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Interior Design Styles: 15 Popular Types Explained

Looking to decorate or update a room and searching for some inspiration? This latest article from Milray Park, ‘Australia’s home of eDecorating’ brilliantly covers the 15 popular interior design styles to recreate what you envisage for your own space.

In reality we often blend several elements from different design styles and it is this blending of design that becomes much easier once you’ve learned the basics. Being able to put a name to your favourite design styles is a great place to begin.

Handy style guide

By Milray Park

Really liked the last reno post on Interiors Addict? Feeling inspired by the Australian home tour featured on this morning’s The Design Files newsletter? Still not quite sure how to recreate that vibe in your own space or even where to start?

It will be much easier once you’ve learned the basics. Being able to put a name to your favourites design styles is a great place to begin.


This style emphasises the raw, exposed backbone of a space.
Characterised by exposed brick, steel beams and raw materials, it highlights the history of a property. When thinking industrial think converted warehouses, converted barns and loft apartments.
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Image: Xtend Studio
Image: Max Zambelli
Image: Vosges Paris


Mid-century design emerged in the 1940’s to 1970’s and epitomised a relaxed post-war era.
The design aesthetic uses natural curved shapes such as the egg like Eames chair and minimalist silhouettes to evoke a nostalgic retro style. It offers ‘fuss free’ living style that highlights the functionality and openness of a space.
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Image: Houzz
Image: Design Milk
Image: Leaf and June


Coastal interior design typically utilises a white or cream base palette layered with bright blues, red and yellows.
It encapsulates beach house living, using weathered wood, nautical decor and fresh crisp linen to create a bright and airy space that feels relaxing and fresh.
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Image: Lexington
Image: LexingtonJennifer Boomer
Image: Spots and Stripes


Characterised by a sense a grandeur blended with a colourful oriental palette, the Regency style is an homage to 18th-century living.
Chandeliers and brightly coloured materials are commonplace and paired with patterned wallpaper which give the space a regal look and feel.
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Image: South Shore Decorating Blog
Image: Regency Distribution
Image: Lulu Lytle

Country Rustic

A relaxed approach to interior design, Country Rustic style is consisting of repurposed objects and natural materials. It offers a cosy and warm environment akin to country living.
Exposed beams and barn doors are paired back with neutral tones in the furniture and decor.
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Image: Suzanne Kasler Interiors
Image: Sarah Best Photography
Image: Dreamy Whites


Transitional is all about mixing the old with the new. It creates a space that perfectly blends a sleek modern feel with traditional elegance.
The result is an elegant, enduring design that is both comfortable and classic.
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Image: Pickell Architecture
Image: Kate Marker Interiors
Image: Slava Balbek & Artem Zavarzin


Modern interior design approaches spaces in a simplistic way, highlighting functionality opposed to unnecessary cluttering. This design is perfect for small spaces as is it offers the illusion of space through not overcrowding with accessories. This design attempts to highlight geometry, focusing on clean lines and asymmetrical cohesion.
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Image: Deko
Image: Cutout Architect
Image: Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture


Scandi design blends functionality and simplicity seamlessly. Spaces are not overcrowded but carefully constructed to evoke a simple easy going lifestyle.
There is a great importance on white as a base to layer subtle hints of colour. It uses light coloured wood features and simple decor to add warmth, textures and depth. It is simple and uncomplicated.
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Image: By Nina Holst
Image: Jefferson Lane Home
Image: The Ultra Linx


Spanish design is all about creating a vibrant colourful space reminiscent of a Tuscan villas or Greek Tavernas. The colour palette uses rich earthy tones like terracotta, deep blues and reds married with dark timber, decorative tiles and wrought iron features.
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Image: El Carligto
Image: Hugh Randolph Architects
Image: Burnham Design


Balance is key when looking at Asian interior design. It is about creating a harmonious space. Furniture placement is well considered, looking at creating a positive flow throughout the space. Incorporating hand carved and painted furniture pieces paired with a tranquil blend of neutral, bright and metallic colours.
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Image: SJB Interiors
Image: Leen Bakker
Image: Casey Design

Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic style uses vintage style and antique decor that evokes a soft femininity reminiscent of the French countryside. The use of distressed furniture and soft pastel colourings attribute to this sense of femininity and casual living.
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Image: Janet Parrella-van den Berg
Image: A Beach Cottage
Image: Harper’s Bazaar

Art Deco

Art Deco first emerged in the 1920’s and is strongly influenced by architecture. It uses strong lines, geometry and bold colour palettes.
Art Deco allows creative freedom with patterns and materials, blending glass, chrome and gold seamlessly within a space. Clean lined artwork and curved furniture create a sleek elegant Great Gatsby inspired interior.
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Image: Marcos Fecchino
Image: Elle Decor
Image: Barry Calhoun


The island style is encapsulated by rich timber in bright airy spaces adorned with palm fronds, jute rugs and linen/cotton fabrics. Island interiors layer textures in the furnishing and use hints of colours to lift the space.
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Image: Casa Abril
Image: Annie Schlechter
Image: Casa Abril


Traditional design echoes a classic European style incorporating rich mahogany wood tones, ornate architectural details and elegant furnishings.
This design style integrates antique pieces such as claw-footed tables and chairs that embody a sense of occasion and sophistication.
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Image: John Gruen
Image: Whitestone Builders
Image: Emily Followill


Bohemian decor embodies a carefree eclecticism. Taking inspiration from around the world this style blends bright colours and tribal-like patterns.
Boho uses several textures to layer a space including hand woven rugs, sheepskin throws and indoor plants which create an ordered messiness.
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Image: Lucy Gladewright
Image: The Jungalow
Image: Country Chic Oslo

About Milray Park

Milray Park is an Australian tech startup offering 100% online interior design services. Milray Park connects customers Australian-wide with top design professionals on an easy-to-use design platform to get affordable and personalised interior design. Milray Park will soon be offering landscape and garden, commercial, retail, hospitality, property staging and event styling online design services.
Milray Park has recently launched an online Design Bar where you can access free decorating help on-the-go for those quick design questions. Get your access here.
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