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How to Mix Different Interior Styles

The beauty of the interior design is that it is not constant; it is ever changing and improving. You can mix different interior styles for your space and come up with an amazing look and feel. However, you have to have superior instincts. Notice the word instincts, rather than knowledge or experience. The best interior designers can pick out an abnormally from a mile away; thanks to their design instincts. You too should be able to tell what would look with what, what needs to be replaced, what is lacking, and so on so forth. Usually, you can mix traditional furniture pieces with modern ones, oriental, contemporary, and so on so forth. It all depends on what you’re trying to achieve.

  • Start by a careful inspection of your space before making your next move. Look at the items and decide what needs to be moved, what you need to add, and then go get it. Interior designers have a rule known as the 80/20 rule. This means that you use 80% of the dominant design, and then mix it with 20% of an additional design. The 80% should comprise of the dominant style, usually of items that are hard to replace. Think of 80% modern furniture, mixed with 20% traditional pieces. See more on
  • You can also try grouping similar items together, regardless of what design they have. These could modern furniture pieces, contemporary pieces, both grouped according to the similarities they have. This could be on the basis of their color, texture, size, etc. This applies especially to smaller items like flower vases, art collections, etc.
  • Another great idea of successfully mixing different interior styles lies in designating a different style to different room. For instance, the entire house may have embraced the modern style, complete with modern furniture pieces; but the study room can be designed in the traditional style, complete with traditional wooden seats, shelves, study table, and a lamp stand next to the table. You can then decide to design the balcony or home garden with contemporary style; for instance contemporary furniture pieces made of tough upholstery to withstand the outdoor weather variations.

Mixing different interior styles needs you to be creative, and an eye for detail. The beauty of it is that you have the freedom and independence to experiment, compare and contrast the different looks you create. If need be, you can also get in touch with a professional interior designer to help you get the best results.

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