4 Easy Tips For Mixing Different Decorating Styles With Confidence

Inside: Get these easy tips for mixing different decorating styles to create a cohesive look that works for everyone!

If you’ve ever believed any of the following about decorating you’re dead wrong…

  • Everything has to match.
  • I can’t add that to my decor ’cause it doesn’t go with my current style.
  • Lots of little accessories are the perfect way to fill a space.

The best, most comfortable, and beautiful spaces actually mix different home decor styles but it’s done in a way that makes sense to your eye and your senses. It doesn’t leave you questioning why or how something ended up in the space.

But how do you mix different decorating styles without going too far in any one style direction or without playing it too safe?

Well, lucky you. That’s what we’re talking about today and I’ve got 4 simple tips that will having you mixing different decorating styles like a pro and will hopefully get you out of the rut you’re in and into a the creative decorating flow you’ve been craving.

–And just a quick FYI– if understanding your style and knowing how to create a cohesive look in your home is something that you need help with, you might want to check out my online course, Style Your Way Home here.

4 practical tips that will have you mixing home decor styles with confidence

I hear these things from readers all the time…

“I have a lot of stuff I like that doesn’t match”  or, “My husband and I have completely different taste in decor.”

Well let me let you in on a little secret…

Matching is not essential to beautiful home decor; in fact it is down right boring.

So stop stressing about having things match and let’s come up with some clever ways to make the things you love work well together to create a beautiful, layered, and interesting home that reflects who you (guys) are and tells your story!

If you take away anything from this entire series, I want it to be this…

It is possible to have more than one decor style present in your home, and actually it’s really important to do so because it creates a ton of interest and tells your story.

If you love florals and the hubs loves texture, you have to find a way to weave the two different decorating styles together in a way that makes sense and doesn’t make one person feel like they’re living in someone else’s home.

Hard to do, I know.

Especially when your style is far superior to your spouse’s –– kidding. Okay, maybe not.

How to mix different decorating styles for a look that feels like you

First let’s talk about a few go to “rules” that will help you along. –But keep in mind, any decorating rule can be broken.

If you’re anything like me, you want to play it safe to some extent.

In the real world there are things like budgets and livability to consider -we’re not preparing for a magazine photo shoot here.

But since we care a lot about our home and the decor that essentially tells our story, we want it to be unique to us and our families. Am I right?

In other words, we’re looking for ways to bring it all together in an interesting way, or take it up a notch to make it feel perfectly us.

These decorating tips will help you get there because they embrace the idea that not everything has to match.

tip #1 | The 80/20 rule

That’s a ratio rule and it’s a perfect place to start.

It pretty much means that you need to think of your different decorating styles as a main character and a supporting character.

Remember when we talked about discovering your decor style and then defining your decor style? We ended up with a feeling and then two (very broad) styles in our definition.

Those styles will be your 80 and your 20. The main style will be represented in 80% of the space, and 20% will be the other style.

I suggest that you start by looking at the big ticket or larger items in the room (the ones that would be hard to replace) and let those be your 80%.

For example, my home decor style definition is comfortable-modern-traditional. So for the larger ticket items in my home I’m going to look for elements of modern.

This makes total sense in my home.

mixing home decor styles

As I’ve been writing this series, I’ve been working on refreshing my family room to reflect more of my ever evolving style… let’s take a look at it as an example.

Modern Elements In My Family Room

In my family room my sofa and occasional chair have square arms (clean lines), the rug has a lot of geometric pattern, and the coffee table is a mid-century modern remake. The colors are mostly grey and muted blue with just a few pops of color.

The Traditional Elements In My Family Room

The traditional decor comes in with the floor to ceiling curtain panels, a lot of white painted furniture and cabinetry with just a little bit of detail on the doors.

I also have a good amount of accessories (which super modern homes don’t have) but most of the accessories have an element of geometric and clean lines.

I’ve had my home decor described to me by friends as modern, but not cold.


