So we at nimble studios have actually defined our own styles and created these four families and these four groupings of styles where all of these different sub-styles can fit into these kinds of parent styles.
We've identified the four styles as classic, contemporary house design , modern home, and eclectic. So we'll dive a little bit deeper into each one of these. (upbeat music) We're gonna start by covering classic design which encompasses styles like farmhouse design , traditional, and other more formal design styles where you're going to see a lot of symmetry, a lot of muted colors and a lot of really sophisticated materials.
This bedroom image that you see here on the screen is a great example of classic design because it encompasses a really neutral, soft, soothing color palette. You'll see a lot of classic elements like the tufted headboard and a lot of symmetry with the artwork above the bed, the mirrored nightstands on either side of the bed, and other repeated colors and patterns throughout the space.
When you're looking at classic design and how these principles play into it, you'll notice that a lot of it is going to come from the element of balance. You're gonna see a lot of symmetry when it comes to classic design. The colors are actually going to be a little bit all over the map.
You can see some color palettes that are going to be really neutral and subdued like we see here, but you can also see a little more over the top, ornate color palettes that have a lot of gold, a lot of bold rich colors that really harken back to a truly classic design period. When it comes to rhythm and repetition, this is going to be shown through a lot of materials that are repeated throughout. So you might see a lot of natural woven materials, you might see a lot of more ornate linens and silks.
You'll also see some really intricate patterns that are repeated throughout the spaces, since that's a key identifier when it comes to classic design styles. Modern design is really easy to identify because it really focuses on having function over form. In a lot of modern designs you'll see only what's required. All the furniture is gonna have a really obvious purpose. There's not gonna be a ton of knick knacks or a ton of overly detailed designs, it's going to be somewhat stripped down, pretty minimal, and pretty focused on the function of the space. Within modern you'll often see a lot of Scandinavian or industrial designs and minimalist designs of house as well.
In this modern dining room here you'll see that it's been stripped down to the basics. We have a really lovely simple table with some chairs around it,a buffet, a really lovely sleek lighting fixture and there's not much else going on. You'll see when it comes to color that there's often a really simple color palette with one big pop of color. In this piece you see a little bit of gold and you see a little bit of blue and those really set the tone and make a statement within the space. When it comes to balance you'll see a lot of asymmetry.
This space actually kind of breaks that mold and it's pretty symmetrical because it's a dining room but I think in a lot of cases when it comes to modern design you'll see a little bit of asymmetry, that's kinda where they get that dynamic pop and that element of interest. With modern design when it comes to rhythm and repetition, it's really important to be very intentional with this because there's not a lot of additional accessories and artwork and color, you have to be really mindful of how you're going to get that sense of rhythm and repetition. So I've often seen them repeating the same key element of furniture, the same color, or the same material throughout the space.
Eclectic design is one of the easiest to identify but often one of the hardest designs to successfully implement. Eclectic design is really easy to identify because it has a really great variety of colors and patterns and it feels very collected and curated over time. That being said, it's very easy to get into this level of chaos so this is where we really have to go back to our principles to make sure that we're executing on it correctly.
Within eclectic design you're going to find a lot of global designs, bohemian designs, anything that feels like it's been well traveled and curated from a variety of places, a variety of travel stories, it's just gonna feel very well curated. Within eclectic design you're going to find a wide variety of colors and palettes and the sky's really the limit. When it comes to balance, you're actually going to see a pretty good variety again with symmetry and asymmetry, but it'll lean a little more asymmetrical, again to give you that feeling of collection and curation over time. Rhythm and repetition is actually going to be the key and the defining principle of this style. Because eclectic design is so curated and you're going to have such a variety of colors and patterns, it's really important to be methodical and make sure that you don't go overboard.
So whenever you're looking at eclectic design, you really wanna take stock of what you have, what you're bringing in, and make sure that there's nothing that's really competing with each other and that everyone has a friend or a partner within that design. This example is a great representation of eclectic design because it has such a variety of colors, patterns, materials, you can really feel like you know the person who lives in this space and you can get a sense of what they do for hobbies, what they do for travel, who lives here.
Contemporary captures a lot of that in between. It's going to capture some of the transitional design and styles that are kind a within or just outside of our other design families. So something that's not quite mid-century, not quite bohemian, something that's kind of right there in the middle is usually gonna fall within this contemporary umbrella.
In this example you really see contemporary design come to life with the really simple sofas, the really simple sleek coffee table, but where it starts to have a little more fun and embody a little bit more of the client's personality is through the décor and accessories. You can see the bookcase here has a lot of styling, it starts to really tell a story, they're not afraid of incorporating a little bold pattern with the pillows and there's some great artwork above the fireplace as well, that starts to showcase some more of that design personality. When it comes to the principles of design and incorporating them into a contemporary design, you're often going to find that with the color palettes, they're pretty neutral. There's not going to Beaton of bold colors. You might see some complementary color palettes but they're going to be stripped down and a little bit more subdued and neutral. Because of the sleek lines and the nature of these really simplified silhouettes, it really lends itself well to a symmetrical design with mirrored elements so you're going to see a lot of symmetry in contemporary design. When it comes to rhythm and repetition you'll often see bold patterns incorporated throughout the space on a bigger scale. Contemporary designs often aren't afraid of incorporating that bold punch of are ally unexpected pattern or unexpected color to create that sense of rhythm. No matter what style you identify with or what combination of styles you identify with, scale and proportion are going to be kind of outside of that scope.
