Day: September 2, 2020

How to Mix Styles and Materials in Your Home

Photo credit: Lucas Allen
Photo credit: Lucas Allen

From House Beautiful

Photo credit: Lauren Tamaki
Photo credit: Lauren Tamaki

Suffice it to say, Jamie Drake loves a healthy mix. “I think that any room that is a snapshot of one moment in time, whether it is 1740 or 2020, is a missed opportunity to think about other ages, places, and cultures,” says the designer. A richer, more timeless space can be conjured through a medley of materials (incorporated through mixing styles and eras)—it’s why Drake is always looking for variety in his designs.

“Being a designer is akin to being a painter, just in three dimensions,” Drake posits. “And so when I am working on a scheme, I’m always envisioning how things come together and sit next to each other—just as any great painter might be, say, working with a palette of primarily blue and wondering, Where do I put that one splash of red, just to shake

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