How to Combine Different Decorative Styles

Believe it or not, it is possible to combine several different decorative styles into your home. Say goodbye to the conventional, dare to incorporate new and exciting elements into your decor, and you can reate a house with a difference, giving it your own unique and original flair.
How to Combine Different Decorative Styles

Last update: 28 January, 2021

People often talk about interior decorating styles as if you had to pick just one. But this isn’t necessarily the case. Believe it or not, you can incorporate several different decorative styles into the same house, or even the same room. Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to do it. We’ll tell you everything you need to know in this article.

We’ll also take a look at some of the best examples of stylistic fusion. You’ll see just how spectacular the results can be. But before we get to that, let’s take a step-by-step look at how to go about combining different styles in your home.

1. Combining different decorative styles: who dares wins

Japandi style decor is a fusion of two different decorative styles: Scandinavian and Japanese.

If you want to incorporate different decorative styles into your home, you’ve got to be bold. Choosing just one type of furniture, two or three colors, and a few simple decorative elements is the easy option. The results won’t be bad, but they also won’t be anything different from what you can see in hundreds of other homes.

From now on, we want to encourage you to try out new looks. Even if you think they’re too different, try mixing new colors and patterns. Look for the vintage, the modern, or the abstract. The only rule is that there are no rules. Doing the same thing you’ve always done won’t make your home stand out. The only way to do it is to try something new. Remember: who dares wins.

2. Creating stylistic fusion

A fusion living room.

One of the most common mistakes people make comes from a misunderstanding of what creating stylistic fusion actually means. In attempting to combine different styles, they instead create rooms that are split into separate areas, each decorated in a different style.

When we talk about stylistic fusion, we don’t mean creating a rustic corner in a minimalist style room or combining a shabby chic dining room with an industrial style living room.

Stylistic fusion is all about combining styles within the same space. It is about creating a union between seemingly different elements, to create one harmonious and beautiful look.

3. Play around with colors and materials

Incorporate different decorative styles to create your own unique look.

Colors and materials are one of the most important aspects to keep in mind when it comes to combining different decorative styles. It is these elements that will give your home that unique and original touch.

There are two ways to create stylistic fusion, depending on the look you’re going for. The first option is to include objects that are of a completely different style to the rest of the room, choosing bright, eye-catching colors that break with the overall color scheme. This is a really daring look, that will never fail to turn heads.

The second option is to incorporate elements of a different style while sticking to your chosen color pallet. This will still create a really original look, but it’s more subtle and understated than the first method. Neither option is better than the other; it simply depends on your personal taste, and the effect you want to create.

Combining different decorative styles: examples

Rustic and industrial fusion.

In the above image, you can see a fusion between the rustic and the industrial style. This is a really bold look. It might not be for everyone, but it’s guaranteed to make your home stand out.

In this example, the designer has incorporated the rustic style by incorporating wooden furniture. To create a sense of harmony, wooden elements have been used throughout the room. At the same time, they have managed to maintain that industrial feel by incorporating some typical industrial elements. No industrial style home would be complete without those concrete and metal walls.

A shabby chic and minimalist fusion.

In the above image, you can see a combination of two styles that most people would consider polar opposites: minimalist and shabby chic. The minimalist influence is immediately obvious – the room is all but empty. The only pieces of furniture in the room are shabby chic in style – an armchair, a mirror, and a low side table decorated with flowers.

The combination of white decor and large windows works well with both these styles. As a result, they serve to unite the two, creating a real sense of harmony. As for the flowers, they are an essential part of the shabby chic look. However, because they are discreet and understated, they also work perfectly with the minimalist style.


Integrating different decorative styles into your home is a great option. Be bold, break the mold, and dare to create a new and exciting fusion of elements. Follow the rules we’ve outlined in this article, and you can’t fail to create an original and beautiful look.