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Defining Interior Design Styles

A close examination of the defining individual elements of a space reveal the singular threads of style that run through each category of interior design, from contemporary to eclectic. Contemporary comes with clean lines, while traditional design carries depth and texture. Farmhouse interiors differ greatly from industrial design, although both make use of raw materials. Bohemian and eclectic styles are also widely different, despite sharing similarities. And a glamorous space is at once playful and sophisticated.

Contemporary

Defined by clean lines and a simple aesthetic, contemporary design is fresh, dynamic, of-the-moment, and, often, monochromatic. The ever-popular all-white kitchens are entirely contemporary, as are light-filled open floor plans. This design style continues to evolve while maintaining celebrated characteristics — think minimalism, sleek surfaces, linear architecture, and neutral color palettes, too. While minimalism can feel stark, it can also be peaceful and focused due to its simplicity and by creating sculpture in the mundane.

Contemporary design with modern finishes
Contemporary design is boldly reimagined with the incorporation of modern finishings in this kitchen, with its white-and-grey color scheme, open shelving, and mid-century-inspired elements.
Image: Reid Rolls Photography
A striking space that showcases contemporary design
Modern and contemporary designs share many of the same ingredients of design. This bathroom showcases a modern approach, while utilizing contemporary components.
Image: Nick McGinn

Traditional

Timeless and elegant, traditional design is, generally, the most familiar style. Crafted with an emphasis on livability and sophistication, traditional spaces incorporate texture, depth, and boldness — without being stuffy nor boring. Hallmarks of traditional design hail from the 18th and 19th centuries with heavy European influence. This design style embraces antiques, built-in cabinets and molding, plush fabrics, and art.

Traditional, contemporary, traditional and more — design styles you need to know
Bringing traditional design style into the modern day, this space wisely mixes materials and textures. The result is a sophisticated space outfitted in timeless elegance.
Image: Andrea Behrends
Interior Design Styles Explained
Wallpaper has recently seen a resurgence (more on that later), and it remains a staple in traditional design. Here, every element works together to create a fresh, classic design.
Image: Andrea Behrends
Interior Design Styles Explained
Built-in cabinets paired with all-white surroundings illustrate a modern approach to traditional design.
Image: Andrea Behrends

Transitional

A dominating trend in interior design style is the combination of contemporary and traditional styles. Traditional spaces can air on the side of formal, so modern pieces are incorporated to soften the space. In transitional design, the lines are blurry, and the rules aren’t clear — which makes it fun. Modern embellishments and traditional bones work together to create a cohesive look.

Transitional design decoded
Impactful contemporary art is an easy way to modernize a space and infuse personality and pops of purple play well against the neutral color palette. The design is contemporary while also traditional.
Image: Andrea Behrends
Clean lines and minimalist finishes in a picture-perfect kitchen
Clean lines and minimalist finishes blend with notes of traditional design, resulting in a contemporary kitchen that can stand the test of time.
Image: Andrea Behrends

Farmhouse

Known for salvaged materials, rustic undertones, and reclaimed wood, farmhouses are warm, charming, and jam-packed with character. Farmhouse style remains a dominating décor trend, but today, designers take a refined approach to the well-worn design style.

What is your design style?
Exposed brick walls, warm wood floors, and a slider barn door evoke a farmhouse vibe in this hallway designed to accommodate a spot for the dogs to dine and a farmhouse sink for flower arranging.
Image: Andrea Behrends

Glamorous

A style reserved for the discerning homeowner, glamorous design is at once fashionable and luxurious. Splurge-worthy and statement-making art, materials, and furniture make up a glamorous space — whether it be the living room, bedroom, or dining area.

A glamorous space to call your own
Materials rich in texture and color introduce a touch of glamour to this otherwise industrial space.
Image: Andrea Behrends
a bathroom that screams glamor
A combination of black and grey introduces drama to any space, such as this bathroom. High-end finishes and luxe materials scream glamor.
Image: Andrea Behrends

Bohemian

Layered touches of color and texture come together unexpectedly in Bohemian design. The California cool, laid-back style celebrates creativity and incorporates a mix of materials, art, and color. Teals, pinks, and royal blues are colors commonly associated with this design style.

What is your design style?
The easiest expression of style is through art. For example, in this bohemian design, each piece was thoughtfully chosen as a representation of the homeowner’s style.
Image: Nick McGinn
Bohemian design reimagined
A space that combines various design styles, this bathroom falls under the category of bohemian thanks to the teal chandelier that hangs above the vanity.

Industrial

An uptick in renovation of old warehouses has resulted in an uptick in industrial design, predominantly in restaurants — but the elements of industrial design feel right at home in residential spaces, as well. Organic materials are at the heart of industrial design, which highlights raw ingredients, such as exposed brick, steel, and wood.

What is your design style?
Showcasing every element of industrial design imaginable, this space is at once sleek and rustic.
Image: Andrea Behrends

Eclectic

Eclectic design style, by its nature, is difficult to define. One-of-a-kind elements come together to create one-of-a-kind designs that express the stylistic preferences of the homeowner. Sometimes chaotic and always unique, you’ll recognize an eclectic design when you see it.

Understanding eclectic design
A combination of styles come together with artful elements in this eclectic space with modern tendencies.
Image: Reid Rolls
Pops of green bring this corner to life
A favorite corner in the Beth Haley showroom, this space undoubtedly showcases eclectic design that celebrates our favorite color: green.
Image: Leila Grossman

Ultimately, the most important thing is to find the style that works for you. What is your design style?

