I am asked on a regular basis to define a certain interior design style. I believe that this happens so much because many styles of design blend together and of course because us designers love to combine styles. So when I think about interior design styles there is of course the main ones that most people think of which are modern, contemporary, traditional, and country. But inside each of those styles there are many other styles that take bits of each style and blend it together to create a new look. For instance if you are into a beach look you may take bits from country, traditional and modern to achieve that comfy, airy and relaxing beach look. If you love a West Indies look you are mostly using traditional pieces mixed with some modern and lots of texture. How about the ever present Tuscan look that people are still talking about? Well that is traditional pieces with warm color choices and lots of stone and wood accents and touches of country. Creating the right feeling and design in a room, home or office is about knowing the client but also knowing how to mix and match to achieve a great look. So how about some pictures of different styles and you tell me whether you can if you can see where the items cross over and how simple changes take a piece from one style into the other.

English garden country with the traditional table and chairs mixed with floral designs and plaid wallpaper.

English garden country with the traditional table and chairs mixed with floral designs and plaid wallpaper.

Farmhouse, traditional and country combined.

Farmhouse, traditional and country combined.

French garden country.

French garden country.

Mid century modern and contemporary mixed.

Mid century modern and contemporary mixed.

Traditional farmhouse kitchen in a refreshing white finish.

Traditional farmhouse kitchen in a refreshing white finish.

Tuscan design from French styled furniture in traditional fabrics.

Tuscan design from French styled furniture in traditional fabrics.

French country with all of the contemporary colors and traditional styles.

French country with all of the contemporary colors and traditional styles.

Contemporary and modern combined.

Contemporary and modern combined.

Tuscan design created from provincial and traditional elements.

Tuscan design created from provincial and traditional elements.

Contemporary design mixed with European elegance.

Contemporary design mixed with European elegance.

Modern made from the unexpected high style elements.

Modern made from the unexpected high style elements.

A country design with ultra traditional and provincial elements.

A country design with ultra traditional and provincial elements.

Country design using traditional and beach style elements.

Country design using traditional and beach style elements.

Tuscan and some west Indies combine for a warm design made with all traditional and farm style pieces.

Tuscan and some west Indies combine for a warm design made with all traditional and farm style pieces.

Some Bauhaus elements mixed with traditional that creates a modern feeling.

Some Bauhaus elements mixed with traditional that creates a modern feeling.

Modern and contemporary created with rustic and traditional elements.

Modern and contemporary created with rustic and traditional elements.

A contemporary look using a mix of traditional and mid century elements.

A contemporary look using a mix of traditional and mid century elements.

A clear modern look that has contemporary pieces along with art deco and mid century design.

A clear modern look that has contemporary pieces along with art deco and mid century design.

Modern elements mixed this traditional items to create a beachy feel.

Modern elements mixed this traditional items to create a beachy feel.

A Tuscan design that uses traditional, modern, and provincial elements.

A Tuscan design that uses traditional, modern, and provincial elements.

A beach design with modern and textural elements.

A beach design with modern and textural elements.

So have you found the elements that have repeated throughout the different styles? Do you know which ones draw your eye? Can you see how the same piece can look traditional in one setting, contemporary in another and country in even another? So before you decide that a certain style in completely set but certain specific pieces see how you can adjust them to work within many different styles.