That’s exactly what I’m going for! About 80% of the space has modern elements and the other 20% (the part that warms it up and makes it feel comfortable) hints at traditional decor.


tip #2 | Group Like Items: Different But The Same Is Key

I grew up in the 80’s. On any given day my hair scrunchie matched my colored jean shorts, which matched my Keds. My mom, who has amazing taste, had a floral couch and love seat in our front room and a valance over the windows in the exact same print.

The 80’s made us think that everything had to match. But they don’t.

Predictable is out and so is being too matchy-matchy. Things don’t need to match, they just need to go, and they can go together in a lot of different ways.

A great way to tie unlike items together is by finding something they have in common and grouping them together.

You can group things by color, size, and texture, and by displaying them together you create a collection -which has more impact and makes more sense than if each item were displayed on its own. This works especially well with small items.

group like items together for impact in your home decor

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1- Items on a dresser can often be a bit random, but keeping them all the same color makes it look like everything goes together.

2- This coffee table is perfect. Everything is unified by height. Even the smaller items relate because they are placed on top of the stacked books.

3- Each shelf on the back wall is styled individually. The top shelf has larger items, on the middle shelf everything is about the same size and clear glass, and on the bottom shelf items are grouped together, too.

If you have a collection, instead of spreading the collection throughout the room, group them together for bigger impact.

group items together as a collection for more impact

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tip #3 | Understand Balance

Balance needs to happen in a few different ways.

First your space needs to have equally distributed visual weight.

For example, in the image below this open concept room is separated by the sofa. The visual weight of the book shelf in the dining area is balanced by the wall art in the living room area.

visual balance


You also need to have the style balanced throughout your space.

If hubby is into rustic and you have him put all of his nods to rustic decor in one area of the room, it’s not going to blend into the room well.

Instead if you have those rustic items placed throughout the room (or in at least 2 places), the space will feel balanced and the decor will come across as intentional.

Think of it this way. Everything in your room needs a buddy.

Look at this fabulous living room (below) designed by the amazing Emily Henderson and her team.

What I like about this space is that someone actually lives here. Notice how your eye bounces around the room so easily. Nothing matches per se, but it all goes together so well and feels cozy and like it has evolved.

Everything has a buddy.

  • The wood tone on the side table is repeated on the coffee table tray and ties into the dining room chairs.
  • The color of the side chair goes with the pillow and the lamp shade.
  • The frames don’t match, but they each have a buddy that shares their color.
  • The darker blue is on the throw, the dining chairs, and in the painting.
  • The shape and size of the sofa and the side chair are the same.


Mixing Different Decor Styles In Your Room

You’ve cleared out anything in your current work in progress room that isn’t going to stay and are ready to get to work planning how you are going to put it back together in a new way.

1. Start with neutrals.

Think of the large pieces in your space as the canvas that is going to showcase the story you are about to tell. Painting your walls a nice neutral and keeping the large pieces of furniture a neutral color (even if they have an element of style to them) will allow the other styles in your room to be showcased. Think of it as lessening the competition.

These large pieces will also most likely dictate your main style. For example if your largest furniture piece has elements of modern decor (like square arms) you will want to carry that style throughout by adding other modern elements.

2. Place your furniture first.

Start with the largest pieces and like we discussed earlier, keep in mind the rules of visual weight and scale.

For example if you’re decorating your bedroom and don’t have matching nightstands, use different pieces on each side, but be sure they’re of similar size.

mismatched nightstands


The same rule applies to non matching end tables. In the example below they not only kept the scale the same, but also matched the shape.



In fact this room repeats the idea of visual balance with the lamps and the coffee table decor.

The lamps are different, but they’re about the same height and have similar shaped shades.

The coffee table has the rounded flower arrangement which is balanced out by the gold decorative object.

Keep in mind as you play with balance though that traditional decor calls for a lot of symmetry, while modern decor often is asymmetrical.

3. Add in your accessories and details.

The hardest thing when it comes to mixing styles is probably when it comes to the accessories. Remember the rule, different but the same and group things together accordingly.

