Style Glossary

Mediterranean

MediterraneanMuch like Greek interiors, Mediterranean design is influenced by location. Touches of Spain, Greece and Italy can be found in Mediterranean homes, and these locations are brought to life through bright, bold colors influenced by the sea and sky, like turquoise, emerald and yellow. Decorative mosaic tile is often used on interior elements like floors, table tops, mirrors and backsplashes to bring a charming rustic appeal to the home. Mediterranean furniture is built short and low to the ground. The feet on the furniture are turned and ornately detailed. The outdoors is always embraced, and many homes blur the line between inside and outside using picture windows and glass sliding doors.

Image of Mediterranean dining room from Susanne Hollis

Mexican

MexicanMexican-inspired homes deliver a similar feel to eclectic interiors. Numerous bold colors are used, such as bright pinks, greens, oranges, reds and yellows. Candlesticks, ceramic pots, ironware and hand-sewn rugs also bring personality into a Mexican home. The pottery often has intricate and colorful designs influenced by the flora and fauna found in Mexico. Chairs, tables and sofas boast an elegant look, with influences of Spanish colonial and Tuscan style. Mexican furniture can either come with a refined, stained dark wood or weathered wood for a more casual, rustic beauty. Prints and patterns like mosaic can be found on everything from tiles to pillows.

Image of Mexican kitchen from Hann Builders

Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century ModernMid-century modern interiors can be seen throughout AMC’s hit TV show “Mad Men,” as the design era came to life during the 1940s-70s. Mid-century modern homes have a seamless flow from the inside to the outside thanks to sliding doors, picture windows, skylights and patios. Windows are often left bare to emphasize outdoor views. The furniture in is entirely unique, featuring statement pieces like marshmallow sofas and egg chairs. Elements like floors and ceiling beams are stripped down to their original form, while walls are dressed up with graphic wallpaper featuring bold geometric patterns.

Image of Mid-Century Modern living room from Cure Design Group

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Mid-Century Modern – A Study In Simplicity

Minimalist

MinimalistMinimalist homes are free of any clutter, only displaying items like couches, tables and light fixtures that are essential for functional living. Minimalist interiors have a focus on simplicity and effortless beauty. Character is brought forth not through detail, but through natural materials and essential items. Rooms are monochromatic, usually featuring subdued neutrals. Walls are kept simple with only one or two decorative pieces, like a canvas or a mirror. All surfaces, from the kitchen to the bathroom should be completely cleared off. Furniture features clean lines with very little detail, and they often double as storage, like ottomans that open up to reveal space.

Image of Minimalist living room from BBH Architects

Mission

MissionMission style interiors contain furniture inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. Chairs, tables and desks have no detailing or decoration and are very simply constructed. Legs are straight and the backs of chairs feature a slat design. Furniture pieces are typically made up of solid wood – usually oak. Interior color palettes are monochromatic, and cream is a popular color in mission homes because of its simple backdrop that pairs well with wooden furniture. Wallpaper is also used sparingly – it contains patterns inspired by nature, like flowers and vines.

Image of Mission dining set from Rustic Elements Furniture