When I meet with my clients this is one of the first questions I ask to them, and often they don't have it completely set on their mind or even sometimes, there is a combination or none at all.
Here is a quick definition for some of the most popular and known design styles for your home.
ART DECO, also called style moderne , movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style in western Europe and the United States during the 1930s. Its name was derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited. Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion. Its products included both individually crafted luxury items and mass-produced wares, but, in either case, the intention was to create a sleek and antitraditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication.
Among the formative influences on Art Deco were Art Nouveau, the Bauhaus, Cubism, and Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Decorative ideas came from American Indian, Egyptian, and early classical sources as well as from nature.
CONTEMPORARY: Contemporary style encompasses a range of styles developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Pieces feature softened and rounded lines as opposed to the stark lines seen in modern design. Interiors contain neutral elements and bold color, and they focus on the basics of line, shape and form. Some of the characteristic feature tone-on-tone color palettes, using heavily brown, taupe, cream and pure white.
COUNTRY: A rustic elegance is characteristic of this look. Some country looks are marked by extensive use of white wood paneling and soft floral patterns, muted hues and pops of red, black or pure white accents. Floral, checked and striped vintage fabric patterns are standards, and elements have a handmade, rustic quality: wood, handmade pottery, baskets and hand-forged metal to name a few. Primitive furnishings have history to them, and are bought in antique shops and flea markets.
ECLECTIC: Encompasses a variety of periods and styles and is brought together through the use of color, texture, shape and finish. Here's how it breaks down: Colors: The palette can vary, but it's best to stick with a few neutrals to help tie all the elements together.
MODERN: Modern design is difficult to define definitively. The term "modern" refers to the influence of modern art on interior design, but does not necessarily refer to the era or age of the design. Modern design is not the same as contemporary design, which is a term that designers and artists apply to a shifting group of recent styles and trends. Modern design is defined more by its own trends, which have gone largely unchanged for several decades.Modern design uses geometric shapes, including rigid squares and rectangles along with smooth, even curves.
Excerpts and images taken from britannica,com, HGTV, Home guides. dailyicon.net