Mix the styles evenly throughout the room.

The best way to draw too much attention to one style is to group too many things of that style together. It throws everything off balance.

Instead split up your items and distribute them evenly throughout the space.

Repetition is key.

To make sense of an item that may stand out like a sore thumb, repeat an element of that item in at least one other place in the room. (The buddy system we talked about earlier.)

For example, if you have a painting that has way more color than anything else in the space, try adding just a few minor touches of one of the main colors in other areas of the room to tie it all together and make it blend into the room. (Like the Emily Henderson living room above.)

tip #4 | Let the Odd Ball Be The Focal Point

If you have one element that is staying but doesn’t have anything in common with anything else in the space, make it a focal point and instead of competing, it will stand alone.

A perfect example would be a light fixture that is a different color or finish than anything else in the room, or maybe it is really big and much bigger in scale than the other elements you have going on in the room. That’s ok. Hang it up and let it be the show stopper!

Before we go, let’s look at a few rooms that do all of this mixing really well…

This room has both traditional and rustic elements and it looks really pulled together.

  • Even though there are different things on either side of the fireplace they are about the same size, the art balances out the TV, and the lamps are the same.
  • The sofas don’t match, but they are similar in color and size.
  • The raw wood is repeated on the coffee table and above the fireplace.

mixing decorating styles traditional and rustic decor


In this more formal living room there are elements of modern and traditional.

  • Traditional decor is usually very symmetrical, which this room is. Same cabinets on either side of the fireplace, matching sofas that face each other, and even the same branches in a vase flanking the fire place.
  • The clean lines of the sofas and the coffee table are a modern element.
  • The shots of high contrast black and white are modern, but pulling in the muted neutrals of greige make it more traditional.
  • The chandelier is a definite focal point and marries the 2 styles perfectly.

formal living room with balance


I absolutely love this modern traditional kitchen!

The traditional elements like the crown molding on the cabinets, and the tufting on the sofa and bench seat are so beautiful and play perfectly with the modern elements like the clear stools, table, and “poppy” colors.

modern traditional kitchen


Hopefully you have a better understanding of your decorating style and what to start looking for when searching for inspiration so that you can start mixing decor styles in a more intentional way.

Final tip: When you’re looking for ways to combine different decor styles, try mixing up fabric patterns in the room. This post shows you how to get a terrific look with different patterns that play well together.

Combine different Styles like a pro

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

71 thoughts on “4 Easy Tips For Mixing Different Decorating Styles With Confidence

  1. Angel says:

    Wow. What a great article! I love decorating and I’ve been told I have great taste but it can be really overwhelming with SO many options. It’s a silly thing to be stressed about but I am! Lol. Anyone have any thoughts on mixing mid-century modern and Art Deco? I started my home with mid-century modern pieces (couch, side table, coffee table). I just introduced very Art Deco pieces (dining table & chairs, tv console, curtains, curtain rod). I love everything but I don’t know if it looks right with such a contrast…

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Angel, it’s tough to answer without seeing your home decor…but there’s a great group of folks in my private Facebook group Hey There Homies, who would love to help ya out (and I pop in too with my two cents!). You can submit pics and then we can all see what you’re talking about! Love to have you hang with us! Click here to request to join!

  2. Vicki says:

    Hi, Corey, thanks for the great post! I love to decorate and have been told I’m good at it, but we are getting ready to move into a new home and I am a bit overwhelmed. I’m using most of what we already own, but have or will be purchasing a few new pieces, and while I love my current style (which I would describe as cozy traditional cottage with a bit of rustic), I want to change things up a little for a fresh look. It helps me to go back to the basics of decorating “rules” that I learned years ago to help keep me on track when I feel stuck. I really appreciate the tips as well as the great photos, thanks so much! Have a great day and stay safe!

