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Blending His and Her Styles
Columnist Kathy Peterson - KathyPeterson.com

I think one of the most challenging design questions I receive are often about mixing his stuff with her stuff.  Yep, it can be a fine line blending a he/she room so hereís a solution that always works.

THE POWER IN COLOR

Donít underestimate the power of color. By blending his and her colors, youíll replenish the energy in the room.   In this example, brown, black and off-white are the key  color components in this room.  The brown walls set the stage for this room as a neutral his/her backdrop.  The black chest plays off the wall yet anchors the room and definitely reflects ďhisĒ style.  While the white chair creates a relaxed and casual refuge for ďherĒ.   

SET THE MOOD WITH STYLE

Mood in a room can stem from many influences.  Whether its texture, deep colors, wood tones, lighting, glass, or accessories, it's nice to come home to a sumptuous space that blends his and her styles.  

KEEP IT BALANCED

Donít be afraid to mix styles.  Unify the room by working with what you already have then fine tune and pair down the look using similar color palettes.   Implement small portions of his and her accessories into the blend.  For example, a white desk for her and an iron candle stand for him.  Continue this balanced look using accessories that work for both sexes like mirrors, live plants, picture frames, clocks, books, and artwork.

COVER IT UP

If working with upholstered furniture that isnít the right color or if the piece is in poor condition, consider using slip covers in neutral colors to make it work in the space.  This is a great way to cover up what you have and mix and match pieces of various styles.  And my favorite fixer upper---Paint!  Donít be afraid to paint furniture to give it a fresh new look.
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Kathy Peterson is a celebrity design/lifestyle expert, national TV host and product developer/licensor. Peterson has made 100+ TV guest appearances on HGTV, DIY Network, PBS, TNN, The Discovery Channel and E-TV. 

Kathyís designs have also been featured in numerous women's publications and celebrity Oscar Gift Bags. She is frequently quoted in a variety of newspapers and magazine such as USA Weekend, Woman's Day, Chicago Tribune, RedBook and Cosmopolitan Magazine.  She is author of 5 books with her most recent book titled

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