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Mixing Styles of Interior Design, My Top 5 Tips

Mixing Styles of Interior Design, My Top 5 Tips



Mixing Styles of Interior Design

As a designer, I pretty much have to appreciate everything. Naturally, I like some styles, some artists, some designers more than others but in my eyes, it really is all beautiful. I think a true talent comes from the ability to mix styles. Whether it’s painted with charcoal mixed in, or Scandinavian industrial interior. I don’t think a designer has to be one specific way or have a certain aesthetic 100% of the time. I think it’s even more amazing if they aren’t. This goes for regular humans too. Here are my top tips, one designer to another, on mixing styles of interior design.

The way I begin mixing styles is by keeping a neutral palette but ensuring balance. For example, keep it soft but linear, warm and cool, unique and classic. The key to mixing styles of interior design is definitely a step by step process but also thinking ahead. Personally, as you can see on my Instagram, I love a clean, modern yet homey feel. It is important that I keep my home design interesting yet minimal. Plus, I love the actual design process so I choose elements in each space that are exciting to see installed.


Top Five Tips

1. Keep the bigger areas (like walls or couches) neutral and classic in color but maybe choose some modern, vintage, bohemian style elements for the furniture, hardware and light fixtures.

Olivia Quinlan Lifestyle Design Master Bedroom



2. Have fun with accents from different styles. Hint: a modern lamp with earthy drink coasters go great together on a living room side table.

mixing styles of interior design - living room mood board




3. Balance the lines. Choose linear more classic or modern pieces while incorporating a patterned rug or wall art. It keeps it from feeling cold and sterile (and boring).

Crystorama Light Fixtures for Bedroom


4. Be creative with your choices. Don’t feel the pressure to make everything “match”, if you lean into what you’re drawn to your true sense of design will come out. Just be methodical that you don’t lean into one style too much!

mixing styles of interior design



5. Continuously mix styles throughout your home or space, while mixing it up. For example, if you chose a modern light fixture in the living room, translate the “modern” element to furniture in the dining room with a more traditional chandelier.

mixing styles of interior design



In the end, mixing styles for interiors is done well if you start with the basics, mix up the accents, finish with a balance. It’s all about following what you love while having a vision and keeping to it.

What are your key tips for mixing styles? It doesn’t have to be just for the home. For fashion? For life? Send them my way! Learning from others and the world around us is the key part of getting better at what we do right?!


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