  3. Aarsun says:

    Amazing and useful tips… Thanks for sharing this post.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Pete says:

    Hi Corey,
    My wife and I will soon will start our house remodel. We are attracted by practical but modern style and colors in kitchen and bathroom materials ( e.g. modern appliances, red oak flat panel or white acrylic cabinets, quartz counter tops, etc.) however, our living room, dining room and bedroom furnitures are good quality traditional mahogany or cherry wood with dark stains. We really hope that we will be able to modernize the house to make it more bright, airy and comfortable but without breaking the bank. We are not able to visualize the end result if we have to reuse these furniture and modern materials in the kitchen and bathrooms. I really appreciate if you can share some suggestions on how to make all the rooms more cohesive. Thanks, Pete

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Pete! You and your wife can get more in depth help by signing up for this free video on-demand workshop “3 Easy Ways To Get The Cohesive Look You’ve Been Craving In Your Home”. Go to this page 4 Reasons Your Home Doesn’t Feel Cohesive and scroll down to the bottom of the post, then click to get free instant access! That will get you on the road to creating rooms that are more cohesive!

  5. Teresa says:

    We have a small open concept house. In the living area we have a Stickley Morris chair and a Stickley sofa. We just installed a wall mounted tv (it was a “choose you battles wisely” situation). I am looking for a TV console to put underneath but given the smaller size of our room I am wanting something more minimalist. Could I go with a mid century modern style tv console if I keep the color in the same range as the chair and sofa?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Totally. And you don’t have to stick with the same wood tone at all, Teresa. The clean lines of the Stickley furniture will tie in nicely with the clean lines of the mid century modern furniture so that will be their common thread.

  6. Debbie Walton says:

    Corey, This has been so very helpful. I have found a mid century modern TV console and end table that I love but my open concept family room with love seat, Sofa, and fireplace are all a more traditional style as are the kitchen that is connected. Would a TV console and end table be more than 20%?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      No, not at all Debbie. I think the mix is really great. You may want to add a little mid century in some accessories to help tie it all together. Maybe a mid century inspired print on some toss pillows, a mid century bowl to hold fruit in your kitchen, or mid century inspired vases/ decorative objects on shelves and such. Those little touches help bring it all together.

  7. Dylan Peterson says:

    I like what you said about dividing up your decor style with 80% being of one type and 20% being of another. My wife and I would like to redecorate our home before her parents come into town. We’ll be sure to look into our options for getting new furniture that can help us with this in the future.

  8. Cheryl L Olsen says:

    Hi Corey,
    Thanks for the great tips, however, I am still at a loss. My living room is a train wreck! 🙂 I have a great rustic TV stand (multi-colored) that I love but we have a leather couch (boring beige) with a two-person recliner that looks awful in the room but hubby picked it out. I like the rustic style and he says it looks fine together – not! Haha – anyway, our walls are a very neutral shade of light blue. What kind of decor do you recommend above the back wall above the couch? Thanks so much in advance!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Cheryl, you can get more in depth help by signing up for the free video on-demand workshop “3 Easy Ways To Get The Cohesive Look You’ve Been Craving In Your Home”. Go to this page and scroll down to the bottom of the post, then click to get free instant access!

  9. Mary Ann Scott Southard says:

    Corey, These are practical, wonderful tips. Problem:

    I am decorating a church classroom for adults.
    Room walls = neutral grey.
    Carpet = neutral grey
    For the 80/20 rule, I want modern (80) and tradtional (20). I need a classroom table that seats 8-10 and that table would have to be a modern element. BUT, I cannot find one I can afford that seats that number of people. I did find a mahogany Duncan Phyfe that seats that many that I can afford, but then I have broken my rule. I am at Traditional (80).
    I have a modern Georgia O’Keefe framed print in greys, whites, and blacks that is a huge statement piece. Is prominent artwork ever a part of 80? I don’t know what direction to take. I really need a table that accomodates people. I could use a heavy, plastic utilitarian table from the fellowship hall in white and black with a more modern style and build from there, maybe. Help!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      So a great way to go with the table you can afford and make it more modern is to get it and paint it white. This will automatically make it modern and be sort of a mix within the same piece and look really good and add character to go with the art in the space. Prominent artwork is indeed part of the 80. Hope this helps, Mary Ann!

