Jan 4, 2021

Can you mix styles?

Most homes are built in a specific style. The architectural elements generally guide you as to what that style is. Those elements - moldings, flooring, fireplaces, cabinet doors style - are usually reflected in the exterior as well as the interior.  People often make their purchase based on a love of the architecture.   

When considering an update, be sure you tie in existing elements with what you change or add so the finished result looks as though it has always been part of the home. Style and architectural elements should relate to one another throughout your home.  That’s not to say you can’t have a modern style living room and a Tuscan style kitchen, but it can be incongruous.

So, what are the basic styles?  They’re traditional, modern, and transitional. Within each of those, there are periods of styles that include Arts and Crafts, Renaissance, Minimalist, Baroque, Mid Century Modern, Industrial and so much more. 

Transitional style is popular today. It is pared down with cleaner lines than ornate traditional styles.  It is comfortable, casual, with classic elements that enable it to be sophisticated but unfussy. It has features of modern design and traditional styles and the result is an  uncluttered, and timeless style.  This kitchen is the perfect 
blend of classic shaker style cabinets, updated colors and scale, creating a beautiful transitional room. 

Modern style is edgy and often stark with simple lines, neutral colors and furnishings without detail. Rooms are heavily edited, with open space and every item has a purpose. 

In this modern style dining room, there are strong geometric lines, unembellished furniture, and clean minimalist lighting.

Traditional style tends to be detailed and often ornate. This living room is a traditional style with rolled arm chairs, blue and white, brass and glass, and classical landscape and portrait art.

Can you mix styles? Yes.... you can create a wonderful blend so that all elements of a space blend seamlessly.  My team and I combine classic architecture with the function and aesthetics of transitional style to create comfortable, sophisticated, spaces.