Style Glossary


ModernModern homes share similar characteristics with minimalist interiors. The focus of modern homes is simplicity, cleanliness and absence of decor or detailing. Furniture offers smooth, clean lines inspired by architecture from the 1930s. Modern color palettes are typically made up of neutral shades, such as whites, creams and beiges. However, unlike minimalist interiors, modern homes contain splashes of bright colors like oranges, pinks and turquoise on items such as dinnerware, curtains and rugs. All electronics in modern interiors are streamlined, so living rooms contain built-in DVD players and kitchens have small flat-screen televisions.

Image of Modern family room from Beyond Home Theater


ModernistModernist style, otherwise known as international style, was inspired by 1920s architecture. It focuses on natural materials like glass, steel and reinforced concrete, which are used on floors, countertops and appliances because of their lack of detail and ornamentation. Geometric shapes are emphasized through the use of tables, chairs and desks. Fabrics like curtains and bed linens feature a balanced mix of solids and bold, graphic patterns. As for modernist color palettes, gray is a commonly used hue due to its versatility and its sophisticated, upscale look.

Image of Modernist kitchen from Site Lines Architecture


MoroccanMoroccan interiors can be compared to Bohemian and eclectic homes, as Moroccan home design combines a variety of colors and patterns to bring character to a space. The shades used in Moroccan homes, however, are mainly deep jewel tones like emeralds, royal blues and bold purples. Furniture is ornately carved with wooden accents and is upholstered with luxurious fabrics like silk and velvet. Fabrics feature colorful mosaic patterns and interiors are illuminated with intricately detailed metal lamps. Floor and wall tiles are used frequently throughout the kitchen and dining rooms, along with vibrantly colored rugs, ottomans and cushions.

Image of Moroccan living room from Maryam Montague


NauticalNautical interiors are similar to beach house and coastal styles, but nautical homes typically contain a bit more color – namely reds and blues. Pillows, curtains, rugs, towels, etc. feature light and dark shades of red and blue, and the rest of the interior is filled with a palette of neutrals, like whites and beiges. Sea-themed items are used to bring personality into the home – you’ll see things like vintage life preservers, weathered wood oars, fishing floats, glass buoys and mariner pendant lights throughout nautical-inspired homes. Stripes are the most frequently used pattern on everything from wallpaper and pillows to rugs and towels. Scents like ocean breeze, salt, lime and coconut are brought forth using candles, diffusers and air fresheners.

Image of Nautical window seat from RGN Construction


NeoclassicNeoclassic homes evoke a timeless, elegant and historical aesthetic. This interior design motif shares certain characteristics to other home styles including Greek and Roman. Decorating pieces like vases, statues and paintings feature themes from Greek mythology and front porches have massive symmetrical columns inspired by Greek and Roman architecture. Walls are decorated with large vintage mirrors surrounded by ornate gilded frames. Interior colors are light and subtle and include pale blues, creams, grays, yellows and greens. Black and gold are used as bold contrasting hues. Furniture is simple and constructed out of dark wood. Persian rugs cover the floors and luxurious silk and cotton fabrics are seen on curtains and bed linens.

Image of Neoclassic living room from Chadsworth Columns