The more we travel and spend time in hotels and Airbnbs, the more important a feeling of hominess becomes in our own houses. We love straight-forward, structured elements, geometric forms and neutral tones, and yet we still long for a certain something, a touch of extravagance, perhaps. For us, home should tell a story—a story about our personality and the individual style of the resident, with items from their past and present. Let’s be honest, there is nothing more uninviting (or boring) than an apartment that looks like it came straight out of a furniture catalogue.

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For us, a home has to tell a story. That is why we attach great importance to a mix of modern furniture and personal elements in the interior design. How this works, we show here.

Living space with personality

An interior design that stays eternally the same gets old pretty quickly. The design concept of an apartment requires constant development—just like other aspects of our lives. It needs growth and change, which sometimes also means parting with certain possessions. So that we can tell our story continuously, we need to harness our powers of intuition, creativity and style. Interior design is a lot like fashion; it’s not about one piece alone, rather combining that piece with others for a complete look. Similarly, when styling an apartment, the focus is not on individual pieces of furniture, because no matter how beautiful a table, chair or light may be, it will only truly come to life in the right setting.

Clashing styles brings a special edge

In Duden the word „Stilbruch,“ or stylistic inconsistency, is defined as “the use of different styles [or] stylistic elements, that do not belong together.”; a definition that at first doesn’t seem to help us in creating a visually harmonious and united interior design. However, it is precisely this approach that makes a combination of supposedly clashing styles so exciting and unpredictable: it is these small breaks in style (whether made consciously or unconsciously) that give a room its individual character and personality. Quirks give a room the rough edges necessary to make visitors pause and admire (and quite possibly envy) the individuality of your apartment.

How to combine different styles

Though we believe that an interior design reflects the personality and intuitive choices of the individuals living in the space, and that there shouldn’t be set rules or patterns, we’ve put together a few simple tips on how to combine different styles and advice on what might be a little tricky:

1 Be bold 

Before doing any research, we asked ourselves which styles we could easily put together in our minds. We came up with an answer pretty quickly: all of them. Now how to put it professionally? Nothing’s a must, but everything is possible. You might be thinking ‚easier said than done, ‘ but we find that all styles can be combined tastefully. Sleek and geometric and Nordic design furniture combined with natural forms and whimsical southern elements? Why not?

2 Don’t shy away from old pieces

If we had to describe our own style, we’d say modern purism meets Scandinavian design classics. It’s true, we love all things modern and abstract and even still we always look for pieces with history: design classics with tradition and materials that provide comfort and warmth. A mix of old and new pieces creates a deeper feeling of personality than a 100% unified, thoroughly coordinated look. These ‘imperfections’ are often what delivers the tension and excitement in a room. Even if an heirloom or an element from another stylistic epoch doesn’t seem to fit into the big picture at first glance, it is usually just a question of framing it in the right setting.

3 Be patient

A mistake that we’ve all made out of sheer impatience: buying the wrong piece for the sake of filling a gap in the corner or on the wall.  We know it’s frustrating to live in a half-finished apartment, but creating a cohesive interior design is a process and it may take longer than we’d like. Hasty purchases that are made as more of a compromise to get the work done will only leave you feeling unhappy with your overall interior design in the long run. Search, research and skillfully negotiate to ensure that you are investing in a piece of furniture that will be an asset to our home, not a temporary solution. It’s a bit like love, you’ll know it when the right one comes along.

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4 Play with colors and patterns

To be honest, we’re the kind of people that are very rarely impressed by loud colours and patterns. But with one point in mind, we have set out to give colours another chance, and here’s why. To incorporate colour, you don’t need to paint the walls a shocking blue or green. Often a few colour accents as accessories or textiles are enough to create a pleasant contrast, while still ensuring a harmonious and calm atmosphere. Colourful abstract art, a coloured element or simply a green plant can provide that tiny little splash of colour that’s been missing. Even colourful furniture (we are fascinated by a tone-on-tone design for furniture and walls) ensure more depth in a room. Give it a try!

5 Choosing the right materials 

A classic and not surprisingly one of our all-time favourite materials: of course we’re talking about wood. Wood lends a room warmth and, especially in combination with black, provides rich visual contrast. But be careful not to combine too many different types of wood in varying styles, as it will create an uneasy and disorganised feel. For those who want to play it safe, you can never go wrong with a sleek, monochromatic furniture piece, particularly in white. We also recommend materials in natural colours, such as wool, linen or rattan, that provide a cozy feeling and really make an apartment feel like home.

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