What is Your Design Style?

By Luster Custom Homes Posted Monday, August 28th, 2017
What is Your Design Style?

If you’re like most of our clients, odds are you have a general taste for what you like and don’t like, but when it comes to ‘formally’ defining your design style (i.e. traditional, modern, etc.) the lines can get a little blurry. Though typically it’s not necessary to commit your taste to a certain style of design, it’s always a good idea to be familiar with the different styles, so you can speak clearly with industry professionals about what you want. Here are a few of the more common design styles, defined by a few, quick points:

Contemporary Home Design

  • Clean, sleek – subdued details and accents (think: thin, rectangular cabinet pulls and simple, geometrical lighting fixtures)
  • Neutrals and earth-tones (grays are exceptionally popular right now)
  • The definition of contemporary style changes over time; what was considered “contemporary” in the 50’s could be termed as mid-century modern today!

Farmhouse Style Home

  • Rustic and relaxed
  • Light-colored or distressed woods with simple stripes and checkered patterns are common
  • Open shelves and cozy fabrics
  • Antiques and one of a kind vintage pieces incorporated in unexpected ways (think: china arranged on a wall or, better yet, in an antique china cabinet!)


  • No rules!
  • Unexpected patterns and colors (think: neon floral wallpaper or an accent wall painted a bright chartreuse)
  • Blend of old and new, bright and muted, ornate and minimal
  • Important to make sure too many unique pieces aren’t fighting for attention


  • Minimalist (think: slab doors and cabinetry with no hardware)
  • Neutral colors, sometimes integrating earth tones like brown/khaki/tan
  • Geometric patterns and shapes are common
  • Perfect for neat freaks!

Traditional/Transitional Home

  • Orderly and formal; detailed trim work, like crown molding or wainscoting
  • Ornate and structured furniture (think: tufted sofas and beds with canopies or large headboards)
  • Muted colors, simple patterns; peaches and khakis can be common

Of course, this isn’t an all-encompassing list. There are coastal styles, art deco, arts and crafts, Moroccan, French country, Italian and midcentury modern – you get the picture! If you don’t see your style isn’t listed here, websites like Houzz, HGTV, Pinterest and good ol’ Google can help you define your exact style of interior design. Being able to clearly express your tastes and preferences help to ensure you get exactly what you want, rather than playing a game of trial and error with a designer or builder.