Since I am talking more & more about our home, I have here today Tali Wee of Zillow to share with you all 3 Tips to Mixing Modern and Rustic Styles in the Home. I think eclectic styles are the easiest for most people to put together in their homes because most people collect pieces from all sorts of places when they are putting their homes together. But there is a way to do it right so that it all comes together nicely. It doesn’t have to be all matching to work well together & Tali is here today to show you how.
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Homeowners, apartment renters and do-it-yourself enthusiasts all feel most comfortable in spaces designed to suit their personalities. Interior designs that match residents’ moods and preferences create the most comfortable and welcoming environments. Personal style is typically a blend of features reminiscent of happy childhood homes, lavish dream homes and realistic budgetary restrictions.
However, most homeowners adore more than one style and can feel limited by the design parameters of a single look. Homeowners who adore rustic styles from their countryside youths may feel conflicted about modern or contemporary elements displayed in store windows. Capture both rustic fundamentals and modern flair by incorporating these three design tips.
1. Complement Property Architecture
Design is subjective and residents can follow their artistic impulses to create comfortable spaces – but most prefer guidance for widespread appeal. Whether settling into new spaces, redesigning for pleasure or staging to appeal to homebuyers on the market, owners should consider the property’s architecture. Homes with style-specific architecture are most restricted by design since one of the primary merged styles should complement the structure. For instance, imagine a classic Venetian home styled with shabby-chic interiors. These designs clash rather than complement.
Before styling, evaluate the structural era of the property and alter designs to complement. Even if architecture clashes with residents’ favorite rustic or modern designs, they can add elements of their favorite styles. Using the same Venetian example, marbled or distressed wall paint adds rustic influence suited to the architecture. Smooth, metal sculptures impress a modern look in keeping with the elegant structure. Owners who lead with styles that complement home structure can balance with preferred alternative elements.
2. Incorporate the Best of Both Styles
Rustic and modern designs are nearly opposite styles, yet both are trending. Rustic style provides nostalgic and raw charm, incorporating old-fashioned, ecofriendly accessories and emitting easy-going comfort. Conversely, modern style is streamlined, focused on function, simplicity, vibrant colors and minimal but striking accents. Though it may seem unnatural at first, homeowners can pair the functional amenities and streamlined modern look with softened, comforting rustic elements. The key to merging conflicted styles is to taper back both designs for a balanced compromise and begin decorating with function.
Residents should consider their lifestyles and the functionality of each space before delving into décor. Think realistically; is a recycled wooden chair the most usable option for the living room? Would a bold, modern cushion be enough to meet both fashion and function? If not, opt for a modern, streamlined sofa in a rustic, natural tone with organic materials such as stained wood legs and simple canvas cushions. Avoid overstuffed cushions, a hallmark of cottage style, and intricately-designed furniture legs that conflict with modern design.
Another popular rustic look is the barn door. However, barn doors are functionally poor, both heavy and less private than standard doors. A modern upgrade is to pair the rustic barn door with progressive fixtures so it slides easily. Paint the door a solid tone rather than a distressed finish. As opposed to a bedroom door, add a barn door between room transitions such as the kitchen to dining room. The rustic door is then fresh and unexpected, a modern design trademark. Owners should tone down any extremely stylized selections to incorporate the best of both designs.
3. Blend Styles with Crossover Materials
Each decorative design includes identifiable materials. For instance, industrial style is known for exposed brick, wire and Edison bulbs. The best way to blend styles is to identify their overlapping signature elements and lead the design with those features.
Modern design uses new-age shapes, cutting-edge materials and old materials used in new ways to stay innovative. Currently, modern design includes chrome, metal, glass, bamboo and bold colors to create statement pieces among otherwise simple spaces. Alternatively, rustic design focuses on distressed, upcycled and natural materials. Rustic style incorporates muted tones, antiques and raw elements. Theses styles intersect with reinvented raw materials.
Some crossover styling tips include reviving older materials in new arrangements by displaying odd-shaped branches, metal sculptures or extraordinarily-constructed glass centerpieces. Polish raw wood to produce a consistent finish throughout spaces which suits both looks. Avoid distressing numerous pieces of furniture, common in rustic styles, and opt for solid-toned paint and glossed finishes. Stainless steel and hammered brass are both rustic materials suited for modern styles. Sidestep pastels and commit to more saturated hues, but maintain the softened edges of rustic furniture and accents. Blend these styles to perfection with new age, raw materials in open layouts with little clutter and softened edges.
Design is a personal preference, best guided by referencing home architecture, evaluating room functionality and then leading with the crossover materials suited to both styles. Patient homeowners willing to apply the time to arrange, rearrange and shop can create their ideal blended spaces, or hire a professional designer to use their trained expertise.
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