. 
  • Keep primary items neutral where possible. This way you have a neutral pallet and can add colour, texture and pattern in your smaller décor pieces that suit the latest trend.  
  • Less is more. Sometimes a simple pop of colour or texture can make all the difference. Don't feel the need to go all out with the latest colour trend.
  • Keep things removable! Floral wallpaper is in right? Consider removable decals or removable wall paper so it can be easily changed once the trend has passed. This saves you time and money and makes updating your home even easier. 

Pantone releases a 'Colour of the Year' each year which plays a big role in the interior design trends and fashion trends for the year ahead. The 'Colour of the year' for 2020 is Navy.

There's no one size fits all...

Let's remember one thing, Interior design should be FUN! Our homes and what we choose to put in them are a representation of our personalities, feelings and moods. There really is no 'one size fits all' approach and what works for one family may not be right for you. 

Finding your own design style can often mean incorporating two or more styles together to find the perfect mix. Maybe that's a minimalist version of industrial, a shabby chic take on the Hamptons or a Scandi inspired Bohemian oasis. 

How gorgeous is this Scandinavian Costal beach house. The perfect blend of two design styles!

Time to style

So I really hope I have helped you today with understanding a little more about Interior design styles VS design trends and how the two can work hand in hand to create a space that is uniquely YOURS!

Have fun with your decor and spend time researching what works best for your home and your family.

So now its your turn! What design style do you have in your home? Or wish to have? Are you following any of the latest trends with your decor? 

I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. 

And until next time.....Happy Styling!

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