There are a lot of reasons to mix design styles throughout your home or in a room.  Maybe you decided to take the leap and move in with your partner (equipped with their own favorite design pieces) or perhaps you have a family heirloom that is too beautiful and precious to part with but not quite aligned with your modern motif.  Mixing styles and antiques in your home is a great way to make a space feel personal and unique but there are a few key integration tactics that can make or break the marriage of multiple styles. Many of the projects in our portfolio include the mixing of unique styles from different eras or different genres, let’s look at three of our past projects.

For our Hillsborough Project, we mixed a traditional black wood x-base desk with a modern desk chair made of light and transparent material with a sleek and curved design. The acrylic chair elevates this office setting to a more contemporary style, while the black finish of the x-frame desk makes it easy to pair with. The vintage desk objects and lamp pull it all together.

Project 5 - Vibrant Traditional - 9 Office - David Duncan Livingston - 2012

In the den of our San Francisco Chic Meets Antique Cottage Project, we paired a mid-century Swedish credenza with a vintage moth table lamp and hair-on-hide rug. The rug is key to the room’s design and helps to transition between the two different eras of design. The hardness of the various woods, the softness of the rug, and the delicate style of the table lamp all add a sense of complexity and harmony in the room.

Project 3 - Girly Modern Cottage - 6 Den - Joe Fletcher 2010

In our San Francisco Castro Victorian Project, we mixed three distinct styles into a seamless balanced design. The living room incorporates a mid-century Eames lounge chair and sputnik light fixture, a traditional Chesterfield sofa, and a custom modern area rug. By using consistent shades that were warm and rosy, we were able to tie the space together while letting the unique time periods shine.

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One of the best parts of mixing different styles is that you don’t have to shop within a limited design perspective. When wanting to integrate antique or vintage pieces into your space one of our favorite places to shop is 1stdibs.com. There is a huge selection of furniture, artwork, and lighting and it lets you filter your search by style and time period.  So even if you live in a modern farmhouse, don’t be afraid to shop for Scandinavian design accessories or mid century lighting. Other places to look include Regeneration, Previously Owned by a Gay Man, and your local antique store so you can take a peek before purchasing.