18 Interior Design Themes, They Can Never Go Out Of Vogue.

Check Out These 18 Interior Design Themes Always In Vogue Before You Decide One For Your Space.

Feb 06, 2015

Choosing and deciding over an interior look for the home is not as easy as it sounds. The design is a permanency for a long time. If an inappropriate decision was made, the rectification is time consuming and expensive. To visualize the type of decor is more favourable than making a random choice from the list given below. The inhabitant psych, feeling, senses and awareness of design plays a vital role in selecting the look.


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'Antiquity' pertains to the Graeco-Roman Antiquity Period in the vocabulary of design, in effect, impeding to a synonymous classical nature of art and skill as a constituent in the design almanac for furnished living. The word antique is undoubtedly derived from the Latin word 'antiquus' meaning - former or ancient.

The interior of this design appeal is indubitably par elegance and style, as we know it. The spectacle of the antiquity style creates an image of the memories of a timeworn yet tasteful, chic and sophisticated manner of a dwelling space.

Furthermore, there happens to be a flamboyant expense of the colours ivory and golden yellow to appreciate the distinctive royalty it helps with the space. The furniture possesses intricacy in the detailing, for example, the elements of the Corinthian or ionic column capitals for instance. Teething and architrave-like appearance on the false ceiling delivers a formal look of a timed masterpiece.


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The art of contemporary design is the one that is coming of age as compared to all the other forms of designing interior spaces. A series of balanced and harmonious colours are used in order to give a rather scientifically visual effect of the developing aspect of time in the present space. Shades of metallic grey are involved to large extents brims the nature of a modern piece of design.

The interior appeal includes warm and subtle finishes of exceptional materials - wood and veneer, steel and glass. Solid wood doors with frames or appearance to look more polished and panels upholstered with leather are generic features of the contemporary. Prints of various soft or the occasional pastels along with the flowing drapes also mark a typically contemporary character, but not in excess. 


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The countryside refers mainly to the kind of interiors that are generally incorporated for non-urban homes, villas and clubhouse living spaces. The design chiefly caters to the spaces that help in escaping the stressful worldly life over a summer or weekend. This concept of weekend homes is prevalent outside major urban metropolitan cities such as New Delhi or Mumbai or Bangalore, where the elegance, simplicity and spiritual serenity of country side homes is in great need. Being homey and unpretentious in nature the countryside interiors speak the power of truth in form & function for the ordered materials.

The country character involves cheerful, bright yet soft colours that give the psychological aura of a de-stressing environment with an upbeat cosy responsiveness. Comforting artwork, draperies and textiles help maintain the liveliness of the space. Silvers, pottery, cream ware are simple in accent, uncomplicated in appearance and use and unfussy as a whole. Countryside is not necessarily the cottage style of homes, but both are parallel in terms of the added concepts.

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Towards the end of the 1980s, "de-constructivism" was the magic word and finally, spaces and structures themselves followed suit with the propagated ideology. The order of unrest on tangential continuum, shattered forms, wildly slanting walls and precariously tipped rooflines gave the impression of an explosion-like way of design. Being an artistic trend of the late twentieth century it is a bold yet a feared form of design for one is compelled to think twice for one's space to be carried out with the characters of the uncommon style.

Given the fact that the de-constructivism in interior spaces is entirely presided on the grounds of precise chaos and inconformity, pieces of furniture or artefacts of design pose to be less of the entire bold step as they appear elemental and classy. Wavy chairs, sofas, bookshelves create interesting features in the already mundanely placed pieces of interiors. De-constructivism stands unique from eccentrics as the former plays a vital role in defying the laws of physics and appear to be all the more gutsy.


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Like the de-constructivist, eccentrics is a bold outlook on the interior space appearance, although, the art 'eccentricity' bestows minimal level for boldness as compared to the former. 'Eccentric' ideally refers to ?off-centred? meaning, slightly out of place.

For example; in well-structured systems of living space, a crooked centre piece or a flamboyantly off shaped chandelier pendant or leaning shelves slightly aid in breaking the harmonious continuity of the original conformity of the space creating a certain sense of drama and spice.

Eccentricity is more playful within certain limits and acts for just one or two, in case of larger spaces, to oppose the characteristic permanence of the space. It can play not just in the sense of forms of added objects but also possibly in colours and patterns that bizarrely stand out among the rest of the work. Eccentricity helps to generate certain surprise elements and unexpected effects to the established elegance.


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Expressionism is a rather upgraded version of Eccentricity, if you will! Expressionism is equally gutsy to establish the room's quality, but it speaks for itself in an apologetic manner. The style isn't as straight as classical or contemporary as it stands somewhere in between the zones.

It involves various applications of colour, patterns, forms or material based on the inhabitant in a boastful yet elegant manner. To draw a corollary with cinematic expressions, an expressionist space is rather similar to any Tim Burton movie as it stands apart from the "normal" way of living.

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Feminism of space, predominantly, is based on the sensitivity of the function of the space. Pink or lavender coloured walls and wall paper patterns, floral upholstery, tiny curios, light hue shaded abstract paintings and flower vases help establish feminism in any given space. Soft furniture pieces and Barbie-colour scheme is a perfect feminine space from a baby girl's room to an independent working women. The space speaks tranquillity - soft coloured veneers or hard wood for drawers and chests aid in maintaining the quite, comfortable feel. Delicate artefacts and pottery with curvy or intricate items of display reflect the physical ideals of femininity.

