Your Guide to Home Aesthetics
Your home is more than just a space to relax, cook, and sleep, it’s a massive ode to your personality, interests, and your family. If you’re building your own custom home, or just looking to find a cohesive aesthetic for your space, take a look at our guide to home aesthetics. There are hundreds of unique home aesthetic choices to be made, and we’d like to show you a few of our very favourites–who knows, maybe you might find your next home design style right here!
Minimalism is a wildly popular home design that has been featured in many celebrity households, which is why we’ve put it at the top of our home aesthetics guide. Minimalism focuses on living at a clutter minimum. Minimalists believe in only keeping what is necessary for their homes to make a functional, uncluttered space. The minimalist aesthetic is most noted by greys and neutral colours, white furniture, light wooden floors, and clean, straight angles.
Maximalism is the opposite of minimalism but it’s quickly catching up in popularity in contemporary interior design. Maximalism is at the forefront of our home aesthetics guide because it’s become very popular as a response to minimalism in the past decade or so. Maximalism is dedicated to colour, print, patterns, and texture. With an emphasis on art, clutter, and statement pieces, maximalism is a great way to show personality in your home.
Modernism will always be a popular aesthetic choice, as homeowners are always looking toward the future. Ultra-modernism from a 21st-century standpoint is all about the energy of a space. Ultra-modernism focuses on very expensive and extravagant neutral furniture pieces that are designed to be large and flowing. You can expect to see a lot of light earth tones, natural and flowing shapes, and huge white couches.
Art deco has made it onto our guide to home aesthetics even though it started picking up popularity one hundred years ago because it continues to be a popular and posh style for interior design even a century later. If you want to style your home in an art deco aesthetic, you should be looking for old Hollywood glamour. Art deco is characterized by vintage art, lots of gold, geometric shapes, and huge extravagant windows.
Gaining popularity in the early 2010s, the farmhouse aesthetic is still going strong in many households which is why it earned a place in our home aesthetics guide. Farmhouse aesthetics–especially in homes on large properties–give the house a sense of warmth and coziness, capturing the spirit of mom’s house. The farmhouse aesthetic is recognizable through raw, natural woods, repurposed farm equipment, and faux-weathered furniture. The farmhouse works to create warmth and tradition in a space with a modern-aesthetic touch.
The Victorian home aesthetic made it into our guide as it’s a popular style in contemporary design, and it’s perhaps the mother of maximalism. The Victorian design focuses on opulence in an old-fashioned Victorian mansion regardless of the house you live in. Victorian aesthetics are characterized by vibrant colours, painted porches, wallpaper, huge and heavy curtains, and expensive art pieces.
Beginning in the 1880s, the American Craftsman aesthetic has made it into our home design guide because of the timeless simplicity that has carried it in Canadian homes for generations. American Craftsman can be recognized as a very traditional suburban design with gables, large columns, covered porches, and rich, warm woods. Many suburban homes that were built in the past 100 years embody this design as they make beautiful–and very durable–family homes.
Scandinavian home design has made it onto our guide as a sub-category of minimalism and a very popular style, especially in small homes. Scandinavian design is most notably a warmer version of minimalism. Where minimalism can feel cold, Scandinavianism feels warmer and more functionally comfortable. In a Scandinavian home, you can expect to see warm and honey-toned woods, thin and hand-carved furniture, and soft textiles like wool and linen.
Mid-century modern has become a very popular aesthetic choice among millennial homeowners as it’s high-quality timeless furniture that adds a sense of warmth, comfort, and history to a home. The mid-century modern design works as a nod to the aesthetics of the 1950s and 1960s with a more contemporary and aesthetically simple twist. You can expect to see both organic and geometric shapes working together seamlessly to make a cohesive aesthetic. Mid-century modern couches and coffee tables are particularly popular, and you can expect to see a lot of colour and personality in this home aesthetic.
Picture a posh new york city loft with exposed brick, chrome ductwork, and matte black hardware. If you can picture that trendy loft in your mind’s eye, you can also picture what the industrial aesthetic looks like. Industrial design is meant to make your home feel very open, city-oriented, and repurposed. The design trends you can expect from industrial aesthetics include reclaimed wood, iron, brick, and concrete with regular furniture, seamlessly mixing residential life with the repurposed warehouse-style space of yesteryear.
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