How to Mix Styles in Your Home

Because you shouldn't have to choose just one!

22 January 2021 -

When we start to work on a project and begin to learn more about our clients, we often find that they are drawn to more than one design style. Although mixing styles can be intimidating, we love the way different layers of design bring dimension to a space.

Whether you and your partner have different styles or you are drawn to multiple design influences, we’re of the mind that you shouldn’t have to choose just one!

Here are a few of our go-to tips for mixing styles:

Tip No. 1: Blending creates balance

When you think about incorporating two or more completely different styles in your home, your first instinct may be to separate them into separate areas or rooms. However, we’re here to argue blending your styles together rather than separating them creates a more curated, thoughtful feeling.

From our Modern Bohemian Netflix Remodel

Blending modern and traditional styles in our Rye, NY project

"When you're mixing different styles together, it's not just about putting all of the traditional elements on one side and all the modern elements on the other. You have to blend them together and evenly balance them."

Shea McGee

From The McGee Home

Tip No. 2: Finding a common thread brings cohesion

When you’re layering different design styles into one space, it’s important to find a common thread between them to allow everything to flow together.

Find an element that you can carry through your design like color palette or texture to create a dimensional but cohesive look.

From our Rye, NY Project

From our Midcentury Loft Netflix Remodel

In this look, each shelf represented a distinct moment. Together, they create harmony because we've used a color palette that is similar throughout."

Shea McGee

Tip No. 3: Don’t underestimate the power of layering.

If you don’t want to mix styles through your furniture pieces, you can always layer in a different style through decor, textiles, and art. Layering allows for building upon and is perfect for adding styles or pieces that you may want to update eventually.

A good way to layer your styles is by starting with a base of foundational pieces in one style that may have more longevity and layering in decor to infuse another style or trend.

Mixing modern and transitional pieces in The Sunset House

From The Cliffside Netflix Remodel

A mixed built-in look from The SM Ranch House

Softening the modern lines in The Crestview House

How do you mix styles in your home? Tell us your ideas in the comments below!

Date Posted
22 January 2021