A lot of clients ask me: what are the most common design styles? Or they often wonder how they can come up with their own personal style when it’s a mix.

For as long as I can remember I have always looked at the background settings of movie’s and television show’s for ideas and inspiration. Especially movie’s filmed in a specific time period. I often take notice of the styling, color combinations, and really study the arrangements displayed on tables, desks and other surfaces to give me more insight into the character’s personality.

Listed below are some of the common answers I got from asking this question in order to find a client’s  personal design style.

If you could design a room inspired by a movie or T.V. show what would it be?

Modern and Mid-Century

Madmen, 2007

Mad Men (Season 4)


Mid Cemetery Modern Design Elements:

  • Form follows function
  • Rectilinear lines long and low to the ground
  • Organic and asymmetrical shapes
  • Little or no ornamentation
  • Color and texture plays a very important role
  • Details of craftsmanship
  • High-gloss lacquer finishes, exotic wood veneers, and stainless steel accents

Twilight, 2008





Coastal Transitional

Something’s Gotta Give, 2003



Coastal Transitional Design Elements:

  • Relaxed sophistication with an eclectic blend of Old World European furnishings with dark finishes
  • Comfortable fabrics
  • Weather or painted finishes
  • Light added mix of blues, greens, and whites or vibrant tropical with reds, oranges, and yellows
  • Natural fibers such as cotton, jute and sisal
  • Seashell encrusted mirrors and tables and coral-form accessories and prints

It’s Complicated, 2009


It's Complicated



Traditional | Period Specific

Marie Antoinette, 2006



 Traditional Design Elements:

  • Symmetrical and formal
  • Traditional wood finishes are typically dark, cherry and mahogany
  • Fabrics that work well on traditional furnishings include chintz, Jacquard, damask and brocade.
  • Leather in rich brown tones
  • Crown moldings
  • Light valances
  • Raised panel doors in kitchens
  • Columns with ornaments
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Rich materials such as tumbled marble

Breakfast At Tiffany’s, 2010

Breakfast at Tiffany's  

  Breakfast at Tiffany's


Futuristic and Sleek

Tron: Legacy, 2010



Futuristic Design Elements:

  • Ambient neon lighting
  • Whites, black, blues, grays, with pops of bright colors
  • Smooth-lined furniture
  • Steel and glass-like surfaces
  • Atypical shapes and forms

Ugly Betty, 2006-2010

Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty


The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001

The Royal Tenenbaums

Eclectic Design Elements:

  • Neutral background color palettes
  • Antiques used in moderation
  • Collections and sets of similar pieces
  • One of a kind item’s
  • Global pieces from around the world
  • Contrast in color or finish
  • Traditional and modern elements together
  • Rough fabrics mixed with elegant textiles
  • Worn surfaces combined with refined surfaces

Sex and The City, 2007

Sex and the City

Sex and the City


So what design style are you?

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