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Modern fusion style will help to bring comfort to the apartment. It implies the fusion of several directions of design thought, allowing you to create an interior that is more saturated than minimalism suggests, but at the same time, not overloaded with details. When decorating a home in this style, you fill it with various elements that create a sense of harmony.
Fusion was “born” in the 80s-90s of the last century on the fusion of cultures, styles and traditions, therefore, designers, decorating the space, can use various forms and technologies. The basic principle of this popular design is called complete freedom of choice of materials and colors for the premises. But at the same time, all components: furnishings, decor elements, decoration, accessories should create a feeling of complete harmony. By combining different genres, the designer goes beyond the rigid framework that is dictated by, for example, art deco or Victorian styles, pushing boundaries, linking objects not by functionality, but by emotional components.
A certain touch of bohemianism brings fusion into a trend of popularity. Quite complex color schemes emphasize exquisite decorative elements. When decorating, you can experiment with lighting, the texture of finishing materials and textiles. But mixing is by no means chaotic – it is a creative process that creates a unique holistic composition, where all the details are subordinated to a common idea and are connected by a “storyline”.
Unlike eclecticism, fusion combines not similar directions, but completely different ones, allowing you to get unique interiors. They will not have strict horizontal and vertical lines, but multi-level surfaces are assumed (these are suspended ceilings, and all kinds of podiums and elevations).
Often, adjacent rooms are combined into one, for example, the living room flows smoothly into the kitchen, and the bedroom “merges” with the library. Designers can highlight certain functional areas with different materials: cut stone, wood panels, tiles, decorative plaster, wallpaper or painted plasterboard.
Instead of calm tones typical of classics and minimalism, bright and saturated colors dominate here. The most often chosen are green, ultramarine, golden, turquoise, purple, shades of fuchsia and raspberry, red-brown, diluting them with gray, white and black. Other warm colors are also welcome. However, to prevent fusion from turning into something resembling the lurid drawings of a two-year-old “artist” who got to the box of paints, you must strictly adhere to the designer’s advice.
Animal and vegetable prints are also welcome, but the edge is important here, which does not allow turning the design into kitsch.
This style is characterized by a combination of visual and tactile sensations. Smooth surfaces, from which, as it were, blowing cold are inappropriate here. So are sliding shiny fabrics. Pay attention to natural stone (not polished), natural leather, and as textiles – to canvas and linen fabrics. Animal skins and their imitations, felt and velor, jute fabric look good in such interiors.
When decorating the kitchen, experts recommend using brick, natural stone, decorative plaster and textured tiles. Metal is acceptable, but its quantity should be limited – it should not be conspicuous.
Most often, designers offer a standard smooth plastered white, coated with water emulsion. It will shade the interior and become the backdrop for beautiful lamps. But do not forget about more sophisticated options.
For example, in a private house on the top floor, combining it with a roof made of glass panels. A striking decorative effect and additional daylight are guaranteed.
Also, the ceiling can be glossy stretch, reflecting the design of the room, type-set of wooden panels of different sizes. Solid wood beams supporting the plastered surface are also appropriate.
Multi-tiered chandeliers with an abundance of light bulbs are unlikely to be appropriate here, but a modern lamp of an unusual shape that provides diffused light may work.
The best option is spot lighting. Thanks to this type of lighting, you can create a small “show” around each decor element or a specific area of the room. If desired, you can add pretentious or mysterious notes, emphasizing certain items. Fusion is characterized by the location of the lamps not high above the floor, which allows them to act as spotlights.
Designers periodically use an ensemble of lamps that are unlike one another. This is necessary to create original compositions. So in the room there can be several wall sconces, floor lamps, table lamps and furniture lighting at once.
Too bright uniform lighting of a fusion room can negate the designer’s efforts, turning it into an overly colorful semblance of an oriental bazaar. So you need to rely on penumbra, creating a mysterious atmosphere, not forgetting about light spots in the right places. For example, in the dining area, built-in lamps can be positioned so that those sitting at the table are, as it were, separated from the rest of the space by a light “fence”.
The choice of finishing material directly depends on the room. In the living room or bedroom, ordinary or parquet boards, laminate or inlaid parquet can be used. In the kitchen and bathroom – linoleum or tiles.
