Pin-point your decorating style with our interior design theme guide.

Traditional Style

This timeless style can be defined as classic, elegant, and formal. Typically, furnishings are in 18th Century English, 19th Century Neo-Classical, and British Colonial Revival designs. Color palette is in the mid-tones with rich solid floral, plaid and stripe fabrics. Shop at Ethan Allen and William Sonoma Home for traditional furniture.


Transitional is basically a combination of Traditional and Contemporary designs.  Mix and match formal traditional pieces and modern sophisticated lines to pull off this look.  Pottery Barn , Crate & Barrel and Day Design & Decor are popular sources for Transitional furnishings.

Contemporary Style

Clean crisp and linear furniture with little frills or decoration define Contemporary style. Sleek geometric shapes with neutral to bright color palette with the latest modern trends or classic pieces.  The best shops to find contemporary furnishings is  Day Design & Decor, Bo Concept or West Elm.

Mid-Century Modern

Modern classics designed in post war 1950′s & 1960′s era heavily influence this design genre. From warm Danish wooden furniture to modern leather and chrome tubing chairs. You can achieve this look by shopping at Design With in Reach and Antique Stores.

Hollywood Regency

Hollywood Regency is essentially all that glitters, making each rooms red carpet ready. Think of what classic movie stars of the 50′s would buy for their home and shop at 1st Dibs, Day Design & Decor, or Estate sales.

Spanish Mediterranean

This decor embodies all the warmth and romance of Spainish culture. Ornately carved and rustic woods, rich velvet textures, and warm spicy colors achieve the look and feel of the Mediterranean. Achieve this style by shopping at Accents of Salado.


Anything goes in an Eclectic room. Mix colors, textures, patterns, shapes and design styles to make your own artistic statement.  Take your pick of unique accents from ZGallerie, Plantation Design, or Day Design & Decor.

Shabby Chic

Vintage antique furniture that appears to be painted several times is the charm of Shabby Chic.  Fabrics are inspired by old french linens, usually tea stained or bleached out cottons with muted pastel accents.  The best place to shop for fancy distressed painted furniture and accents is at Anthropologie or local antique stores.


A cool misty breeze coming off the ocean is what I feel when entering a Coastal designed home. Relaxing, warm, light and airy with soft linen fabrics mixed with woven sea grass accents. Get this look from stores like Pottery Barn and West Elm.

Rustic Lodge

This decor is fit for the Great Outdoors. Furniture made of unfinished wood, neutral color palette, hand forged iron hardware, leather and cowhide fabrics, and rural accents form a Rustic Lodge interior.  Shop at Cabela’s for furnishings suitable for a cabin in the woods.


Sunny and cozy sensation of an Italian Country side villa is the allure of Tuscany design. Soft fabrics drenched in sunshine colors with dark distressed wood, ornate iron accents, and ancient stone finishes bring this look together. Obtain this style from stores like Drexel Heritage.

Zen / Asian

Peace and tranquility of a Zen home is accomplished through warm rich colors and minimalistic and Asian inspired furniture. This is a perfect design to incorporate elements of Feng Shui, especially when advised from my favorite expert The Feng Shui Guy.









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  • Dessert Darling

    Ooh, I think I’m transitional, eclectic, and shabby-chic! Can I be those all at once!?

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  • Awake and Living

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  • Coco Rose Events

    I’m definitely transitional and contemporary.
    Love the blog! Looking good. xo

  • amisha

    I am traditional and contemporary, awesome blog!

  • Connie

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  • Joshua

    Great photos and ideas for decorating

  • John Elites

    Very interesting article. I like the contemporary style looks futuristic.

  • Bert

    It happened again . . . you did one heck of a good job getting me thinking about all the possibilities of what our next house is going to be all about. Definitely Transitional and Contemporary are the usual direction, but Coastal is really stirs me up somehow and somehow I easily resonate with Zen/Asian.

    Great job on putting this all together and making it easy to find the resources to for what ever might turn someone on – you seem to really know your stuff and I know how much work it must have been to get this all organized.


  • Bert

    . . . I had to stop and really think about since you put all the choices in one place. Usually I just go straight to Contemporary but there’s really something a little more warm/friendly/cozy about Transitional.

    The Zen/Asian example is ok but if I were to follow through on that avenue it would be more “woody” and minimalist.

    Coastal always makes me think of Jimmy Buffet songs and how much I miss the ocean, so I’m liking that too.

    All in all, thanks a lot for adding to my schizophrenia. :o )

  • Albert

    Transitional is my favority decorating style, because I am not a fan of
    traditional style but I still don’t want to forget it. I come from an
    interesting culture and traditions, but I am a modern too so it is best
    to combine both.

  • Juliane

    I’m definitely a fan of the ‘coastal’ style, though I’m always into the eclectic. You can change the vibe of any room with a swap of wall art, and I’ve been able to find a lot of coastal work as well as more modern or urban or anything else really. I like options!

  • traditional english furniture

    Loving the zen bedroom, looks so peaceful and relaxing.

  • Sandra Chace

     Spanish Mediterranean is the style for me.