Love is in the air and you and your honey have decided to move in together. Congratulations!
One hitch… you have totally conflicting decorative taste. What now?
For the sake of argument, let’s say that we have one person who is the classical type and their significant other is ultra contemporary and these two items are what they are bringing to the table:
Though they are both neutral, neither of them are what either of these people would have chosen for a seating and cocktail table pairing if they were left to your own devices…
Making these two items work together is as easy as being mindful of a decor formula. Whatever design style you and your S.O. subscribe to, read on to see how you can put it all together.
THE POWER OF 3
For this exercise, you will break down your treasured items into 3 basic elements. Simply view the items together choose the most dominant features among them. This works best if you can isolate elements that are mostly neutral; black, white, gray, beige, or metallics. 3 is a nice round number of details to juggle.
Our couple have broken their items down into these basic elements: have high gloss black, ivory and a bit of gold.
Now build it up! Keep that power of 3 in mind while you decide together on a color palette that you both can agree with. If you kept your basic element selections neutral, then the sky is basically the limit for selecting color. Don’t agonize over it — just keep your eyes peeled over several days or weeks for items that inspire you. Maybe the colors are bright, maybe they are muted, maybe they are monochromatic. Give the process some time and space.
Now — let’s say that our fictitious couple have decided on this pleasing palate:
TASTEFULLY MIX THE ELEMENTS
Don’t forget our main issue here; we have two fundamentally different and clashing decor styles. The art to making it work is to tastefully mix the treasured pieces together to create a cohesive and pleasing space. While selecting items to complete your space, choose 2 of the elements you have identified.
As with any successful design scheme, keep all items within appropriate scale and proportion. Do not try mix your honey’s bulky game-day leather recliner with your grandmother’s petite rocking chair.
Try to bring in items that complement the shape of one of the pieces you are working with. Notice a curvy yet black and contemporary arm chair fits well with the shape of the settee while still staying true to the color and underlying style of the coffee table. Conversely, you can see now how a boxy track arm chair would cater too much to the coffee table without giving a nod to the settee.
BALANCE – Putting it all together
Study the following composition and notice how all the elements tie back in to our Choose Two formula
Artwork and rug chooses contemporary style and incorporates the new colors.
Chandelier chooses a more contemporary style but brings in the gold accents from the settee
Accent lamps are clean and contemporary in line but they give a nod to the settee with their gold accents.
Step 1: Determine the design style of the 2 items you are trying to merge.
Step 2: Break it down – View your two pieces together and break them down into the 3 most dominant characteristics about them
Step 3: Build it up – Choose a combination of 3 colors to incorporate into the space.
Step 4: Choose 2 of the following when selecting pieces for your space:
1: basic ‘break it down element’
2: colors from your ‘build it up’ color scheme
3: one of the 2 design styles that your or your significant other’s piece subscribes to.
Step 5: Watch the magic unfold!
REMEMBER: If this sounds overwhelming or like a task that you just don’t want to take on, remember that the pros are here for you!
If you need help merging your styles or anything else decor or remodel related, and you would like to work with Counterpane Interiors, tell us about it here!