Interior design isn’t just about choosing furniture, paint colors, and tile patterns that work together to make a home comfortable; it’s also about expressing your unique personality. And if you want to do that with your interior design, you need to learn how to mix styles at home without looking like a crazy person (that would be us). With the help of these tips for mixing styles at home, though, you’ll soon be celebrating your own unique style and mixing up your home’s style like nobody’s business!
1. In interior design, style is about more than just your furniture
In interior design, style is about more than just your furniture. It’s about how you use color, pattern, texture, and light to create a certain feeling in your home. And while there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to mixing styles, there are a few things you can keep in mind to make sure your space looks pulled together and not like a crazy person live there.
2. No matter what you do, always use items in multiple rooms
If you’re anything like me, you love the idea of redecorating your home but hate the thought of actually doing it. After all, it’s a lot of work and can be quite expensive. But what if I told you that there’s a way to mix styles without looking like a crazy person?
Here are eight tips to help you get started
1) Use color as your guide. Pick one color for the main room (say, green), then use other colors for accent pieces throughout the house (such as yellow in this living room). It will feel cohesive without feeling too matchy-matchy.
2) Hang pictures from different periods on the same wall: So not only will you have more than one style on display in one place, but they’ll also tell a story together.
3) Add artwork with meaning: That doesn’t just mean family photos or something out of an art book! You could find abstract paintings online or commission original art to create something special for your home. And when deciding where to hang it? Think about how the piece makes you feel–that should dictate its location.
4) Create a focal point: In order to make sure that each space is equally important, start by focusing on one area and filling it with items before moving onto another.
5) Keep furniture consistent: Just because every chair isn’t a formal dining set doesn’t mean you should have mismatched chairs at the table. You can mix up textures or wood finishes but stick to similar shapes for everything else.
6) Bring in things from around the world: Tourists always bring back souvenirs–why shouldn’t you? There’s no rule against bringing back items from trips abroad and finding them new homes in your space.
3. Don’t be afraid to go bold
If you’re afraid of making a style mistake, you’re likely to play it safe and end up with a boring home. So don’t be afraid to go bold!
Here are a few tips to help you mix styles without looking like a crazy person
Start off with neutral colors in your bedroom: A room should be relaxing so this is the perfect place to start when incorporating different styles. Keep everything as neutral as possible while introducing one or two small hints of color on your walls or pillows.
Add some pattern: Go for geometric patterns in neutrals if you want a modern look or floral patterns for something more classic and feminine. Use textiles for texture: Textiles can make all the difference when mixing different decorating styles.
4. Start with neutral pieces and add color through accessories
When it comes to mixing styles, a good rule of thumb is to start with neutral pieces and add color through accessories. This way, you can experiment with different looks without having to commit to a specific style. Plus, you can always change up your look by simply swapping out a few accessories. Here are a few tips to get you started
5. Ensure each piece works within your space
Whether your style is boho, glam, or modern, there are a few key tips you can follow to make sure each piece works within your space. First, consider the overall vibe you’re going for in your home. Once you have a general idea, it’ll be easier to choose pieces that fit. Second, don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles – it’s all about finding what works for you! Third, make sure each piece serves a purpose and has a place in your home.
6. Remember that simple can look super stylish too
Sometimes the most stylish rooms are actually the simplest. A few well-chosen pieces can make a big impact, and you don’t need to fill your space with stuff to make it look good.
Here are a few tips for keeping it simple
- Keep color palettes in different styles together
- Choose one piece of furniture that ties everything together
- Start small: You don’t have to overhaul your whole house at once
- Don’t worry about matching furniture sets
- Make sure all textiles go together
- Add something new every season: Change pillows or accessories every year
- Consider filling gaps in styles with items from another style category
- Give yourself permission to do what works for you! Your home should be a reflection of who you are.
7. The more personal it feels, the better it works
Your home should be a reflection of your personality. So don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit!
Here are some tips to help you do it without looking like a crazy person
- Have a designated space for each style. Maybe it’s just one corner, or maybe the entire living room, but make sure everything matches and is cohesive in that area.
- Have at least one focal point in each area: Make sure there’s something that ties the other pieces together and makes them look intentional instead of thrown together by chance.
- Be careful with mixing modern pieces with traditional pieces: If you’re not careful, they can clash big time and give off an eclectic vibe instead of an intentional one.
8. How well do you mix styles?
Whether you’re a mixing master or just getting started, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure your space looks pulled together, not cluttered. First, choose a dominant style and use it as a base. Then, add in accents of other styles that complement the overall look.
Be careful not to go overboard – too many different styles can make a space look busy and confusing. Stick to a few key pieces in each style and don’t be afraid to mix high and low, new and old, masculine and feminine. With a little bit of planning, you can create a space that’s unique, stylish, and all yours.