Should All Rooms in a House Have the Same Style?

Having the same style in every room of your house can become aesthetically monotonous. Experimenting with different styles lends a touch of originality to your décor, helping it to pop and stand out. It is important, however, to pick styles that complement each other for a cohesive look.   

While different styles open up a huge opportunity to let your creative juices flow, it is important to have continuity in what you do. Having different styles in rooms without any underlying plan can get too chaotic, making your home feel more like a home décor store than a cohesive unit.

In this article, we will discuss how you can mix and match styles in different rooms of your house to create a unique and exciting look. So, let’s get going, shall we?

Can you mix styles in your house?

You can mix styles in your house to give it a unique, appealing, and inviting look. Mixing furniture styles and using on-trend color schemes can do wonders for your interior/outdoor design. It allows you to develop a signature look that has a splash of your personality and unique taste.  

While mixing styles in different rooms of your house might seem appealing, it can be tricky to achieve. It takes much thought, planning, and, more importantly, creativity to make your home look coordinated rather than a confusing hodgepodge of conflicting styles.

One of the best things about not opting to match all the rooms of your house is that it allows you a great degree of freedom while decorating each room. For instance, while opting for a more traditional style living room, you can give a modern touch to your kitchen with this ultra-chic Slice Oak Dining Table from The opportunities are endless!

You can also play around with colors, opting for conventional shades of white and pearl in your living space and bolder shades for your kitchen or bedrooms.

With an option to create different styles for different rooms in your house, you also get to play with different textures and patterns to give your furniture a unique look. Take this Rebecca Wood Arm Chair from, for instance.

The leatherette upholstery complementing the ash wood legs is an embodiment of the modern minimalistic design that can be a great fit for a modern living space.

You are not confined to a single color palette throughout your house with different styles. You can pick colors that are best for a given room rather than being forced to use the same colors repeatedly. 

Room matching pros and cons

It’s not all bad when it comes to room matching, either. Having all the rooms in your house with the same style does have its advantages:

  • With more uniformity throughout the house, it is easier to create a cohesive look
  • You can get away with your entire home being painted with the same color
  • You can also use similar style furniture in all your rooms
  • Matching styles work best for open-plan homes where styling each space can be quite difficult

That said, matching styles have certain disadvantages as well:

  • Having matching furniture throughout your house can feel dated and flat
  • You will have to sacrifice the idea that each room should have its personality
  • It would be impossible to use different colors and patterns of furniture to decorate other rooms of your house
  • You can better utilize the space available in each room if you use different styles.

How to create a cohesive style in your house?

When designing a home with different style rooms, the one crucial thing is to maintain a sense of cohesion in your design language. Each room you plan should flow into the next one seamlessly without disruptions.

You need to think of every space so that the overall vibe of your home is consistent and does not look like a mess of different styles jumbled together.

Here are four things that all cohesive home designs have in common:

1. The color scheme

The color of a room is one of the first things you will notice when you enter a room. If the colors of all your rooms are not complementary, they will not connect. You can vary the color and the number of things in one particular color to avoid all the rooms looking alike and uninspiring.

For instance, if you have blue-colored accents in your bedroom, try incorporating shades of blue elsewhere in your home. For example, you can have a blue area rug in the kitchen to match the blue accents in your bedroom.

That said, it is equally crucial not to make your rooms look like a box of Crayola! The entire house should have a maximum of 3-5 colors. Anything beyond five colors can throw off the whole aesthetic, making the design look chaotic and a little busy.

Make one color a “primary” color in your home and pick other colors complimenting it. As a rule of thumb, the primary color should make up at least 50% of your whole scheme of colors. Secondary and tertiary colors should be between 25% to 50%.

People also tend to overuse accent colors. Remember, accent colors are there to add a splash, and use them sparingly.

Once you decide on a color palette, you can design the whole room around these colors. Select furniture that goes well with the colors and neither blends into them nor sticks out like a sore thumb!

2. Set a well-defined style

It is equally important to have set and defined styles that you are going for in each of your rooms. There is no shortage of styles; head over to Pinterest, and you will know what I mean! But the challenge is picking the style that fits your scheme of things.

Just throwing things together often results in a mess that does not gel well.

Avoid using contrasting styles for rooms that are next to each other. For instance, avoid having a modern living space next to a farmhouse-inspired kitchen design. Nothing will go together, and you will not be able to achieve the design harmony that you desire.

3. Well-thought-out floor plan

I can’t understate the importance of the floor plan if you are thinking of designing a mixed-style home.

Keeping the natural traffic flow in your home from one room to the next is crucial. It is also important to arrange the furniture in clusters to create conversation areas throughout.

One of the worst things you can do while arranging the furniture is to line it along the walls. If you have larger rooms, try putting furniture away from the walls near each other so that people feel welcome to have conversations.

Your goal should be to create a design that, although different in each room, carries a certain central theme that ties everything together.

4. Be consistent with materials

One of the easiest ways to give your home a cohesive look is to repeat the same materials throughout the house. For example, if you have velvet throw pillows in your bedroom, try to incorporate the same material in other rooms differently.

Maybe, you can have velvet drapes in your living room that complement the velvet pillows in your bedroom.

Doing this will allow you to tie the look together without being too “matchy”! You can also do the same thing with patterns and designs. You can repeat materials like linen, leather, or faux fur and patterns like stripes or geometric patterns to pull off that cohesive look.

Here are a few additional tips for creating a cohesive style:

  • Don’t get stuck in one style. If you think the styles you chose don’t go well, it might be a good idea to experiment with a different one.
  • You can even have multiple styles within one single room as well. Just follow the 80-20 rule. Keep 80% of the room in one class and mix and match the remaining 20% to find the perfect look.
  • Adding art to your walls can help your different styles come together seamlessly.

Wrapping up

Having different styles in different rooms of your house can be a great way to keep your décor looking fresh, appealing, and inviting. While getting carried away with so many options is easy, you must remember that cohesiveness is equally important.

Having different kinds of furniture can tie your styles together to create a masterpiece you will be proud of!

If you are redecorating your house and looking for the perfect pieces of furniture to make things come together, visit Viesso’s online store to browse through hundreds of hand-picked designs.

1 comment

  • This is the best article that explains 2 different styles. I’m remodeling and a friend thinks every room in the house should be painted in the same color. I’m eclectic and want to have the things that I like in each room.


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