Imagine…you are going for some renovation in your house: kitchen, living room or bedroom.. or maybe you just bought a newly built apartment and have to put some life into completely bare walls..
To find inspiration for your interior design you are digging into online & offline magazines..
After few sleepless nights and refreshing fights with your spouse, who has different taste, you finally decided on some interior design style…
You built it according to that style: spent a lot of nerves, time and money on it…
And finally, when you come to your freshly upgraded home, sit on newly bought sofa and look around – suddenly you understand that this is not exactly what you are looking for…disaster, isn’t it?
To avert such a situation, try our simple Quiz to learn which interior design style suits you the best (and which are the ones you should avoid like a plague).
Keeping in mind the latest trends in home interiors, the popularity and utility of designs, I have focused on six design styles in this blog. If you feel that your tastes are not close to any of these six themes described below and you would like to explore something altogether different, please feel free to share your revolutionary ideas with us via email.
Meanwhile, you first have to go through this exercise of answering a few questions and see where you belong to among our six categories for home designers.
How to answer our Quiz?
It is quite simple really. There are six design categories. Each question have six possible answers with each answer belonging to one of the categories. In response to each question, you need to choose three responses:
i) the answer that describe you the BEST or that is MOST like you,
ii) the answer that describes you NEXT best or that is ALSO like you, and
iii) the answer that describes you the LEAST or that is most UNLIKE you.
Once you have answered all, you can decide where do you belong predominantly. Evaluation criteria is at the end of the quiz.
Quiz: 'Which Interior Design Style Suits You the Best?'
1. What is your ideal vacation?
a) Extreme hiking in Himalayas
b) Visit a holy-place e,g Haridwar
c) Visit famous European tourist places
d) Nonstop night clubbing in New York
e) Visit Manchester- first industrial city in the world, to discover beauty of the old factories
f) Forest safari in Kenya
2. How do you imagine your perfect evening?
a) Any place outdoors
b) Dinner with the family, favorite film on TV
c) Dinner at a 5 star restaurant is better than evening at home
d) Sambuca-party for the 15-20 best friends
e) Hard rock party
f) DIY Barbeque dinner in the woods with a few close mates
3. What is your favorite dress colors?
a) Stripes, polka dots, checks, mélange of colours – basically anything to get you noticed among crowd
b) Sedate and sober colours, dull, faded and undistinguished colours.
c) Warm calm colors (beige, light yellow)
d) White, black or mix of them
e) Various shades of grey
f) Subtle colors of nature: bark and stone and soil
4. Your favorite meal is:
a) Exotic & unusual – grilled snake or roasted cucarachas
b) Homemade Indian food
c) Specific dishes made in your favorite restaurant by your favorite chef
d) Exotic dog – too small or too large, ornamental species
e) A robot-bird
f) A hunting Dog
6. What would you like to get as a gift?
a) Parachute jump
b) Golden sculpture of the Ganesha/ Krishna/your favourite idol?
c) Swiss watch
d) TV show participation
e) Steel-toed boots
f) Drill or another useful instrument for your DIY projects.
7. What kind of surface you like to touch the most?
a) Unexpected combination of materials: bamboo and silk, porcelain and metal
b) Fabrics surfaces: from rough linen to smooth silk
c) Leather & warm furlike surface
d) Smooth and shiny
e) Chrome, Steel and metals
f) Natural – wood without varnish, ceramics without glaze
8. Typical background sound in your home is ...
a) Rare albums such as a collection of "Mantras of the Tibetan lamas in the electronic processing"
b) Spiritual songs
c) It depends on the mood: silence, old Indian movie songs, or Kenny G
d) Not yet released album of trendy group, downloaded from the Internet
e) Metal and hard rock
f) Folk Music
9. What kind of flowers do you like to decorate your home with?
a) Colorful and bright flowers in various drinking glasses, clear glass vases or ceramic bowls.
c) Flowers for praying/ holy flowers
c) Classically arranged bouquet in a white porcelain or crystal vase
d) Few big & simple flower buds in a quirky or unique vase
e) Unusually shaped mini tree in a simple setting
f) Rustic barrel or DIY container full of red, white & blue blossom.
