So you need a new look in your living room, and you’ve got an idea of what you want. Now you’d like to have a look around the internet to find inspiration, and even do some shopping, but how do you explain to Google what’s in your head?

I’m pretty sure we’ve all done a search for something and then been disappointed and frustrated when we see the results.

Someone at has gone to a lot of trouble to explain – and explain well – the difference in interior and decor styles. They include a really comprehensive description of all the following design styles.

I’d recommend reading the full post  to fully appreciate the distinction between the following styles:

  • Arts and Crafts – handmade folk style.
  • Classic Contemporary – innocuous style is recognizable through the use of simplified shapes
  • Contemporary – now a combination of the old and new ideals.
  • Country – a cozy and quaint feel
  • Eclectic – essentially a combination of all other styles
  • Modern – originated in the 1900s with the Bauhaus Movement
  • Rustic – comprised partly or wholly of locally found materials such as bark, roots, branches etc
  • Shabby-Chic – relies mainly on flea market finds that are usually refinished
  • Traditional – regal and often detailed furnishings from a variety of different time periods
  • Transitional – The offspring of traditional and contemporary furniture
  • Tuscan – reflects the warm hues found in the Italian countryside landscape


Apart from the full post here, there is also this jolly useful infographic showing an overview of the different styles