5 Ways To Mix Design Styles For A Cohesive Look

 image source:  Erin Francois

image source: Erin Francois

Words by: Erin Francois

When it comes to home decor, you may have heard that your furniture pieces don’t necessarily need to “match.” In fact, I’d go as far as saying, it’s better if they don’t! You want to avoid looking as though you walked into a “big box” store, scooped up an entire vignette of matching furniture and plopped it down piece-for-piece in your living room. I shudder just typing the words!

Layering different styles in your home is great way to add interest, help your eye move throughout the space and tell an engaging personal story about who you are. 

So how exactly do you make sense of your Grandmother’s pre-war coffee table, your favorite boho poufs and Mid-Century style sofa all in one room? Let’s look at 5 key elements that will take your place from chaotic to intentional.

 image source:  Femkeido

image source: Femkeido

1. Hone In On A Core Color Palette

Start by choosing one neutral color, one main color and one accent color. Then draw upon these colors with varying values and tints for everything in the room, from paint colors to fabric selections to art and accessories. The unified color palette will serve as the common bond between styles.

 image source:  Ebom

image source: Ebom

2. Watch For Warm & Cool Wood Undertones

Similar to the color palette, pay attention to warm vs. cool wood undertones, and try to stay in one camp or the other. Remember that it’s a good idea to mix wood tones; you just want to pair them strategically so they visually work together in harmony.

 image source:  Ebom

image source: Ebom

3. It Takes Two

Another way to effectively introduce a different style is to add it to a room in a set of two. For example, the sculptural chairs in the photo above are grounded in the room and made to look more intentional by being paired together side by side.

 image source:  Lonny

image source: Lonny

4. Pay Attention to Formality

There are certain styles that visually don’t work well together because of the level of formality they exude. For example, overly elaborate traditional pieces which carry feelings of formality don’t often mix well with informal, casual styles such as rustic beachy.

 image source:  Paper& Stitch Blog

image source: Paper& Stitch Blog

5. Define Your Personal Style

In the end, there are very few hard & fast rules to mixing styles, so go with your gut. It’s okay to break a rule or two when it’s a pairing you truly love. Afterall, surrounding yourself with those love affair pieces will bring joy into your everyday life, and--Rules-Schmools—that’s what matters most!

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