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.
For wall-to-wall closet doors, mirrors are a great choice. They make this guest room appear twice its size.
Double-duty accessories like a cozy throw or water carafe are both stylish and thoughtful for guests.
A single piece of art can serve as a focal point for an entire wall.
Serving trays are great in any room of the house. They add focus to groupings of small accessories and offer stability on soft surfaces.
A neutral color palette offers the perfect opportunity to bring in texture as seen here with the tile backspalsh.
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.
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.
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.
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.