3 Popular Design Styles in Chicago Real Estate

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When it comes to deciding on a style for your home, design options are endless.  There’s mid-century modern, shabby chic, contemporary, French country, rustic, coastal, and the list goes on and on.  With so many fantastic and luxurious ways to stylize your home, one significant challenge that you may face will be in how you define and understand your own personal style and preference.

With so many unique design styles, it can be overwhelming to decide which one will work best for you.  Fortunately, once you get a better grasp on the basic definition of certain styles, how they differ from one another, and what it means to construct your home around those styles, you will be ready to dive right into creating your perfect luxury retreat.  

Let’s take a closer look at three of the most popular design styles, both from an architectural standpoint and interior design so that you can better visualize your dream home:  


The most prominent materials used in a modern building are steel, concrete, wood, and glass.  By principle, modern architecture is designed to promote the concept of truth and justice to the materials, so no artificial materials are used to plaster and ornament over the structure.  With modern designs, simplicity is really the essence. Each home is built with clean, crisp lines and with purpose and function such that it results in the intended purpose behind the concept.  Simple is always sophisticated and is the greatest embellishment of art.  No one ever tires of simplicity, and that’s what Modern architecture emphasizes.  

In terms of interior design style, the Modern aesthetic has a broad range but typically refers to clean, crisp lines with the use of a simple color palette and of materials that often include glass, metal, and steel.  Interior Modern design reflects much the same as Modern architecture. Designs employ a certain sense of simplicity in every element from furniture to art. It’s a very sleek style that doesn’t involve a lot of clutter or accessories.    


Traditional architecture is simple in concept, really, in that it takes into account the styles that were or are still popular in a region, area or neighborhood. The characteristics of traditional architecture lie in their commitment to maintaining a link to the past styles of building.  So, they re-use materials and are constructed to stay consistent with the overall building design of the surrounding area. The goal is ultimately to create a sense of continuity and connection to the past, which helps areas maintain their traditional look and feel for the community. Building in the Traditional style merges the past and present together for a seamless transition.

Special attention is paid to the materials used in building and to how they work and function.  There’s no dramatic departure from the norm unlike, say, Contemporary architecture that thrives on that departure.  But, it’s also not as strictly faithful to form and function as in Modern structures. Traditional architecture is simply, as the name hints, an older way of building homes that withstand the test of time.      

For a continuation of the Traditional style on the inside, much of the aesthetic is rooted in European sensibilities.  This style favors extravagant furnishings, classic details and an abundance of accessories. They often feature dark, finished wood paired with rich color palettes and a variety of textures and curved lines.        

Art Deco

The Art Deco style, above all else, reflects modern technology and scientific progress.  It is a very modern, opulent style that is exemplified by smooth lines, streamlined forms and bright, often ostentatious colors.  Structurally, Art Deco is founded on mathematical geometric shapes. Designs are characterized by trapezoidal, zigzagged, triangular shapes as well as chevron patterns, sweeping curves, stepped forms and sunburst motifs.   

Art Deco is a very luxurious, elegant style.  As an interior design concept, it promotes the use of simple yet bold shapes and patterns with colors such as red, black, chrome and silver.  Lush curtains and even carpets may be used for wall décor with the preferred wooden flooring.

These three design styles, though different in aesthetic and taste, are all steeped in the idea of living luxuriously.  And now that you have a rudimentary understanding of their design fundamentals, you can start to solidify your personal design ideals to create your perfect dream home.  


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