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8 Great Design Themes To Bring Into Your Home

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Wouldn't it be amazing to wake up and see a beautifully crafted house made just for you?  Your home should be your safe and relaxing spot from all of the stress the outside world brings. You should be at peace when you're home as it's your temple and your safe zone. As such, you might want to provide the best look for your home to freshen it up a bit.

When it comes to beautifying your home, you might want to make it a full-blast decorating event so that you can update the look of your entire household. You could even consider decorating your ski-lodge as most people tend to let the original design stay as people only visit it a few times each year.

Decorating your home isn't an easy thing to do. You need to make smart decisions to make sure that the final output produces the best look and stays in excellent condition for a very long time. You can focus first on what theme you should go for. To help you out, listed below are the fantastic concepts you can implement for your humble abode.

1. Modern

If you'd like your home to look as if it just popped out of the magazine, the modern look would be the perfect fit for your home. Modern interior design is one of the most popular themes seen on social media. 

A modern design uses clean, crisp, and almost minimal elements in the entire setting. Usually, it features a neutral shade with a little hint of bold and contrasting color for an added pop. A modern design's primary goal is to eliminate clutter and reduce accessories and ornaments, as well as provide a clean and sleek look for the entire house. 

A modern look usually has an open floor plan to maximize the area and allow for a more spacious flow that doesn't feel compressed and full. When you're going for a modern look, you should use pieces of furniture that emphasize clean lines and basic shapes, with a polished and clean surface, almost similar to what you see in a modern museum. Simplicity is the key, along with adding elements of elegance and crisp angles.

2. Traditional

The traditional look would never go out of style. If you'd like to have a classic look for your home, this theme would be the perfect choice for you. 

A traditional look gives off a classic European vibe, which uses elaborate wood structures and elements for a polished and crisp look. The usual colors are dark oak, mixed with darker brown, matched with floral accents, particularly with the wallpapers, throw pillows, and other accessories. 

A traditional look's key features are emphasizing mid-century elegance, while bringing along antique pieces paired with luxurious textiles, such as silk, cashmere, velvet, and linen. On top of this, a traditional theme tends to focus heavily on wood elements, particularly with the flooring, furniture, and cabinetry. 

3. Contemporary

Contemporary is usually confused with modern design as both give off a modern look and finish. But, with contemporary, it uses modern art elements. Unlike with modern interior, which avoids accessories, a contemporary theme would incorporate as much minimal art pieces as possible, while still creating a clean a polished look. 

Contemporary modern is a trending style that can mix straight lines and unusual patterns to add an artistic vibe to a room. It uses plenty of natural light, unique layouts, an open floor plan, neutral colors, and metal accent pieces. 

While contemporary design promotes art inside homes, it also implements minimalism, avoids using loud and bold colors, and sticks with a neutral color scheme that gives off a simple yet elegant vibe.  

4. Mid-Century Modern

If you'd like to have a nostalgic 1950s or 1960s look inside your home, with a touch of modernism, you could never go wrong with a mid-century modern theme. However, this theme is best paired with a mid-century modern exterior as it'll help set the mood and match the vibe of the mid-century modern interior. 

The mid-century modern is a blend of minimalistic approaches, with a touch of soft and neutral colors, mixed with subtle hues of greens and blues. You'll also notice plenty of wood materials, mainly using light oak colors. You can even see plenty of white shades to promote an airy and light atmosphere inside the space. 

Moreover, a mid-century modern design offers minimalism and proper organization with furniture that provides plenty of storage, allowing the room to look neat and fresh. This is an excellent route to take if you're looking into something new, homey, and classic for your home. 

5. Shabby Chic

If you're a fan of crafts and DIY styles, you'd probably find shabby chic to be the perfect theme for your home. Shabby chic can lean more towards a feminine vibe, given the DIY projects and vintage and floral accents. Before going for this theme, make sure that everyone agrees with the motif as it's quite different and not everyone's cup of tea. 

Shabby chic uses accessories with a soft and feminine feel, as well as vintage ornamentations and pale color palettes. You'll notice that the floors are usually painted in a washed-out white color matched with pale floral wallpaper. This particular design also uses vintage furniture, such as a Victorian chair, vintage lamp, and white wood rustic elements. The room is usually full of floral accents, like the sofa's fabric, throw pillows wall décor, and anything that you can add floral accents to. 

6. Industrial  

If you're looking for a sturdy and concrete look for your home's interior, the industrial theme would be perfect for you. The industrial look gives off a vibe of manufacturing facilities and warehouses, with a hint of modernization.

To achieve an industrial vibe for your home, you should give it a raw and unfurnished look. This means that you end your walls with concrete without adding any paint. The prominent colors you should incorporate are gray, neutral, and rustic. Your main scheme should be darker colors with industrial design as those are the concrete colors. When it comes to adding wood colors, you can either add chestnut or cedar for a little pop of color. 

With an industrial theme, you should maximize the use of concrete, metal, and a few wood elements. Along with this, you should also add large sectionals, like for your sofa, kitchen islands, and dining area.

7. Beach Or Nautical  

Nothing gets better than a fun and relaxing beach trip away from the city, far from the hullabaloo of your busy work life. Right?

Well, if you're living in an area near the waters or getting plenty of natural light, the beach or nautical theme would be perfect for your household. 

A beach or nautical theme may not be common, but it is loved by many for it provides a relaxing vibe that makes a person feel like they're on a relaxing vacation. To achieve this theme, it's ideal that you use an all-white wall, paired with nautical and beachy decorations, such as seashells, surf boards, and sand. The primary color you should use is sea blue, white, or light sand as these perfectly reflect beach colors.

Ideally, using open spaces that provide airy, light, and breezy furniture and colors, as well as soft fabrics and light wood materials would help achieve the look. It'll be perfect if you add nautical décor pieces, such as an anchor, ship wheel, or signages with faux fish and other sea creatures. You can also choose to add indoor plants for a more natural vibe. Not only does it help promote a tropical vibe, but it also aids in increasing your home's indoor air quality

8. Hollywood Glam 

If you’ve ever wondered what It feels like to live in utter luxury and how your favorite celebrities would come home after a tiring day, the Hollywood glam would be the perfect theme for your home. 

The Hollywood glam is famous for producing pure luxury and over-the-top interior designs. However, you need to know that this theme doesn't come cheap, so you need to have enough budget for this as you'll be using high-end materials and fabrics that'll help you achieve a great-looking and grand look. 

You'll need to incorporate plenty of Victorian and modern inspirations, with touches of plush and velvet elements that provide maximum class and comfort, which you just can’t wait to sit on. The most common colors that people use for a Hollywood glam theme are red, purple, and turquoise. 


Designing your home can be a fun activity to do, especially if you've been waiting for so long for the moment to come, and you just want a theme that'll match your personality and style preferences. While there are plenty of themes available that you could choose from, make sure that you pick one that is approved by the entire household and which you can afford as some motifs can be quite expensive as the materials used are hard to find and truly luxurious. 

With designing your home, you can choose to create it on your own for a personal touch or hire a professional interior designer that could help you design your home into perfection.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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