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June 22, 2016

How to blend different design styles

by Kim

Find out how to blend different design styles into one cohesive look in your home with our expert tips.

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If you’re like most couples, you and your significant other probably have very different design styles, disagreeing on anything from paint colors to furniture arranging to window treatments. Save your home and your relationship by following our tips on how to painlessly blend different styles into one cohesive look.

Take a style quiz

Before you begin marrying different looks, it’s best to first determine you and your partner’s unique design style. Personal style quizzes are a great way to really hone in on your preferred look, forcing you to evaluate pictures of furniture, interiors, art and other design elements to determine an overarching theme that will serve as a framework for your space.

Some quizzes are more helpful than others, so make sure to choose one with a LOT of questions, like this one from Lonny.

Create a mood board

Mood boards are a great visual tool for deeper design exploration. Whether you choose to make one with magazine tear outs or use a tool like Pinterest, simply collect design elements that visually appeal to you. The finished collection of images can then be referenced as you begin to determine a design aesthetic for your home that reflects the tastes of both you and your significant other.

Find Common Ground

Finding similarities in your design styles is key to establishing a truly blended look. For example, after analyzing your mood boards, you may realize you’re both attracted to white interiors. Or you both prefer comfort over sophistication. Or high tech features like motorized shades or smart lighting are non-negotiable design elements. Finding these common threads and designing with them in mind will naturally create a space you both can feel comfortable in.


For the instances you simply cannot find common ground with your partner, then it’s time to consider the tie breaker – who spends the most time in the space. For example, whoever cooks should get final say in the design of the kitchen or a home-office should reflect the ideal work environment for the user. If the look and feel of the space affects the lifestyle of one person more than the other, then it’s time for one party to make some design concessions.

Hire a designer

And for the moments when communication breaks down and you simply cannot move forward, consider hiring a design professional. Trained interior designers have a lot of experience blending different design styles and can provide great insight and direction. For an affordable option, check out a decorating service like Homepolish that provides both in-person and online consultations.






Kim is a Hunter Douglas and drapery certified designer helping clients in Ottawa and surrounding Ontario communities find the perfect window treatments for their homes. She has more than 14 years of experience in interior design and window coverings.

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