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Minimalist, monochromatic homes are having their moment right now, but don’t forget about the beauty of mixed-and-matched interiors. Mixing design styles is an ode to eclectic design. If you’re looking for a bold sytle for your home, forget the matchy-matchy look. Decorating a room with different furniture styles, colors and patterns is fresh.
“Treasures discovered at garage sales, secondhand stores, or thrift stores can be guiltlessly displayed next to a very expensive designer piece,” writes art historian Piet Swimberghe. “Mixing is not only allowed: it is a must.”
For maximum impact, designer Jonathan Berger put a zebra carpet runner next to an antique runner in a late-19th-century townhouse in Brooklyn. The brown in the rugs temper the showstopping pink walls.
While antiques aficionados Henri-Charles and Natasha Hermans love beautiful patina and artisan craftsmanship, they prefer to give the old a modern twist. In their country property, they painted their office with a bold geometric pattern to complement the vintage furniture.
Walking into French-Iranian designer Maryam Mahdavi’s Brussels home is like stepping onto a theater set. It’s full of rich colors and luxe, unexpected objects.
Every piece of furniture is original and boasts lots of character in Lionel Jadot’s elegant country house in Tervuren, Belgium. As an interior designer and film director, it’s no surprise that he often gets inspiration from artistic movie decor.
Caroline Notté is a huge fan of street art and sophisticated graphic patterns à la artist Piet Mondrian, as shown in her bright kitchen and dining room. Again, your home has to tell the story of who you are. And that means that you can work different design styles until you make your own.
In their 20th-century Brussels estate, Isabelle and Jean-Charles Mazet display Mediterranean pieces from Morocco with plenty of vintage designs—a gallery of their adventures. Doesn’t it work perfectly? Here’s proof that mixing design styles is never wrong. In fact it’s leaving a personal print into your home design.
Antique school chairs, a vintage Moroccan rug, and old hardwood floors give interior designer Lene Van Look’s apartment, a warm, welcoming vibe.
Here’s the thing about mixing different design styles: when you start deviating from a certain stereotype, you start discovering your personal style and making your own statement decor. If leaving your signature in your overall home design is what means to mix design styles, then be it.