If you prefer a plain floor, then a small rug or walkway can be a bright accent. Also, designers offer self-leveling and mosaic floors – these do not need to be covered with anything, as they are beautiful themselves.
The painted surface can be combined with brickwork, bamboo wallpaper with decorative plaster, wood panels can be supplemented with mosaic inserts. Plain walls are decorated with paintings, posters or posters, draped with different fabrics.
Harmony Of Space
Despite the abundance of detail, fusion assumes a large free space, which is emphasized by daylight reflecting off white planes.
If you choose log walls, then it is appropriate to choose classic wooden furniture. At the same time, fusion allows the use of gold and silver elements that emphasize the natural beauty of the wood. A natural stone fireplace can be a good addition to the interior.
Draperies play an important role in this style. Curtains made of heavy dense materials and light curtains are allowed, decorative (including floor) pillows in original pillowcases and carpets (or imitation of animal skins) are appropriate.
Combination Of Accessories
It is the fusion style that allows, laying the floor with an oriental handmade carpet, to place on it both classic armchairs and plastic (acrylic) chairs, wicker or forged models with soft velvet seats.
There may be a rough-textured mat next to the Louis XIV-style bed, and an inlaid table will be adjacent to a floor vase-pot made of unglazed ceramics. Jute, sandstone, leather and clay will create the right accents. Handicrafts bearing the imprint of a particular culture are especially welcome in such interiors.
When choosing a decor, keep in mind that it must belong to different eras and countries. Therefore, the presence of old (or skillfully aged) things in the room is necessarily assumed: figurines, candlesticks, paintings. Nesting dolls, African mask carvings, Mexican hats, Indian bronzes, or North American Indian household items are suitable as “folk” inclusions.
Elements of pop art and modern subcultures are chosen as characteristic touches: graffiti, stickers, posters, mugs with bright prints, etc. They add artistry to the premises.
What Kind Of Rooms Are Better Decorated In This Style?
It looks best in studio apartments with a free layout. As a rule, they are not very large, therefore, “overload” with shape and color can be successfully avoided. But professional designers can transform large apartments, turning them into an enchanting palace, where bright shades will be “broken” by neutral white.
If it is not possible to complete the interior of the entire apartment in one key, which would be the best option, since it allows you to fully embody the idea, paying attention to even the smallest details, then you will have to make a choice. Most often, fusion is recommended for the living room, where you can experiment with multi-level surfaces, alternate ledges and niches, and allow the ornaments to smoothly flow from the walls to the ceiling. The illusion of space will be created by correctly positioned mirrors and lighting. Transformations concern window and door openings, too, as a rule, they are given an unusual shape.
Who Is This Style For?
Like any other, it must be in harmony with the state of mind of those who live in the apartment. Therefore, designers distinguish several categories of people who should try this decor.
Firstly, these are travel lovers who like to explore ancient monuments, study the cultures of different nations. A professional decorator will help to harmoniously fit into the interior numerous exotic souvenirs and non-standard items brought from other countries. At the same time, it will not allow the transformation of fusion into chaos.
Secondly, individuals with developed intuition. They subtly feel the harmony between objects and decor elements. For them, this style will be a godsend that allows them to combine furniture in the style of French Provence with antique finishes or oriental draperies in the interior.
The third category is people with impeccable taste. For them, fusion is an opportunity to reveal the most intimate thoughts and feelings, making thoughts and fantasies tangible.
A sensitive designer-professional can tune in with such customers to “one wave”, turning the most standard room into an exquisite and unique one.
What Is Not In The Fusion Style?
Rationality. It is useless to look for her here, because this direction is based solely on an outburst of emotions. Only in this case it is possible to combine certain colors and textures, getting amazing results. Expediency is not something that can please this style, if you are a fan of it, then it is better to stop at the classics or pay attention to the “good old England”. Fusion, on the other hand, is a flight of fantasy, and not frozen in form, but continuing to develop and improve space. You can periodically introduce certain elements, slightly changing the design, but leaving it in the same way.
So, fusion is a way to express your own “I”, to show everyone who is in your house, your inner world. And also this design direction is a great way to splash out your need for a bright and elegant personal space where you can relax and unwind, hiding from everyday worries.
An apartment made in this style will become a source of joy and inspiration, it will give a charge of positive and good mood every day. The beginning of the week will cease to be depressing, and the weekend spent at home will become a real holiday.