When we first started this blog, it was our goal to share with you all of the different options that are available when it comes to decorating your home. We were inspired by what we had learned in our interior design class and knew there had to be an audience of like-minded individuals who yearned to know just how to NOT make a home look like a page in a mass-market catalog and how to make it have more of their personality. There had to be tricks of the trade.
And there are. One of the biggest tricks of the trade we have come to accept is one of the best pieces of information we can share with you: “master the mix.” What does that mean exactly? It means you need to mix it up in your rooms! Play with balance, textures, shape and size in each and every room in your home.
Do you have a lovely antique chair handed down to you from your grandmother? Then throw a vibrant colored pillow on it and continue that color in pops around the room. Find a side table to set beside it that creates contrast between the lines of the two. Place a sleek vase on the table that holds your grandmother’s favorite flowers.
Want some more simple, yet attainable ideas? Check out these easy ways you can shake up your decor by mastering the mix!
The surfaces in your home are blank canvases for you to decorate with as little or as much as
you please. Here's how to master the mix:
- Play with Scale: Pair larger objects with smaller ones to bring new depth and dimension to a flat surface like a coffee table or bookshelf.
- Embrace Color: Pick a color scheme and go with it. Some combinations we love are pastels and metallics, high-contrast brights and neutrals, and classics like blue and white.
- Get a Feel for Things: Variations in texture bring visual interest to a room. Outfit your space with ceramics, glassware, or antique books for plenty of tactile charm.
Furniture and Lighting
Sofas, beds, tables, chandeliers: These are the pieces that make a statement in a room. Varying
the color, texture, and scale creates a layered, interesting look that's all your own.
- Mix, Don't Match. Juxtapose a modern table with rustic chairs, a tailored sofa with a rococo lamp. Try straight lines with curves, hard textures with soft.
- Simplify Your Palette. When mixing a number of diverse styles or patterns, stick to a tight color scheme. This gives a room a more unified look.
- Make It Pop. One or two hits of unexpected color—say, a turquoise nightstand in a neutral bedroom—can give a room a jolt of energy.
Rugs and Pillows
A mix of rugs, pillows, and throws brings warmth, color, and texture to a space. Follow these
simple tips for blending pieces you love:
- Go Graphic: Choose an accent with a strong, bold design. Defined shapes look great on neutrals or alongside smaller prints.
- Don’t Fear Color: Against a neutral background, hits of one vivid color are not overpowering— they convey a tailored, rich look.
- Build Up: A rug is a room's foundation. Neutrals are always a safe option, but an unexpected color can functions as a vivid work of art for your floor.
And guess what, you are in luck! One of our favorite flash sale sites, One Kings Lane, is having a “Master the Mix” sale that will feature items you can purchase to create a masterfully mixed home.
Visit One Kings Lane for the “Master the Mix” sale that just went live this morning and make sure you check it out quickly as the sale only lasts 72 hours. And this isn’t the only fantastic thing OKL has going for it. Everyday they have new sales! So go register to become a member; it’s free and just requires an email address and your first and last name.
We are happy to share with you one of the tricks of the trade we have learned through our adventures and let us know if you have any “mastering the mix” tricks too. Feel free to add your comments below!
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