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Asian Zen

The Asia Zen style is characterised by balance and calm. It’s a minimalist aesthetic inspired largely by Japanese style design. With its growing popularity, it’s not uncommon to see the look take on a contemporary twist.

When it comes to a colour palette, stick to neutral shades. Cream, white, and grey all work well, while light wood also complements the look. It can also be very effective to create some contrast within your neutral colour palette. Dark wood combines well, for example, with a backdrop of softer, calming neutral shades. If you choose to incorporate any accent colours, keep them warm to balance your neutral palette.

Embrace the beauty of nature by bringing in natural materials and textiles like wood, stone, and natural fabrics. Consider incorporating some plants into your space to elevate the look even further. Make the most of any natural light that you have in your space by leaving windows and glass doors exposed, rather than covered with heavy drapes.

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Bohemian Luxe

The Bohemian Luxe trend has taken the design world by storm, and with its mix of creative flair and sophistication, it’s easy to see why. The look is all about having fun with colours and pattern, and balancing a sense of playfulness with luxurious textures — think rich jewel tones, for example, paired with mixed metals and wood. While the Bohemian style is traditionally characterised by an eclectic, relaxed aesthetic, Bohemian Luxe brings in a sense of luxury and elegance.

When it comes to getting the Bohemian Luxe to look right, it’s important to remember that while the aesthetic is laid-back and eclectic, the more elegant approach to the trend requires some structure. Try to keep some design elements modern and sleek, but don’t be afraid to put together some unexpected colours and patterns. Ultimately, you’ll want to balance simplicity with dramatic shades and shapes. Have fun with layers and textures, but be sure to find ways to bring in a sense of harmony, whether with the addition of cool colour, matte metals, or some carefully curated wall art.

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Industrial

The industrial design aesthetic balances vintage charm with modern chicness, taking much of its inspiration from factories, urban lofts and warehouses. Design elements often include exposed bricks, metals and wood, as well as natural fabrics and a neutral, but warm colour palette. The style can take a number of directions, from modern industrial to edgy and urban, or vintage with old-fashioned elements.

Try to make sure that your space is free from clutter and keep design accessories to a minimum. To add a unique touch, opt for a few interesting décor items, like vintage photographs, old-fashioned lighting fixtures, a distressed leather couch, or items you pick up at antique shops, yard sales and second-hand markets. These items offer the opportunity to show off your personal style and interests within the industrial aesthetic. You can, of course, choose to adopt a vintage look within the industrial style with rustic pieces, or go in a trendier direction with high gloss and chrome details, depending on your personal preference.

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Minimalist

The minimalist design aesthetic is all about clean lines, muted colours and functional furniture. Elegant and simple, the look is ideal for those who love natural light and open spaces without unnecessary clutter.

To really embrace the minimalist look, you’ll want to keep your design simple. That doesn’t mean that you can’t keep things interesting though. Texture is a great way to add some visual interest — plush rugs are a nice touch, while glass, chrome, wood and stone can also be used in the furnishings and details. Add some warmth to your space with textiles and fabrics, like the odd throw or blanket, in your chosen colour palette.

While less is more when it comes to style accessories, there’s no reason to add some personality to your home with the occasional collectible. Carefully chosen pieces and artworks will make your space unique and personal without compromising on style.

Choose furniture that’s functional, with clean lines and clever storage. You want to create a sense of order and calm in a minimalist space, so keep your surfaces clutter-free — this includes your kitchen counters. Rather, store all appliances and ingredients in your cabinets to create an ordered space.

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Mid-Century Modern

The mid-century modern style has made a big comeback as an interior design trend. In fact, it is generally agreed that the look, which includes architecture, graphic and interior design, dates back as far as the forties and extended throughout the fifties and sixties. Of course, nowadays the aesthetic has taken on more of a contemporary twist.

Mid-century modern spaces often have natural elements incorporated into the look. If you can, make use of natural light as much as possible, and find ways to blend in materials like wood, metal and leather, as well as textiles like cotton. Grey and light wood are popular choices within the mid-century modern look, while touches of metallic add a bit of luxury to the space.

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French Country

The French Country style has been around for a while, and its timelessness is certainly part of its charm. The aesthetic is a perfect blend of warmth and rustic sophistication.

Natural materials like wood and stone are also key elements in creating the French country look. Rough plaster walls, wooden ceiling beams and woven furniture are all popular elements. When it comes to flooring, natural stone tiles and marble are both good choices. Architectural features often include stone walls and the use of distressed and raw wood. Colourful ceramic tiles also make a lovely addition to a French country home.

When it comes to choosing items of furniture, opt for pieces with relaxed lines. A distressed look works well in a French country space, as do simple and rustic items. Mix dark wood with lighter pieces and natural textiles. Ideally, you want to achieve a space that is casual and comfortable that still feels well-styled.

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Modern Country

The modern country aesthetic balances relaxed with elegant, and is characterised by its warmth and cosiness. It’s the perfect mix of old-fashioned comfort and modern style.

