What if this is you
and you, and your very different styles have to coexist in one space?
It is not as farfetched or uncommon as one would hope, at least not in my house, as well as in Montana where we live. Of course this is an exaggeration to illustrate a point, yet many husbands and wives and other type of domestic partnerships, and even roommates face similar situations.
What is one to do?
Combining husband and wife and different interior design styles can be a challenge, but it's also an opportunity to create a space that truly reflects both partners. look at it as a fun, even if a tad challenging task, as combining elements from various design aesthetics will help you create a unique and personalized space.
Here are some tips to help you achieve a successful blend of tastes and styles:
Identify the dominant style or common themes
Start by determining which style you want to be the dominant theme in your space. This could be the style that you are most drawn to, or the one that is most practical for your lifestyle. Look for common themes and elements in both design styles. For example, if both partners prefer clean lines, neutral colors, and natural materials, focus on incorporating these elements into the space.
Pick complementary styles or create zones
Choose styles that complement the dominant style and work well together. For example, a traditional style can be complemented by a touch of modern, or a bohemian style can be complemented by a touch of industrial. If one partner prefers a more traditional look while the other likes a more modern style, consider also creating separate sub-zones within the space.
Create a color palette
Choose a color palette that ties all the styles together. Use neutral colors such as black, white, cream and gray as the base and add pops of color from each style, however make sure it is a limited color palette. Too many colors can detract and make each piece in your room feel like it stands alone.
Mix and match
Mix and match furniture from different styles to create a cohesive look. For example, you can combine a traditional sofa with a modern coffee table or a bohemian rug with an industrial pendant light. Combining elements of both design styles and personalities can create a unique look that reflects both partners.
One of the wonderful things about using art in your design is that it can be used to combine a variety of interior design styles. Add an abstract or modern art piece to a room of traditional furniture or pair a landscape with modern furniture. In fact, mixing it up a bit keeps the room from looking too uninspired or stiff.
Use accessories such as throw pillows, curtains, and artwork to bring together all the different styles and tie them all together. Choose items that have elements from each style and place them in strategic locations to balance the space.
Experiment with texture and patterns
Different textures can help bridge the gap between two different design styles. For example, if one partner prefers a sleek, modern look, add texture to the space through plush rugs, textured fabrics, or woven baskets. Another option is to choose a unifying pattern.
Watch Size and Scale
A word of caution: pay close attention to scale and size. A giant overstuffed chair will look terrible in a room full of delicate feminine pieces. Keep items similarly sized and scale-friendly.
Compromise is the key when combining two different design styles. If one partner is unwilling to compromise on a certain aspect of their design style, find ways to incorporate that element in a different way. One good way to do this is to make the oddball into the focal point.
Ultimately, the most important thing is to create a space that both partners love and feel comfortable in. Be open minded, and have fun experimenting with different design elements until you find a style that works for both of you. Remember, the key is to create a harmonious balance between all the elements.