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Ultimate Interior Design Styles: Transitional, Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary & Farmhouse

teacher avatar Charlotte Kwok, Interior Designer, Realtor and Cat Mom!

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Course Overview


    • 3.

      Introduction - Transitional Style


    • 4.

      Chapter 1: Transitional Style Part 1


    • 5.

      Chapter 1: Transitional Style Part 2


    • 6.

      Introduction - Mid-Century Modern Style


    • 7.

      Chapter 2: Mid-Century Modern Part 1


    • 8.

      Chapter 2: Mid-Century Modern Part 2


    • 9.

      Introduction: Contemporary Style


    • 10.

      Chapter 3: Contemporary Part 1


    • 11.

      Chapter 3: Contemporary Part 2


    • 12.

      Introduction: Farmhouse Style


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      Chapter 4: Farmhouse Style Part 1


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      Chapter 4: Farmhouse Style Part 2


    • 15.

      Closing Comments + Class Project


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About This Class

Want to learn how to design in the 4 Most Popular Interior Design Styles? 

In this course, we dive into how to design in the Transitional, Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary and Farmhouse styles. 

Each of the 4 chapters covers one design style. 

Here are the key takeaways from this course:

  • History and Context behind the style
  • Breaking down key design details that make up each style
  • Furnishings unique to each style
  • Tips on how to incorporate each style into your home

It is highly recommended that you take my Interior Design Masterclass course first before taking this one. You will learn the basics and fundamentals of Interior Design which will help you get more value out of this course.

But don't worry - Whether you are a design enthusiast, a stay at home parent, or a busy professional - this course was created for students from all levels.



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Charlotte Kwok

Interior Designer, Realtor and Cat Mom!


Hello, I'm Charlotte!

I'm a Realtor and Interior Designer from Toronto, Canada.

