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Trends in Design: Design Styles

Here at Studio Institute Denver, we teach you the skills to create human centered spaces. You will learn how to design a space that aligns with your client's experiential and functional needs. Interior Design is the art and science of understanding people's behavior to create functional spaces, that are aesthetically pleasing, within a building. While my program does not focus on trends, it's important to know timeless trends like these to have a fluent comprehension of what functions in a space.

Design Styles:


At its core, the industrial style relies on incorporating building materials into the room. Exposed rafters, reclaimed wood, iron, brick, concrete, all are staples within this style. Spaces should have an open floor plan, like the factories they're inspired by.


It's characterized by simplicity, clean lines, and a monochromatic palette with color used as an accent. It usually combines an open floor plan, lots of light, and functional furniture, and it focuses on the shape, color, and texture of just a handful of essential elements.

Santa Fe:

Santa Fe style is unmistakable because of its use of indigenous materials: Pueblo-style adobe exteriors, thick hand-plastered walls, carved wooden doors, exposed natural wood vigas, and earthy hues.


What happens if you want a design aesthetic that combines elements of all of them—and maybe more? Now you’re talking about eclectic style, a bit of a catch-all category to describe interiors that don't fit neatly into just one style. Eclectic style is a type of interior design that blends different styles and motifs together to create a unique aesthetic.


Modern design is an interior design style characterized by a monochromatic color palette, clean lines, minimalism, natural materials, and natural light. It refers specifically to a historical aesthetic movement that took place during the early to mid-twentieth century.

Mid Century: Mid-century modern style focuses on clean lines with a mix of both organic and geometric shapes. Simplicity rules and some of the most basic mid-century modern furntiure pieces like coffee tables and chairs are often the most beautiful.

Art Deco

Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, is characterized by rich colors, bold geometry, and decadent detail work. Having reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, the style still brings in glamour, luxury, and order with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes.


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