  10. Steele Honda says:

    I really like the picture that has the two lamps that are different heights but still manage to give the room a balanced look. I am trying to redecorate my living room right now and I would like to incorporate lamps in some way to help make sure that we can have more light in that room. I think that doing something like this and putting them on either end of the couch and maybe matching the lamp shades to something else in the room would help give it a balanced, cohesive look.

  11. Millie Hue says:

    I like that you pointed out that we can mix and match different styles since it is possible to do while ensuring that the house will look interesting. With that in mind, I will make sure to hire a professional to pull this off for me since I would love to have an unconventional home. I just can’t trust myself with this because I can’t even match colors that complement each other that is why I stick with black and white when putting together an outfit.

  12. Gin says:

    I agree one can mix styles by using the buddy system of repetition and variation, while also thinking about focal points and accents. I have managed to blend traditional, Asian, rustic and 70’s modern into an appealing and comfortable space in which to live and entertain family and friends. Because all of my pieces are so different (reflecting my eclectic tastes) I found it very helpful to build a color scheme before appointing my home. One consideration that has been quite tricky for me is the small size of my abode: I’ve had to balance my love of busy-ness and pattern with a need to keep my small space feeling open by keeping walls light in tonal value and most of, but not all, furniture compact. Consider making a post relating to aesthetic choices for those of us living in tiny houses or apartments. Thank you for your inspiring posts!

  13. Linda says:

    My hub and I just bought a new spec home. We are having fun, buying a lot of new things. Wayfair.com is getting tons of money from us. In our living room, we have a distressed tobacco chesterfield. It’s gorgeous. We were going to buy another one, just like it. But we went shopping the other day and bought a very modern red couch that sort of looks like lips. It’s not shaped like lips but definitely some inspiration. We fell in absolute love. I’m nervous about how it will look. We have a painting over the mantel of a woman with silver curlie locks on a blue and silver background with bright red lips. We also have, leftover from a former living room suit, a Della Robbia carpet, bright red with purple orange geometric shapes. I think it will be too busy. In our dining room we have a silvery gray area rug that has hints of sparkle. I’m wondering if we should swap the rugs? I’m also so nervous about getting the room right. We have lots of color and art in our home. We just decorate how we like. Mix colors and styles how we want. I so want this home to be beautiful. Any thoughts? I can send pictures if you like!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Linda, Since I can’t see your home in person, I can’t offer specific advice. Defining your home decor style will narrow your choices and make the process less overwhelming. This post I wrote will make your decorating choices much easier. Best wishes!

  14. Pat says:

    This is so helpful! When we first moved into our home in 1998, I couldn’t decide between French Garden or Artsy Coffee House- and then the taxidermy deer head came into the mix!

    Later, after returning from California, I craved “Sunset magazine circa 1975”! Can you imagine how many rearranges I have performed?

    I feel like my house is now too minimal as I have worn myself out with doubt! I think I have over-edited! You inspire me to enter into the fun again!

    Big question- how do I work with my late-90s “pinkish” woodwork in 2019? (Very dark walls, too- Sherwin Williams Homestead Brown)

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Pat, A great way to update oak/ pinkish woodwork without painting it is to keep the wall color light and bright. Picking a lighter paint color with less brown or orange as the undertone will bring out the grey in the wood finish and minimize the pink. You can also update any door/cabinet hardware with something more modern.

  15. Millie Hue says:

    I like that you pointed out how a wooden furniture should match with the coffee table tray or chair. I will keep that in mind to make our dining room pleasant. We will be buying pieces of furniture this coming weekend since I will be moving into an apartment with my boyfriend. This will help me get creative when buying pieces of furniture.

  16. Amber says:

    I have a question, is it ok to mox larger staple pieces with smaller less dominating ones? For example I have a very large “heavy” wood coffee table and I don’t want matchy matchy end tables and really love the lighter looking glass and metal style.. im worried mixing the heavier piece with the lighter won’t work well.

