Do you love how your home looks? Well, odds are you have a particular decorating style without even realizing it! Although we might not all be interior decorators, there is plenty you can learn about design lingo to make shopping for and redecorating a room a lot more fun.

Here is your guide to some common decorating styles and other jargon that can be helpful:

Contemporary

Lovers of contemporary design look no further! In decor, this style is considered modern with clean lines and no clutter. The contemporary design aesthetic looks best in rooms with a lot of space, though that space should be manipulated to highlight the furniture. For example, you could use the art of color blocking with a solid black couch and different-colored decorative pillows. The contrast between the shades will make your space look bold and bright – which makes it inviting to anyone who walks through your door.

a reading nook with contemporary home decor

Traditional

There’s a reason people love traditional decor. It’s classic and timeless, making it a great way to style your home. However, tradition can be a different definition for everyone. Want your home to look classic? Think wood furnishings like a dark cherry coffee table or armoire. Combine this look with warm tones, like rich burgundy or espresso brown. Dark colors can make your space feel intimate and homey.

Don’t be afraid to use the lighter shades on the spectrum, though. Embellish your room with an accent piece of furniture that’s burnt orange to make it pop!

Traditional Decor is classic and timeless, making it a great way to style your home.

Vintage

Longing for that romantic, country look? Easy. Combine soft and rustic pieces of furniture to embody shabby chic. It’s all about where you place your furnishings so that everything looks relaxed and overflowing. For example, no couch is complete without a knit blanket thrown over it. Another idea? Peruse a thrift store for one-of-a-kind paintings to hang on the walls. It’s an inexpensive way to find unique home decor.

Combine soft and rustic pieces of furniture to embody shabby chic.

Eclectic

“Incorporate all different styles to embody an eclectic decor.”

Eclectic designs don’t have an exact definition because they’re based on a mixture of surprising and unexpected styles. They combine all different kinds of decor to create a look that is completely original. To obtain this aesthetic, just incorporate different pieces from all of the decorating styles listed above. It’s one of the hottest trends in design nowadays!

how to decorate your hallway

Worldly/Global

Love to travel? You don’t have to go halfway across the globe for your home to look like it. To manifest this style, look for statement pieces that represent different countries. For example, traditional Indian styles use the colors red, orange, green and yellow. The country is also known for its animal figurines, like elephants or tigers. These would look great placed on a side table in a living room or office. Or, maybe you want to embrace the classic Japanese-inspired home. For this, liven up the room with a faux cherry-blossom plant or bamboo shoots.

Eclectic decor combines all different kinds of decor to create a look that is completely original.

Did you know that you could mix these styles and still have a cohesive decorating statement? Find out how from Madeline, our Home Merchandiser.

Tell us which style is your favorite in the comments below! And email us a pic to socialmv@midnightvelvet.com.