There are many home decorating styles that people adopt. Much of it is determined by personal preference, but some of it is adopted because people want to sell their property. Some home decorating is completely modern with plain wood or laminate flooring throughout and perhaps a fully tiled bathroom and of course a fully fitted kitchen. This decorating style is often adopted by, or appeals to the young professional who wants their home to be functional yet stylish.

Some people’s home decorating styles tend towards the country cottage with lots of chintzy curtains and big soft cushions. Large kitchens are a favorite for this style because people can eat in a warm, bright room that is hung with pots and brightened by plants. Many people long to come home to a warm and welcoming kitchen and a comfortable sitting room, they are more interested in comfort than style. This type of home decorating style usually suits a family who want their home to fit around their lifestyle and accommodate their hobbies and projects.

Home decorating styles may vary, depending on what kind of life you lead and where you live. In some areas there is a tendency for residents to adopt similar styles of decoration rather than having an eclectic mix.

There are plenty of television programs around that show you how to decorate your home with style – a lot depends on whether your idea of style is the same as the designer’s idea of style. Mirrors and plush fabrics seem to be a prominent feature of this style of home decoration. Feature walls are also a must. With this style three walls may be painted and a fourth wall is made into a feature with some (usually expensive) wallpaper that tones with the paint.

You can still see home decorating styles that hark back to the days of hippies and often mean that the home owner has an artistic turn. Here you will see tiffany lamps, floor cushions and bright colors. Homes decorated in this way can have a warm and welcoming feel or they can be over bright with furniture, fittings and carpets all screaming for the visitor’s attention.

Home decorating styles are largely a result of people’s vision of the type of life they would like to live. Some like a neutral background where they can add possessions and brighten the style with accessories. Still others like a home to be bright and bustling and their decorating style will reflect this. Whatever you choose in home decorating styles, you should make sure that it is something you will be happy to live with for an extended period of time.

Browse through these six home decorating trends and see if there is one that matches your personal style.

Modern Organic

By organic, we mean natural looking. Modern furniture does not have to take a cubist approach with straight lines and hard edges. The new modern look has plenty of curves, but these gentle life-like curves avoid looking curly-cue or overly feminine. You can achieve the modern organic look with a variety of materials including wood, plastic, leather or metal. The accent colors will be almond, leafy greens, sand, tan and dark chocolate browns.

Shabby Chic

Warning, a true shabby chic look has a distinctly feminine look that is unlikely to appeal to the male gender. So unless you live alone, or the man in your life is extremely generous or oblivious to his surroundings, you may want to avoid shabby chic altogether. But if you do decide to go for it, go for the gusto by placing all white furniture and accessories in an all white interior, then distress the paint, fray the edges, and generally give your room that lived-in cottage look. If you grow tired of the all white theme, you can add a bit of color with cabbage roses and pink and green paint. Just make sure you keep the distressed look intact, even when repainting furniture or picture frames, or recovering pillows or lampshades.

American Country

The country look has evolved. Previously, American Country took its cues from English furniture styles, dependent upon the romantic look complete with pastel colors and frills. Today, American Country is more likely to mix traditional pieces with modern and contemporary furniture, but the baskets, quilts and red, white and blue color theme still provide the underlying essence of American Country decorating.

The Lodge Look

This decorating style epitomizes the concept of bringing the outdoors indoors. With large, real wood furniture, including twigs, poles, and Adirondack chairs, the lodge look incorporates touches of the old West with accents of real silver and turquoise, Navajo rugs, and thrown pottery used either as lamp bases or as accessories for the rough hewn wood mantel.

Mediterranean Country

This look can be either Tuscan or French, but it incorporates the colors and styles of Mediterranean old country homes with the convenience of modern living. You will find deep organic colors of rusts, ochre and saffron, plenty of wrought iron accents and simple lighting designs that may include candle-based light fixtures.

Island Chic

Think Tommy Bahama meets Ernest Hemingway in Casa Blanca. We all know Tommy Bahama was a fictitious character invented by the imaginations of a marketing team, but the line has come to represent elegant Island living, carried out with simplicity and class. The furniture can run from simple wicker, to elegant carved wood that reflects British Colonial styles. The main ingredient for Island Chic is the vivid color palette, consisting of tropical teals, salmon and yellows, usually played against a dark wood backdrop.

If any of these trendy new decorating styles have your imagination spinning, then you have definitely found your next look. Now it is time for a trip to your local paint store and favorite furniture retailer, and you will have your trendy new look in no time.