They're going to really rely on the size of the room and the rules of scale and proportion are going to transcend style. Those rules really are kind of set in stone and they're going to be the same regardless of how you identify with your design style. (upbeat music) When it comes to combining styles, you'll find that most people, including yourself, are going to fall within some realm of a combination of these styles. It's really rare that one person will identify with just one style. An easy way to start identifying which styles you're going to combine is figuring out which of these parent styles you really identify with most, whether it's classic, modern, eclectic, or contemporary, that's going to make it really easy for you to identify the sub-styles that will create a really cohesive and lovely design. When it comes to you combining styles.
It's really simple and a really great way to start by combining different sub-styles within the same parent design style. One thing that designers and pros will do is go just outside of that and pull in something that's a little bit unexpected.
This is kinda how you can tell when a room has been designed by someone who knows what they're doing versus someone who is just getting familiar with the basics. So as you start to get more and more comfortable with these principles in your own design style, push the envelope a little bit.
Find something that's just outside of your comfort zone, figure out why it works and what is similar and don't be afraid to pull that in. This example here really showcases a combination of sub-styles that fall within this modern parent style. You can see the Scandinavian Elements through the rug but rather than keeping that's tripped down with a lot of neutrals or really light airy colors, we've actually paired it with a little more bold, modern chair that has this really nice metal detail and then combined that with an even more bold, almost rustic kind of feeling dark accent wall. For the most part within this design, all of the design elements do come from that modern umbrella.
There is this element of rustiness with some of the more natural materials, whether it's the leather on the chairs or the more natural sheepskin rug and that is a little bit outside of the normal rules. The reason it works to bring a little bit of a rustic element to this modern design is because we've kept those principles in mind, so we've incorporated similar colors, similar tones, without going too far outside of the style spectrum.
In this classic design example, we've actually combined a few unexpected design styles. So you'll see a lot of elements of traditional and transitional design but we've also thrown in a little bit of a curve ball. There's this kind of preppy element that's in here. The reason this works so well is because the rest of the room is pretty simple, pretty neutral, and it allows us to really play and experiment with some of the color that you might not normally see in classic design but you do see in a little bit of those preppy, more updated modern designs.
As we've kind of alluded to, eclectic design really lends itself well to different styles coming together because there is this element of incorporating a bunch of different colors and patterns and materials and what works really well here is that we've kind of simplified it and incorporated a lot of bohemian elements and then we've contrast that with a more rustic element when it comes to this dresser. It's kind of an unexpected pairing but it works really well because you get this really great sense of balance between the light and the dark, they both have this really great natural element to them. So they work really harmoniously together. You also get this really great sense of eclecticism through the patterned pillows and the really great capiz shell chandelier. Again, another unexpected element that is really easy to identify when it comes to eclectic design.
So as we talked about before, contemporary design has a lot of similarities with modern design but contemporary allows for a little bit more freedom and fun when it comes to color and pattern. This room is no stranger to color and pattern. You'll also see a lot of really great glam and preppy elements with a lot of gold tones, lot of really rich colors and patterns, which for anyone who loveS glam design, you're always gonna see a ton of gold and bold colors, really great patterns within any glam space. (upbeat music) The easiest way to start identifying your style is just to go out there and start identifying your style. So what you should do as a first step is start figuring out what inspires you. You can do this by looking at Pinterest, Instagram, even while you're out at restaurants, just figuring out what pieces make you feel at home and make you feel really peaceful and then start jotting those down.
Figure out what you like, what you dislike. As a next step, once you've honed in and kind of gathered a group of inspiration images,take a really hard look at each of those individual pictures to figure out what it is about each space that you really love. Is it the architecture? Is it a color? Is it a pattern? Is it a specific piece of furniture?
Just figuring out exactly what it is that resonates with you, start making a list of that and figuring out what's attainable, what we might need to fake a little bit. I know for me personally, when I'm browsing through Instagram or Pinterest I'm really inspired by spaces that have grand lofty windows. I don't have that in my own space so I have to figure out how I can embody that and what other elements of those inspirational images, I really resonate with.
As you're starting to search and build up your inspiration house images library it's really important to not be too focused when you start your search. So even if you think that you identify as bohemian or mid-century, don't just look at bohemian or mid-century rooms, just look at living rooms as a whole. You might surprise yourself and you might find some new style facets that you're really drawn to and this could really open your eyes to embracing a new design style.
I've noticed personally when I'm working with clients that a lot of them either think they know their style and then they surprise themselves, they're not the style they thought they were or they come to me and they just don't know what their style is so it's a really fun journey to help them figure out what their style is, give them these keywords to empower themselves as they're searching on their own or as we're working on their room together to really establish their own unique style.
I think another challenge when it comes to identifying your style is not just embracing a trend because it's trendy. Embracing a trend because you love it or being okay with stepping away from a trend and finding a style that really resonates with you. Trends come and go and they always circle back around so if it's something that you love, own it, if it's something that you don't love, it's gonna go away and we'll find a style and a trend that works best for you.
Published by vishesh kakar