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Get the Look: A Mix of Styles

This living room, from Living Etc, mixes a variety of styles in a recipe that is one part eclectic, one part modern, and one part traditional, creating a look that doesn't seem to follow trends, but is certainly ornate overall. Each piece, be it embroidered, tufted, furry, or antique, but certainly not simple, works well with the others when surrounded by the minimalist white wall. Since this image caught my eye, I figured I'd show you how to Get the Look in your own home. To learn how,

When mixing styles like this, it's important not to go overboard. Start with a Chesterfield sofa, in leather perhaps, in a reserved color. Toss a trio of throw pillows on it, each bold in pattern and color, maybe with some embroidery; since the sofa is monochrome, you can get away with busy accent pillows. Throw down a natural toned Flokati rug to add texture and comfort to the room. Lay a Moroccan pouf in a bright color next to use as extra seating or as a footstool. Top the Flokati with a traditional coffee table, an antique in dark wood that's seen a thing or two, if you can find one; this will balance out the mid-century shag of the rug, and the squeaky clean look of the leather couch.

On top of the coffee table, choose a simple bud vase, and a chic box filled with old love letters or your postcard collection — something to keep the guests entertained. Then, for a bit more modernity, pick up an Eames shell chair in white; vintage ones aren't hard to find. Continue the ornate look with a Venetian mirror, stood up against the wall. Stack some art books next to the sofa, and top them with a glass vase filled with some fresh flowers. And last but not least, for the wall behind the sofa hunt down an interesting architectural element to hang, perhaps some sort of salvaged wood or a jigsaw porch bracket from a Victorian home. If you've got space to spare, paint a duo of stretched canvases in a color in your accent pillows that brings the room together. Check out this widget for some furnishings that will help you to Get the Look in your own home.


emalove emalove 9 years
I like the idea of mixing styles, but there is too much going on in that photo for me. It doesn't look pulled-together enough for my taste...looks too thrown together.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
while I certainly wouldn't entertain my guests with old love letters, I love this! ;) i have a very modern sofa and chair from crate and barrel, but I also have a lot of antiques. I try to mix them in a unique way, and it actually looks cool. I just have to work hard to keep the walls bare for the most part. Putting up too much artwork makes it busy, whereas a blank palette showcases the contrast between the two styles of furniture. and it honestly makes the place look bigger, in my opinion.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love mixing styles ans this room is fab.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
I really like this style. We're moving soon and will buy everything new. We're not bringing anything. I can't wait to design the new place. I will certainly mix different styles and try to create a happy place.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I love mixing styles. I especially love to see a beautiful antique piece of furniture paired with a very colorful contemporary/modern piece of art, or visa versa, a contemporary/modern piece of furniture with a piece of art by one of the Masters like Renoir or Monet or Bouguereau, etc.
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