What is your design style?

We can’t fill this new home with all of our old student furniture and hand-me-down junk. So what do we want it to look like?

We have played in Asian, barnyard, Rustic Tuscan, simple modern and back again.

One constant has been our love of wood, stone and the outdoors. Sounds simple when you say it like that.

urban organic example

www.houzz.com is a great place to start. Here is a general list of styles.

  • Contemporary
  • Eclectic
  • Modern
  • Traditional
  • Asian
  • Beach Style
  • Craftsman
  • Farmhouse
  • Industrial
  • Mediterranean
  • Mid-century
  • Rustic
  • Transitional
  • Tropical

We have hit firmly on modern organic / urban organic / modern organic.

Modern Organic is created around a passion for eco feel/ green feel / earth feel while also having modern conveniences throughout the home. It is focused towards nature inspired elements. Contemporary, polished features combined with soft furnishings that are quite textured and fibrous make for a welcoming design. The outside also creeps in so think lots of indoor plants, greens, coppers, stones etc. old white gloss ceramic pots and green foliage. This also comes out in the bedrooms and bathrooms with earthy stones and soft textured rugs and linens. Bathrooms are muted limestone colours accentuated with white pots and green plants and feature towels in richer colours. Copper or red desert sand, perhaps. Too hard to explain. Let me show you some examples.

And the poster child of the urban organic / modern organic movement is this indoor plant. It is a humble fig – fiddle leaf fig – that has entered the stratosphere as the must have indoor plant for Hollywood A-listers. It has gone from $5 a plant to around $200 these days.  Even so, it does look great.


Some example rooms:

Some head into what I could call more peasant organic, bohemia organic, but you’ll get the gist.


Struggling to find your style?

Metricon have a pretty cool tool called the lookbook. http://www.metricon.com.au/lookbook

The following interior quizzes can also help.




Did you find it hard to get your style?