Interior Design Styles and The Paint Colors That Go With Them

Interior walls painted Cape Verde

Interior Design Styles

With so many different interior design styles, it can be difficult to select one that complements your home and suits your personality. On top of that, how do you select a paint color to match your décor and design?

Let the pros at Five Star Painting offer some helpful advice on how to select your next interior style!

What’s Your Style?

From tried-and-true looks, more daring modern aesthetics, or something in between, interior design can take numerous shapes. It’s also possible that you already have a look in mind and just don’t know what it’s called! In the end, though, the look should complement the space and accomplish the style that works best for you!

Here to help are a few different interior design styles you may want to consider …


This may be one of the most recognizable styles because it’s been around for so long. Drawing on inspiration from 18th- and 19th-century England and France, this style is regal, reserved, and ornate.

Traditional style often features:

  • Rich textiles such as velvet, linens, and silk.
  • Furniture made of dark wood, with ornate scrolling or woodwork.
  • Floral, stripes, or plaid fabrics.
  • Crystal or Victorian-style chandeliers and lighting fixtures.
  • Neutral or subdued color palette.


Shifting to the opposite side of the spectrum, modern is actually a blend of several styles and takes influences from Scandinavian and mid-century modern. There is a particular emphasis on clean lines and minimal clutter.

Some common elements of modern design:

  • Sleek surfaces and elements, such as metal and glass.
  • Open space with neutral tones.
  • Limited décor for an uncluttered look.
  • Accented with bold-statement art or furniture.
  • Clean and simple lighting or fixtures.


Ever-growing in popularity, the Scandinavian style relies on a sense of simplicity and functionality. Some varieties of this style also focus on using sustainable materials and green home design. Offering up a cozy and inviting vibe through the use of light wood colors and accented textures, there’s a reason it’s become so popular.

Here are a few key elements:

  • Organic/sustainable materials such as light wood furniture or floors.
  • Large mirrors and natural light.
  • Textures, rugs, and throws to add dimension.
  • Hints of color through art or accent rugs.
  • All-white color scheme with gray undertones.
  • If opting for the sustainable/green focus, you can consider choosing low VOC paint types.
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Modern Farmhouse

A tasteful blend of rustic nostalgia and modern sleekness, the modern farmhouse style is a merging of old and new to create a welcoming space.

Relying on traditional accents placed in a contemporary setting, here are some core components:

  • Shiplap, wood beams, and barn doors.
  • Open-concept layouts.
  • Contrasting metal elements and fixtures.
  • Simple or sleek pendant lighting.
  • Neutral tones with pops of nature-inspired colors.


Transitional design is two or more styles combined to create a harmonious look. Often pairing traditional design (such as traditional furniture or patterns) with modern lines, transitional design creates a blissful middle ground.

Here are a few elements that might be part of a transitional look:

  • Minimal accessories or knickknacks.
  • Accents provided by furniture and textiles.
  • Traditional elements, such as chandelier, paired with contemporary fixtures.
  • Off-whites and neutral hues.

Interior Design Colors

Now that you’ve narrowed down your interior design selection, you may be seeking to bring that traditionalist style into the present age or hoping to truly pull of the airy Scandinavian feel with some inspiring color.

Here are some top color choices from Sherwin-Williams 2021 Color Forecast to revitalize these interior design styles. Click the links to view the Sherwin-Williams paint colors:

  • Cape Verde
    • This deep green will bring the tones of nature right into your living room.
  • Antiquarian Brown
    • A nice creamy brown that will make spaces feel regal yet understated.
  • Urbane Bronze
    • Use this deep grey with tones of brown for a modern and warm feel.
  • Tarnished Trumpet
    • This golden yellow will brighten up any room without feeling overwhelming.
  • Reddened Earth
    • This understand red pairs well with beige and light browns.
  • Naval
    • A classic navy blue that compliments nautical decor.

Choosing an interior design style can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating! Begin by selecting a color scheme that complements your style! Whether your preference leans more toward the traditional (neutral tones) or the Scandinavian (organic hues), start with a complementary paint color and take it from there.

Professional Painting Services

Still not sure which trending tone is sure to suit your style? Let the pros help! Call Five Star Painting today at (888) 261-3633 or schedule a free estimate online for a color consultation and professional painting services.