Contemporary Condo Compromise

Blending two design styles can be a challenge so when an engaged couple purchased a condo to update, it proved interesting to see where on the sliding scale of traditional (her) to contemporary (him) they ended up.

Contemporary Meets Traditional

The key to blending two design styles is finding elements that both people can be happy with -- especially the large pieces of furniture like sofas and dining sets.

Shades of Color

Pick a single color and run with it. A lighter shade on the walls makes the space feel big and airy while accent pieces in a much darker hue create striking contrast.

Magic Mirrors

For wall-to-wall closet doors, mirrors are a great choice. They make this guest room appear twice its size.

Warm Welcome

Double-duty accessories like a cozy throw or water carafe are both stylish and thoughtful for guests.

Focal Point

A single piece of art can serve as a focal point for an entire wall.

Tray Chic

Serving trays are great in any room of the house. They add focus to groupings of small accessories and offer stability on soft surfaces.

Neutral Interest

A neutral color palette offers the perfect opportunity to bring in texture as seen here with the tile backspalsh.

Bold Flooring

The condo's neutral color scheme left plenty of room for the floor to have a bold personality.

Formal (or Informal) Entertaining

The open layout of this condo creates a great flow for entertaining.

Contemporary Twist

Pieces that have a traditional look with contemporary elements (or visa versa) are ideal when blending design styles.

Defining a Space

An area rug helps to define and anchor a seating area.

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Flexible Seating

In a great room space, plan for a variety of seating options. The arm chair seen here can swivel, allowing guests to always feel part of the conversation no matter which room it's in.

Sleek Surround

You can set the tone for a space with the materials you choose. Here, stacked stone on the fireplace was replaced with large, gray subway tiles, creating a much more contemporary look.