Most people have neither the budget nor the inclination to start with a clean slate and furnish their living space in a single style. More power to the minimalists with their clean lines and elements solely dictated by necessity and function. But many of us have hand-me-downs (oh, excuse me, ‘heirlooms’), pieces we picked up for a steal at a yard sale, a mismatched collection of lamps, and an interest in the best of many interior design styles. This does not mean your space needs to look like a storage room! You can still have a balanced, cohesive interior featuring an eclectic mix of styles. Here are a few tricks to getting it right for your modern living room.
Keep wood tones within a color family, whether dark, light, or medium. Have a piece you love, but it stands out in a bad way? Consider painting the wood in an accent color, or a versatile neutral like black, white, or gray. Painting bookcases, tables, or beds the same color as the trim in the room also really helps step up the sophistication factor.
Have a lot going on in a space? Choose simple, monochromatic window treatments. This will let that fabulous lamp or reflective surface of a lacquered desk stand out, and not compete.
Look at investment opportunities: maybe you have a lot of furniture that is fine, but not special. Instead of replacing all or most of it with budget options, consider investing in a fabulous rug that will feel amazing under your feet, and elevate your other furnishings with its great style.
Or drop a ho-hum chair for a modern classic like a Barcelona Chair that can be the focus of your room, and dress up the background pieces with a few coordinating pillows and throws.
Mix styles in your living room! Be bold!
Alex Brandenburg is a Set Dresser and Decorator in film and television such as The Hateful Eight, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, and The Wire, among many other projects. She is married to YLiving Marketing Operations Manager Justin Mayo. Recent transplants from the East Coast to the Bay Area, Alex and Justin are enjoying putting her experience to practical use updating and renovating their North Oakland bungalow.