I recently wrote about blending two disparate interior design styles, like traditional and modern, to help couples develop a style based on compromise. But that was only scratching the surface. The thing is, every couple is different, and every design style is different, even if it’s lumped into a broad category like traditional or modern — there will always be personal nuances that slightly alter every space.
To create a pleasing design balance, some designers use the 80/20 rule, in which a room represents 80 percent of one style and 20 percent of a contrasting look. But creating a life together is more of a 50/50 proposition. Sometimes 60/40, sometimes 40/60, but overall it’s a balancing game.
I don’t get hung up on the percentages, but the key is to create a successful result that respects each individual. Working with two people’s styles when the styles have little in common can be a source of conflict, but this can also be an opportunity to create a new look with elements common to both.
Read Judith Taylor’s article on Houzz.