Interior Design: Create Character With Contrast

Rustic and modern, casual and formal … mixing contradictory design elements makes rooms add up to much more than the sum of their parts

Before undertaking any design project, it is important to have a direction in mind. But sometimes being too formulaic can feel predictable. The definition of juxtaposition is “the state of being side by side.” In the design world, the connotation of juxtaposition is that those side-by-side elements might seem contradictory at first but, when combined properly, take the room to a whole new level. It’s a fine line, but when executed well, juxtaposition keeps things fresh and ensures that your scheme doesn’t feel boring. Adding a whimsical spin to a formal room or a traditional piece to a modern space can liven the whole house. Here are a few of our favorite ways to utilize juxtaposition to give you home a flair all its own.

Kitchen contemporary kitchen
White Kitchen, Stained Island with Bianco Antico Granite, Cork Floors contemporary kitchen
Blasen Gardens traditional landscape
Architecture and Interior Design contemporary dining room

Source: Written by Beth Woodson and Kristy Harvey, the mother and daughter behind the blog Design Chic (

About Sutton Lipman

Sutton Lipman Costanza is a native Nashvillian and a second generation REALTOR. She is excited and proud to be a part of The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty team. Sutton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University. Before selling real estate, she worked at Centerstone, a community-based behavioral health care organization in Nashville. In her free time, Sutton enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, practicing Spanish, knitting and playing tennis. or 615.438.6149
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