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1. Introduction: Hi. Welcome to the ultimate interior design styles. In this course, we will be learning about four very popular design styles Transitional, mid century, modern contemporary and farmhouse. If you're new to the Siri's. I'm so glad to have you here. And if you're here for my interior design, masterclass cores, so glad to have you back. Now, if you haven't watched the masterclass course, I highly recommend you do that one first because it really breaks down the fundamentals and basics behind how to decorate your home. Where else in this course, we will be diving into how to design in specific styles. The purpose of this course is to give you some insight on the history as well as breakdown key design details So you can start to incorporate these into your home. By no means am I saying that your home should only be one kind of style. Designers make styles all the time for our clients to create the perfect design for them. By the end of this course, I hope to help you identify what sell you resonate with the most, as well as give you the superpower to see a picture on Pinterest or a piece of furniture in the show room and be like, OK, that's mid century modern or that's the contemporary piece. 2. Course Overview: this course is divided into four chapters, each covering a different design style. In each of the chapters, we will dive into the influences and history behind age style. We will break down how these interiors air achieved. We'll look at the types of furnishings and accessories that are in the style, and we will also give you practical tips on how to apply these to your home. The gold. This course is to give insight and inspiration to fellow in tier design enthusiasts like you and to get your idea engine running. My courses are not meant to teach you how to be in into your designer or to replace one. With that being said, Let's get started with our first chapter transitional style. 3. Introduction - Transitional Style: welcome to Chapter One transitional style transitional style began in the 19 fifties as a response to the starkness of modernism and mid century modern that were taking over North America and parts of Europe. At the time, people who prefer the coziness of traditional design were seeking a middle ground between traditional and modern design. Today, transitional style remains very popular amongst both designers and clients alike. As we dive into this design style, I want you to think about the word transitional itself, which means to be in between two things. This style has a lot to do with mixing and matching pieces from different time periods to create a cozy, welcoming space that works for you. Transitional design is great because it can warm up a modern home or modernize an update, a historic home. This is why, in my opinion, transitional style is the most versatile decorating style out there. If this is your jam, you're in the right course. 4. Chapter 1: Transitional Style Part 1: Let's jump right into the heart of the home. The kitchen transitional style kitchens are all about creating a homey and cozy gathering place. Typically, your island is the focal point as well as a design focus, because it really is a multi purpose element. We eat breakfast here. Kids gather here while mom and daughter preparing dinner, and sometimes they will do their homework. Here, too, transitional style kitchens will have more detail ing in the Millwork than modern kitchens . In these two examples, we have a nice kick detail in a corner post that really add character to the home. In terms of tab monetary hardware, it's advised to stick to one finish typically polished chrome or Polish nickel or brass in the left, the only used polished chrome throughout for a very cohesive look in the right image, they've mixed chrome and brass, which creates more of an eclectic field. Transitional homes should always have a neutral and serene color palette. White, beige, gray, blue or black cabinetry will always look timeless, and, if you like a would look instead, go for a war medium to dark stain. This is a really beautiful example of a dark kitchen. As you can see, there's a lot of detail ing on the cabinetry style, and the designer also incorporated open shelves, which is actually more of a contemporary trend. A lot of upper cabinets can make a kitchen feel very heavy, so open shelves can be the way to go. The only drawback of these is that the objects will collect dust, so make sure you're either using this area for display only. Or like this kitchen. It's a coffee station so the cups will get used and change very often. Let's talk shaker. The Shaker Cabinetry style is ubiquitous in the design world. It tends to work well with all styles of homes because the design of this door profile is just so simple and has the right amount of design detailing. There are many variations on the Shaker door. The standard shaker is just a raised rectangular frame around the door, typically 1.522 inches wide. Variations will have different amounts of detailing in the frame. I quite like this one in the middle with a thin detail and reveal in more recent years. The third version, The Thin Shaker, is coming into popularity which is quite a contemporary take on the Shaker profile. Because Transitional stout is all about creating an in between designs towel that uniquely serves you. The Shaker profile is a great choice that balances a modern and traditional simplicity in order or paramount to transitional design. In our masterclass course, we learned about design principles. What transitional design we want to limit the amount of embassies in a room. Pick on Lee one focal point and design around it to create visual harmony. The's sculptural freestanding tubs are perfect if you have a larger bathroom and the left image the pattern. Geometric tile with dark lines actually helps to bring your eyes to the freestanding tub. Because if the floor was white like the tub, everything would just kind of blend in and disappear in the right photo in the floral wallpaper, the delicate branches of the flowers actually point downward and draw your eye to ward the tub. We're working on your own design, work with the existing architecture and don't use to many focal points or contrast in colors in order to create a cohesive look. Here's another important design principle. Symmetry in transitional design symmetry rather than a symmetry, and classic forms are very important. So there are two symmetrical facing sconces framing the mirror. Also noticed the decorative mouldings and waves gatting in this powder room, as well as the cove edge on the vanity. When designing in the transitional style, you want a mix and match rectilinear lines and curves. You can also think of transitional style is a mix of masculine and feminine styles and looking at this design overall, there are no garish colors. The whole palette is very muted, and the colors complement each other without any strong, bold accents. Our chapter on transitional design wouldn't be complete without talking about moldings, while paneling and ceiling moldings are often seen in a transitional home because they really add a touch of elegance and refinement. No, these terms also tend to get inter changed. So let's dive a bit into this topic and look at how you can add this great decorative feature to your home. Most homes will have a baseboard and crown molding, which frame the lower edge and upper edge of the wall. On