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When you are looking at making a furnishing purchase or considering updating your space, it’s important to know what you like and what will work in your home. Here are descriptions of a few common decorating styles to help you determine your preferred style:


Traditional Decorating



Traditional style interior decorating has more of a classic look and feel. It incorporates larger, more substantial furnishings with sturdy construction. and tends to feature wood and rich fabrics.


Elaborate patterns and elegant finishes might adorn your sofa or accent chair. Layering tones and textures can add dimension and make you feel like you are surrounded by luxury.


Read about Functional Luxury here.


Contemporary Decorating

(Palliser Alula sofa)


Contemporary style interior decorating, sometimes referred to as modern decorating, typically features clean lines, simple colour palettes, neutral tones, and furniture that isn’t overly busy with patterns or designs.


Adding elements of glass or metal are ways to help bring this contemporary style to life — but remember not to fill your space with decor. You should choose your accents carefully.


Read about Metal Accent Furniture here.


Urban Decorating




Urban style interior decorating is often seen in condos and lofts, but has moved more into the home space as its strong design characteristics can bring a room to life.


Featuring metals and wood, this decorating style can have a bit of an industrial look and feel. It’s ultimately a blend of comfort and chic, incorporating sleek angles and strong design elements that create visual interest.


Read about Urban Bohemian style here.


There are lots of other decorating styles, including eclectic, retro, minimalist, transitional, country, and more. What’s important to remember is that, while trends come and go, your style can remain — so select furnishings that will work for your lifestyle in the long-term.


For expert help in choosing the perfect furnishings for any room in your home, come and chat with Smitty’s interior decorating experts. We’ll help you find pieces that reflect your interior decorating style.

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