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The Art of Mixing Styles

Hello Decor Friends,

Are you torn between the sleek lines of modern design and the cozy charm of cottage core? Do you love the elegance of traditional interiors but also crave the simplicity of minimalist aesthetics? Mixing different decorating styles can be a daunting task, but when done right, it can result in a space that is uniquely yours and incredibly inviting.Today I’m going to give you my top tips in the art of blending different styles to create a cohesive and personalized look for your home.

  1. Start with a Foundation:

Every successful design begins with a strong foundation. Before you start mixing styles, identify the primary style or theme you want to build upon. This could be modern, traditional, bohemian, industrial, or any other style that resonates with you. Once you have a foundation, you can layer in elements from other styles to add depth and personality.

  1. Find Common Ground:

While mixing styles allows for creativity and flexibility, it's essential to find common ground between the different aesthetics you want to incorporate. Look for elements such as color schemes, textures, or design motifs that can bridge the gap between contrasting styles. For example, pairing a modern sofa with vintage-inspired textiles can create a cohesive blend of old and new.

  1. Focus on Balance:

Achieving balance is key to a successful mix of styles. Avoid overwhelming your space with too many conflicting elements. Instead, aim for a balanced distribution of different styles throughout the room. For instance, if you have a bold statement piece in one style, balance it out with more subtle accents in complementary styles.


Designer Tip

The 80/20 rule here is a great guideline. If 80% of your room is one style, sprinkle in 20% of another style(s).


  1. Layer with Intention:

Layering is a powerful technique in interior design, especially when combining different styles. Start with a neutral base and then layer in elements from various styles to add interest and depth. Mix textures, patterns, and materials to create visual contrast while maintaining harmony.

  1. Embrace Eclecticism:

Embracing eclecticism is the hallmark of successful style mixing. Don't be afraid to experiment and think outside the box. Incorporate unexpected elements, such as vintage finds, global accents, or handmade pieces, to add character and personality to your space.

  1. Pay Attention to Scale:

Consider the scale and proportion of each piece when mixing styles. Avoid overcrowding your space with oversized furniture or too many decorative items. Instead, focus on creating a balanced composition where each piece has room to shine and contribute to the overall harmony of the room.

  1. Edit and Simplify:

Editing is just as important as layering when it comes to mixing styles. Regularly edit and simplify your decor to ensure a cohesive and clutter-free look.

There you have it friends. A quick guide to mixing styles. And if you feel stuck, please feel reach to reach out to me. I offer online consultations to help you complete and enjoy the spaces you call home.

Until next time



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