The modern country style is fairly simple in its aesthetic, so when you choose your colour palette it’s a good idea to start with neutrals like white, beige, cream, and shades of brown as your base. These natural colours will keep your look consistent, but don’t be afraid to add some warm hues. Blush pink, coral, deep blue and mustard yellow are all on-trend at the moment and work well with a neutral base. You can even create a feature wall in a colour of your choice, or update kitchen cabinets or a backsplash in a fresh shade.

Rugs, throws, cushions and blankets in warm shades work well, while patterns like tartans, stripes, checks and florals keep the look fresh. To keep the style modern and ensure your choice of pattern makes an impact, incorporate it on tiles, wallpaper or on the floor, keeping the rest of the room fairly simple and plain.

Texture is an important element in any modern country home. Embrace rough surfaces, natural materials, and even exposed brick walls. Reclaimed wood adds character, while concrete floors and bare plaster are also popular design features. Contrasting surfaces work well together in this style — think gritty walls and smooth tiles, for example.

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Coastal

Loved around the world for its cool, relaxed aesthetic, the coastal look can be executed in a number of ways. While it’s great for a holiday home or a beachside house, you don’t have to live near to the sea to enjoy the style. While shades of blue and white are a common thread within coastal designs, the look often draws inspiration from various aesthetics, including American coastal, Mediterranean and tropical styles. The style you choose will depend on your own preference, as well as the kind of space you have.

Whether you opt for the American coastal look — think white and blue shades, nautical décor elements and reflective surfaces — or prefer a Mediterranean coastal style reminiscent of Spanish and Italian homes by the sea, it’s likely that natural light will be an important element in your home. Keep your space uncluttered to take full advantage of any open spaces, and choose pieces that work well with your coastal aesthetic.

While you don’t want to clutter your space, you can still have fun with your décor elements. Play with textures by combining and layering materials — wooden floors with woven rugs, for example, add visual interest, while soft elements like pillows, natural fabrics and throws will make your home feel comfortable and cosy.

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Traditional

The traditional design style is classic — characterised by its easy elegance and understated details, the aesthetic draws much of its inspiration from 18th and 19th century European décor. Designed to be comfortable, traditional spaces have a calm, ordered feel — there is a definite consistency when it comes to the style of the furnishings and other design elements.

In terms of design, symmetry and order are key but it’s easy to add some personality to your space by choosing décor pieces that reflect your personal style — vases, antiques, and chandeliers all make effective design statements. Bold fabrics are also a good way to keep your space interesting — florals, stripes, paisley and plaid all work well, while solid colours in warm, rich hues are equally effective. It’s also possible to add accents in the form of intricate tiles or wood floor patterns and elaborately carved panelling, arches, or cabinets.

While a traditional space is usually comfortable and homely, there is also a sense of elegance, romance, and history that comes with the look. For this reason, the aesthetic is refined, while still maintaining its warmth. You can add to the sophistication of your home by using good quality textiles like silk or natural linens. Carefully chosen lighting can also go a long way in complementing the overall style of a traditional home — this may include ornate chandeliers, floor lamps, sconces, and table lamps. Furniture in the traditional style tends towards the ornate and heavy, and dark wood is a common element. Besides the furniture, wood is often incorporated throughout a traditional space, especially as a flooring material where possible.

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Contemporary

Characterised by simplicity and sophistication, the contemporary space is minimal and fuss-free. Ideal for those who love comfort without the clutter, contemporary style is all about clean lines, with a focus on carefully selected shapes, textures and colours.

When it comes to selecting your furniture, opt for sleek lines, but don’t be afraid of making a bold statement with some of your pieces. Use natural fabrics like silk, wool or cotton to add some texture to your space, or opt for throws and cushions with geometric prints and a splash of colour.

Shape and lines are key elements in any contemporary space, so choose furniture in line with this principal. Mix sleek lines with elegant curves, and use a variety of shapes when you decide on the design of your space.

Attention to detail is essential when it comes to getting the contemporary look right. Pay special attention to your lighting, and consider bringing in some metal or chrome details. Stone and glass elements also work very well in a contemporary space.

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Modern

With its use of neutral colours, natural materials, and minimal clutter, you can’t go wrong with the modern aesthetic. With origins in Scandinavian and German design and architectural styles, the look is simple and functional. That said, the style certainly doesn’t lack personality and needn’t be boring. In fact, it’s a great option if you love sleek lines, open spaces and interesting structural elements.

Keep the colour of your walls neutral, and make sure that your open spaces and counter tops remain free from clutter. You’ll want to avoid unnecessary knick-knacks, but statement pieces can work well to create a focal point — play with mirrors or interesting lighting choices to add some flair to your home.

In terms of architectural style, the modern look works best in an open-plan layout with plenty of natural light. Open spaces help to eliminate the need for unnecessary structures, while concrete, steel and glass elements add interest to an interior. To complete the look, opt for furniture with clean lines and a minimal aesthetic. Try and avoid bold prints, and choose plain, natural fabrics that work well with your colour palette.

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