10. How do you usually celebrate your Bday?
a) Make a big “fat” function
b) Don’t pay much attention to Birthdays
c) With my family & close friends at home
d) In the club
e) Bikes party
f) On the nature – going to some hill station or wild life resort
11. What do you like to read the most?
a) Different books- from love stories & detectives to autobiographies
b) Mythology and Religious
c) European classical literature (Charles Dickens, O,Henry, R.L. Stevenson)
d) Magazines / newspaper
f) Books related to your hobby / job
12. What is the best idea for your wall decoration?
a) Gifted or trip souvenirs, family photos & random pictures
b) Traditionally ornamented mosaic & textile; images of the Gods & Goddesses
c) Old famous European artist pictures in a golden frame
d) Piece of nature like climbing flowers or DIY log shelves
e) Unplastered walls are the best
f) Old road signs, giant abstract works, mixed-media sculptures
To evaluate distribute 10 points among the responses to each question according to your preference and your judgement of what describe you the best.
For example if answer "a" describes you ideally and you dont identity with any other answer (b, c, d, e or f) for question 1, then you can give "a" 10 points for that question. Alternatively, if you feel you like two answers equally well, you can give five points each (5+5 = 10 points), or if you feel three responses (a,b,c) describe you in decreasing order you can spread 10 points over them ( viz 6 points for a, 3 for b and 1 point for c, 6+3+1= 10 points).
The total number of points is 120. (12 questions x 10 points each= 120 points).
Each question has six possible answers (a, b, c, d, e or f) with each answer belonging to one of our categories.
Maximum points against "a" : Signifies a Eclectic style with a good dose of irony
Maximum points against "b" : Wholesome Indian traditional style
Maximum points against "c" : Classic European style with a modern twist
Maximum points against "d" : Minimalistic style with a humane touch
Maximum points against "e" :Bohemian Urban Style
Maximum points against "f" : Intelligent Rustic style
Please note that for a style to be your "pure style" you should score more than 80 against that style. Otherwise it is likely that you have a "mixed" style.
a: Eclectic style with a good dose of irony
Life for you is one big adventure. You are not afraid of experiments, love travel and want the interior of your home reflect your lifestyle. Do not try to withstand a single style - in the house of such a versatile personality, these attempts are doomed to failure. Feel free to combine art deco with hi-tech, ethnics with neo-baroque, classic style with modern. Do not pay attention to the objections of your aesthetes friends: these people just take life too seriously - unlike you.
Tip: if possible, don’t buy small trinkets "for memory" on your trips. Larger items (lamps, carpets, and so on) are better. Otherwise your house in danger of turning into a gift shop.
Tradition for you is not just empty word. That is why in the Indian traditional style you feel the best (if you are an Indian yourself, of cause ;). Surround yourself with dark curved wooden furniture, colorful silk pillows, Indian handmade artwork, patterned in Indian style fabrics & rugs. Use horseshoe arch shape in your doorways & windows .
Tip: Play on contrast – make most part of your walls crispy white which will act as a perfect background for other interior design elements – from furniture to decoration. (see more about Indian style / raj style here)
Comfort at home is much more important for you than just design. It can be created with elegant lines; warm, calm colors and overall symmetrical, stable but prospering European classic design.Not necessarily make the whole apartment antiques. Focus on the furniture of the well-known brands - things that last long time and not become bored for decades...
To give it a fresh look, try to include few modern elements – such as simple lines small coffee table or floor lamp.
Tip: Have a look on the classics of the world design. These things - from the category of timeless values.
You are always aware of fashion trends, the interior for you is a means of expression. While decorating your apartment, you think not only about your own comfort, but also want to impress your guests. You can approach the laconic modern interior with plenty of empty space - it will be quickly filled with the design objects, refrain from buying which is above your strength.
Tip: during repair remember that very soon you will want to change everything: think about how to easily move the furniture, to repaint walls, change wallpaper... and all this more than once!
You enjoy beautiful interplay between pure form and function. So, you don’t need all this shiny wrappings and make-ups for your interiors – the barer walls the better. Use metal furniture and interior decoration, but unite it wisely with other materials, such as stone & wood for more sophisticating look.
Putting of the neat frill less cushions on your old metal stools and warm pattern free rag on your cement or stone floor will keep your foot (and ass) from freezing.
Tip: Open floor plan (no or minimum walls between rooms) goes the best with urban style but has lack of privacy. Try to mix flowing one into another walls free spaces with some hidden nooks to make your home cozy.
Your resilient spirit is looking for uniform connection with Mother-Nature.
That is why your ideal home consist of rough-hewn beams (real or faux); strong almost rough wooden furniture; sturdy, hardworking fabrics and aged surfaces along with heirlooms and vintage pieces (or just some old-looking items found in flea market).
At the same time, your interiors look modern and fresh thanks to shine and sleek surfaces here and there (such as shelving, table or floor surface) which altogether help to uplift rustic boldness to the upmarket intelligence.
Tip: Try to do some DIY, as you might like idea of repurposing, creating lampshade out of wicker dustbin or to give a new life to an old-fashioned chest of drawers.