Why It Works: Mixing Styles
We’re big proponents of beautiful spaces that reflect the personalities, experiences, and tastes of their owners, which is why we tend to gravitate towards interiors that feel collected and layered. The easiest way to create one such space is to use a thoughtful combination of furniture, textiles, and accessories of different shapes, scales, materials, time periods, and styles. To the beginner decorator or one not accustomed to combining differing looks, the idea can be daunting but as you can see in these chic spaces, the payoff is worth the risk. Read on to see how these rooms get it right.
In this bedroom, vintage Moroccan rugs pair with more polished pieces like a French side chair and ornate framed mirror positioned on an easel. A rustic console accessorized with organic pieces introduces a casual element while the sleek, minimal four-poster bed provides contemporary contrast.
Drastically differing styles converge in this space from a wood inlay, marble-topped chest to a white ‘60s Panton chair. The repeated use of brass light fixtures and a mainly white design peppered with saturated tones help the pieces work together. An overall minimal vibe prevents the different looks from competing with each other.
A warm neutral colour palette enlivened by a range of textures connects the wide variety of styles seen in this space. Carved Gustavian armchairs are modernised by simple linen upholstery, which connects with the shapely Vladimir Kagan sofa. Similar materials and lines in the drapery hardware and coffee table form another connection.
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In this beachside home, casual shapes and fabrics are balanced by more harsh, industrial-influenced dining chairs. Highly textured Bamileke stools grouped to serve as a large coffee table contrast with streamlined upholstery, but again connect thanks to a neutral, consistent colour story.
We never tire of modern furniture in vintage homes, like the pairing of this midcentury-inspired sofa and classic marble mantel. A mirror with an elaborate frame contrasts with a rattan stool but thanks to the room’s other timeless elements, like a zebra hide rug and marble-top table, they feel collected and deliberately linked.
Deconstructed English roll-arm armchairs look perfectly at home with Mexican side tables in this small New York studio. A warm colour combination punctuated with black accents connects the contemporary artwork with the eclectic furnishings so that the wide variety of shapes and influences still feel harmonious.
We love this pairing of solid wood dining chairs free of ornamentation with a sleek tulip table. A painterly fabric on the chairs softens the combination, adding a plush element to an otherwise hard setup. A vintage pendant of Scandinavian origin garners attention but its shape and size are a perfect addition to the overall look.
A mix of vintage and antique pieces are completely at home in this contemporary house, thanks again to a unified colour story. A brushed finish on the pair of metallic lounge chairs harmonizes with the more rustic elements of this design, which enables them to feel unexpected rather than jarring.
Turkish and Moroccan elements feel modern thanks to the industrial shelves and midcentury chaise in this cosy corner. Limited pattern and simple styling prevent the differing pieces from being too busy and again, a variety of texture unites rather than disjoins the various elements.
We love the unexpected pairing of this elaborate console with the angular brushed brass sconces in this home’s vignette. The various styles of artwork in the hanging arrangement unify the elements through their consistent black frames. Statement accessories at various scales but harmonious materials similarly project a “same but different” vibe.
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