Mixing styles can be tricky. Too much and you look like a crazy person., not enough and it’s boring. But it can also be AMAZING! Interesting, unique, designer-y. It’s what takes a room from a furniture store set to a well thought out mix of collected pieces.
Yes, it’s tricky. But, good news, I have a trick!
I typically abide by the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the room is traditional, then add twenty percent modern. It’s just my little rule, certainly not set in stone. It works for me. Is it always exactly 80% and 20%? Of course not. But it’s something to keep in mind.
A few more things to consider:
COLOR – Keep it consistent for cohesion. It keeps the room from looking mesh-moshy.
SCALE – Try to keep things in the same realm. An overstuffed chair shouldn’t sit next to a dainty antique table.
DISTRIBUTE EQUALLY – Keep it moving throughout the room. One side can’t be modern and the other traditional. Keep it balanced
PAIRS – Give each piece a similar companion. It’s a quick and easy way to achieve balance.
MOOD – Keep in mind how the room is to be used. If it’s a kick back and relax place, keep the pieces in line with that feel, no matter what their style is
80/20 – Remember the 80%, 20% rule. Keep the strong majority traditional and interject a few modern pieces and you’ll be golden!
Let’s take a look at a few rooms and see how they’ve approached it.
What do you think? Will you try it?