4 Tips to Combine Opposing Design Styles.

4 Tips to Combine Opposing Design Styles.

Our design team was recently challenged with an interesting question: “what do I do if my partner has a different accessorizing style?” – A question that is more common than you realize.  


Although moving in with your partner is an exciting and monumental milestone, you are challenged with the ultimate task of blending two different décor styles into a functional, inviting home. In this case, one client was drawn to a modern and minimalist approach while the other leaned towards over-accessorizing and filling every available space.  


If you are going through the process of combining your interior design style with your significant other’s, here are four helpful tips to create a space that reflects both of your styles and personalities.  

Start with a Google search. 


The internet is your friend. Start by looking for inspiration on Pinterest or pages like Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Apartment Therapy, to mention a few. The choices are endless, but it will offer inspiration and help you determine your design style. The more inspiration you can find, the more you will be able to dissect what it is you like about the different design styles.  

Model suite at the Via Bloor community. Photography by Tom Malone.

Take your cue from the overall style of your home. 


Review your home room by room and determine what do you want from the space. Do you have collectibles you would like to display? Are you a book lover? Memories from your travels? Find accessories and styles you both agree on and build from there. If a room feels overwhelming, then break it down further to a space within a room, such as kitchen counter, dining table, or hallway sideboard table. This can help you focus on what works within that unique micro area and consider furniture piece, placement, and composition.  

Model suite at the Via Bloor community. Photography by Tom Malone.

The rule of 3 


The rule simply states that accessories arranged in odd numbers are more visually appealing to the human eye. In contrast, things grouped in even numbers tend to look staged with too much symmetry. Three appears to be the “magic” number but five or seven work well. 

Model suite at the Via Bloor community. Photography by Tom Malone.

Good design knows when to add and when to subtract.  


Too many accessories may feel like clutter and too little may feel too impersonal. A good rule of thumb would be to consider scale. It’s often better to have a few curated and larger pieces, rather than many small pieces just to fill a space. Just like jewelry, accessories give your overall design that sparkle and finishing touch to make your space feel elevated.   

Model suite at the Via Bloor community. Photography by Tom Malone.

While there are endless options to mix two completely opposite design styles, these four tips are a great way to start designing a space that embodies both of your personalities.   

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Tridel's Principal Interior Designer, Stella Salvador

Stella Salvador, Principal Interior Designer 

For Stella, Home is a creative laboratory: a personal sanctuary that fosters health, productive energy and creative thought. Stella credits empathy, honesty and travel and design inspirations. Her signature style is unconsciously comfortable with an elevated aesthetic.

Jim Stoops, Director Design Services

Jim believes in ignoring the rules and creating spaces that are personal and tailored to the client. His design style leans toward layered, saturated spaces with an identifiable history. His pro-tip: in small open concept spaces, make the kitchen as seamless and integrated as possible.