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The Best of Both Worlds

When designing your living space, you don’t have to compromise your conflicting style. If you like both modern and traditional design elements, don’t feel like you have to sway all the way to one side to make it work. You can combine both with a few simple rules. While you don’t have to fully commit to modern or classic styling, you should decide which one you want to play a stronger role in your design. Style At Home recommends using the 80/20 rule. Choose one design style and decorate 80% of the space along that design aesthetic. Then fill the remaining 20% with another style. This allows you to combine two styles without it feeling chaotic, messy, and disjointed.

Combining modern and traditional items that match in styles won’t happen too often. So instead of forcing together two opposing styles, combine two similar colors. It can be easy to lose yourself in prints when designing. So be sure to frequently take a step back and remember to work in solid colors to break up the noisy prints. Even if traditional is the style you are going for, too many prints can quickly suck the style out of your room.

Just because you can naturally and beautifully mix traditional and modern styles, that doesn’t mean you should do it all of the time. You need to know when to say ‘no’ when it comes to combining these styles. If a piece just doesn’t feel right, don’t force it.

Designing is all about showing your personal style and flair. So if you are a little traditional and a little modern, don’t feel like you have you have to commit one way or the other. The best styles bring together the most aesthetically appealing aspects of two worlds.