Interior Decorating Styles Matrix: The Easy Way To Find Your Style

Trying to find your interior design style? Let the Interior Decorating Styles Matrix help you to choose the styles that match your decorating preferences.

A couple of weeks ago I posted my method for helping you answer the What Is My Decorating Style? question.

As I talked about then, most people don’t fit into just one style. So to come up with a decorating style that really works for you, start with identifying the decorating elements that you like (eg. “Marble”, “Bright Colors”, “Gold”). Then use those elements to choose different decorating styles that can be combined together to create your own personal 3-word style description. (Mine is Transitional Deco Glam)

The one problem that a lot of people face is knowing what decorating style their design elements belong to. Unless you are very familiar with interior decorating or have done a lot of research on the internet, how do you know which decorating styles match what you like?

That’s where this week’s post comes in handy.

How To Find Your Design Style(s)

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I’ve come up with an Interior Decorating Styles matrix.

It lists a bunch of different design elements in categories like Fabrics, Patterns, and Color. You select the options that you like, and it shows you the design styles that feature those elements.

Chances are you will still end up with more than three options in the list. To determine which ones to keep, hover over each of the images. It will give you a list of design elements that are prevalent for that style.

If most of the items on the list sound like you, you’ve found a match!

If not, then you can cross that style off your list.

Clicking the Read More link will give you a more in-depth description of the style.

Note: Since you are combining styles, you don’t have to like everything about it in order to select it. As long as you are generally happy with the style description, you can ignore the bits that don’t really appeal to you.

What If You Match A Lot of Styles?

If you still can’t narrow it down, you may fall into one of the following “mixed” styles that are made from bits and pieces of other styles.

Transitional Style

Transitional style bedroom
Transitional style bedroom

If you like parts of both Traditional and Contemporary styles, then your style could be Transitional.  It uses a combination of traditional design features with contemporary finishes to create a more modern version of traditional decor.

Like updating a traditional style night table with some silver paint and mirrors in this transitional bedroom.

You can read more about Transitional Style HERE.

Eclectic Style

Eclectic Dining Room

If you like to mix and match different decorating styles together (like this dining room), electric style maybe the one for you.

However, I would be a little cautious choosing this as one of your personal design descriptions, if you can avoid it.  Adding “Eclectic” to your personal style name may not help you very much when it comes to making decorating decisions. After all, you can use it to justify pretty much anything 🙂

You can find more about eclectic style HERE.

What If One Of Your Favorite Things Isn’t Listed?

Obviously, it’s impossible to include every single design option available in these lists.  So if you can’t find one of your favorite things in the list, look for another option that is similar. If you love Chenille, pick the Velvet option. If you want marble everything, select the natural stone option. Or maybe brightly colored elephants are your thing? Go with the bold patterns option. You get the idea.

Also, there are some design elements that are common to a lot of styles, such as wall mirrors, linen fabric and candles. I left these off the selection list because they don’t really help to narrow the choices. So if you’ve selected one of these universal design elements, you can assume it will work regardless of which styles you end up selecting.

Now for the fun part…finding your styles!

The Interior Decorating Styles Matrix

Select the options that define your style. You can choose more than one per category.

Then scroll down to see which styles are selected.


faux fur
airy fabrics
polished cotton


animal prints
geometric shapes
little or no pattern
bold patterns


black and white
bright colors
earthy colors
neutral colors
pastel colors
warm colors
dark gray
jewel tones
little to no white
natural colors
pale blues and greens

Walls, Ceilings and Floors

Walls, Ceilings & Floors
wood beams
concrete floors
exposed brick walls
jute rugs
layered area rugs
open space
textured walls (plaster / stucco)
tiled floors
wood ceilings
unfinished ceilings
light woods
whitewashed wood


chipped paint
clean lines
dark wood
mirrored furniture
weathered wood
distressed finishes
natural stone
natural wood
weathered woods
whitewashed wood
straight lines
armless seating
iconic designs
light woods


crystal chandeliers
minimal accessories
wrought iron
edgy art
large indoor plants
matte steel or iron
natural stone
natural wood
re-purposed objects
weathered woods
  • Art Deco
    animal prints, black and white, curves, geometric shapes, gold, lacquer, mirrored furniture, velvet
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  • Bohemian
    bold patterns, burlap, jewel tones, large indoor plants, layered area rugs, little to no white, silk, tapestries
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  • Coastal
    jute rugs, muslin, neutral colors, pale blues and greens, seashells, slipcovers, weathered woods, whitewashed wood
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  • Contemporary
    chrome, clean lines, glass, little or no pattern, minimal accessories, neutral colors, open space, straight lines
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  • Farmhouse Rustic
    burlap, earthy colors, leather, re-purposed objects, shiplap, weathered wood, wood beams, wrought iron
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  • French Country
    distressed finishes, gingham, roosters, textured walls (plaster / stucco), tiled floors, toile, warm colors
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  • Hollywood Regency
    animal prints, bright colors, Chinoiserie, faux fur, gold, mirrored furniture, murals, natural stone, velvet
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  • Industrial
    concrete floors, dark gray, edgy art, exposed brick walls, matte steel or iron, open space, re-purposed objects, unfinished ceilings
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  • Interior with armchair and coffee table 3d rendering
    Mid Century Modern
    armless seating, bright colors, clean lines, graphic patterns, iconic designs, light woods, minimal accessories, open space, retro
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  • Scandinavian
    airy fabrics, clean lines, earthy colors, little or no pattern, natural colors, natural stone, natural wood, tweedy, white, whitewashed wood, wood ceilings
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  • Shabby Chic
    airy fabrics, beadboard, chipped paint, distressed finishes, florals, lace, pastel colors, slipcovers, wrought iron
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  • Traditional
    bronze, crystal chandeliers, curves, damask, dark wood, florals, moldings, neutral colors, Oriental rugs, paisley, polished cotton, symmetrical, toile, wallpaper
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Give Your Personal Decorating Style A Name

Now that you’ve found your combination of styles, you just have to give it a name. You can use the names of the decorating styles themselves. Or if there is another descriptive word that you like better, feel free to use it (I used “Glam” instead of “Hollywood Regency” in my style name).  Use whatever will help you remember your choices whenever you need to make a decorating decision.

You can use the names of the decorating styles themselves as in “Bohemian Industrial Cottage”

Or if there is another descriptive word that you like better, feel free to use it. I used “Glam” instead of “Hollywood Regency” in my style name (Transitional Deco Glam).

Use whatever will help you remember your choices whenever you need to make a decorating decision.

Now that you have your personal decorating style defined, you’re all set to get out there and decorate!

Have comments or questions about defining your interior decorating styles? Tell us in the section below.

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6 Responses

  • We’re building a small place to downsize into. Since my budget is 45 cents, I’m designing a floor plan that accommodates the best of what I already have. I call my style 1) Shabby Chic (because I have almost 30 yards of white cotton canvas for slipcovers, curtains & blinds; 2) French (based on Mom’s French Provincial china cabinet, two Paris-themed stencils, and several yards of black & white toile; and 3) Coastal because the blue-green/creamy beige/white combination is my very favorite. Hence:
    Shabby French Coastal Chic. Quite pompous enough, I think.

    • Hi Denise…I think that sounds like an awesome combination. You could design some really pretty rooms 🙂 How about Traditional Beachy Chic?

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