the wall itself. You can either apply panels or applied moulds to the wall to create a symmetrical framed look. Because the terms wall panelling and mouldings are often interchange, let's try to illustrate it with these two examples. The actual wall panels consists of these flat and wide pieces of MDF, called styles that are installed on the wall. The inner profiled piece is an optional piece called a panel mold, which adds an elegant touch. If you don't use the inner molding than you would call this a Shaker style wall panel, also called board and Batten. We will look more at board and batten later because it's very popular in the farmhouse style. The other type of wall paneling slash molding, and the most cost efficient way is to simply used applied moldings on your wall. So there are no panels. In addition to these applied moldings, they're essentially just the frame apply to a flat wall. While paneling and molding are ways to really make a large, blank wall more interesting and not a touch of elegance to a whole. That is why it is so popularly used in the transitional style 5. Chapter 1: Transitional Style Part 2: Let's talk about layouts transitional homes originally had in closed rooms rather than the open floor plans, which houses are built in today. So seating was laid out in a practical way, where sofas and chairs faced each other or replaced at 90 degree angles and furniture should be arranged around a main focal point, typically a fireplace. If your house has an open plan, make sure to delineate your seating areas using a large square or rectangular rock on which your furniture will sit. To learn more about how to use drugs in a design, make sure you check out the interior design masterclass course. This is an example of a transitional style sofa. It has very articulated curves and a mix of rectilinear and curvilinear lines. But other than that, designs are very simple, and you wouldn't find elaborate carved wood Lang's or anything like that. Typically sofas air down, filled for a very plump look and accessorized with lots of comfy throw cushions. The proportions are very generous with deep seats without being too oversized, and also notice that it's got a higher seat height around 18 to 20 inches and a higher back . This is a pretty spot on example of a transitional style living room. Starting with the collar palette of the room, you can see that it's very neutral. Creams, tops, browns and beiges as well as grays are great, timeless combinations. You can't go wrong with. One thing to take no is to never use bold pops of color like a bright red or orange. All the colors should be very harmonious with each other now. The seeding all have sloping feminine curves and dark wood legs. The seats are deep and comfortable and decorated with many plump looking pillows. For transitional south seating, we use heavier fabrics like wool or twill or leather and delicate fabrics like silk or velvet on the pillows. Other statement design details you'll often find in a transitional style. Seating are tough ting and nail. Hud's Yale has our metal bits along the edges of a piece of furniture that hide where the upholstery gets talked into the wood frame Tuft ing shown on the Ottoman are points on the fabric, which are pulled in with buttons in a diamond pattern. To create this luxurious three D look. The only modern elements I would say that are in this room are the side tables, which have these thin metal bases on the ring lights up above transitional. Dining rooms tend to look more formal and your design start with the dining table. Choose a substantial solid wood piece in a dark stain that will set the tone for your design. Rectangular oval around tables all work well. You want to focus on creating symmetry when creating your design. Whether it's a pair of matching sconces on a wall or decorative shelving, creating symmetry and balance gives the air of elegance to your formal dining room. There are many beautiful and sculptural dining chair designs out there. Chairs are one of the best vehicles for creative design expression, especially in a dining room where you have a limited number of items or elements. When choosing chairs, make sure it's upholstered in a thick, luxurious fabric like wool or velvet or 12 look for legs that are slightly flared out. Curved backs add comfort to the chair. Nail heads at that glam factor, and here's a practical tip. Armless chairs are generally preferred toe armchairs as they make it easier to elegantly exit the table. The arm jurors could work. If you're table is rectangular and you place them at only the ends of the table. Dining rooms are the perfect setting to use a dramatic light fixture or group of light pictures. As you can see in the left image. The room is very symmetrical, so the designer broke it up by incorporating asymmetrical pendants. This is an example of a transitional bedroom again, like the living room we just saw. This room has a very muted color palette except the brass details. I think shiny metals can be the exception here because in transitional design you might also want to inject a glam factor. See how tall the headboard is and how massive the year shams are behind the pillows. The scale of the furniture adds grandeur and glamour to the bedroom. When we look at contemporary in mid century spaces, you'll see how different the beds look. We definitely have many transitional style elements here, especially in the furniture, but also some elements that are more contemporary. Like the night stands, the lack of a crown molding and the abstract wallpaper lighting is one of the best parts of decorating a transitional home. Lighting is known as the jewelry of the home and when looking for transitional lighting here, a few tips. Transitional style lamps are often very classic and balanced in proportion. So don't choose a lamp with a bizarre looking base that's too top heavy or bottom heavy or look like it could topple. Over lamps are typically either metal or ceramic with a linen or silk shade. Crystal light fixtures are also very transitional to and give a glam look. However, be aware that they could cast weird shadows. One last thing when illuminating a transitional home. Go for lower light temperatures like 2700 Cage a 3000 K that'll create a really homey warm throughout your home. If you don't know what I'm talking about, make sure you go watch the interior design masterclass course. There's a whole section on lighting here. Some common fabric patterns that are widely used in transitional decorating. Use these sparingly and cushions or wallpaper or an accent share. Remember, think classic and don't over clutter a room with too much pattern. To recap what we've learned about the transitional style. Here's a breakdown of the key design features. Keep in mind that these air general statements, and you might not want to stick to it because, after all, transitional design is how you want to make of it. Rectangular seating arrangements Keep your seating, either facing each other or at 90 degrees. Choose comfortable furniture with shapely feminine curves. Look for detail ing like nail heads, skirts or tough ting. Decorate with pillows in a complementary tone. Use rich, dark brown woods in your flooring, furniture and Millwork. Choose a soft, neutral palette of whites, creams, grays and blues. No color should ever be too strong or pop out against the others. The overall look should be very harmonious. Definitely incorporate wall panels and mouldings