Styles Explained

Obviously, you want your home to be a reflection of your own personal tastes. But with so much terminology out there to describe styles, you may find yourself struggling to communicate what you want. So, here’s a breakdown of three main styles.


Traditional living room and kitchen.

Traditional spaces are orderly, yet warm and welcoming. This timeless, cozy style is a good choice for anyone looking to build a timeless family home.

If you are considering a traditional home, you’ll want to keep the colors muted and the finishes classic. Bronze hardware and warm wood tones are good choices. Consider adding some timeless wainscoting, columns, or ceiling beams. Paying attention to such details will create an elegant, traditional space.



Opposite of the traditional style, there’s the modern style. The key here is sleek lines, basic shapes, and a “less is more” mentality. It is a good choice for those who dislike a cluttered look, who value function, and who find open spaces calming.

The modern style works very well in an open floorplan. As with the traditional style, it’s a good idea to stick to a fairly simple color palette. While the overall feel should be sleek simplicity, there is plenty of room to experiment with textures and interesting design features.


This style is the perfect compromise between traditional and modern. The result of this combination is a design that won’t go out of style and is sure to please everyone. Most of our homes fall under this category. This is a very broad style, which means there is a lot of room for variation.

Transitional style is neither overly modern nor overly traditional. A neutral color palette pulls together elements from both of these styles, while texture is used to great effect to add interest.

Still Not Sure?

Not sure which style speaks to you? Try flipping through magazines, watching decorating shows, or browsing Pinterest. Notice any recurring elements in rooms you like. For example, if all the rooms you like feature vibrant color, then “colorful” is a word you would use to describe your style. To help you out, we’ve compiled a Pinterest board and a Houzz ideabook for each style. Visiting those would be a good jumping off point.

When deciding on a style, don’t forget to consider your lifestyle. While you may love the look of sleek, modern, no-clutter rooms, if you have lots of treasured items that you enjoy putting on display, that may not be the best fit for you to live in.

You made the decision to build a custom home because you wanted it to be uniquely your own, with every fixture and finish tailored to your taste. Prodigy Homes can help you make that dream a reality, so that your home is a beautiful reflection of your own personality and style. Call us at 509.737.6227 to get started.

(All homes pictured in this post were built by Prodigy).