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The fluid-organic spaces are anomalous to the ideal of deconstructivism in all aspects except the fact that the form is generated from nature's organics forces and concepts. The idea of accessing fluid curves and organic forms lies in the fact that they simplify the order of complexity, of creating and maximizing interior spaces. Clean curvatures of new age materials are used and colours such as metallic grey, black, ivory and white hold prominence.

Fluid-organics open several possibilities of interior design spawning free hand curves and formations of a group of collective curves. Important aspect to choose this form should reside in the ideology of the space to be maintained in minimalism to reveals is subtle expression of character.

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The style of the interior reveals a stress-free and non-artificial method of design. Each object is maintained and designed by hand and old antiques are cherished however unsuitable they may appear. The free and 'chilled-out' feel of the space makes it a potential choice for a countryside or cottage home. The spiritual spaces include a personal free of will in terms of colour, lighting, tapestry and drapes. Furniture can be compromised seething to the fact that this style is acknowledgeable as the most non-conformist, maverick-like and appreciably chaotic in character. The interiors are also reflected in the exterior spaces and landscapes in order to apprize and revere the style as a whole.


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The most divine, noble and indisputably elegant style for an Indian appealing home is the Indo-classical essence in it, which is much of a meticulous one to decipher. The style of the traditional Indian interiors is regionally based and on selecting a suitable particular style - whether Rajasthani, Marwari, Kutchi, Kashmiri, Pahadi, Bengali or Tamilian, each of them possess their own typical ideals of intricacy in details of various elements of decoration such as cornices, joineries, furniture, door posts and chaburas. The exquisite carved latticework or 'jalis' for door and windows, floral arches within the house along with the colour scheme of spicy and warm saffron, crimson and golden yellow, the space speaks the Indian language of sensation for the traditional elegant habitation and lifestyle.

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The certain creation of modern minimal interior design style is credited to the group of European Engineers that started the Bauhaus School of Design in Germany in 1919. This form of design may appear commonplace, harsh or cold, however when planned well it can promote a sense of calmness and simplicity within the space. It is ideal for apartments and small houses as it creates the effect of vastness and illusion.

Minimal textures and bold geometric forms, neutral colours accentuated with a single bold colour along polished finishes and asymmetrical balance are key identifying features of modern style interiors.
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"The father of geometric abstraction", Piet Mondrian played a pivotal role in the revolution of Modern Art, wherein he used straight perpendicular lines of bold black on plain white canvas, due to his obsession for square grid patterns, and alternatively random filling of formed squares with only the basic primary set of colours. Though the art was perceived in the two-dimensional space of matter, it was reformed and refined further to develop into the three-dimensional space of matter where Gerrit Rietveld's De Stijl armchair paved the way of a fresher outlook to minimal design of interior space. Mondrian's style conforms slightly to the Bauhaus, excluding the addition of primary colours.


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As interior design started becoming a household hobby in the twenty-first century of science, economics and innovation, a conceptual foreground of palette colours was derived to help bring about visual harmony to the space by the amateur inhabitants themselves. At least three basic shades of contrasting colours are chosen from the colour wheel are chosen and applied to specific objects, surface and patterns to bring out the desired look. Various colour palettes are available either in books or the Internet, or can be sought out independently, too, for a unique get-up of the space.

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The rustic appeal refers to the purest form of the material constituents of the interior space - brick, concrete, ply, timber, bamboo cane, jute and linen - all in pure untreated or redesigned forms. The rustic nature of the space brings out an entirely different form of beauty, which is raw and rejuvenating.

This form of look can also play a decent role in countryside homes and bohemian decors. The finishes are pleasant, truthful and pure.


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The floral form is always full of zest as it judiciously involves the nature essence within the interior get-up and explores the freshness of the appearance. Ranging from beautiful floral patterns of tapestries and drapes to the primeval use of the colour green delivers a strong lively essence inside. Indoor plants and ferns make up for the lack of environmental freshness and interaction in today's stressful age.

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The advanced form of modern interiors, technology oriented interiors is every day developing with the advent of new forms of technical advancement in the consumer markets. From sensitive touch mechanism, to the use of hydraulic systems for pull-ups, to the ever-evolving custom made furniture and services design and technology, each style of a tech-savvy obsess gets outdate as soon as and advanced version is introduced to the consumer market. However, a tech-savvy home delivers  more comfort for the urban metropolitan lifestyle.

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Mies Van der Rohe, a former pioneer for the advent of the minimalist design school of practice of the Bauhaus style, himself plays a vital role in the modern furniture design following his concept of 'Less is More' and Louis Sullivan's concept of 'Form follows Function'. The versatile chairs and armchairs are suitable in all forms of interior decoration pertaining to function of the given space.

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The Victorian style had originated in the era of the reign of the English Queen Victoria I. It is opulent, luxurious and flamboyant, wherein it highly contradicts the characteristics of minimalism. It is based on excessive amount of ornate decorations, accessories, where the more the posh display, the better is the visual appeal factor. However, the Victorian style of design doesn't accord with the fussy or messy ways of living. The excessive decorative furniture and ornament are contrasted by the plain floor and wall surfaces. Colours of deep hues and pastels contrast the rich textures against the bright upholstery and wallpapers. Heavy wood furniture is predominant in this style.

Aishwarya Trivedi
Aishwarya Trivedi

I, Aishwarya Trivedi, am a design and art enthusiast with a formal liking for science and technology. I am a fresh Architecture graduate from Gujarat University and I intend to flourish my career in the field of research for Architecture and Urban Design Theory. Writing and blogging are the most contempt ways of reproducing research throu... | more articles from Aishwarya

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