Most of us do it. And most of us really don’t have much of a clue how to do it right. I’m talking about mixing decor styles. There are a few decor tips for mixing decorating styles that will help you mix things up in your home and do it brilliantly! Today let’s talk about mixing decor style and doing it right!
Today I’m in the J and J guest room at StoneGable to show you just how easily style can be mixed together to make a cohesive and unique look.
THE 80/20 RULE
The ratio of 80/20 should always be kept in mind when mixing styles in your home. 80% should be one style type, and 20% makes up of the rest of the style (s) you lean towards.
Most of us love more than one style and celebrate it in the way we decorate our homes. But just like all things we need to think about a balanced approach to mixing those styles.
Choose one style to be the predominant style and then add in other styles you love in small doses. The 80/20 rule is a great rule of thumb is an easy way to remember that about 80 percent of a room should be in one style and 20 percent in others. And 80/20 works! It’s tried and true and a safe bet for those of us who are not seasoned home decorators.
And here’s a great tip… it is easier to mix decor styles if most of your furniture is updated classics. Choose larger or big-ticket items that are classic and accessorize with other decor styles.
CONSISTENT COLOR PALETTE
Using a few central colors will help a space looks more put together and cohesive even when the styles aren’t. Too many colors and too many decor styles can be a distracting cacophony. Remember it’s all about mixing decorating styles and you want the styles to play nicely together!
The tighter the color palate the further apart on the decor spectrum your style can stray. Yes, you can have a mid-century modern room with bohemian and farmhouse accents if your room has a very cohesive color palette of three or four colors. Just be very selective how you use your accent pieces in a mostly mid-century modern room.
This bedroom is very neutral with just a pop of saturated mustard yellow. Lots of white make the room look airy even though the furniture is very dark.
Balance is a keyword when mixing decorating styles in your home. The styles you choose for a room should be distributed throughout the space.
If you have a bit of farmhouse on one side of the room make sure there is a bit of it on the other. Or better yet, triangulate the items!
Who knew decorating was truly a balancing act?
You can read all about the DECOR ELEMENT OF BALANCE AND HOW IT WILL HELP YOU BE A BETTER DECORATOR HERE.
Balance should be carried to the floor and the walls as well. Use rugs, flooring, wall decor, and shelving to balance the styles in the room.
It’s pretty obvious that my larger traditional pieces of furniture are distributed about the room this guest room. The bed, the dresser, the black chair with the rush seat are all pretty traditional. The more modern items… the round mirror, the contemporary chair, the funky nightstand are on opposite sides of the room to balance the room.
The sisal rug and white cotton drapes are a neutral nod to a more updated look.
If you have an “oddball” or a very large piece of furniture, let that be the key piece or focal point in the space. By establishing the focus, you can easily place other complementary pieces throughout the room to create a perfect mix of decor styles.
Yes, this really works… and works like a charm. If you have an outlier piece of furniture it can be the focus of a room and the rest of the room built around it.
I have a friend who had a huge Italian stone mantel and wanted to bring it into her living room. At a glance, it did not look like it belonged alongside her mix of traditional classics and French country. But when it was placed in her living room on her longest wall it created a focal point for the rest of the furniture to be built out from.
The odd little table that I found at HomeGoods years ago adds a bit of spunk and fun to this rather calm bedroom. It really calls attention to itself and therefore is a focal piece!
BUDDY UP WHEN MIXING DECORATING STYLES
Accent decor pieces should have a “buddy” so the space in a room feels balanced and cohesive. They can be matched based on color, shape, size, or the overall style. Feel free to play around with the placement of decor and smaller pieces until you see the space fitting of your personal style.
Nothing will throw a room into confusion like mixing the mood of a room. If the room is casual keep the elements in it casual. Juxtaposition has its place in decor and does work successfully in a room with different styles. But for a less than seasoned decorator, it might be hard to pull off.
If you want a no-fail approach to mixing decorating styles keep the mood of the furnishings the same.
If your room is beachy and breezy keep things beachy or neutral. No moose heads and seashells. Got the idea?
PILLOWS BRIDGE DECOR STYLES
Pillows are your friend when mixing decorating styles! They are everyone’s favorite and can not only add style but color to a room. And it’s so much easier to mix in pillows with a different style than furniture!
Pillows can get away with breaking a whole lot of decor rules. And they can also bring together many styles too! Make sure to incorporate pillows into every room!
The yellow pillow works great in this guest bedroom to give it a punch of color and a taddy bit of farmhouse style. And even though the starfish pillows can look very beach cottage, they work with this room bringing a fun whimsical element to it like the animal print table next to the bed.
The last word…
Most of us have homes that exude more than one or two decor styles. And guess what? That makes our rooms and homes so much more interesting and personalized!
Just follow these simple rules when mixing decorating style that works together and look fabulous!
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