I have a love for many interior design styles. It really is madness trying to figure out what to put in my house. I worked for a local interior designer for a few years after college and she really opened my eyes to mixing many different styles together.
I now live in what I call a 5, 4 and a door. It's a traditional brick home with 5 windows on the top row, 4 on the bottom and a door in the middle. My husband is from Boston and loves traditional and heavy. I can appreciate it and like some of it but I like a sleeker simpler looks. More of an Urban Classic look. It's something like modern and traditional married together.
To put this in perspective, this is the ME:
This is the HE:
How do you make these two styles meld into one that does not look strange?
There are a few places you can go to get inspiration before you make a mistake.
- Pinterest – there are ton's of boards on Pinterest that will give you great inspiration like this picture I found of a credenza from Sauder.
- Hometalk – is the largest home & garden knowledge hub on the web. You can even ask design questions and get them answered by professionals and non professionals alike. I found this great urban classic living room by DIY on the Cheap there.
- Houzz – the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. I found this great table there as well as ton's of room inspiration.
- Blogs – there are tons of DIY bloggers out there that have done amazing renovations on their own homes. One of my favorites is this Kitchen from Red Head Can Decorate. The before and after is amazing to say the least! Her before looks a lot like my current kitchen and this gives me lots of hope.
Planning out your space
Once you have some ideas together and narrow your focus then make sure you measure your room. Make note of things like doors, plugs and vents you don't want to cover with furniture. Write these measurements down and put them in your purse, notebook, or phone. Then plan out some of the items you want to look for, like a sofa table. Lets take a look at the sofa table below.
Does it fit the design style you are looking for?
Well let's take our style, Urban Classic. This table from Sauder is perfect for us to meld our styles together. It has clean lines, no big carvings or scrolly stuff. So it meets the ME requirement. (Let's face it that's most important anyway, right?) This sofa table has rich wood tones and some traditional metal accents. This meets my HE requirement. The size is correct and it fits the very traditional style of our home. All in all it's a win win!
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I hope this helps you when you go to plan your next space whether you are decorating for the first time, upgrading, or melding two homes into one style. Where do you go to find your design style?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder Woodworking. The opinions and text are all mine.