Interior Decorating Styles Trending in Southern California 

Decorating Styles | Understanding the various interior decorating style options is the key to transforming your house into the sanctuary you were meant to live in. Here are some ideas about different styles.

Different styles appeal to different people.  With the vast number of choices to fit your lifestyle, personality, and hobbies, there is a perfect decorating style for everyone.

Let’s talk about three trending interior decorating styles that are unique in their own ways. 

Transitional – Interior Decorating StylesDecorating Style Transitional

Transitional decorating and design style can be easily defined by the mixing of traditional and contemporary décor. Traditional décor is classic in nature, loaded with rich dark woods, beautiful textiles and most obvious – symmetry. 

Contemporary décor styles are more simplistic featuring the use of space in a room in lieu of décor accessories.  

Mixing traditional and contemporary décor styles forms the very popular transitional decorating style. Attractive to both genders, this style is also popular in home staging where a broad appeal is necessary. Darker base colors in this style lean towards the masculine. 

Transitional decorating incorporates these traits:

  • Neutral colored base of walls
  • Colorful drapes, décor accessories 
  • Open space to focus on select furniture groupings
  • Minimal décor accessories
  • Metallic through accessories
  • Textured rugs and fabrics 
  • Contemporary artwork 

Mid-Century Modern – Interior Decorating Styles 

Mid-century modern is a delightful appeal to function and simplicity, Interior Decorating Styles Mid-Century Modernthe style initially lasting for about 30 years, roughly from the mid-1930s to the 1960s eras. The use of woods, textiles, metals, all contribute to the mid-century feel.  

Furniture is extremely functional, with clean lines and tapered legs. Surfaces are smooth and furniture can be made with wood and well-made veneers.  A trait of mid-century modern is exposing large windows with views of nature, to allow the outdoors to come in. Nature and natural elements are synonymous with mid-century design. 

Mid-century modern decorating style continues to appeal to a wide range of audiences due to functionality, minimal use of décor items, and great comfort. Mid-century modern decorating style also integrates:

  • Neutral background colors which emphasizes pops of bolder colors on furniture/decor
  • Minimalist decorating 
  • Geometric designs 
  • Various textures and patterns incorporated through stone, metal, Lucite, wood, artwork, décor

Distinguishing Features of Mid-Century Modern

Modern Coastal – Interior Decorating Styles

Coastal interior decorating style embraces the feel Interior decorating Styles kitchenof the ocean, sandy shores, and blue sky.  This is an effect that is meant to last all year, not just the summer months.  Abundant and natural lighting is the key to get the coastal style vibes in your home. 

Light colored walls, neutral décor, various natural textures of jute and sea-grass smooth the way to a relaxed and comfortable living style. Windows often have white sheer curtains, but can also be devoid of any window treatments. 

Colors can be incorporated such as blue and white, salmon and white, and greens and blues, all at a minimum, to keep the entire space airy.  Furniture is more casual, upholstered pieces are in linens and cottons and very often bright white slipcovers.

Most importantly, the entire feel of a coastal designed room is to be comfortable. 

Have lots of open space, don’t over furnish and keep décor accessories to a minimum. Above all avoid trendy beach signs, boats in a bottle, and fishnets hanging from the wall. 

Creating Your Own Interior Decorating Style 

Mixing interior decorating styles by blending other styles such as mid-century modern with industrial farmhouse, and combining vintage décor with contemporary, all can uniquely state your individual tastes and preferences. 

Choose which of your preferred decorating styles that you want to be predominant in your design, then add the finishing touches with the secondary style.  You may even incorporate other styles, but keep those additions as a minimum so as not to be confusing. For example, if you love modern farmhouse and your spouse likes industrial, lean toward one being the predominant design. As many HGTV shows have taught us, this is a great way for both spouses to love their home. 

Our styles and tastes are always evolving and changing.  As our lifestyles change, so do our needs. Be comfortable in the fact that your home is never going to be ‘finished’. As new products, style trends, and your lifestyle changes, naturally so will your living environment.  

Above all, when you need the help from a professional, ask for it. Interior decorators can help at the onset of the project, to provide advice and direction.  One hour consultations are popular, affordable, and can get you out of that ‘stalled’ spot in redecorating your home. 

As you move from one room to another, additional consults may be necessary. Or bring on an interior decorator to help you through the entire process of redecorating your home. 

Take the time to slowly add and subtract furnishings and décor that you love and eliminate what you don’t. Be mindful that as you style your home, incorporating that style throughout the entire house will have a more pleasing aesthetic.  Have fun and enjoy the process!