DECORATING WITH VARIOUS STYLES (MIX AND MATCH)

HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE STYLES THAT ACTUALLY IMPROVE EACH OTHER AND AVOID CATASTROPHIC PAIRING

DECORATING WITH VARIOUS STYLES (MIX AND MATCH)

HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE STYLES THAT ACTUALLY IMPROVE EACH OTHER AND AVOID CATASTROPHIC PAIRING

Choosing the appropriate style for our spaces is not always an easy task. Imagine a huge playroom decorated according to minimalism or a tiny bathroom painted in neon colors: it just would not work, and if picking a single trend is difficult then combining different fashions is usually an even greater challenge.

Moreover, our personal opinion is not the only important source of inspiration, because not every room is fit for every trend. Special attention has to be paid to the type of room, the desired ambiance and the general size.

But not all is lost! There are certain tips that will assure a successful result: I will be happy to share the secrets with you and guide you in mixing and matching all those fashions that have stolen your heart

 

FIND SIMILARITIES AND PROFIT FROM THEM

Linking different styles is something that must be done with extreme caution in order to respect balance and achieve a perfect look. When combining two (or more) trends, it is essential to find a meeting point between them: it could be a matching color or a similar shape, but even the most diverse objects need to tell the same story.

Another strategy would be keeping items in pairs, so they seem part of a group and not thrown in an arbitrary fashion. Cushions, ornaments, frames… every element can be combined and improve its companions f chosen with a little taste.

 

DO NOT OVERLOOK THE POWER OF NEUTRAL TONES

In the event of a renovation, most people will try and flip the characteristics of a certain space almost to the exact opposite and this can result in a loud cry for help. On the contrary, your best friends while decorating are, without a doubt, the neutral tones.

As they do not stand out, white, black, grey or even earthy shades can act as glue between very diverse items. Pastel shades or bold colors both go well with neutral tones, though it is advisable not to use everything at the same time!

 

BEWARE OF PATTERNS

One of the most important features in interior design is the pattern. It can make a space come alive and add personality and character. Yet a pattern can also completely dominate a room, and that is why it must be handled with care.

If you are thinking of combining various patterns, make sure that they are compatible. A simple way to do so is by pairing a simple pattern, such as stripes or dots, with a complex one, like flowers, animal print or paisley.

Balancing the use of patterns is also a key point: by positioning elements evenly throughout the entire area, it is possible to create harmonic and beautiful spaces. Furthermore, an item with a very striking pattern can also be the star of a certain room if located in the right place.

 

THE ECLECTIC DREAM COMES TRUE

Mixing and matching might be exactly what you are looking for if you are a fan of eclectic design, because, after all, eclecticism is no more than the perfect combination between the best of various styles.

Not only styles can be mixed and matched. As previously said, colors, textures, patterns, shapes… everything can be used in order to create amazing projects. Through this strategy, it is possible to combine old and boring furniture (the kind that has been inherited) with bold and striking features, such as fabrics or ornaments, that will carry them forward in time.

That is precisely why the eclectic style is my favorite and I strive to design the most diverse and personalized spaces.

 

 

Mixing and matching is an exciting way to bring beauty and spice to otherwise plain spaces. This approach can easily change a room and give it the new feel that you are looking for.

So, whenever you are thinking of making a drastic change to the appearance of your spaces, follow my advice and keep in mind these rules to be on the path to success. And if you want to go the extra mile, I will be always available to assist you. Contact me anytime for a half-hour meeting, free of charge, in studio or via Skype.

The Architect’s Advice

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Architect and urbanist, I was born in Pisticci, a town in the province of Matera, in the south of Italy.
My occupation allows me to express my passion for ARCHITECTURE, in all of its forms, from urban planning to construction, from the building site to interior design.
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Architect and urbanist, I was born in Pisticci, a town in the province of Matera, in the south of Italy.
My occupation allows me to express my passion for ARCHITECTURE, in all of its forms, from urban planning to construction, from the building site to interior design.

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