Mixing rival decors is a classic dilemma. We all end up accumulating a variety of different furnishings over time.
Maybe your mid-century sofa was the centerpiece of your living room… until you found an ornate Victorian coffee table you couldn’t live without. Or perhaps you inherited your grandmother’s beautiful rocking chair, and you can’t bring yourself to part with it—even though it’s at odds with your clean, modern den. How do you pull all these elements together?
Don’t panic. There are plenty of ways to mix different styles and time periods successfully. In fact, by blending varying types of furniture with a keen design eye, you’ll develop a personal style that can’t be seen in other homes.
The key to achieving this is careful planning. Our interior design experts have a few wise words to help you synchronize your styles for the perfect set-up:
- Consider the visual characteristics of each piece. Figure out what it is you love about the articles in your decor. (There are no wrong answers.) By clearly defining what attracts you to each piece, you can find a common thread to intertwine your entire collection.
- Make one style dominant. When mixing dramatically different fashions, let one style dominate your space and become your guiding light. Then sprinkle in a few items from the contrasting style.
- Choose consistency or contrast. Which do you want to highlight in your home? Harmony and balance between styles creates a calming feel, whereas contrast creates excitement. This decision will help guide your future furniture and decor choices.
Blending opposite design elements is a challenge that takes fortitude. It can be risky, but it’s a risk with great reward—a custom look that makes your space as unique as the furniture you select.
If you are struggling to pull together a space with odd styles, we can help. Contact our Design Team for a professional hand in executing your vision for your home.