Interior design is the practice of using decorations and room organisation to conform to a specific goal of what you want the interior of a room to be like. It can have a big impact on how people experience their time within a space, both consciously and subconsciously. It incorporates ornaments, decorations, lighting and furniture in order to match specific styles and intent.

Most people get by with designing the interior of their own home, and if the stakes aren’t high or you’ve got skills in design then this is fair enough; if this isn’t the case, you may want to hire an interior designer. Professional interior designers specialise in this in the same way that a graphic designer specialises in designing graphics, or photographer specialises in photography, and while they don’t have a monopoly on these skills, their skills are to be respected.

An alternative method to hiring an interior designer is to conform your own interior design to well established styles. Styles come in and out of fashion, so it is a good idea to learn about these in any event, so that you design is in keeping with current trends. Besides this point, established styles are like well trod roads; it is much easier to just follow the pathway than try and make your own.

There are a large number of interior design styles, but in most cases where people don’t really care all that much about it, they just want it to be presentable, using a modern minimalist style is certainly a good option. By choosing this option, you’ll have an extensive list of furnishings to choose from, as this style is what most furniture is designed with in mind.

The modern style is most often characterised by its wide, open-planned layout and minimalist features. But the devil is in the detail, as they say. Minimalism doesn’t mean that you don’t have plenty of aesthetically pleasing ornaments around; it refers to avoiding clutter, and superfluous aggrandisement.

The modern style is usually used in buildings which have large open spaces, like open-planned studio apartments, with a lot of natural lighting. It tends towards the use of metal and other harder looking materials, but often styled in a way to bring out the details and make them much softer than people would expect.

You often find businesses and showrooms use the modern style, as it is generally considered to be a more palatable style. As their business depends upon making a good impression, this is a good choice for them. Homeowners use this style less often, although it is very prevalent in homes too, with most people using it in homes which are used for entertaining. Otherwise, they tend to opt for softer, less organised styles.