  17. Lela says:

    This is the best explanation I’ve ever read on mixing design styles, which was extremely hard after I moved in with my husband. The 80/20 rule is great, and I definitely agree about grouping things by color and texture, not just style, because I’m very bright and minimalist while he’s more into traditional masculine style. We eventually figured everything out and the house looks nice, but man, I wish I had some of these tips earlier! Great post, and it’s definitely one I’ll recommend to people!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks so much Lela! Kudos to you and the hubs for figuring it out!

    2. Mimi says:

      I am doing a kitchen make over. Retro floor will be black and white square tiles and everything will be retro I don’t know how we can make it have an even flow with dinning are which is connected to the kitchen.open concept. I don’t want it to look weird. I don’t know what to do to dinning room to get that natural Flow. Help

    3. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Mimi! If you want one room to flow to the next it’s important that no single room is themed. Instead subtly mix in a style or two and have one of those styles evident in the other space so that there’s something that ties them together.

  18. Joy Butler says:

    You did a great job of explaining these tips in mixing decor styles. Yay, I am in charge of decorating the new home of the soon to be husband and wife. It really helped when you said that it is possible to have more than one style present in a home, awesome!

  19. Max Sayer says:

    My family is refurbishing our home and I wanted to look up some tips. I really appreciated how this talked about repeat an element of that item in at least one other place in the room. I agree that having some repetition is a good thing.

  20. Krisha says:

    I loved this list. I find myself liking alittle bit of everything. I like farmhouse/country chic/shabby chic and retro (50’s/60’s). Those styles are what I’m trying to figure out how to mix together! Any tips or further advice is appreciated! Love the blog! ☺

  21. john says:

    I appreciate you giving permission to have multiple styles. You don’t want a style that fits a trope; you want your own brand. I just bought a new house and me and the wife are looking at possible directions for decor now.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      I wish you and your wife the best John! I’m just an email away if you ever have questions!

  22. Joy Butler says:

    It’s awesome that this article talked about mixing home decorations. Yes, that’s right, my husband and I have an opposite and a totally different taste, hahaha! And I guess, we’ll both agree on tip number 3, we will understand the balance!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      So many spouses have opposite tastes, Joy! Glad you and hubs can agree on something!

  23. Sarah T says:

    Thank you for sharing all these useful tips! The 80/20 rule is especially helpful. Also…I really like that geometric rug in your family room!! Do you remember where you got it? It would look perfect in my house.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      You’re so welcome Sarah. I love how that rug instantly changed the look of our family room! The rug source is linked in this post.

  24. Gerty Giftg says:

    I love what you had to say about grouping things together by what they have in common to create an impact. I’ve been trying to find some tips for creating more cohesion in my home with the pieces I love and this, honestly, looks like the best thing. I appreciate your help and all of your wonderful tips.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      So glad you found inspiration and help here Gerty! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  25. Greco says:

    I like what you said about grouping items together, even if they don’t initially go together. I had never thought to organize things just by size or texture! I was trying to just conform to one style but mixing sounds so much better!

  26. Rebecca Mortby says:

    Thanks for such a helpful article – I have learned so much. Particularly the 80:20 rule. I think my apartment is 80 contemporary minimalist and 20 more exotic styles, natural materials, and a beachy feel – I have no idea what that style would be called? Keep up the great work.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks for stopping by Rebecca! I believe your style is eclectic – which basically brings together a number of different styles, usually unified by color 🙂 It’s a fun style to work with!

  27. Heinrich says:

    Wow! your home decor styles ideas are too good. These tips will help any individual to decorate home decor. Keep sharing!!!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Glad you’ve found inspiration here!

  28. Scott Adams says:

    I’m glad you talked about starting with a larger object and then choosing the smaller one to match it. I have been decorating my new apartment and I wasn’t sure how to choose accents. I can see how it would be smart to choose the larger furniture first so I know what accent options will make the house look complete.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      I’m glad you found inspiration here, Scott. Best wishes in your new apartment!

