Your living room is more traditional, even though you’ve chosen the perfect midcentury modern couch. You may have seen some beautiful throw pillows in geometric patterns but are worried that they will clash with your industrial-style armchairs.
It can be difficult and dangerous to mix interior design styles. The good news is it’s possible to create a mix of styles that works rather than “misses-matches.”
Follow these guidelines for mixing interior design styles to create a unique look that reflects your personality.
Color Creates Consistency
Staying true to your color theme is the best way to keep cohesion when mixing styles. If you want to add a rustic touch to a room with a white contemporary sofa, choose an armchair in the same color scheme. The more similar the decor, the less likely the room will look out of place.
Size is Everything
Suppose you want to avoid a mix of styles that is obvious and create an even space; size matters. If your room has a combination of small coastal decor and big industrial furniture, for example, the contrast in size will create separation. Make sure that your styles are represented equally with both large and smaller items to create a more natural, blended look.
Fill in the Void
Design considerations such as symmetry and balance are crucial because gaps and awkward spaces can make a room look unfinished. If you put a midcentury modern end table next to your bed on one side and leave the other empty, it will make the room look unstable. If you fill the space with an end table or a wardrobe, it will create symmetry and balance in the room.
Spread the word
You can’t allow one style to dominate if you want a cohesive yet eclectic look. To avoid this, make sure that your technique is represented in furniture and décor items.
You should not be overly obvious about how you achieved this balance. You don’t need to divide the room into two halves, one bohemian and the other contemporary. The style elements in the room should be evenly distributed to demonstrate that they are not meant to be separated.
Everyone Needs Friends
You don’t want a single piece of decor in your room. Give your decor pieces that are style-specific a companion item. Companion pieces can be decor items with similar styles, finishes, shapes, colors, or designs. It will help fill the space and prevent any “odd-man-out” situations in your home.
Do not get bent out of shape.
Shapes can also help to create a cohesive look in your room. If your couch is round, then you can place a coffee table that’s also round or oval in front. It can be tempting, but if the items you choose are from a different style family, they can make your room look like it doesn’t go together. Use similar shapes instead to create the illusion that your space is cohesive.
Look for pieces that are a mix of styles.
Sometimes, you will find a piece of furniture or decor that has two distinct design styles. A dining room chair with a traditional design may be made from translucent plastic. This makes the chair look both traditional and contemporary. These pieces of décor can easily bring both interior design styles to your home without the need for special considerations.