Mixing of different styles

Mixing of styles is sometimes a bit daunting, but involves the same process when searching for a chair to pair with a Sofa. Not necessarily need be the same look but similar lines and shape, and in any case its more about discovering you own style than adhering to the norm.

Figure out which style should dominate. It can be a modern space with antique accents or a traditional space with contemporary accents. You don’t want to create a space where everything is fighting for equal attention. Start collecting pictures of furniture you like, you will soon start to see a pattern. You can then add pieces of different styles through their shapes, material, color and texture.

Great way to create areas of interest in a dark space by using accents of white & splashes of colour. Like this modern chair: 637 Utrecht by Cassina and rainbow coloured deep buttoned ottoman adds a fun element to this dark space, as well as the over sized ultra mod ‘Paper chandelier’ by Moooi. Grounded by Parquet flooring, which is making a comeback, the herringbone shape is the most popular, Parquet floors are usually long lasting and require little or no maintenance.

Photo Credit: Vogue Living Australia

To create contrast and excitement, juxtapose colors and textures, such as colourful Eames dining chairs, paired with white duco dining table, for a similar look, in solid Oak, ‘Gray 33’ by Gervasoni, available from Modern Garden Company.

With classic looks – The idea is to create a look of luxurious space through carved ornamentation, rich finishes and a grander scale. The overall look is more intricate and busier than in other styles, combined with Simplistic modern pieces can give it a very contemporary yet sophisticated feel.
Mood Board – Grey Hues mixing styles: Fabric, from David Hicks, St Leger & Viney, Louis Chair from Block & Chisel Interiors, Grey table as well as plates image, Gervasoni, Modern Garden Company.

Main Photo Credit: Domino Magazine


Double volume space incorporating classic ornate pillars in this industrial/loft apartment, paired with mod clean lines and rustic patchwork style carpet. Furniture: Panton chairs, by Vitra & Barcelona chaise longue by Knoll, organic shapes mixed with more masculine lines, such a mix of periods can give a room a distinct, multi-faceted look. i Just love these cotton Lambas from Madwa, you can layer some armchairs to create a more textured look.

Hans Wegners Wish bone chairs, are great, their natural wooden frame and woven paper cord seat, this mid-century classic chair gives any space a fresh yet almost rustic feel, mixed with modern over sized ceiling lights & dining table.

Textured Rugs: Mp Rugs/ Fibre Designs, always have such a great selection, adds play fullness to a neutral room. To match the look, recently spotted at La Grange, Louis XV chair without the canopy. Reclaimed wooden coffee table, Weylandts has a great selection. For a similar sofa, try the Cameo Sofa with the arms cut back slightly, with Scatter cushions instead of Back cushions plus loose cover, available from http://www.Wunders.co.za

Neutral Space, adding of subdued stripes, always creates a nice accented area. Greek mattress for a similar look contact Ascot Upholsterers.

Over sized ‘Bell‘ ceiling lights by Gervasoni, from Modern Garden Company. African Gameskin has a wide variety or full grain and corrected leathers, like this white hide seen below.

Great idea: Don’t have enough floor space, add angled poised ceiling lights!!