We often work with clients who are drawn to different design styles. Some may love the clean lines of modern spaces, while others prefer the warmth and character of traditional homes. Mixing and matching different styles adds interest and depth to our spaces—and accomplishing this is easier than you think. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you embark on your design journey!
When mixing and matching different styles, it’s important to start with a neutral base. This will provide a foundation for the different styles to blend together seamlessly. Neutral colors like white, beige, gray, and taupe work well as a base, and can be paired with a variety of different colors, textures, and materials. Remember, not every room in the house should be the same, but setting a foundation for every space will help with combining other elements.
Before blending different design styles, it helps to choose your primary or dominant style. This will set the tone of your home and will be the most prominent style in your space. Once you’ve chosen a dominant style, you can then incorporate elements of other styles to create a cohesive look. For example, if your dominant style is mid-century modern, you could incorporate traditional elements like a vintage rug or antique furniture to add warmth and character to the space.
Look for common elements between the styles. For example, both eclectic and transitional design styles often incorporate wood, metal, and natural materials. By using these common elements throughout the space, you can create a cohesive look that blends different styles together seamlessly.
Mixing and matching patterns and textures can add depth and interest to a space. When blending different design styles, don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and textures. For example, you could pair a modern geometric rug with a traditional floral print sofa, or mix a rustic wood coffee table with a sleek metal lamp.
Scale and proportion are of the utmost importance and your space depends on these principles to look balanced and intentional. For example, if you have a large traditional sofa, you may want to pair it with a modern coffee table that is smaller in scale. This will create a balanced, harmonious look in the space.
Blending different design styles can be a fun and creative way to decorate your home. By starting with a neutral base, choosing a dominant style, looking for common elements, mixing and matching patterns and textures, and paying attention to scale and proportion, you can create a cohesive look that blends different design styles together seamlessly. Happy designing!