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How To Successfully Add Two Styles in One Room

How To Successfully Add Two Styles in One Room

I’m not here to knock matchy matchy homes. That style works for a lot of homeowners. However, mixing it up a bit can be a great way to let your home take on a life of its own. Mixing and matching decor says a lot about the style and personality of the homeowner.

The design world uses a lot of mixed elements, and if you’re interested, we can tell you how to successfully add two styles in one room.

Don’t Make It a Competition

Remember this rule: don’t compete where it can’t compare. Incorporating two styles in one room is all about finding a delicate balance. Harmony needs to happen for everything to go off without problems. Therefore, when you start to mix different furniture, the walls need to be bare.

Stick with a neutral backdrop. Colorful walls with mixed and matched designs will look too busy and take away from the beauty of the furniture. A light gray hue on the walls is a great option when you plan to add different pieces of art to the wall. Let the furniture items shine and the backdrop support them.

Mind the Scale

Think about the scale when you start to pick out furniture. Keep the scale of all your decor in the same realm. You don’t want a huge, overstuffed chair next to a small and dainty one. The difference is more so about the style rather than the size.

Similar heights will make combination pieces work better. If most of the furniture in the room is low to the ground and centered, don’t put an overstated piece right in the center. It will throw off the balance completely. This is a tip that works best with contemporary pieces.

Go the Repetitive Route

Don’t be afraid of a little repetition. In this case, it’s a good thing. For example, decorating with different rugs in one room is a great way to incorporate two different styles. A bit of repetition will make the home feel cozier and more inviting.

Plus, we don’t need to overthink the process because repetition does all the heavy lifting for us.

Build Some Friendships

I let the pieces in my room have a buddy. Give them at least one companion that shares a color or finish. The styles will be from different eras or origins, but they work because they match in some way.

Refrain from having solitary and lonesome pieces to hang by themselves. Two styles in one room work much better when there’s a backup added to the mix.

Successfully adding two styles in one room will take some trial and error. Just remember to remain patient, and eventually, things will flow together.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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