Opposites Attract: It’s Time To Blend Different Periods Of Design

Opposites Attract: It’s Time To Blend Different Periods Of Design

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In love, they tell us that opposites often attract, but that can also be said when it comes to interior design too. It may be that you love both modern and traditional pieces. Or you want to try and blend your vintage finds with more cutting edge design. It is possible to create a living room that effortlessly mixes more than one style. And more often than not the results are magnificent. Because your room will then look looks staid showroom and much more stylish. Your living room should have your own personal stamp on it. So work out what periods of style you like and get blending.  Here’s some inspiration to help get you thinking.


An Industrial interior is all about exposing pipes and ducts and looking towards raw materials and steampunk style. Industrial works well in open plan living spaces and kitchens that you want to create a warehouse look in. Choose Eames chairs with metal legs, reclaimed wood coffee tables and shelves that expose cool brackets. Consider exposed light bulbs such as the ever-cool Thomas Edison ones. And in kitchens use stainless steel for cabinetry and countertops. But that doesn’t mean you can’t blend different periods of design into your space. To contrast the masculine feel of raw materials, consider investing in traditional sofas like a Chesterfield. Or perhaps mix up the look with some ‘90’s style Magis Bombo bar stools. Add pink velvet cushions for a feminine pop of colour or lay some cowhide rugs for an explosion of different styles.

Scandinavian Ski Chalet

If you love the idea of a wintery interior why not consider a chic Scandinavian ski chalet design. This style is all about dark wood floors, reindeer skins and Scandi style wooden furniture. A chic Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl Corian desk would look beautiful in a ski chalet inspired living room. And if you want to go Nordic, keep walls and ceilings white and add some cashmere and wool blankets and lots of different hues of grey. To mix up a traditional Scandi style living room with other periods, consider investing in iconic pieces from the 30’s and 50’s too. Anglepoise lamps by George Carwardine would look great with this style. As would a Charles and Ray Eames wood and leather lounge chair and ottoman from the 1950’s.

Beautiful Bathroom

Bathrooms are often something we leave til last when designing our home. But a beautiful bathroom certainly makes a lasting impression. If you want to make the bathroom a focal point in your house, consider being brave with your styles. An exquisite cast iron roll top Victorian bath with claw feet looks great against a more modern backdrop of Calacatta marble. Or perhaps incorporate Victorian style decorative tiles on your walls or floor. Mixing the vintage with the modern makes for a big wow factor in your space. Include plush Egyptian cotton fluffy towels and bathrobes to bring your bathroom into the 21st century. But the go for old style toilets and chain pulls for that super cool Victoriana look and a beautiful blend of modern and old

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