that elevate your home. They are depth to an otherwise plain wall and lastly, designed with symmetry and form in mind. Don't overthink it or add too much clutter in every room. She's one focal point and designed around it. It may be a tub in the bathroom, the bed in the bedroom of fireplace in the living room or the desk in an office. My favorite part of every course is making these mood boards for you guys, and I hope that they're fun for you to make too. In this transitional style mood board, you'll see that there are some elements that lean a bit more traditional and somewhere modern. Symmetry plays a huge role here with the hanging teardrop pendants, which are center to the night stands. The throw pillows are in a group of three instead of two. Three tends to look more traditional, whereas two is but more contemporary. There's tough ting on the bed, which looks very classic, but the silhouette is simple and modern, which makes the design transitional to break up the solid tones. We have a beautiful soft floral wallpaper, and lastly, to add a small element of asymmetry, we have our mirror and also a different set of bedside objects. In this chapter, we identified some key style details, like comfortable seating with design flourishes like nail heads and tough ting or dark wood furniture in a symmetrical layout. These are general guidelines, but don't feel compelled to restrict yourself at the heart of transitional design. It's really about creating a comfy, cozy space that represents you 6. Introduction - Mid-Century Modern Style: if you can picture the office from the show madmen, that is exactly the mid century modern style Midcentury Modern is certainly experiencing every nude enthusiasm today and is rapidly gaining popularity, especially on Pinterest. However, I notice that people tend to get confused about what the style really is, so I think it's important to look at the history together. The mid century modern style refers to houses built in the 19 fifties and sixties as well as furniture designed from approximately the 19 thirties to the sixties. This was the period of the post war economic boom. People started to reject the lavishness of Art Deco and the extravagant styles that came before it. Lots of suburban homes started to be built with open floor plans, and thanks to technology, they were able to facilitate large windows that lead to a more casual furniture layout. And also the idea of bringing the outdoors and mid century. Modern design is meant to be for all and meant to serve the average family. The two themes I'd like you to keep in mind as we go through this chapter are one their manufacturing advances that allow for innovation and how that translated into designs that were so revolutionary for the time and to a shift towards Democratic furniture designed for all. 7. Chapter 2: Mid-Century Modern Part 1: This is an actual kitchen in a restored mid century home. You can just see that people were obsessed with would back then. Walnut was the wood a choice, sometimes teak, and it was on the walls, on the cabinetry, on the furniture and on the floors pretty much everywhere. This is a modern take on a mid century kitchen. I'm not exactly sure which veneer they used in this kitchen, but it's that medium warm tone would that you'll keep seeing throughout this chapter when designing your own mid century kitchen. Keep it very simple. You slapped or cabinetry instead of shaker. These two examples are also modern takes on a mid century kitchen. Another thing you can incorporate is mid century style lighting. The's globe lights were definitely very trendy at the time. My tip for you is to choose the best for near that you can get your hands on. Let all your focus be on your cabinetry and keep all the other materials like the backsplash and countertops. Very simple. Don't forget to fill your shelves, window sills and displays with plants. In the previous chapter on transitional style, we looked at types of shaker cabinetry in mid century modern design. Slab door cabinetry is popular, otherwise known as flat panel. The design focus is on the beauty of the wood grain. Take a look at these two examples of grain matched wall that veneer, meaning that the same piece of veneer runs either horizontally or vertically across different Cabinet doors, creating a very luxurious look. One instantly recognizable characteristic about mid century interiors, even as you saw in the kitchen images is the abundance of walnut antique wood, which are a big part of the period aesthetic. Lots of wood paneling and what furniture and wood flooring are all used together to bring warmth to a home. And rather than adding mouldings or other decorative elements, the beautiful grains on the wood itself are meant to be appreciated. As art, you'll see a recurring palette of wood, whitewalls greenery as well as earthy pops of color. Throughout our chapter with mid century modern homes, there's less of this idea that furniture has to have a strict specific layout. Because of open floor plans, furniture was designed to stand on their own and don't necessarily have to be up against a wall. Also, typically, walls are painted white, so they act as a backdrop for us to add pops of color to the room. A like transitional design where our color palette is very muted, it is encouraged to use pops of color in mid century design in pastels or earthy tones. Rounded shapes and rounded edges are a thing in mid century design compared to transitional design, where we saw really articulated curves. Mid century design is all about organic shapes. The other obsession is bringing the nature in so potted plants everywhere are a must. Here is a mid century style bedroom when decorating a bedroom in the mid century style, keep everything very simple. You want to start with the base of white walls, for example, Benjamin Morris Chantilly lace or simply white and then out of wood platform bed and one night stands in the transitional style chapter. The bed styles were more luxurious, like we had super tall headboards and tough ting. But for mid century style, keep it simple and low profile. You may want to add a simple abstract artwork or a nature photograph above the bed, then later on simple linen bedding. And don't overdo throw pillows, accessories like books, lamps and vases sparingly. And when we're comparing scale, mid century furniture tends to be smaller in scale than traditional style furniture. 