  29. Cameron Bennett says:

    I like that you mention that it’s good to have one main style that is accented by a supporting style. I’ve never considered myself that great at decorating, but now that I’m in a new home, I’d like to do better. I love knick-knacks and small decor items, so I want to be able to incorporate those into my home style.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      I’m so glad you’re finding inspiration here!

  30. Elsa Anderson says:

    I like how you mentioned that it can be quite effective to group unlikely items together with something in common, such as their color, size, or texture to make a display like feeling. That’s perfect since my fiance and I are just about to go out and purchase some home decors for our new home that would be mixing some Asian and modern theme together. Thanks for the helpful tips on how to mix decor styles with confidence!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      You’re so welcome, Elsa. Happy decor hunting!

  31. I liked your point about that one element that is staying but doesn’t have anything in common with anything else in the space! My husband and I are moving to another house soon and I’d love to do something unusual there mixing styles and making decorative accents. I hope our future house will be both stylish and original!

  32. S.CARIELLO says:


  33. I really like your 80/20 rule when collaborating between two styles. I’m not very good at coordinating multiple styles myself, but I wonder if your suggestion could make a big difference for me. I’ll be sure to try it out so my home decor can tie in together a little better.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      That’s awesome, Finley. Be sure you let us know how it works for you!

  34. When my husband and I married, I knew right away that we were going to have a conflict in styles. He is a minimalist preferring mid century modern, Danish, and Japanese style elements, to my rustic farmhouse, shabby chic industrial! Talk about contrasts! I would have loved this article in year one!!! So much great advice.

    I eventually went with a pared down version of rustic farmhouse with lots less clutter, while bringing in mid century modern vintage elements. Because we sell a lot of these kinds of items in our store, it just became an extension of who we are personally. And it works.

    It became a style we both can live with. I think I did more of a 70% 30% rule so I think maybe there is some room for improvement!

    Thanks for such a wonderful indepth article. Your blog is great!!!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks so much, Laura. Great to have you along as part of the Hey There Home family!

  35. I like that idea to use the 80/20 rule. 80% of the room should be one style and 20% should be the other. That works because a cornerstone of design is contrast- and one way you can create contrast is with quantities and proportions.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      I agree, Larry. Great observation!

  36. I do feel more confident to decorate my home, I just love the 80/20 rule. Thank you so much for these informations and tips! 😉

  37. Great Post…!
    I love Your post. Beautiful decoration ideas and tips. This is very helpful tips for my living room. You are so creative…

    Thanks for share Your Post….!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      You’re so welcome, Christina! I appreciate that!

  38. This is so important! I am getting ready to move in with my best friend and while we are close friends, we have very different styles and it’s going to be interesting to mix beach style with classic modern. But we will definitely consult your guide before we start planning. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  39. Joan Schlee says:

    Corey, I’m really enjoying your decorating blog! I’ve never followed anyone before and I just knew I’d enjoy yours and find many useful tips! Thank you for taking the time to do this 😄 I’m on vacation now, but “look out” when I get home! LOL

    1. Hahaha. Thank you so much Joan. It makes my day to hear that you are finding it useful and inspiring. Love this “job” I’ve stumbled into 🙂

  40. Ursula says:

    Thank you for this fantastic post! Funny that I did not realize myself what is wrong with my living room. I have 100% modern right now in it. Now there will come the hard bit to add some traditional (which I like as well but my spouse does not – he is happy with 100% modern but believes that everyone elses living room is more lively and cozy than ours 🙂 ) and some more decoration (and colors)! I do hope that you will have more posts like this for us! They are so helpful!!

  41. “Especially when your style is far superior to your spouse’s -kidding, maybe not.” Lol! YES – that is why it is so hard! 😉 But seriously, this is a great post.

  42. Amazing tips and such a great foundation, Corey! I love this post!!

  43. Wow there are some fantastic tips and pieces of information in here! I’m trying to soak it all in because my taste and style is ever changing. Thanks for sharing such good ideas!


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