15 May 2015 |

Often people are afraid to mix elements of different styles as they think their balanced and carefully adjusted space will turn into an overloaded and untidy mess.


If it is familiar to you – don’t worry. You’re not alone. Fortunately there are many ways to harmonically mix elements of different styles and achieve integrated and stylish design.


Contrast does matter

Imagine that you’ve entered a room and see that all surfaces are covered with absolutely identical material of completely the same color. First you will be shocked and then understand that the room is extremely dull and boring. The problem is that this kind of  space contains nothing that would draw our attention. Naturally our eyes and mind will look for something more attractive and exquisite.


If you wish to add visual interest to your space, don’t be afraid to mix various elements – textures, colors and more. We are attracted by such kind of spaces that give our eyes an opportunity to enjoy many components in a single whole.

However, when it comes to contrast, there can be too much of it. Too many elements are overwhelming and our eyes start requiring rest and reload. Well designed spaces imply the balance between these two extremes, so if you wish to achieve harmony in design, try to feel this border.

Play with prints

When it comes to mixing of elements in design, prints and patterns immediately come to mind. They can be used to add visual interest to your space at low costs. Besides, you can use them literally everywhere – from walls to furniture and accessories like cushions.


The key to successful mixing of patterns is combining of different prints that have something in common to tie them together. For instance, choose different prints of one color palette. Or, if your home design is made in sophisticated color scheme, select patterns of similar theme to add integrity to your room.

Reticence is also very important. Designers recommend to apply maximum four patterns in one area. Dillute patterns with a lot of neutral shades. And try to arrange them throughout the room to avoid their amassment in one place.

Add some texture

Texture is how we feel this or that material. But one should realize that the material looks like it’s felt as well. Contrasting combination of these feelings is very imporant when designing any space.


Texture is the key when it comes to visual interest of a premise. Remember that rough textures are often more comfortable and pleasant for our eyes than smooth ones. So, if you wish to turn your room into a wonderful oasis, choose rough textures as the smooth ones make the design looking “greased”.

As for the areas to apply textures – it is a great field of actions. Play with architectural elements like decorative moldings. Don’t be afraid to use texture on the walls and remember about textile.

Think of styles

We recommend you to find your presonal style or the interior type that seems to you the most attractive and that you’d like to incorporate into your space. Think about what is better for you – glossy look of modern style or cozyness of rustic aesthetics.


But your answers won’t make the picture complete. In reality the interior designs are not so dry and clear, without any daviation from the style. A truly fashionable interior today is that one where elements of different styles are properly mixed.

If you are a beginner at the interior design, you’d like to strictly follow a single style or color palette. But if you like eclectic design, there are no reasons to refuse mixing. We offered you a couple of simple rules – remember them when you’ll be arranging your space.

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