Understanding all of the interior design styles is no small feat. There are not only dozens of styles that have been identified over the years, but designs can be customized to fit the needs of the homeowner.

Interior design has become nothing short of an obsession for many. In this blog post, we’re going to break it down. The differences between styles and how you can create a beautiful design for your home are immense. We hope to bring some clarity along with ideas for how you can design your interior space.

Interior Design Trends 2021

Before we get too far into the different styles out there, let’s take a look at some of the trends that have been popping up over the year. No doubt, there will be a few that you find valuable.

Nostalgia and All Natural

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Two of the biggest trends that have started to become the norm throughout 2020 and into 2021 are nostalgia and all-natural. While both of these have been trends in the past, they’re surprisingly taking a lot of the United States by storm. Some might consider the pandemic to be part of the reason that both of these trends have become popular. The recent amounts of uncertainty have caused homeowners to desire a design that makes them feel comfortable.

Both nostalgia and all-natural design offer warm tones that feel inviting and help to relieve stress in the home. One element that’s especially common with all-natural design are plants. Plants help alleviate stress in many ways and are proven to be a calming mechanism for many people.

Diverse Design Inspirations

Another common trend over the past year or so has been the diversity of design inspirations throughout individual homes. No longer do homeowners draw from the same old sources of the past or even just one source. Instead, they’ll pull from multiple places to create a blend of design that is completely unique.

Elements of Interior Design

There are 7 elements of interior design:

  • Color
  • Form
  • Light
  • Line
  • Pattern
  • Texture
  • Space

These different elements make up all the differences between design styles. Let’s break each of them down so that we can better understand how they work together.


When it comes to color, you’re choosing more than just an aesthetic choice for a room. In truth, you’re choosing each room’s mood, how it affects the different pieces of furniture or art, and of course, the emotion given by the room.


Don’t get confused by form. The form is just a fancy word for the shape of a room. While you often won’t be able to change or choose the form of a room, you should adjust how the room is styled based on the form.


Light takes into account both how light enters the room through windows and how you choose to light the room. The quality of light in any given room dramatically impacts how your design and color choices will impact the room.


Think of line as the perimeter or line around the form/shape of the room. The lines in a room help to inform the character just as much as the form.


Pattern isn’t common in all design types, but it really stands out in the design types that it is in. An example of a pattern is wallpaper or other types of patterns on walls, ceilings, and floors.


Texture shouldn’t be confused with pattern because it’s not the room’s texture so much as it is the texture of different items throughout the room. Consider texture as the way that objects feel throughout the room.


Space is one of the simplest to measure because it accounts for simply the room’s length and width. The length and width will change the way that you use flooring in the room, light fixtures, and other elements.

To Hire or to DIY My Home Design?

After hearing some of the different interior design styles and design elements, do you think you’ll be able to handle the interior design of your home, or will you need to hire it out? There are obviously several factors to consider.

What’s Your Goal

Creating a goal for your space in your home is essential. Some goals include how much time you want to spend on the project, how much you can afford to spend, and how many renovations you need to complete.

Depending on your goals, you should be able to determine whether or not you’ll need to hire a contractor or if you can possibly design your home on your own. If you don’t have any design experience in the past and haven’t done many home improvement projects, you could consider working more closely alongside the contractor you hire.

Nonetheless, there’s still a lot to learn about design before you’re ready to DIY your home design. If you consider hiring a contractor to help you work on your interior design project, reach out to Thomas Buckborough & Associates today!