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modern furniture mixology

Don’t despair over the decorative crown molding in your new rental—or the starkness of all white walls—an eclectic mix could be the answer to these decorating dilemmas.

Since the eye can get lazy looking over a room with monotonous decor, substituting unexpected pieces can spark visual interest—and energy. The key is the right friction, not clashes, between styles, colors and textures.

For example, if your living room is filled solely with antique furniture and Ikat rugs, simply swap out the chairs for more streamlined versions like scan lounge. Vintage pieces will appear even more unique and the combinations will express your personality.

ikat weaving

This also works in reverse. Interiors with strictly modern furnishings can sometimes feel cold or uninviting so adding an heirloom or flea market find can help it feel warm and casual.

The sleek finish of a city slicker table and the high contrast graphics of a wire rug would be cool without a more approachable accent piece like your grandmother’s chair. Creating a current look by accentuating textures and patterns is just one way to balance personal and style sensibilities.

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Photo: Smart J,

wire rug

If mixing is a challenge, does this help? Or care to share ideas that worked?

Thanks to todd, store designer, west hollywood, for this submission.

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