Play Against Type

By Kellye Crocker

Whatever your design aesthetic—classic, contemporary or in between—popping in a piece from a contrasting style adds depth and energy to a room. “No matter what style you have, mixing it up creates a more personalized, updated space,” says Kelli Schulz, owner and CEO of K. Renee Home. “We get caught up in these labels—traditional, modern—but what is your style? What new piece speaks to you? This opens the door. There aren’t any rules.”

No one is saying you should buy something in a style you loathe just to be trendy. (As if you would.) This is about reimagining options, perhaps taking a risk. You might be pleasantly surprised. You might fall in love.

Because the traditional market is big in Des Moines, we asked Schulz and K. Renee Home designer Julie Ross to illustrate the contrast trend by picking three contemporary pieces from the store that play well with classics:

West Table ($1,175): A twist on the traditional two-drawer console/desk, with a slender, open base and mix of textures (chrome legs, color-blocked cowhide).

Eleanor Crystal Light ($1,758): The classic chandelier “lightens up” with a streamlined, airy design; clear cut-crystal beads cast a cooler tone compared to vintage-y amber glass; and the champagne finish works with what you have, including oil-rubbed bronze, brass, gold and nickel finishes.

Becknell Chest ($2,065): Mirrored furniture is a traditional staple, but the geometric pattern shoots this three-drawer chest in a contemporary direction.

For more design trends, check out “Design Trends We Love,” a recent post on Ross’ inspiring blog, The Light of Style.

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