Mixing it up!

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Getting to know a clients wants and needs within their home is really important, this assists an interior designer in determining a style to cater to. Each style serves a particular function and feeling for a room and for its occupant. Sometimes clients can’t really pinpoint what they like with cohesion. Designers often work their magic in blending a clients’ individual style with what’s fresh and new. Here is a brief description of the most basic styles within interior design and how you can intermix them together.
One of the most long lasting and historical styles is Traditional. It definitely did not earn that name for being “out of the ordinary”, this style is calm, well organized, and familiar. Traditional is a classic style designed to be symmetrical, with smooth curves, and subtle angles. Traditional fabrics and pattern are usually found to be floral and paisley and in a mid- range of color, while the finishes are medium to dark wood.
On the opposite end of the style spectrum we have Modern. Which is simple and clean, lacking detail and color, you may find pieces consisting of geometric shapes with smooth surfaces. Less is more with this style. Contemporary styles are similar to Modern styles, consisting of sleek and smooth surfaces but include a wider range of color and finish. Contemporary is more casual and geared towards comfort.
Transitional combines traditional and contemporary. Fabric and pattern are more contemporary with a textured look or graphic pattern, while finishes are more updated. One example would be adding textured metal accents. These pieces use traditional lines with minor tweaking, giving it a sophisticated look with a traditional feel. This includes bold accentuated forms and dynamic shapes with an emphasis on silhouette and form. In example, you would find curves and clean lines, which would lack ornamental designs.
All in all, there are no actual rules to designing a room. It’s all about style and function. Many rooms are designed to be an eclectic mix of styles. If you fancy a more traditional feel, a designer may throw in some transitional pieces to add a fresh look while keeping to tradition so to speak. You may really enjoy a cozy rustic vibe but want to combine some sleek contemporary pieces for contrast sake. All in all, everyone has their own taste as to what they see their selves living in. Sometimes you may not know what you like, but a designer can assist you in finding those “oooohs” and “ahhhs” and perhaps help blend taste with style.

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