Your home is a place to unwind, relax, and just be yourself. Of course, this works best when you’re surrounded by furniture and decor that fit your taste and lifestyle to a T. How that may look like is entirely up to you – and might also change over time. For those who could use some inspiration, we’ve created an overview of nine different interior design styles and their special features.

1. Minimalist interior design: the art of simplicity

The philosophy behind minimalism can be described in three words: less is more. Rather than making everything bigger and bolder, it’s all about cutting back as much as possible. Anything that doesn’t serve a purpose or distracts the eye? Off it goes! In minimalist living spaces, selected statement pieces take centre stage against a clean background. Monochrome colour schemes of black, white, or grey are accentuated by cool materials such as glass or metal – along with plenty of daylight for an open, airy atmosphere.     

  • Furniture: straight-lined shapes and smooth surfaces

  • Materials: stainless steel, aluminium, natural stone, concrete, glass

  • Colours: white, black, grey, beige

  • Switch designs: Gira E2 in black matt, pure white matt, or grey matt

2. Industrial interior design: cosy workshop vibes

During the 1960s, many people in big cities such as New York or London were struggling to find affordable housing. Artists and other “free thinkers” within the culture scene thus came up with a clever solution: they turned empty factories, warehouses, and similar facilities into apartments and ateliers. And just like that – industrial interior design was born. Today, the rough appeal of those lofts is more popular than ever. Unplastered brick walls, concrete floors, exposed pipes and wooden beams: all these elements can feel surprisingly homely when combined the right way. In industrial-style living rooms, the rough and unpolished appeal is accentuated by vintage furniture made from wood or metal and accessories such as bare light bulbs.

  • Materials: stainless steel, aluminium, wood, concrete, glass

  • Colours: white, black, grey, matt or shiny metallic hues

  • Must-have: freely suspended light bulbs, metal counter tops  

  • Switch design: Gira Studio in black matt

3. Mid-century modern interior design: timeless nostalgia

Another trend that began in the middle of the 20th century and continues to inspire contemporary homes: puristic elegance with furniture in organic shapes and bourgeois accessories in dark wood or (faux) leather. The mid-century modern interior design style works particularly well in huge open spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows. You’ll also find a lot of dressers, sideboards, and armchairs on slim feet. To bring out the nostalgic appeal, you can add vintage elements such as newspaper racks or chromium-plated lamps. Many design classics from the 1950s and 1960s are still being reproduced to this day.

 

  • Furniture: functional and organic

  • Materials: dark wood, (faux) leather, velvet

  • Colours: brown, beige, and other warm earthy tones

  • Must-have: classic pieces from the 1950s

  • Switch design: Gira S-Color in grey, Gira Esprit in aluminium brown or glass umber

Mid-Century-Modern: Skandinavisches Design aus den 50ern ist hier ein Muss
Organic shapes, dark wood, warm colours: the mid-century modern style is as popular today as it was 50 years ago. Source: Dulux

4. Scandinavian interior design: bright and natural

Keep it simple – that’s the motto of the so-called “Scandi style”. As you can guess from the name, it reflects the “hygge” way of life associated with countries such as Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. Wooden furniture made from birch, pine, or spruce are complemented by light pastel hues. For that extra bit of cosiness, you can pile up a good amount of soft blankets and fluffy pillows. A few romantic accents, e.g. candles or flower arrangements in glass vases, round off Scandivanian-style interior design.

  • Furniture: light wood or white coating

  • Materials: solid wood with visible texture, wool, (faux) leather, cork

  • Colours: black, white, pastels

  • Must-have: candles, soft blankets

  • Switch design: Gira Esprit in linoleum-mulitplex or Gira Studio

Helle Pastell- und Grautöne, Massivholzmöbel aus Fichte, Birke oder Kiefer und geradliniges Design zeichnen den Scandi Style aus
Scandinavian interior invites us to get “hygge” with bright pastel colours, wooden furniture, and soft textiles. Source: Gira

5. Warm nordic interior design: style meets comfort

Similar to Scandinavian interior, nordic-style living rooms are all about those “hygge“ vibes. Natural materials, earthy colours, and rounded shapes will make you feel right at home. The decor leans more toward a minimalist approach: playful accessories take a backseat against functional furniture pieces and a clean, reduced aesthetic.

  • Furniture: wooden or painted white

  • Materials: larch, pine, fir, cherry, walnut; (faux) leather, cork

  • Colours: earth, creme, and pastel hues

  • Must-have: a huge lounge area, f.ex. with the Moss sofa by COR

  • Switch design: Gira Esprit in linoleum-multiplex

6. New natural interior design: outdoor feeling deluxe

You love spending time in the open air, surrounded by lots of green? Then this might be just what you’re looking for: the new natural style turns indoor spaces into an outdoor experience. Needless to say, it includes sustainable materials only. Woven baskets and untreated wooden surfaces speak of long hikes through the woods and dinners cooked over a campfire. In terms of colour, light earthy tones and any shade of green are a great choice for this interior design style. Decorative stones, twigs, or reed – anything you might have picked up during your latest adventure – further accentuate the rustic, pristine appeal.

