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5 Key Design Themes To Choose For Your Home

by LaurettaCWright
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When it comes to interior design, it’s often a good idea (and a lot of fun) to stick to one key theme – or an underlying theme or colour that runs throughout your home, without appearing too obvious.

There are, of course, many to choose from, which can make it quite a daunting task.

But, it’s likely that you know your own mind, and will have a good idea of what you want your home to look like when all of the decorating is done.

Whether you take inspiration from your favourite fictional spaces, interior design magazines or even from friends and family, it’s likely that your preferences will sit within one key theme.

From the overall design and colours chosen, to the accessories used and feel to the space, every design choice can often fall under one of these five themes


5 Key Design Themes To Choose For Your HomeA popular design choice is the ‘modern’ theme. It’s recognisable by its clean lines and, often, monochrome colour palette.

A modern theme will often reflect a lot of forward thinking styles, textures, and idea, with a very simple colour palette.

Lots of metallics can be found within a modern design, and can often be the focal point across the space. Also, it can follow a very minimalistic design overall.


This theme sits better with family-free professionals who crave order and simplicity in their life.


5 Key Design Themes To Choose For Your HomeFeminine styles are often recognised by the overall look and feel of a space. Textures are soft, colours are calm and there’s a large emphasis on decorative pieces.

A colour palette of blushes, soft metallics and pale greys, blues or purples are often chosen.

Soft furnishes can make up a large part of a feminine design, despite the actual colours chosen.

Florals, pretty patterns and understated elegance are also favourites within this theme.


This theme suits romantic types who like being surrounded by plenty of pictures of family and friends and enjoy calm surroundings.


5 Key Design Themes To Choose For Your HomeThis design incorporates classic pieces, heritage features and simple colour palettes.

Lots of texture can be used to give a strong, tasteful effect, and pieces, such as a chesterfield leather sofa, are often found within spaces with a traditional theme and add a lot of character to the overall design.

Decorate antiques are another strong feature of the traditional theme, giving it a very distinct look overall.


The traditional design theme is typically a popular choice for people who appreciate older properties and lean more towards dark furniture as a preference in their decor.


5 Key Design Themes To Choose For Your HomeStyles that focus on luxury pieces and making a statement are classed as elegant.

The unified design can be found from room to room and sets the theme of an entire space.

Luxurious textures, decadent prints, and golds and silvers are key features of this theme.

Some emphasis is placed on decorative accessories, such as candles, cushions, and throws.

Furniture often makes a statement in itself, but the entire look is tied up with a very glamorous feel to it.


This type is favoured by typically older, retired couples, where there's no chance of anything getting damaged or messed up by kids running round!

Shabby Chic

5 Key Design Themes To Choose For Your HomeAny design that has a vintage feel to it uses lots of lovely pastel shades and focuses very much on handmade design is often referred to as shabby chic.

It’s noticeable to a large extent by the colour palettes used. Lots of white is commonly featured, with pinks, purples, greens and blues dotted throughout.

Furniture is often up-cycled pieces that are given a new lease of life.

Soft furnishings can also be found within this theme, often incorporating colour and a range of textures.

Will it suit you?

This is a popular choice for those with young families. It doesn'tt matter if things get broken and glued back together; in fact, it adds more to the character of the decor if they are.


Todd Smith 29th May 2017 - 9:56 am

This is an excellent summary of the varying design themes, my favourite of which is the traditional style. I’m a devotee of dark-coloured wooden furniture and, for all the magnificent modern designs that abound today, I certainly think there remains a place for traditional décor. For me, they maintain a sense of character that is timeless and cannot be replicated by newer designs.

LaurettaCWright 29th May 2017 - 10:54 am

Thanks Todd – and nicely put.

Gemma 5th December 2016 - 8:13 am

I love a bit of interior design – shame I never find time to actually put in place what I pin on Pinterest though!

Fashion and Style Police 5th December 2016 - 7:42 am

I love s modern interior decor anyday. Thanks for sharing this.

Cal at Family Makes 2nd December 2016 - 6:34 pm

This is a great round -up of styles. I think I sit somewhere between shabby chic, feminine and a touch of traditional!

admin 2nd December 2016 - 7:12 pm

Pretty much the same as me!


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