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By |May 29th, 2019|BHD Projects, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Inspiration, Room Designs, Trend Spotting|Comments Off on Defining Interior Design Styles|

Beth Haley’s Neighborhood Guide: Wedgewood Houston

See how Beth Haley spend an afternoon in the Wedgewood Houston neighborhood.

Wedgewood Houston is at the center of Nashville’s ever-expanding art community, with local galleries, studios, and workshops as evidence. A former warehouse district south of downtown, this cutting-edge neighborhood has risen in popularity for young and established makers, appreciators of art, and entreprenuers. Plus, there is plenty to eat and drink at the many restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries.

Humphreys Street Coffee

Wedgewood Houston: Beth Haley's Neighborhood Guide
Image: Humphreys Street Coffee

A bright open space abuzz with locals, this is a coffee shop you can feel good about. Humphreys Street is designed to raise up leaders in the community by employing students and reinvesting their profits into programs and scholarships to support students. And the coffee is as good as the mission.

Fort Houston

Beth Haley's Neighborhood Guide
Image: Fort Houston

An incubator and workspace catering to makers, Fort Houston teems with creative energy. You can schedule a tour of the space, or explore its many offerings during Arts & Music at Wedgewood Houston, a monthly art walk held the first Saturday of each month.

Zeitgeist

Wedgewood Houston: Beth Haley's Neighborhood Guide
Image: Zeitgeist

Thanks in part to Zeitgeist’s commitment to contemporary art, the Wedgewood Houston neighborhood has gained recognition as a destination for art and artists. The gallery showcases new and established artists with varied approaches to contemporary art, and it is always on our list of places to visit when we are in the neighborhood.

David Lusk Gallery

Wedgewood Houston galleries and restaurants we love!
Image: David Lusk Gallery

David Lusk Gallery is a Memphis transplant that arrived in Wedgewood Houston in 2014 to introduce contemporary artists working in mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to photography and video displayed during group and solo exhibitions.

Dozen Bakery

Beth Haley's Neighborhood Guide
Image: Dozen Bakery

Next door to David Lusk Gallery, Dozen Bakery specializes in fresh bread and pastries. End the day with a baguette sandwich. Upon first bite, the bakery’s commitment to quality will become apparent, and you’ll be ordering a baguette to go.

Consider spending a day in Wedgewood Houston and let us know which neighborhood spots you love.

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By |May 17th, 2019|Art, Inspiration, Nashville, Neighborhood Guide, Traveling|Comments Off on Beth Haley’s Neighborhood Guide: Wedgewood Houston|

10 Tiled Spaces You’ll Love

When renovating a kitchen or bathroom, it’s likely you’ll incorporate tiles as a key design element — or at least you should. Tiles add texture and personality, elevating any space. We tracked down the top tiled kitchens and bathrooms in our portfolio to give you a glimpse at how something as simple as tile can transform the design.

A fun take on an all-white kitchen
Be prepared to be inspired by these tiles.
Images: Nick McGinn

A welcomed spin on an all-white kitchen, this space introduces shades of gray to break up the monotony while maintaining a simple color scheme. On the island and countertops, a solid slab of marble adds a nod of sophistication while the tile sizes and color variations contribute a playful element.

A dreamy space designed for entertaining
Image: Nick McGinn

The use of tile and muted colorways in the nearby butler’s pantry creates a significant impact in a small space. Larger, antiqued mirror tiles were chosen for the backsplash, and the solid marble countertop offer contrast in texture and pattern. Add a cocktail, and the space is complete.

Be prepared to be inspired by these tiles.
Image: Nick McGinn

Subway tiles are a go-to design choice for simple, sophisticated spaces. In this particular bathroom, a vertical line of smaller, grey and white glass tiles offers a dash of contemporary flair without interrupting the clean, minimalist design.

Be prepared to be inspired by these tiles.
Image: Andrea Behrends

No stranger to the incorporation of color, Beth added touches of teal to this serene space to instantly modernize the design. Against a neutral backdrop, teal accents pack a colorful punch.

Be prepared to be inspired by these tiles.
Image: Nick McGinn

A masculine space with dark tones and artful pops of gold, this bathroom exudes modern sophistication. Various tile shapes add visual interest and offer an overall design that is sleek and stylish.

Be prepared to be inspired by these tiles.
Image: Andrea Behrends
Be prepared to be inspired by these tiles.
Image: Andrea Behrends

An approachable kitchen design showcases contemporary and traditional styles. Here, glossy subway tiles stand out. With a visible grout, they are a noticeable element that fit seamlessly into the overall design.

A tiled space to love
Image: Andrea Behrends

The application of marble tile makes this bathroom unique, and the differing patterns flow effortlessly. Within the black-and-white scheme, it’s the basketweave flooring that is the most striking.

Go bold with the tile in your kitchen
Image: Andrea Behrends

Far from boring, this backsplash makes a bold statement. The color story is cool and unexpected, and it is a welcomed departure from all-white. If you are a lover of color, consider pairing various shades of your favorite color in your place.

Be prepared to be inspired by these tiles.
Image: Reid Rolls

A refreshing twist on all-white, this kitchen combines modern design components, including herringbone tiles, contemporary chairs, and globe lights. Hints of color that range from white to gray are found in the small, stylish tiles.

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By |May 1st, 2019|Bathrooms, BHD Projects, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Trends, Inspiration, Kitchen & Bath, Kitchens, Nashville, Tile|Comments Off on 10 Tiled Spaces You’ll Love|