When planning home interiors, a mixture of different styles can co exist and work brilliantly as long as you link spaces with a common theme, using the 7 elements of interior design: space, line, form, light, colour, texture and pattern.
So it’s not always a case of out with the old and in with the new, but rather a fusion of favourites and things you’d like to add.
Tell a story with textiles
Often referred to in interior design as the ‘red thread’, is the idea of a continuation of a theme that flows throughout the house. It can be one colour linking all the rooms with an accent colour repeated, or a certain style e.g Industrial, Mid Century, or rustic themed. A particular genre of nautical or botanical/tropical.
You can combine different periods surrounding the same common theme. For instance, a vintage cushion might have a blue fabric trim, which you could accent with a blue painted picture rail or modern art print containing the same hue.
Use neutral coloured furniture to link styles, such as our fabulous fabric sofas
Unify colours throughout your home to allow the interior styles to flow, rather than feel like a series of separate spaces. Our Stark two seater sofa is available in over 10 colours, from soft light grey, dark grey, beige and pastel green, and can be custom made in different textures and finishes, such as knitted or velvet, to help blend your different looks and interior styles.
Our upholstery specialists have selected the perfect fabrics to add luxe to any space and fuse cosiness into every style. Add a matching armchair in the same room or another space in the house to complete the idea.
Be consistent with the finishes e.g using all wood tones and create a sense of balance
Some things just don’t date and it’s easier to collaborate different design styles if your furniture includes a few signature classic pieces.
Go as bold as you like with the selection of ornaments and fabrics, but tone it down with a harmonious flow, especially with wood. Our large range of sustainable oak sideboards look great against a whole spectrum of looks and styles. Stick to one type of wood and unify your interior. Go for a classic furniture piece like our Dansk Oak Sideboard with elegant slimline black metal legs or Eden large sideboard.
A stylish group of objects
Allow a story to come together on our shelving units that offer the ideal backdrop to any home furniture scheme or eclectic interior.
Create a focal point
Add a focal point to a room with floral arrangements or one specific ornament or artwork. It should be the first thing you notice when you enter a room rather than an incoherence of objects strewn in all directions. Sometimes all it takes is that one statement piece to tie it all together, such as an oversized light feature.
Along the same lines
Allow styles to compliment one another using similar lines. The same goes with scale, retain a sense of scale and think about the relationship the furniture has with the size of the room. We have over 300 designs and special design partners, so if you are looking for inspiration, check out our full Out and Out range, with lots of finishes and colours available.
The rough with the smooth
Different textures can add interest too. Our Avery round dining table with a high gloss finish looks fantastic in any space. A more subtle way of adding visual interest in interior styling is with our Herringbone Oak Dining Table, a much loved timeless pattern that actually goes all the way back to ancient Roman times, and looks great paired with our Lazy L-Shaped sofa collection.
Neutral floors and rugs
A neutral white rug or floor can also link home furniture together seamlessly. Nothing is set in stone, so what ‘feels right’ is likely going to look right, allowing interior styles to develop organically.
French interior and furniture designer Andrée Putman, famed for her hotel interiors, as well as galleries and boutiques for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, said:
“For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond and balance one another.”