8. Chapter 2: Mid-Century Modern Part 2: Let's Talk about furniture, as I briefly mentioned in the beginning of the chapter, mid century design was really influenced by the post war sentiment. Designers of the time adopted. The ethos of form follows function. So what that meant for us is gone were the elaborate embellishments and detail ing that were seen an art Deco and traditional designs, and this was replaced with simply articulated minimalist furniture that focused on craftsmanship and making furniture accessible to all. Another thing that was happening at the time is a rapid technological and manufacturing advances. This gave waits of more interesting materials, like metals and plastics, being incorporated into furniture, lighting and interior design. Lose sight in particular, is an interesting material that made its way to the furniture world during this time. This is a mid century style sofa. Did you notice right away that it's floating quite a bit off the floor? One iconic feature of mid century wood furniture is the peg wings, which is referring to those taper rounded. Would legs notice the organic curves on the arm and also, as I mentioned earlier, earthy colors is very mid century, so we have this terra cotta upholstery here, the mid century area produced numerous iconic furniture designs that completely changed how we approach furniture designed today. The design features we take for granted today, such as metal tubes and bentwood, were a revolutionary technology back in the day. Here we have the wound share, which is incredibly comfortable. The classic Eames Lounge and Ottoman, which every architect seems to have in their house. And the iconic Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe, which, if you live in Toronto and you've been to the Block TD building, you will have seen this one because he was also the architect of the skyscraper. Here. We also have the Wassily chair, which was actually designed in the 19 twenties and the Bauhaus era without going into too much history. The Bauhaus school was a multi disciplinary design school in Germany that was the predecessor of mid century design. Notice the use of tubular metal, which was a revolutionary back then, and here, two other very famous chairs, the AEC chair on the flag, how your chair, mid century lighting was all about experimentation and redefining the idea of what makes a lamp. Here's some lighting pieces. You probably have seen before a little story about the saucer bubble pendant. He was inspired by delicate Japanese paper lanterns, and the designer of George Nelson had crafted one out of plastic as he wanted to create a commercialized version that everyone could afford. Here are a few more cool light fixtures if you can remember the very elegant, rigid and formal looking chandeliers we saw in the transitional style chapter. This is a huge departure from that. These lights embrace a symmetry and create an approachable, casual look. Abstract patterns such as these are famous in mid century design. Alexander Girard was an architect and into your designer who also designed some of these famous tax styles. Here I noticed the obsession with both geometric shapes and organic shapes to close off for chapter let's recap a summary of mid century modern design and how you can incorporate these into your home in furniture, look for hike legs, organic curves and upholstery and earthy colors. There's no such thing as too much wood, so use lots of it everywhere, but only while not arctic. You some pattern in your home, but sparingly. Look for these abstract graphics that depict nature or geometry. Bring the nature in with tons of plants and greenery. Try to create an open floor plan in your house if you can, and lastly, start to collect some iconic pieces in your hope. Here is a mood board of a living room I created based on the mid century style. What do you think? And of course, this might be somewhat of an exaggeration, because I just want to capture the characteristics of the style in a nutshell. But for your own home, there's no need to get this to a T. As mentioned several times already. We're gonna go crazy with the walnut. While not everything. There's no such thing as too much walnut. Okay, I also used earthy colors in the rug in a geometric design. There's some more fun Potter and Seen than the pillows, and overall, the decor is super symbol. When you create your own mid century home, just charter incorporate some of these key design features. So did you learn something new about mid century modern design? One thing I really need to stress about this design style is that it is a period style, meaning that it is specific to the 19 fifties and 19 sixties. So the goal here is to incorporate a few key pieces that you really love as an appreciation for this style. What you don't want to dio is to recreate an entire home in the mid century modern style, because then what you have is a museum. No, when you're ready, let's move on to the next chapter contemporary style. 9. Introduction: Contemporary Style: we're now in the third chapter of our course contemporary design. There are two themes that I want you to keep in mind as we explore this design style. The first is simplification. A characteristic of modernism is this idea of questioning what is extraneous and what doesn't need to be there. For example, mouldings are decorative and don't serve a practical purpose, maybe even cabinetry hardware. Replace the hardware with that cat out in the door, mount the faucet to the wall to save space. How far you want to simplify your space is entirely up to you with how crazy busy our lives are now in the 21st century. There's so much information and sensory overload coming at us every day that the theme of reduction or, if you want to call it minimalism is really on the rise. The second theme is the juxtaposition of man made versus nature in contemporary design. Today there's this sort of renaissance of classical materials such as Traver, teen natural marble, rustic wood coming back into popularity with the emergence of the Internet age and dense, bustling city life. There's also a deep longing for nature and a desire to connect with nature in interior design. We want to find ways to reconcile this 10. Chapter 3: Contemporary Part 1: we start our section with this image. As you noticed, the design trend of today is moving towards a neutral palette of natural tones of whites, beiges, hopes and browns. Graze had been very trendy for the past 10 years, but that is starting to shift. And who knows what the trends will be from 2030 onward? As we can see, the decor is very, very simple. White walls in the interior blends in with the white stone in the exterior as of seamlessly connecting the two spaces. The natural slate stone on the fireplace is another element of nature that adds a layer of texture to this palette and notice no moldings at all. Capturing natural light with large windows is paramount toe any contemporary home. And because the view is so important, we want to keep the furniture sitting low profile notice this low profile modular sectional sofa and the image Ah, my transitional design in contemporary design, we actually want to embrace a symmetry for a casual, approachable look, especially with open floor plans. We don't want a home to look too rigid or stuffy by creating too many symmetrical elements in this seating linear the one chair on a diagonal helps break up the rectangular parity of this room and make it feel more friendly. One more thing that you'll notice is a different materiality in contemporary design than all the other chapters we've looked at light. Would such a white oak is preferred over orangey or dark stains? And designers like to contrast this with concrete or natural stone. Contemporary or modern homes don't have to be all white, feel cold or be too minimalistic. More than ever, designers strive to make their clients homes and authentic representation of who they are. What I love about the space is that the designer incorporated interesting standalone pieces that also double is art such as this gold stool. Think about how you can add depth and character into your home through decorating with souvenirs from a trip or one of a kind pieces you found at a flea market. One more thing I wanted to mention about this space. It's a bit hard to see, but the designer actually used to sectional sofas that are back to back because the home has an open floor plan, which is what you're gonna get with a lot of modern homes. One seating area faces the