How to Mix Different Decor Styles
PUBLISHED 21 APR 2018
I get it. You're staging your home for sale, but when you look around at
your furniture it doesn't look like a model home furniture.
You can stage with whatever furniture you already own and still keep to a
budget. There's a current trend that will save your butt.
It's eclectic mixing of decor styles. So, smile! I'll show you how to
use what you have and maybe add some thrifted pieces so buyers will get
the message that your home is stylish and welcoming.
Professional decorators have always used this approach to make their
clients' homes look layered, curated, fashionable, and personal. Now
it's your turn.
It's easy to mix decor style when you've grasped the basic guidelines. You'll make that model home look boring!
Four Tricks of the Trade
One. Enlist the aid of paint. Paint some mismatched pieces of furniture
or accessories all the same color. I once staged a vacant home with a
collection of second-hand furniture, all of which we painted white. It
was a cottagey look that reflected the nature of the property. The white
colorway looked completely intentional rather than like a
|Here's a happy mix of different styles and eras from|
Danielle Oke Interiors. Antiques cozy up to modern upholstered
pieces, Asian rattan, and a glass and brass table.
Two. Stage so that most of the decor of your home fits one
particular style. Ideally it will be a style that fits with the
architecture of your home. Some decorators
80/20 rule. The formula is 80 percent of your furnishings are one style
and 20 percent are random styles.
That's fine if you already know your style, have the furniture to match,
and if it's not a style that is off-putting to any class of buyers.
Millennials generally don't want traditional (grandma's) furnishings,
and retirees, for the most part, aren't fond of a hard-edged industrial
Don't stage a girly bedroom on one side of your home and a man cave on
the other. Mixing pieces from both rooms will make your home feel less
specific and also larger.
If your man objects to a fluffy, white rug in
his personal space, remind him that's it's just temporary.
Three. If you have lots of one-of-a-kind pieces, add some generic
textiles, furniture, or accessories to make the decor seem less
disjointed and personal. You can always remove the unique pieces for a
more stripped-down look, or replace them with more common objects. If
your unusual pieces are large -- a baby grand piano, for example -- make
it the focal point of the room. Buyers will have a crisp recall of your
property after touring a number of homes that day.
Four. Use cross-pollination to bring a room together and keep it
from looking like a garage sale. Need examples of cross-pollination?
Lampshades and lamps that are similar in color and style throughout the
room. Pillows that match. Pairs of furniture, like matching end tables
or side chairs. Picture frames across the space of a room that are
identical even though the artwork is different.
Here's What Not To Do
Resist the temptation to place all of one style in one room or one area
of a room. That's deflating the whole appeal of an interesting mix. If
you have a Colonial chest, top it with some batik pillows. If you have a
Mid-Century-Modern chair, set it on an Oriental rug. If you have a shabby chic headboard, cover the bed with a trendy geometric patterned duvet.
|Starting with an ordinary bedroom and what could be considered old-fashioned furniture,|
this room gets its upbeat look from some modern art and ethnic textiles.
Don't use too many colors. Work with one, simple color scheme for the whole house.
This system works well whether we're talking about wall colors,
flooring, window treatments, or upholstery. Your color scheme should
revolve around three colors.
Wood tones should stay in the same family. All stained pieces could be
dark like ebony, a blonde like some oak, or a reddish tone like
mahogany, or a light brown like walnut. Aim for a consistent look in
all your stained pieces, whether flooring, furniture or wood trim
around doors and windows. If you have to stain some furniture legs, for
example, chances are they will look good in your new home as well. A
dark stain gel will cover prefinished stain work.
Why This Mix-Up Is Good Home Staging
It's a great time to be a home seller staging her own home on a budget.
Current trends are on your side. Chances are you can tweak the things
you live with now, the things that you love (and even the things you
An eclectic mix is going to reach out to a larger number of buyers
because everyone will see something he or she relates to. Your mix-up of
styles, done right, will hit all the bumpers. That's pin-ball talk, not
So, forget the old rules of matching everything. Have fun with your staging. And don't forget to check out my eBooks to see where you need a crash course to make your home The One that sells.
Top Photo: Inspired Room
This article was originally published on DIY Home Staging Tips.