Chelsea townhouse living room with marble mantelpiece via The New York Times

How to Mix Styles for the Brooklyn Brownstone Look

As a historic borough and the epicenter of the affluent artisan movement, Brooklyn is home to a unique design style that effortlessly combines pre-war architecture and organic, modern décor. Interested in recreating the look in your home? Read on for our tips!

Use Molding Panels to Frame Modern Wallpaper

Park Slope brownstone with Greek key wallpaper by Brooklyn Home Co

In this Park Slope brownstone, The Brooklyn Home Company highlighted the wall paneling by lining each rectangle with a tone-on-tone Greek key wallpaper pattern. Though all the original moldings are preserved, the space feels fresh and current, thanks to graphic prints and bright colors.

If you don’t happen to reside in a 200-year-old building, you can still get the look! Molding panels are relatively easy to install, and using them to frame out wallpaper is a budget-friendly way to add a luxe, custom element to your home.

Get a similar look:

Schumacher Greek Key Sisal Silver Wallpaper 751101 Peking Handicraft Maroc Embroidered Pillow Taupe Down Fill Jaipur Cat22 Temple Blue Ivory Rug 262147
Pine Cone Hill Hoot Decorative Pillow 22x22 207418 Kravet 29758 KF Des Uph Velvet 3 Fabric 5750 Peking Handicraft Skin Border Embroidered Pillow Black Down Fill 176287

Combine Mid-Century and Transitional

Cobble Hill townhouse by Blair Harris Interior Design

Blair Harris Interior Design kept the parquet flooring and marble mantelpiece in this Cobble Hill townhouse, but modernized the space with mid-century elements like a wood and brass wall unit, a brass six-arm chandelier and a Danish-inspired coffee table. The neutral armchair and linen-slipcovered sofa keep the room from going too mod, and the botanical wallpaper provides a light and airy contrast to the dark built-ins.

Cobble Hill townhouse by Blair Harris Interior Design

Mid-century modern décor looks fabulous paired with pre-war details, but if you don’t want to dive all the way into the 1950s/1960s look, transitional furniture (a mix between traditional and contemporary) will even things out.

Get a similar look:

Cole and Son 99 12050 Fontaine Bleau Fuchsia Wallpaper 180487 Schumacher Firenze Greige Fabric 148921 Jaipur CAA05 Reina Blue Rug 262117
Peking Handicraft Taupe Chrysanthemum Linen Pillow 176638 Fabricut 0210701 Nevelson Stripe Linen Fabric 124534 Peking Handicraft Wauwinet Berry Burgundy Embroidered Pillow Down Fill 176232

Find a Unifying Element

Chelsea townhouse living room with marble mantelpiece via The New York Times

This relaxed-chic home is technically in Chelsea, not Brooklyn, but it so clearly personifies the traditional-meets-organic vibe that we had to include it anyway. The 1950s rattan ottoman, Scandinavian chairs and custom marble coffee table are perfectly balanced with an antique mirror, oversized original windows, and a white oak sofa.

When mixing different styles of furniture, it helps to unify the pieces with at least one element. In this case, it’s the height – everything is low and laid-back.

Get a similar look:

Kravet Electrify Tulip Fabric 122385 Karastan Panache Serengeti Gallery Black Rug 187026 Peking Handicraft Anza Magenta Embroidered Down Filled Pillow 1763351
Ralph Lauren LFY62123F Regent Stripe Fabric Jaipur Nal05 Adesina Taupe Tan Rug 262828 Jaipur Tab03 Tabby Solid 01 Ivory White Pillow

Keep It Simple

Ali Cayne West Village townhouse with yellow velvet sofas via Domino

When the color palette is limited, it allows for more creativity in patterns and styles, as seen in this sun-kissed townhouse. Natural light pours in from both ends of the building, and the warm woods, antiqued gold tones and soft yellows feel right at home. With only black and white as accents, it’s easy to combine a tribal rug and a crystal chandelier. They’re united by the consistency in hues.

Neutral gallery wall and herringbone floors in Ali Cayne West Village townhouse via Domino

To replicate this look in your home, choose one consistent color family for your furniture and finishes, then layer in contrasting elements like art and throw pillows to your heart’s content.

Get a similar look:

Jaipur BR51 Giotto Yellow Black Rug 262100 Peking Handicraft Stripe Brown on White Embroidered Down Fill Pillow 176239 Ralph Lauren LCF65065F Apsley House Embroidered Etching Fabric
Clarke and Clarke Creek Charcoal Fabric 190717 Scalamandre 30217-008 Pisanello Canary Fabric Beacon Hill Shara Ikat Black and White Fabric

Which one of these stylish spaces is your favorite?

Photo Sources: The Brooklyn Home Company, Blair Harris Interior Design, The New York Times Style Magazine, Domino.

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One thought on “How to Mix Styles for the Brooklyn Brownstone Look

  1. Great tips, I love the open concept in the first room but the last one definitely has my heart. Simple, clean and classy with pops of color & beautiful architecture.

    Lauren Baxter | LB Designs

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