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Crafting a Timeless Interior: 7 tips to Mixing Elements for a Curated Design

Have you been designing your home but feel like it’s either too matchy-matchy or not cohesive at all? We’re going to unravel the secrets to creating a curated, timeless space that exudes character and sophistication. In this blog, we're debunking the myth that adhering to one uniform style is the pinnacle of good design. Let's dive into the art of mixing elements and textures for an effortlessly curated aesthetic.

Curated living room space.
Photo by Christy Cosnic Photography

1. Reject the Temptation of Sets

Buying entire furniture sets might seem convenient, but it often leads to a space resembling a showroom rather than a unique home. Instead, opt for a curated approach by selecting individual pieces that complement each other in style and functionality.

Masculine sitting room area with leather couch.

2. Avoid Uniform Lighting Lines

While matching lighting fixtures might seem appealing (and easier), putting light fixtures in your home all from the same line could result in a lack of individuality. Mix different lighting styles to create focal points and engage in conversation pieces that elevate the room's charm. Incorporating different types of lighting creates a cohesive, curated design as well. Mix in table lamps, sconces, picture lights, etc. to provide different kinds of lighting throughout your home.

Bright, open kitchen with white cabinetry.

3. Embrace the Power of Mixed Metals

Blend various metals strategically to add depth and character. Establish primary (the metal you’ll have the most of), secondary (second most), and accent metals, along with an occasional unique piece, to create a cohesive yet diversified look that feels intentional. You can mix the metals from your furniture and drawer pulls, to your lighting, and your furniture. Even mixing in accessories like picture frames or accent decor with different metals helps create that curated look we love.

Dining room with gallery wall and unique light fixture.

4. Mix and Match Woods

Mixing wood tones across different spaces within your home breathes life into the design. Experiment with primary, secondary, and accent woods, while also introducing alternative materials like metal or marble to avoid a monotonous feel. Mix your woods from your flooring, to furniture (all wood furniture or sofa or chair legs), and pull from similar color tones so they all relate.

Blue sofa with a chunky knit blanket.
Photo by Mary Pat Collins Photography

5. Diversify Fabric Textures

Texture, texture, TEXTURE! Texture is key to adding dimension without overwhelming a space. Avoid using the same fabric everywhere; instead, mix textures like boucle, velvet, and leather to create interest and depth in your furnishings. Add in textured pillows and throw blankets. When in doubt, throw a chunky knit blanket on the side of your sofa or accent chair for a cozy, finished look.

Children’s playroom with built-in storage.

6. Say No to Overarching Themes

While personal touches are vital, avoid going overboard with thematic designs. Keep themed elements (we’re talking to you, nautical lovers) confined to specific areas, especially in children's rooms, to maintain a cohesive aesthetic throughout the home.

Open Family Room area with built in bookshelves
Photo by Christy Cosnic Photography

7. Infuse Touches of Black

Black acts as an anchor, offering balance and sophistication to any space. Incorporate black elements strategically to add depth and create visual interest without overpowering the room. These elements can be found in lighting, picture frames, and accessories to pepper in just the right amount of dimension to the space.

By incorporating these design principles into your space, you'll embark on a journey toward a well-balanced, thoughtfully curated interior that stands the test of time. In our opinion, it's the harmonious blend of diverse elements that truly defines timeless elegance in interior design.


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