How To Mix And Match Different Design Styles

Time Several Hours

Budget $ $$$

Skill Level

WORDS BY The Havenly Team

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Published on May 17, 2018

Do you and your partner have different ideas of how to style your space? Or maybe you just can’t decide whether you should go glam or more rustic? Mixing and matching styles is a great way to truly personalize a space, but it can be a bit overwhelming when you want to make sure it all reads as one cohesive space, rather than a mish-mash of unmatched pieces. Fear not; mixing and matching styles is one of our expertise — read on for our tips on how to make a space eclectic while staying cohesive!

What is it about each style that you like in particular? Is it the gold finishes combined with pops of bright colors that you like about glam styled living rooms? Perhaps the clean lines and aesthetic of a minimalist bedroom? Figuring out which pieces you like from each style will be key in understanding how to mix your two (or more!) styles.

Color is the easiest way to bring together a sense of cohesiveness to a space with differently styled pieces; an oatmeal colored sofa in a more modern track arm silhouette can easily sit in harmony with a more traditional wingback arm chair in a similar beige or linen color. In the same vein, making sure items feel appropriately scaled to each other will also play a huge part in making sure that your pieces feel like they can live together, rather than compete with each other.

Try to have a pretty even mix between your different styled pieces throughout a space; don’t have one corner of the room be a tribute to your partner’s industrial aesthetic, then the rest of the home be a completely glam styled space. Try to distribute pieces from each style throughout the home to ensure that both are represented. Making sure your space has balance in terms of “visual weight” will also help to make a space feel cohesive, no matter what styles you’re choosing. When designers talk about visual weight, we’re thinking of how a piece occupies the space visually — so when you have a tall bookcase on one side of your TV stand, but nothing on the other side, the vignette feels unbalanced, like it’s missing something. Add another tall element on the opposite side, like a tall house plant, a coordinating bookcase, or a large statement piece of art to balance out the visual weight.
Still not sure where to start? Book one of our style mixing design experts today to get a professional advice on how to blend your two styles together in your home.

Words by Shelby Girard