Pairing and mixing different materials well in your home décor brings a depth to the space that is crucial in achieving a polished look. See how these beautifully designed living and dining areas, as well as bedrooms, use contrasting finishes to tell a story.  

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1.    With a solid wood dining table and complementing dining chairs dominating this small area, the panel of concrete-look laminate opposite works as a nice accent to create a more interesting tone to the space. 
(Interior design by The Orange Cube Pte Ltd)

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2.    The classic marble floors gives this open space a hint of luxe, and the wooden design features that line the ceiling and walls balances that out with a touch of cosiness.
(Interior design by DistinctIdentity)

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3.    Bring the glamour quotient up by cladding the floors with black marble, and add a more masculine appeal to it by pairing it with red leather. The result is a bold yet classic look that’ll outlive most décor trends out there.
(Interior design by Benjeemen Heng I.D.)

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4.    Another way of experimenting with mixing contrasting materials is by using it to zone open concept spaces like this one. 
(Interior design by Free Space Intent)

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5.    Cream-hued tiles may look bland at first glance. But you can easily make it work by using it as a blank canvas and building upon it with bold finishes such as metal, recycled wood, and suede.  
(Interior design by Dreammetal)

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6.    The industrial home décor theme is all about textural surfaces, and besides the quintessential exposed brick wall and concrete floors, you can also bring in metal cable trays and technical wood to complete the look.
(Interior design by Whiz Concepts)

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7.    When it comes to using mismatched chairs for your dining table, go ahead and pick different materials too. Having the contemporary plastic chairs next to the grand, high back classical sofa creates a surprising twist that’s delightfully whimsical. 
(Interior design by EJ Square Design)

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8.    Instead of cluttering up the walls with small art pieces and framed photographs, take a risk and make a bolder statement by cladding adjacent walls with different materials. Here, the teak strips and marble walls work together to turn this small space into a grand affair.
(Interior design by D'perception Ritz Pte Ltd)

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9.    For something more cosy and snug in the bedroom, pair dark, vintage wood with deep red bedding and curtains. This look is definitely not for everyone, but if can pull it off, it can turn out pretty dramatic.
(Interior design by Spacious Planners)

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10.    Contrast an ostentatious finish such as onyx with lots of wood to create a look that’s more homely rather than showroom-like. 
(Interior design by The Orange Cube Pte Ltd)

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