Combining multiple styles at home is becoming increasingly common, but it’s not always easy.

A less-than-harmonious result is just around the corner if you’re not careful.

In the times of our grandparents, there wasn’t much choice, and homes were more or less furnished in the same style.

Nowadays, things are very different, and there are numerous possible home styles (here, I’m talking about the main ones!), making the choice not always straightforward.

And if selecting a single style is challenging when you’re alone, it becomes even more evident when sharing your home with your partner!

It’s unlikely that you both have the same tastes, yet the home should represent both.

The only way is to combine multiple styles but to achieve a harmonious and cohesive result, it’s essential to follow some precautions.


The first thing to do is individually identify your own style and, from that, understand what you like the most, such as the color palette or typical shapes of that design.

Having clear ideas will make it easier to combine the styles.

Otherwise, the risk is buying things that, when put together, don’t work well and aren’t liked by either of you!

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2 – USE THE 80/20 RULE

The 80/20 rule suggests choosing a primary style, perhaps for hugger furniture and major decor elements, and a secondary one to complement it.

Having a dominant style allows you to create a cohesive and harmonious environment, while the secondary one adds a bit of rhythm and visual interest.

The key is to avoid competition between the two styles!

For example, you could have a predominantly modern/contemporary setting with some elements showcasing a classic taste, like a table or a sideboard!

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Use the secondary style as a focal point!

Sometimes, a single detail in a different style can transform an environment, giving it a unique character.

It can become the focal point, drawing the eye!

Imagine, in a predominantly modern/contemporary space, having a large mirror or a magnificent antique chandelier, etc.

Creating a focal point this way helps create emphasis, a fundamental interior design principle!

Look for elements that characterize the secondary style to create balanced and impressive spaces.

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You might also consider keeping the hugger furniture and accessories as neutral as possible.

Opt for linear, simple, and clean elements capable of adapting to almost any style.

Then, add character with decorations and slighter elements.

This approach is fantastic if either or both of you enjoy changing things up frequently!

Buying new furniture can be relatively expensive while changing decorations is more budget-friendly.

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Color has the power to unify!

Having a consistent color palette will undoubtedly make it easier to combine two different styles and create a harmonious and cohesive environment.

Like the previous point, you might consider keeping walls more neutral (except for a possible focal point) and hugger furniture while using color in decorations and slighter elements.

Once again, it’s a way to facilitate changes without breaking the bank every time!

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Search for as many common elements as possible between the styles!

In addition to color, it could be shapes, textures, or the use of metals or wood as well.

If you’re dealing with different metals or woods, pay attention to how you mix them—I suggest watching the videos where I discuss this (here metals and here wood)!

Common elements will serve as a guiding thread, tying together diverse elements cohesively and harmoniously.

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Combining multiple styles throughout the house might be intimidating, and there could be a fear of an unpleasant result.

My advice is to start in small doses, creating small vignettes or compositions for the coffee table or console!

That will help you build confidence, see the results, and eventually adjust things without breaking the bank.

You’ll find it much easier if you’ve furnished it linearly and neutrally, as explained in point three.

You can always add more significant pieces once you understand what you both like!



Balance is always the key to having beautiful and harmonious spaces. Make sure that the styles are well distributed in the room and not concentrated in one single area.

Ensure the two styles blend together throughout to create a sense of rhythm.

Proper distribution will balance the different visual weights that inevitably come with the two styles, creating harmony and equilibrium.

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Following the previous points will help you create environments that represent both of you!

However, it’s also fair for each of you to have a small corner all to themselves!

If you have a small study, that could be it, or a corner of the bedroom.

Alternatively, for example, if you have two bathrooms, each person could have their own, furnished and decorated ONLY with their style!

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I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

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If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

I have said it many times, it is difficult for one style alone to represent your unique personality, but recognizing furniture styles is the first step to building your own!

Are you familiar with them?

Today let’s look together at the main styles, their distinctive features, materials, and colors…

Let’s get right into today’s topic and let’s see 12 of the most known styles:


It is a timeless and elegant style, that often goes hand in hand with luxury.

Traditional is characterized by significant furniture elements, almost always handcrafted.

The furniture is solid wood, and the sofas and large armchairs are enveloping, all featuring traditional and precious lines.

In addition to wood, very present materials are velvet, satin, glass, and marble.

Colors that fit this style well are neutrals such as beige, creams, grays, and whites.

Accessories that complement this style of decor well are large chandeliers, mirrors, candles, and vases.



It is a style that brings back country atmospheres surrounded by nature.

And it is characterized by rough, wooden furniture elements with soft lines made by hand.

These are worn elements with a lived-in air.

In addition to wood, materials are stone, terracotta, exposed sandblasted bricks, wrought iron, and wicker.

A pretty fireplace, or at least a stove, can’t miss!

As for furniture elements, other materials are also rough, or at least do not hide imperfections.

Parquet from very knotty wood, or even terracotta that looks worn by time, or, for walls, chipped bricks will be good allies.

The colors of this style are white, gray, taupe, beige, and yellow.

Accessories that complement well are large rugs, soft plaids, and large baskets.

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It is a style that expresses the desire for practical and functional environments and includes all design elements!

Born to break with tradition by introducing materials such as plastic, glass metals, and laminates either as actual furniture elements or to cover wood, giving it shiny and bright finishes.