fireplace and the other faces the other side of the room, creating two distinct conversation areas with neutral, earthy pallets coming into trend. We also want to embrace pops of bold color. Unlike the previous tractors, we've looked up. Both colors are very modern and definitely welcomed. The pink works really well in this outdoor space because we have a lots of greenery, and remember, red is the opposite. Agree. Color is definitely a very personal preference of your color lover and want to incorporate it into your home in a sophisticated way at it in layers. Maybe start with a few bold accessories or artwork. Keep your base neutral and then maybe start to incorporate bold colors in larger amounts in an enclosed room like a child's bedroom, a powder room or a private office. If you want to learn how to pair colors together, make sure you watch the interior design masterclass scores. There's a whole section on color. When designing modern kitchens, we want to remove any unnecessary details, moldings, edges and sometimes even hardware. Let's simplify as much as we can and maximize the function when designing cabinetry or Millwork. There are a few key tips for you to keep in mind for your own home. We want flat panel cabinetry, which looks the most minimal. We also want to make sure that all of our appliances are flush, meaning that they don't stick out from the cabinetry. Did you notice the integrated fridge if you have the budget for it, integrated refrigerators and dishwashers are a must. Integrated isn't designed term, meaning that there was a panel covering the appliance in the same finish as the rest of your cabinetry. So it seamlessly blends in notice how clean the lines are in this design. The vent hood is completely hidden behind this drywall panel, and there are also no upper cabinetry. The simplicity lets the natural meaning of the marble countertop in backsplash be the star of the show. The other design elements are kept to a minimum, with only the addition of the branches at an organic freeform layer on the right. Notice the light Matt would use throughout. The furnishings are also kept to a minimum, and they're not necessarily placed in rectangular layouts. Notice how simple this bedroom is. The only colors in here are really white and beige and green from the trees. For those who live crazy, busy life coming back to a reductive space like this could be very soothing in a sigh of relief. A tip for your modern home is to limit your collar palette but amp up the textures and materials that are available to you. For example, Ah, faux fur or wool in ben throw or waffle knit towels or, in this case, a raw painted trees Dump as a side table instead of something. Region and square are items you can add to your home that really add that textural dimension. And if you don't have gigantic windows like this person does, bring in a potted plant to incorporate something natural. I chose this bedroom image to show you because of its simplicity in design, rather than a big decorative table lamp and clunky night stand that we saw in the transitional is now chapter. This contemporary bedroom features just a simple custom, had bored with a reading light and a little side table that just hold the drink, maybe a book in a phone. There is a luxury in simplicity because it's our human desire and privilege to come back from a busy day at work to a serene haven without distractions for your modern bedroom. Think about how you can make it a haven for you. What items don't need to be there? How can you design it to make it more user friendly? The's integrated light switches are a good place to start. 11. Chapter 3: Contemporary Part 2: when it comes to contemporary design, it really is all about the view. Designers are very cognizant of this, and we always want to maximize a great view in any home and let the design complement the view. Rather than take away the attention that we look at this master on suite design, the pattern of the marble is suddenly pointing toward the window. The bat up is strategically chosen that it's a scene height as the window sill and no taller. The other materials and finishes are kept very simple. All the attention is on the view when designing a contemporary bathroom. The biggest design suggestion I would give is to make as many surfaces flesh and seamless as possible. She's the best quality materials and reduce your grout lines just like the integrated panels. We looked out in the kitchen example. We want to simplify the design in our bathrooms to curb Liz showers, like the images above are worth your investment and on lots of value. In addition to looking sleek and allowing your flooring material to flow seamlessly throughout the speaks, it also makes it super easy for someone on a wheelchair or someone with mobility issues to get in and out to one last thing I wanted to bring your attention to Is the title a out? If you recruiting a shower niche like these examples, make sure they line up with the great lines of the child. For example, the left niche is exactly one tile wide, so it doesn't create any extra grout lines by being in between a size and notice how large these tiles are. Tiles today come in large format sizes like 36 by 36 inches, or even 48 by 48 which radically reduces the amount of grout lines and give you the sleek contemporary look as we mentioned previously about the renaissance of old materials. Invest into getting the most unique slab of stone you can for the buck. Designers are currently loving honed marble, which has a natural matte finish rather than the glossy, polish poor stones like travel team that naturally have. Little craters are also prized for their imperfections when choosing materials like stone for your own home definitely make a trip to your local stone yard to see these amazing natural slabs in person. We talked a lot about crown molding and applied moldings in the transitional style chapter . These are the architectural details you should incorporate into a contemporary or modern home. It's all about making surfaces flush with each other and a constant reduction of what's unnecessary rather than applied baseboards and crown molding, which is common in transitional homes. Modern homes might have flush a regular basis or, in some cases, just to reveal between the floor and the lower edge of the wall. A reveal refers to that little gap between two surfaces on the same plane. Let's talk furniture. If modern furniture is what you like, this is what you need to know. Modern furniture tends to be very simple in its design. You won't find any world arms. Tofting are carved legs in a modern piece of furniture. Remember that contemporary style is a reductive style. What parts of the chair or table or sofa can be taken away for it to still be what it is in its essence, That's why you'll see lots of boxy shaped chairs and sofas on the market today. There are some stylistic features designers do love to use, though, such as contrast ing materials or reveals. Do you see the revealed done a medal in the coffee table base. Another huge trend and furniture today is modularity. Modular seating is becoming more and more popular because it's just so practical for today's lifestyles. Modular pieces make it easy for furniture to get into an elevator, and this wasn't really much of a problem in the 19 fifties as it is now. Modular furniture also allows us to have lots of flexibility when playing around with open floor plan layouts. As a general statement, the