She’s drawn to contemporary while he appreciates traditional. He loves urban but she’s mad for mid-century modern. What do you do when your hearts beat as one … but your design styles can’t get along?
Blending two distinct styles can be tricky, and the answer is coming to a happy medium where they intersect. Here’s how:
Stick to a color palette
An abundance of colors in a room looks haphazard, and each piece will feel separate. Instead, pick a palette of two to three colors, and choose your furnishings accordingly. A strict set of colors will help the design styles feel purposeful and harmonious. If your partner wants a leather chair and you prefer a traditional look, finding one in a color like ivory or a rich burgundy might make everyone happy.
Find a unifying pattern
In addition to color, patterns can unify a room. A contemporary chair in plaid upholstery will fit nicely with a casual sofa that has plaid toss pillows, for example. Geometric shapes can do the same thing, such as using an upholstery that feature circles and bringing in a cocktail table with the same lines.
Choose matching finishes
Design styles will seem to gel if the details are the same. Pick wood pieces in the same finish, such as mahogany or pine. And use metals from the same grouping, such as bronze or nickel.
Bridge the gap with transitional pieces
If you love contemporary and your partner wants traditional, choose transitional style for the larger pieces, such as a sofa. Transitional style blends well with any décor, and can help set a compromising tone.
Use distinct items as focal points
Don’t hide the piece that doesn’t fit; showcase it. An ornate antique mirror, for example, will look special against a sea of streamlined modern pieces. This is a great way to turn something that normally wouldn’t fit or match into the “wow” factor.
Shop as a team
It’s helpful if you visit the showroom together and make purchase decisions as a team. It’s easier to come to a compromise when you can see a variety of pieces in person. Meshing styles will often create an eclectic look and feel, and that’s fine. The most important result is that you’re both represented and feel comfortable.