How to blend different styles in the kitchen

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Today's trend goes by the name of 'mix and match'

The latest trend to flood the world of furnishing goes by the name of 'mix and match' or 'cross over' and talks about cross contaminations and blended styles.

The kitchen is an environment that consists of a great many different elements

This characteristic can be exploited positively to create experimental matches that can also be in great contrast.

Blends of different materials
The kitchen is an environment that consists of a great many different elements – doors, shelves, electrical appliances – often in different materials.

This characteristic can be exploited positively to create experimental matches that can also be in great contrast.

If wood and tiles are a winning team, equally steel and wood can rise to this challenge.
In the example shown above, modern steel electrical appliances integrate perfectly in the wooden unit, creating a sort of modern-country effect.

And the aesthetic result to the left is even more defined, where the lacquered door in a grey aluminium finish is exalted and enhanced by the contrasting boiserie background.
Transversal furniture
In the kitchen, and particularly for open-space environments, multipurpose furniture is much in demand.
We are talking about cupboards, elements that are now available in a huge range of different models.
These 'bridging elements' between the two environments are very useful for different reasons: they add storage space, can become a natural 'separé' between the two areas or, on the contrary, an important joining solution.


The photo to the top shows the pop style of the cupboard blending perfectly with the orange doors and the colours used in the living room, giving this room, in particular, a beautifully bubbly flair.

In addition to the cupboards, shelves can also be transversal elements.
Take the photo to the left, for example, where they are used to fill or use otherwise 'problematic' spaces, or add personality to the overall look of the room.
Contrast also accentuates style
In an ambiance where contrasts of materials and colours are often used, choosing the right details can help emphasise the style.
When, as we were explaining previously, wood is set alongside modern steel, a unique effect can be obtained with a classic accessory such as a chandelier or lamp (coordinated with the wood and in contrast with the steel).
In a super-decorated kitchen that recalls the aesthetics of the 1970s (like the model shown in the photo to the right), the result is one of perfect balance if blended with shades (in the walls and floors) that are far more minimal.
But there is nothing to stop us taking absolute liberties with accessories recalling the trends of recent years, like small vintage electrical appliances.
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