We’ve all heard terms like “modern”, “traditional”, “Mediterranean” and a more recent buzzword, “farmhouse”, but design styles and references go well beyond your standard style quiz. Dwayne Bergmann employs his deep understanding of the history of design to create spaces that are timeless, yet practical for modern life. This knowledge informs trends and can even influence entire markets with its cyclical nature. Before “mid-century modern” became a household name in the last decade, the classic 60s/70s style had been associated with shag carpets, low profile furniture, and a palette of musty oranges, dull yellows, and muted greens. Today, rebranded as tangerine, turmeric, and wasabi, these tones are once again in vogue. Like fashion trends, styles come back around, and it is a designer’s job to separate the trends from what will stand the test of time.
Nod to the Past
References to historic design are hidden like Easter eggs in today’s modern interpretations. Whether incorporating elements of rustic French Country or adding touches of glamorous Hollywood Regency, it may not be a literal translation. Often times it is form, color, and material that harken back to their origins. Voluptuous silk curtains will have you dreaming of the days of Marie Antoinette, but juxtaposed with a curved boucle sofa they are instantly Paris Apartment-chic. European and Asian culture in particular have left their mark on the design industry. From minimalism to maximalism, eclectic to zen, these design styles are rooted in specific time periods and defined their era. Once again mirroring fashion, we refer to certain styles by their original inception, such as the 1920’s Art Deco period.

For interested parties, educating yourself on historic design principles will not only deepen your understanding of the design process, but it is sure to inspire a new found appreciation as well. Certain styles such as the bubble-curved forms of Bauhaus, intricately patterned textiles of Moroccan, or streamlined natural material of Scandinavian are easy to spot. Challenge yourself to classify design styles as you notice them to expand your design repertoire.
For the Way We Live Today
The history of design is as complex and nuanced as their inhabitants. Adaptations and innovations in how we live in our spaces are often born out of the changing needs of society. A 21st century family could not comfortably live in a shrine to 18th century English aristocracy, but those with an appreciation for history have found clever ways to incorporate bygone eras in realistic ways. The appreciation for antiques waxes and wanes, but with the current dedication to lasting quality and circular design, we do not see this “trend” going away anytime soon. Juxtaposition is one of the most valuable tools in a designer’s arsenal, allowing them to pair the unexpected to transcend space and time.

Especially in today’s WFH culture and being more aware of how we spend our precious downtime, our interiors must function for the needs we have today. This realization struck the entire world at the same time, leading to an overwhelming spike in renovations, suburban relocation, investing in our outdoor spaces, and converting spare square footage into the all-important home office. As we re-think how we live today, this moment in our collective history is sure to give rise to new trends that design history books of the future will reference. Wonder what they’ll call it? Quarantine Chic?
Dwayne's Take
Grounded in the principles of Transitional design, Dwayne Bergmann Interiors masterfully blends the timelessness of traditional elements with the livable modernity of contemporary aesthetics. With our clients' unique style as our guiding principal, DBI's design approach ecompasses juxtaposition, layering, a blend of textures, colors and forms to create something completely bespoke. The result: A natural balance in the delightfully unexpected mix, lending each space a tangible warmth and relaxed sense of home. Leaving color forecasting to the folks at Benjamin Moore and Pantone, Dwayne is not influenced by trends. He firmly believes that design style is deeply personal and should reflect the individual, not a textbook definition of any one category.
Whether you choose to identify as a specific design style – not to forget Arts & Crafts, Bohemian, Coastal, Contemporary, California Bungalow, Asian Dynasty, Modern Asian, Mountain Lodge, or Industrial to name a few more – it’s important to not let those definitions define you. Do you have a particular favorite design period or style? Share it with us on Instagram!
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