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Design from A to Z: J is for Juxtaposition

by Lauren Chorpening

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While Design*Sponge believes there are no rules when it comes to designing a personal, beautiful home, most of the design world disagrees. There’s a method, reason and rule behind almost every piece brought into a design. Rules on color, era, scale, style, texture and material keep things from feeling off. The most curious and fun loophole to the rules is juxtaposition. Pairing things that are so opposite, it somehow works. “So wrong it’s right” is the perfect phrase when it comes to describing interiors with juxtaposition. To some, these designs might be off-putting or a little uncomfortable, but they sure are intriguing. Really beautiful things (the Louvre, for one) have happened in design when instead of going with the status-quo, designers take it to the other extreme.

To show our gratitude for these rebellious designers, homeowners and artists, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite uses of juxtaposition in the home. These spaces go far beyond eclectic and showcase truly genius match-ups. Are you a style purist, an eclectic, or do you push the limits and juxtapose in your space? Scroll through and see if any of the unique combos speak to you. Enjoy! –Lauren

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Jonathan Adler’s Director of Interiors, Benjamin Brougham, knows a thing or two about creating eye-catching spaces. His office in his Brooklyn, NY loft features a huge jump in scale from the desk and accessories to the oversized table lamp. The contrast in size is playful and obviously intentional to anyone that visits his home.

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Paulo and Josh’s Washington, D.C. home is a beautiful reflection of the couple’s style. Their living room walls have an unfinished, bare bones look while their furniture is a mix of traditional Eastern and Western design in perfect condition.

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A hot pink modern sofa with a textural wallpapered backdrop sits perpendicular to a classic round-arm beige sofa with a plain beige wall behind it in Kate Hawkins’ London home. The contrast between the two walls is striking.

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From the architectural elements and the stately furniture, you’d expect the artwork to reflect grandeur as well. Artist Sharlene Kayne has used the formal presence of the home to set off her whimsical and unexpected artwork even more.

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Annika’s Minneapolis, MN home is a place for her imagination to run wild. Her 100-year-old building with stately columns, linear door frames and tiled floors has been given a whole new personality with artful additions of color and lines that wouldn’t have been seen in its original era.

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An ornate Spanish revival dining chair sits under a modern A-frame desk. The pairing is completely unexpected but for Mary Beth, she loves bringing pieces together that seem just odd enough to work.

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Rustic and vintage glamor aren’t styles that are often seen together. Their very aesthetics feel opposite. Sabin Ousey has paired the two in a way that looks so charming and cohesive, you might believe glamor has always been rough and rugged.

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Holley Simmons isn’t afraid of trying new things. In her home, the detailed, original wood fireplace sits on the bold orange wall next to a bright blue industrial stackable chair.

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While a few elements in Light Lab could be called out as juxtapositions, the one that feels most dominant is the design of a fully furnished, glamorous, cozy living room sitting in the middle of a very open, industrial warehouse with brick walls and cement floors.

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Comments

  • All homes are amazing! But my personal favorite is the one of Holley Simmons – a lot of color, details and ornaments, but the overall picture and feeling is right :)

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