  • Furniture: simple and functional

  • Materials: light untreated wood, natural stone

  • Colours: all shades of green, bright earthy hues

  • Must-have: souvenirs from your walks through the woods

  • Switch design: Gira Esprit linoleum-mulitplex

Das smarte Tiny House bietet modernen Lifestyle auf kleinstem Raum – inklusive intelligenter Technik von Gira.
Combined with generous glass windows, new natural interior design blurs the boundaries between inside and outside. Source: planet c / Studioraum

7. Bohemian interior design: eclectic and creative

When people hear “boho style“, they often think of the hippie era during the 1960s and 1970s. But the term “bohemian“ actually refers to a movement that began more than a century earlier: originally used as a pejorative for Roma gypsies, it came to signify the romantic ideal of “free spirits” who sought a life outside of the bourgeoisie. Today, the Oxford Dictionary defines “bohemian” as “a person, often somebody who is involved with the arts, who lives in a very informal way without following accepted rules of behaviour”. Boho interior design reflects this sense of avant-garde with a bright mix of colours, patterns, and textures: vintage armchairs and embroidered pillows meet oriental ornaments and Beni Ourain carpets. Bohemian-style decor celebrates unique and handmade creations – with patchwork blankets as the cover for an old sofa or an antique suitcase turned into a coffee table, for example.

  • Motifs: mandalas, tribals, geometrical patterns

  • Materials: wood, cotton, linen, (faux) fur, (faux) leather, rattan

  • Colours: bright, earthy tones with splashes of orange, turquoise, or violet

  • Must-have: vintage finds from the flea market and handmade pieces

  • Switch design: Gira E3 in umber soft touch or sand soft touch

Muster, natürliche Materialien und Accessoires aus aller Welt machen den Boho Style aus.
Bohemian-style interior design brings together patterns, materials, and accessories from different cultures. Source: iStock

8. Japandi interior design: East meets North

Geographically, Japan and Scandinavia are around 8,000 kilometres apart. But their cultures have more in common than you might think – and their differences complement each other perfectly. No wonder that the Japandi interior design style, a fusion of Nordic and Asian elements, has found its way into contemporary homes. Minimalist yet homely, it invites us to take a breath and regain a sense of calm amidst our busy lives. Bright colours and simplistic shapes create a clear aesthetic that helps us clear our minds just as well. Japandi interior also draws inspiration from wabi-sabi – a Japanese philosophy rooted in Zen Buddhism that celebrates the beauty of imperfection.

  • Patterns and motifs: none, the interior is kept as clean as possible

  • Materials: soft, single-colour textiles and dark wood

  • Colours: light earthy tones, beige, black

  • Must-have: large wall paintings with abstract motifs

  • Switch design: Gira E2 in black or grey matt  

Dunkle Esszimmermöbel aus Holz
Dark wooden furniture paired with beige accessories and white walls make for a harmonious play of contrasts. Source: Fermliving

9. Modern farmhouse interior design: rustic cabin charm

Imagine you spent a day hiking across alpine mountains and now you’re looking forward to a cosy evening in front of the fireplace: that’s exactly the feeling that modern farmhouse-style interior design evokes, with handmade wooden furniture and quaint, cheerful details. The ideal backdrop would be a setup reminiscent of a traditional log cabin or ”chalet“. Neutral tones such as creamy white or grey, along with lots of fluffy blankets, round off the warm ambience. For the final touches, you can add a few rustic accessories: a pair of antlers on the wall, (faux) furs, or lanterns, for example.

  • Materials: beech, spruce, oak, pine; natural stone

  • Colours: shades of brown, bright creamy hues

  • Must-have: (faux) fur on chairs or floors, alpine accessories on the wall

  • Switch design: Gira Esprit linoleum-mulitplex

Warm, einladend und zeitgemäß: Alpen Chic kombiniert rustikalen Hüttenzauber mit moderner Eleganz.
Cottage-style reintrepreted: modern farmhouse interior brings alpine traditions into contemporary homes. Source: iStock

Gira System 55

Thanks to the Gira System 55, you can easily find switches and socket outlets that match your personal style. It allows you to freely combine or exchange frames and inserts, just like a modular assembly kit. Six design lines with more than 90 frame designs offer countless options for any interior.

Gira Design Configurator

The captivating “Live View” mode uses a smartphone's or tablet's camera to show how selected design variants look in your real-​life environment.

Gira Esprit

Any room in your home should reflect your own personality. The Gira Esprit design line invites you to give your walls a unique make-over with high-quality materials: from glass and stainless steel to linoleum-plywood.

Gira E2

With its streamlined minimalist aesthetic, the timeless and original Gira E2 design line is the perfect complement to a range of interior styles. Choose between shatter-proof UV-resistant plastic variants in pure white matt, pure white glossy, black matt, aluminium (varnished) and anthracite, or stainless steel.

Gira Studio

Stand out. Dare to try something new. Combine classic and avant-garde elements: the Gira Studio design line adds a modern edge to many different interior styles. With this line, Gira has once again created an innovative concept that emphasises aesthetics as much as functionality. Square and round. Black in black, white in white, or maybe a contrast of black and white? It's up to you to set the tone at your home. As a surface-mounted variant, the Gira Studio design line often serves as a visual highlight on walls in loft apartments.

Gira Event

Rounded switches, edgy frames: the multi-faceted Gira Event design line plays with contrasts to bring a unique look into your home.