When Opposites Collide

People are wonderfully indecisive creatures whose personalities, likes and dislikes can vary due to a variety of circumstances. Because of this, it is almost impossible to peg someone to one particular style. Fortunately, there is no rule that states you cannot mix and match styles when it comes to interior design. So, if you feel as though your personality has a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde trait you can rest assured that if you like modern and traditional or contemporary and rustic, you can have the best of both worlds. Here's how:

Relate. The number one rule to combining interior styles is to take advantage of neutral tones with the addition of one or two accent colors. By creating a flow between drastically different styles through color, the contrast won't be jarring, but rather invoke various emotions and incite intrigue. 

Utilize Silhouettes. If you have a distinctly traditional piece that you believe just won't fit with your obviously contemporary space, try covering it in a solid-colored fabric or painting it a solid color that compliments the rest of the room. The silhouette will make the traditional shape less harsh and allow it to harmonize with a different style.





Common Elements. Look for motifs in the different styles of your choice. Are the lines curving or straight? Is there a specific color that jumps out at you? What's the main material used, wood, fabric, or metal? Finding a common element will tie the two styles together flawlessly.

Simplify. Less is more is especially true when it comes to combining interior design styles. Fewer pieces of differing styles will speak volumes and look less cluttered and random. Plus, the minimalism will be pleasing to the eye and not overwhelm the senses no matter which styles you are blending. 


When it comes to merging styles, you must be fearless. If you believe something won't work, give it a try regardless. Push boundaries. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you come up with. Remember, you miss 100% of the shots you don't take, and that applies to design, as well!