most innovative furniture designs today are coming out of Europe, mainly from Italy, Spain, France and Germany and some of the Nordic countries. Modern furniture designs is really about experimenting with shape, innovative materials and how ubiquitous piece like a chair can be reinvented and exists as a beautiful sculpture in a home. And to clarify on my last point about the boxy nous. That's a general statement and not exactly a rule. There are curves and modern furniture, but there are more sculptural rather than decorative here, some innovative contemporary lighting designs. There's a huge focus on form material and expressing a certain quality of light rather than in transitional design. The lamps will tend to be shaded and have a certain defined silhouette. The first table lamp is quite interesting because the light comes from the reflection off the dome. The second sconce is made up of stone and metal and maybe rope. It almost looks like a sort of necklace. The right to are also quite interesting. Asymmetry is the common design expression in contemporary design. If you are passionate about modern furniture, you definitely have to check out the photos from Salone del Mobile, which is the International Furniture Expo held in Milan every year. If it's within your budget, definitely go to the Expo. The world's biggest and most renowned furniture companies showcase their newest and greatest. That's Alona, and it's an event that designers look forward to every year. Let's look at some contemporary patterns moving away from transitional design, where we saw classic patterns like stripes, Greek Ian herringbone, modern patterns have no limit, thinks the digital princess the remembering our theme. At the beginning of the chapter, you're gonna find a mix of very abstract prints and some that are more digitally rendered. Modern technology and digital printing gave way to an unlimited range of sophisticated patterns and designs, but designers tend to lean toward organic lines and abstract, non representational patterns. To recap our chapter on contemporary design here, a few key ideas One of the most important ideas is about incorporating the beauty of nature and to interior design, whether it's through outing flyers and plants or designing with materials in their natural conditions. Contemporary design is also all about modular, low profile furniture that adopt to our city lifestyles and also facilitate Florida ceiling windows so we can enjoy the view flush surfaces. We want to reduce the amount of visual clutter as much as possible, whether it's covering our appliances with panels or incorporating flush baseboards and door frames or using large format tiles to reduce grout lines. Experimentation. Explore what's out there in interior design and textile printing in new upholstery materials, new furniture, silhouettes and even new home technology and lastly, pops of bold color. Unlike transitional design, where our color palette was really muted and mid century, where we used earthy colors and warm wood, modern design is mostly warm, neutral, with super bold pops of color that really stand out. This is a mood board I created in the contemporary style. I made sure to start with a neutral base of my largest elements my rug sofa and plaster walls. And then I leered over that by using pops of color and different textures. I used blue, yellow and green as my pops and kept everything else very neutral. I very the texture is by using a woolly rug, smooth leather on the accent share Matt aluminum in the tables and glossy smoked glass in the floor lamp, lastly, noticed that this space is intentionally very asymmetrical, making this space feel casual and laid back. So what did you think about our chapter on contemporary style? Would you incorporate some of these key style features into your own home? For me personally, modern design is my absolute favorite because I love embracing anything new. Now when you're ready, let's move on to our last chapter farmhouse style 12. Introduction: Farmhouse Style: welcome to our last chapter, farm host style. When you think of Farmhouse, you probably associate the style with Chip and Joanna Gaines, who are the pioneers of rustic chic. But what I want to do today is to break down what makes a style farmhouse so you can recreate it in your own home or cottage. The farmhouse style, quite literally, was inspired by actual farm houses. Original farm houses were built in Europe in the 17 hundreds, and they were built using materials that farmers could find on the land. Wood, stone, brick. Eventually, this movement migrated to the United States and Canada in the 19th century from the East Coast and eventually to the Midwest. The style and aesthetic that we've come to know now really came from a need for practicality. As we break down the farm health style, I really want you to keep this in mind, as practicality is what should inform all of your design choices for your own home. 13. Chapter 4: Farmhouse Style Part 1: Let's jump right into these images of boys on the left design. We have an iconic Schipplock wall treatment, which are the planks of wood or MDF applied onto the wall that give the home of very country or rustic look just like walnut is essential to mid century design. Ship plop is essential to the farmhouse look. When styling a farmhouse style home, we want to step into an austere, practical lens. So look for pre loved vintage or antique pieces, such as a rustic consul or the bench. In these images. In the right picture, the designer chose of ceramic floor base with chipped paint that give it tons of character and notice the black metal stair railing and lantern light, which are also trademark farmhouse style details. Let's look at this lovely farmhouse style kitchen just like Schipplock. One very characteristic element you'll see in most farm houses are the exposed wood beams. For those who are building a new home, you can certainly add faux beams into the house, to which give up tons of age and character. Another trademark of farmhouse is the apron sink. You gotta have it. Kitchen's again are the heart of the home. We spend most of our time here, and these are a few tips you can incorporate to make yours more homey. Patent tons of texture and natural materials. As you can see, this designer went with open shelves made with reclaimed wood. She also chose a textured ceramic subway tile backsplash rather than the standard one. Then she layered this space with tons of accessories, wooden bowls and cutting boards for tan trays, cute little cups and bowls in the open shelving and a plan kitchen towel. This next example is a new build home that was done in the farmhouse style. First of all, it's got the exposed wood beams, but I wanted to bring your attention to the flooring. Notice the knots in the dark striations. When buying flooring, you can opt for planks that have a more uniform grain pattern. But the natural knots and dark graining that were purposely included in this floor give this home a laid back look that farmhouse style lovers prefer farmhouse cabinetry. Styles are similar to traditional styles of cabinetry because remember that this style came from the 19th century farm houses styles like this beadboard shaker on the left or traditional profiles like the middle one and the right one with lots of decorative detail. Ing or arches will all work. But instead of really dark woods Jane's, we're gonna use light paints or stains on the cabinetry. Whites and creams