It’s not hard to accumulate a decent amount of furniture over the years, whether they’re hand-me-downs or old decorative pieces from previous homes.
No matter how you got your hands on these decorative pieces, letting them sit in storage just seems wasteful. But how easy is it to throw together a room with different styles of décor? Here are some general rules of thumb to follow when mixing and matching décor styles and some gorgeous examples of homeowners who’ve done it up right.
Try to stick with two different styles. It doesn’t matter how different they are (opposites attract, right?) because all that matters is how you style the pieces.
Once you decide on the décor themes, the first thing do is make sure you strike a balance between the two. You don’t want one style to overshadow (or overpower) the other. This also prevents the space from looking cluttered.
Start with a neutral base whether it’s the walls, flooring or furniture. Having one unified starting point will create consistency throughout the room. From there, you can add larger furniture as well as any decorative pieces.
A benefit of mixing and matching décor styles in your home is that you create a truly unique space. No cookie cutter rooms here! You’re able to show off your personality and décor styles as much as you please. It’s a great conversation starter, too.
And now, a few examples of mixed décor:
This homeowner mixed industrial accents into a predominantly farmhouse space. The lighting, metal seats, stainless steel appliances and range hood cover all showcase the cold details of industrial design. On the flip side, the island countertop and dark wood floors are as rustic as can be. The exposed wood beams also help play up the farmhouse industrial look in this kitchen.
The chairs with the hairpin legs, mod art on the walls, and funky pendants all scream mid-century modern. Paired with the dull gray driftwood-esque flooring (and accent wall), the table and the white beams and shiplap walls, this dining area combines the best of mid-century and coastal styles.
From the silhouette of the bed to the woodwork around the windows and fireplace to the ornate detailing under the crown molding…need I go on? This is a Victorian-inspired space through and through (until you get to the pendant light and rug, that is). Small accents like that create a balance in the room that doesn’t make it skew too far one way.
Bohemian and Scandinavian décor styles couldn’t be more different. One is colorfully loud and the other is minimally understated. Yet at the same time, when combined, it works. Bohemian style features a lot of vibrant colors, textures and patterns. Scandinavian décor is designed with contemporary tastes in mind and often features simple yet functional furniture.
To achieve this style, start with neutral walls and furniture. Add pops of color and texture with pillows, rugs, blankets and tapestries.
If you have eclectic taste, you know how hard it is to decorate a house. Mixing and matching décor styles isn’t always the easiest, but as you can see, it can be done stylishly (I’m looking at you, Scandinavian Boho!) At the end of the day, you’ll have a home that you can truly call yours.