This style is an unadorned and clean style with furniture that has a significantly less heavy and bulky impact, especially easy to clean.

The furnishings have clean, delicate lines with well-integrated technology to make everything more practical.

Materials found in this style are wood, ceramics, carpet, laminates, lacquered furniture, metal, and suitably treated leather.

The colors in this style are white, black, brown, and gray, brighter colors are also used and perhaps contrasted, but they are never the stars of the room.

They are used on the walls, as upholstery on furniture, and, of course, in accessories and decorations.



Often confused with modern style because both styles are characterized by simple lines and shapes, contemporary style is defined by the continuous search for innovation.

Furniture is always highly functional, space-saving, and transformable to fit even the smallest spaces.

Characteristics of this style are simplicity, comfort, and attention to aesthetics.

The materials used are innovative but also valuable!

Resin is widely used in this style and also self-repairing materials (thanks to nanotechnology) such as Corian, Laminam, and Fenix.

The colors of this style are neutral, with a preference for black and white.

This style does not like frills, and decorations are kept to a minimum.

A contemporary style home cannot be without home automation for a smart home!



Originated in New York City in the 1950s, when old factories, offices, and business buildings were converted to housing!

It is a style created to enhance those distinctive architectures with peculiar structural elements such as exposed pipes and concrete pillars.

The furnishings are simple and are often salvaged elements, made of aged-looking wood, leather, glass, metal, and copper.

Other typical materials of this style are exposed brick and concrete.

The colors are primary, with lots of white, blue, gray, and black.

Old metal signs and pendant lights of different sizes from the shape of old industrial lighthouses will give that extra something!



It is a romantic style that harkens back to the Provencal countryside.

Shabby is characterized by pickled furniture that is worked to look ruined and give it the allure of lived-in.

They are often salvaged items revisited and redecorated, but even if new, they are worked with the pickling technique to look imperfect.

The most commonly used materials are wood, as we have seen possibly recycled, velvets, and lace.

The most suitable colors are white and pastel shades for a delicate and romantic atmosphere.



It is a style very fashionable, thanks, in part, to a famous furniture distributor, let’s not give names: Ikea.

This is a modern style, bright, cozy, simple, and no-frills, but never ordinary.

It focuses on the well-being and simplicity of the home and the pleasure of small things.

The design is simple and straightforward, with much use of natural and lacquered wood.

The colors are neutral and light with shades of pastel.

Candles, fur rugs, soft pillows, and blankets provide the perfect backdrop for this style.



As with Scandinavian is a decorating style that loves simple, clean lines.

Here the unnecessary is absolutely banished, the rule of less is more applies, and even the decorations are few and very simple.

Order and quietness are the basis of this style.

The most commonly used materials are lacquered furniture, glass, steel, and concrete.

The colors are muted, with black and white serving as the base.

Small accents of silver in accessories brighten and complement this style!



It is a style that we could call nostalgic because there is a lot of use of modern antiques and salvaged objects from other eras.

Vintage is definitely a style that helps you express your personality because it allows you to mix shapes and stylistic elements from other ages.

It is a unique decorating style because what you have found and researched in the various markets is unlikely to be there for someone else.

Wood, enamel, velvet, and leather make the most of it.

The colors used are bold colors such as green, orange, and yellow!

Wallpaper, items found in various markets, and colorful decorations are the must-haves of this style.


10) BOHO

It is the contraction of the word bohemian and is a “free” style; it is a style with a relaxed mood but also eccentric.

This style does not have many rules and loves the mix and match of materials, textures, and colors.

It has many exotic and extravagant elements combined with the idea of softness and coziness.

Materials such as wood, rattan, cotton, and linen are found in this style.

The colors are solid and bright but start from a neutral base.

Macramé elements, bangs, dream catchers, candles, and lanterns complete this style!



This style evokes distant lands, especially Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, giving the feeling of always being on the road!

Primary materials of this style are teak and mahogany wood, rattan, linen, rope, raffia, leather, and metals.

The colors are bold, reds, oranges, browns, and greens.

Souvenirs, masks, prints, and all objects reminiscent of that particular land reinforce this style!



It is the style for which the watchword is DARE: the limit is imagination!

It is a style that finds inspiration in a multitude of styles, mixing different shapes, colors, and textures.

Diversity is the common thread of this style.

No materials or colors can define this style, and there are no proper “rules”!

But precisely because of the lack of rules, it is one of the most challenging styles because it is easy to fall into kitsch!


These are among the most popular and widely used furniture styles, but they are not the only ones; the glamour style, or Art Deco, comes to mind!

Styles are also frequently divided by geographic areas, as might be the Mediterranean style.

Finally, there are new trends that are becoming popular and perhaps are a reinterpretation and fusion of other furniture styles, such as Japandi, which combines Japanese and Scandinavian!

As said before, it is difficult for one style alone to represent you, but knowing the basics of these styles will enable you to better make the style mix that represents you deeply.

In fact, start with the one closest to your way of being as a base and then add in minor percentage touches of other styles!

A modern traditional, for example, could be predominantly traditional with touches of modern or, conversely, a predominance of modern with small touches of traditional!

(If you want to know more on how to mix style, I talk about it here)

If you have any doubts about how to furnish or revisit your home or even some rooms, please do not hesitate to contact me!