are always a great choice, and maybe a pale green or great contrast Ing Island will work to. We talked about wall panelling in the transitional style section, and I had briefly mentioned board and button. It's quite the popular look when designing in the farmhouse style, because it's really the simple, no frills kind of waited to it. Also called Shaker style wall panelling, it lends itself to the practical aesthetic. Now on the right picture. It's an example of Wainscott ing, which is just a type of wall paneling that stops at chair height around 33 inches. Lean Scott ing was historically used to protect the walls from weathering and damage, but now is used only for decorative purposes. Here are two very different looks for a farmhouse style dining space. One is more laid back with intentionally mismatched furniture, and one is more refined looking, with clean, sleek chairs and modern abstract artwork. for your own home. Take the features that speak to you most and use more of it and the ones that you don't like. Use less of it. If a really rustic country feel is what you're trying to achieve, use more antique and one of a kind items and mix and match your elements. If you're going for a more contemporary version of farmhouse, limit the number of knickknacks around the home. Keep the decor super clean and minimal, and don't go too rustic with your furniture When designing a farmhouse style bedroom. Comfort is key. A simple upholster bed or an iron framed bed. Give lots of character to a design layer you're betting with textured, breathable linens. Maybe play with the pattern and on some light stripes and a blanket or a pillow. You might want to top off the betting with a simple quilt and then added other materials like maybe ever chant basket Lacey, sheer drapery and textural rugs in June or Wolf the right picture. Actually, I would say is a bohemian slash farm has style. There's a bit of that femininity with the beaded chandelier and embossed rug, but overall, the vibe is still very airy and pharma's keep the design very airy and muted. Start with a white base and maybe you even want to apply ship plop on the walls. 14. Chapter 4: Farmhouse Style Part 2: farmhouse style really has a down to earth practical ethos, So finding vintage elements and reusing or repurpose ing them in a home is not only very beautiful, it's also great for the environment. I especially love these distressed antique doors in the right image. The main idea of why we want to collect lots of antiques are found. Objects for our farmhouse style home is to make the home not feel very commercialized or builder basic. If we can acquire furniture and accessories that are one of a kind and have stood the test of time, that really adds character and uniqueness to your home. Farmhouse style seating is where practicality comes first. Slipcovered upholstery is very common because it's easily removable and washable, and linen is a perfect fabric because it's light, natural and breathable. It's okay to have wrinkled upholstery because we're not aiming for a formal look. Farmhouse sell furniture tends to draw more from traditional styles, but you want to choose simple, durable fabrics and colors that are naturally found in nature. You wouldn't get a neon pink chair for her farmhouse style home to make your seating look even more lived in and rustic look for furniture that has peered down filling, which sinking like a cloud and also don't keep a rigid shape here. Some styles of chairs that are awesome for farmhouse style home cane or recur are very durable and easy to keep clean. It also goes without saying, for wood chairs, the spindle back would share is classic and really creates that homey country look. And lastly, you also can't go wrong with slipcovers because again, super easy to just throw into the wash and in a look, brand new. Let's talk about lighting. So obviously iron lanterns are must for all farmhouse style homes. But let's just quickly look at some other common design elements to look for. First of all, with the caged or lanterns out light pictures. The actual lit element will either be electric candles or the Edison style bulbs for sconces. Look for the barn style, which is a flared metal shade over another Cymbalta, and for our table lamps, choose a base with some texture, maybe a rustic clay base or even a wood base, and I'd avoid any lamps with a very sculptural base or sharp metal edges when choosing patterns and fabrics keep it easy and breezy. These air all great types of patterns you can use in your decoration, but make sure you keep your selections subdued and muted. The feeling we want to create went designing a farmhouse style home is the feeling of austerity. The patterns and color palette we use should reflect that. Let's recap our chapter on the farm health style when decorating in the farmhouse style. Unlike modern design, you don't want to think too much out of the box. There's a certain to find aesthetic, such as the use of ship lap, lots of rustic wood, exposed beams, antique found objects, whitewashed walls, etcetera that all together create this layered look. And, of course, as the designer, it's up to you how you want to mix and match these elements. But just keep that in mind. Just like peg legs. In mid century design. Ship Block is iconic to farmhouse design. You would definitely want to incorporate that somewhere into your home. Other architectural elements, like exposed wood beams or block iron railings and like pictures, are important to create the look. Keep the palate mostly white, with salt, beiges and blues, accent colors and Adam wood tones or some soft grays or even greens. Lastly, take your time to visit some antique stores or flea markets to collect antique objects that you can incorporate into your decoration. Using the key design elements that were summarized in the last slide, I created this dining room Mood board. If you wash my interior design masterclass course, you'll know that I'm not typically a huge fan of rugs under dining tables. But in this case, a Jew drug is easy to keep clean and on tons of textural interest. We have a rustic trestle table on a mix of slip covered chairs and would shares super practical. We've got hanging metal glow pendants and, of course, board and batten on the wall with a pale blue striped wallpaper. We've made it to the last chapter of our ultimate interior design style. Of course. What do you think about the farmhouse style? Is that your favorite To close off this chapter, I want to make sure that I stress one very important thing. That farmhouse style takes place in a very specific context. The farmhouse. So if you live in a sky high modern condo, the farm passed out probably isn't appropriate for the setting. But for cottages and houses in the suburbs, this style is perfect and really gives your home more character and make it feel more homey . 15. Closing Comments + Class Project: well, friends. Thanks for coming along and learning about interior design styles with me, we took a trip through history with farmhouse designed transitional design, mid century, modern and contemporary design. I hope that this course brought lots of value to you and inspires you to start a new decorating. Projects are class assignment, for this course is the same as the interior design masterclass course. Simply create a design based on what you've learned and post it on the course for your classmate to see and also be inspired. Thank you. And I hope to see you soon.