Skip to Main Content
view cart 0
locations
come say hello!
View All
Stuart, FL
1421 S. Federal Hwy.
Stuart, FL 34994
772-221-8679
Open
Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
North Palm Beach, FL
910 North US Highway 1
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
561-626-6100
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
West Palm Beach, FL
2324 N. Military Trail
W.Palm Beach, FL 33409
561-684-3225
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Boca Raton, FL
999 N. Federal Hwy.
Boca Raton, FL 33432
561-391-2012
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Fort Lauderdale, FL
3740 N. Federal Hwy.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
954-566-0266
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Dania Beach, FL
1025 S. Federal Hwy.
Dania Beach, FL 33004
954-927-0237
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Pembroke Pines, FL
13630 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
954-442-8788
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Naples, FL
15485 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, FL 34110
239-513-2237
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Fort Myers, FL
4580 S. Cleveland Ave.
Ft. Myers, FL 33907
239-278-4401
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Port Charlotte, FL
4200 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
941-624-3377
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Sarasota, FL
5301 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
941-923-4200
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Casselberry, FL
1024 FL-436
Casselberry, FL 32707
407-618-8000
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Jacksonville, FL
7760 Gate Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32256
904-493-2730
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Melbourne, FL
4260 West New Haven Avenue
West Melbourne, FL 32904
321-872-2377
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Pinecrest, FL (Miami)
7501 S.W. 100th Street
Pinecrest, FL 33156
305-668-8400
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Winter Garden, FL
12105 West Colonial Drive
Winter Garden, FL 34787
407-478-2237
Open

Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
get in touch! Sign In

Decorating Styles: Defined

If you find yourself asking "what is boho décor," or "what is the meaning of eclectic style," we're here to define decorating styles and demystify the décor jargon you may find when perusing a decorating magazine or website.

The Baer’s Furniture design experts understand how intimidating the world of interior design can be for the uninitiated. By the end of this article, you’ll be seeing furniture and décor with the eye of a seasoned pro. Read on to learn about ten of the most popular design trends.

What Is the Difference Between a Decorating Style and a Trend?

Decorating styles are centralized themes around which you can design a room, a space, or an entire home. The rules for each style may be somewhat nebulous, but they all have hard limits to prevent you from traipsing into a completely different design.

Decorating trends, on the other hand, include certain colors, textures, designs, and patterns that may be incorporated into different interior styles without changing the character of the design. An example of a trend would be incorporating the Pantone Color of the Year — frequently mentioned in our articles — which is Very Peri in 2022. This color can be implemented in many different interior designs without altering their nature.

A Glossary of Decorating Styles

We chose 10 of the most popular decorating styles of today. There are, of course, many more genres and sub-genres, but this list will provide you with enough information to ready you for your journey into interior design.

Bohemian (Boho)

This design style bears the name “Boho” because it is the decorating manifestation of the carefree, spiritual Bohemian lifestyle. Bohemian décor often combines touches from various cultures, art, and nature. It favors comfort over formality, and mementos of various adventures and travels are frequently displayed.

Coastal

Coastal design attempts to bring the colors and feel of the beach into the home. This is an extremely popular style in Florida due to our 1350 miles of coastline. Coastal rooms tend to be warm, bright, and light in color. This white Tommy Bahama Home Louvered Bed and matching nightstand should be the standard for all coastal theme bedrooms.

Tommy Bahama Home Bed

Contemporary

Not to be confused with modern décor, contemporary design is an ever-evolving style that celebrates “the now.” If you compare a contemporary living room from today with 25 years ago, you will notice a substantial difference. Contemporary palettes of the 1990s often featured bright primary and secondary colors which are more muted today. The one consistent aspect of this style is its tendency to change.

Farmhouse

Farmhouse décor celebrates the country lifestyle by using colors, materials, and designs reminiscent of quaint, rural homes and inns. Unfinished wood (painted or unpainted) and cast iron are de riguer for the farmhouse look. Color palettes tend to be bright and warm.

Industrial

Industrial décor is influenced by the factories and facilities that helped to build America. Darker furnishings, exposed brick, and furniture constructed from unfinished materials typify this design. This Aspenhome Industrial Console has iron-grated doors, externally reinforced corners, and knotted alder veneers.

Industrial TV Stand

Mid-Century

If you ever watched an episode of “Mad Men,” you know the Mid-Century design. This popular trend began in the 1930s but became extremely popular in the 1940s through the 1960s. The furniture tends to be smooth, curved, and often has freeform shapes. Furniture is usually made from glass, metal, vinyl, and sometimes plastic.

Minimalism

If you abhor clutter, minimalism is for you. Minimalist design focuses on the concept that less is more, which also makes it the perfect decorative style for smaller spaces. Minimalist designs are often created with modern furniture pieces, and the two design styles are closely related. This stately minimalist living room limits its furnishings to a single Chateau D’Ax Sleeper Sofa, a shelf with well-organized items, and a lamp.

Minimalist Sofa

Modern

Modern design tends to be closely related to contemporary or minimalism, but there are important distinctions. Modern décor tends to have straight lines; uses more modern materials like chrome, glass, mirrors, and plastics; and has minimal clutter, which is why it’s often mentioned in the same breath as minimalism. It would be safer to say that minimalism is an extension of modern décor than that the terms are interchangeable.

Traditional

Traditional design denotes a style of décor that became popular in western Europe during the 1700s and 1800s. Traditional design typically incorporates dark woods, leathers, and natural materials. Color palettes tend to be muted, as opposed to bright or vivid, but you can also use traditional patterns like stripes or herringbone.

Transitional

As the name implies, transitional design combines two or more styles in a coordinated way. Transitional décor often uses adjacent styles, such as coastal and tropical, rustic and farmhouse, etc. But it can also be used to incorporate more disparate themes, like industrial and modern.

Even armed with a basic understanding of how to define décor styles, decorating can be a challenge. Stop in at your local Baer’s Furniture store to discuss design concepts with one of our experts.