When it comes to injecting new life into your space, look beyond the current trends and styles of your neighbours–the world is full of unique design aesthetics inspired by centuries of culture, history and trends! With plenty of inspiration to be found across the globe, take our quiz and find your international design style.
Be sure to keep track of your choices and tally them up at the end.Photo via Unsplash
1. What dessert are you eating?
a) Deep-fried Mars bar
b) Fresh doughnuts
c) Lemon meringue pie
d) Coffee cake
e) Ice cream
2. What is your ideal day?
a) A big street party with your friends and neighbours
b) Making a homemade meal with friends
c) A morning spent reading at a coffee shop with a strong espresso
d) Spending the day on the beach followed up by a candlelit dinner
e) A cozy day spent in eating snacks and watching Netflix
3. Choose a pattern
a) Vibrantly coloured woven textile
b) Scalloped with flowers
c) Geometric gold and black
d) Red terracotta tiles
e) Pink and white polka dots
4. How would you describe yourself?
5. Pick an archway
a) Yellow archway
b) Scalloped archway
c) Elaborately carved archway
d) Stone arches
e) Geometric wood archway
6. Pick a season
a) Spring. Nice and warm!
b) Summer. The hotter the better.
c) Autumn. I don't like overheating outside.
d) I like it temperate all the time.
e) Winter. Perfect for getting warm and cozy.
Mostly As: Mexican design
With a style that's as bold and brilliant as the flavours in its dishes, Mexican design encourages you to release your inhibitions and grab the brightest colours you can find. Toss them together in textile pieces like woven rugs with intricate patterns infused with pinks, yellows, oranges and greens. Use reclaimed wood or rattan furniture to round off this style to capture the rustic vibes of Mexico.
Mostly Bs: Indian design
You feel right at home in the sun-kissed style of Indian design. This is one ornate style that dares you to push the envelope. You're a fan of controlled maximalism and Indian design has been mastering busy, loud motifs for centuries. Dizzying marble patterns and delicate silks—meticulously embroidered—are right at home with heavy, dark wood furniture and large windows that let in the light.
Mostly Cs: French art decoPhoto via Unsplash by Léonard Cotte
You want to kick off your shoes and relax in the lap of luxury at the end of the day. Art Deco was created for the elite class of French society and this style spares no expense. You're ready to put in the time and effort to fill your space with bold geometric shapes, heavy, carved furniture, velvet, and intricate details as far as the eye can see.
Mostly Ds: Tuscan stylePhoto via Unsplash by Rowan Heuvel
You're an old soul. Whether it's in the green hills of central Italy or your own home here in Canada, Tuscan style is a reliable design where form and function are key. This look has been around since the Renaissance and is still standing strong. Combine exposed ceiling beams with terracotta pots for your favourite plants, wrought iron window boxes or patio furniture and aged stonework to bring this Mediterranian style into your space.
Mostly Es: Japanese Kawaii designPhoto via Unsplash
You don't take life too seriously. The adorable and carefree style of Japanese Kawaii (meaning “cute”) has been embraced worldwide by those not ready to close the door on childhood joy. If you can't commit to a full Sanrio-branded remodel of your home, stick to a bright pastel pattern, accent pieces in the form of cute clouds, cats, frills, ultra-soft throw pillows and prints of your favourite kawaii characters. Interior design is all about self-expression so don't hold back!