The fusion style originated at the end of the last century in America as a result of mixing several interior trends. Most often, it combines classic, minimalism and abstract art, but other combinations, such as Provence, neoclassic and rustic or high-tech, loft and ethnic, have the right to life. The term “fusion” is translated as “mixing”, and the impetus for its appearance was the experiments of culinary experts who tried to diversify European cuisine with the help of exotic spices, tastes, and products. This style of the interior is rather complicated in reproduction since it requires a delicate taste, intuition and a sense of harmony when planning and implementing projects.
Basic principles for the implementation of fusion style in the interior
In modern understanding, fusion-style interior design is a kind of protest against clear rules, frameworks, and norms. The very stylistic concept implies the creation of an individual, bright and extraordinary environment, the author’s living space in which it will be comfortable and pleasant to exist for a particular person or family. Usually, this style is chosen by artists, creative people, rebels by nature and my life. But even revolutionary fusion style decisions follow certain rules. Among them:
- a harmonious combination of different stylistic directions (no more than three), connected by a common idea, color, texture, materials;
- use of contrasting colors (crimson and gold, turquoise and blue, orange and green) in decoration and furnishing, decor and accessories, but also not more than three, with a common unifying element (for example, natural wood tone, black or white background)
- use of various materials in the same room (glass, plastic, wood, metal, plastic, glossy and matte surfaces, velvet and silk);
- the opportunity to realize the most unusual design ideas and create a unique, unique interior;
- practicality and simplicity in visual expression (a small amount of decor and accessories, combined with the decor).
Not observing the above principles, instead of a beautiful, spectacular apartment and kitchen, you risk getting a cacophony of colors, objects, and textures.
Fusion style kitchen: tips and tricks
Ideally, to create a fusion-style kitchen interior, you should contact an experienced designer. If you are confident in your own taste and sense of harmony, you should start with minor experiments and changes. Take as a basis some bright accent element (red fridge, colorful apron, part of the wall painted in your favorite color), and gradually select “neighbors” to it. Let’s take a closer look at the basic principles and the unwritten rules of fusion style kitchen interior design.
Floor, wall and ceiling decoration
Kitchen design in fusion style involves the use of classic and non-standard solutions in the decoration of walls, floor, and ceiling. Thus, the ceiling can be plainly bleached, painted in a bright shade or sheathed with laminate. For wall decoration use wallpaper, plaster, tile, treated brick, as in the photo, paint, wood and glass panels, drywall, including designs of intricate shapes (niches, columns, arches). On the floor, since we are talking about the kitchen, you can put ceramic and tile, floorboard, laminate, parquet.
Fusion style welcomes bright colors and solutions, but they must be selectively applied. For example, one wall in the kitchen can be made in color, and the rest – in white, paste over the area with beautiful wallpaper with an exotic print, leave the brick in a loft style or decorate it with painting. Naturally, this wall should be visible, and its color should be repeated in a couple of details (textiles, shade tabletops, accessories, dishes). At the same time, one of the most modern styles allows and even welcomes the use of saturated contrasting shades. So, the crimson wall can be combined with a gold table top, a black apron – with the silver color of the kitchen unit facades and the lime chairs at the dining table.
Lighting and window decor
Like any modern interior, a fusion-style kitchen requires several sources of lighting besides the natural one. Lamps can and should not be from one set, but must echo in style, color, material (glass, transparent, metallic or ceramic pink, yellow, colorful lampshades), as in the photo below. Alternatively, spotlights around the kitchen, a lighting of the lockers (including multi-colored) and a laconic hi-tech chandelier or pop art in the center.
For the design of window, openings have usually used a roller or Roman curtains (possibly with a print or color abstraction), classic blinds or translucent curtains (tulle, light drapes).
Furniture and kitchen appliances
The interior of the kitchen in the fusion style will take root furniture of any style, color, and material. It can be a rough wooden set with metal worktops, like in restaurants, fully metal cabinets and open shelves, modern hi-tech models with glossy curved shapes, kits with bar construction sites and island designs, retro-style furniture with vintage fittings or snow-white modern kitchen with an extravagant mosaic apron. Use contrasting colors dosed: only in the shade of the facades of the lower tier, accessories, tabletop or apron, everything else should be a background for an extravagant element.
In a modern kitchen, for contrast, you can install a retro fridge and toaster. In the same way, a red refrigerator and a teapot will work against the snow-white classic headset. You can come up with hundreds of options, from yellow velvet armchairs on the background of high-tech furniture and brick walls to a set of multi-colored plastic (wooden and transparent) chairs at the dining table, as in the photo example.
Bright accents and background
Since in the fusion-style kitchen, it is allowed to use three contrasting shades in equal proportions at once, they must be balanced with a neutral background, decor, and trim. On a white background, powder, gold and lime colors quite harmoniously combine, and black calm burgundy and turquoise hues.
Try to become a designer for a while: draw the kitchen of your dreams in a pencil on a white sheet, and then paint it in your favorite colors, gradually adding (and changing if necessary) background and accent details and colors. Having received a harmonious and beautiful picture, imagine if you can live in such a room, cook, meet family, friends, enjoy life? If you still have doubts, leave only one accent color in a large format (poster on the wall, kitchen apron, bright ceiling or carpet on the floor). Then try to supplement it with contrasting textiles, dishes, curtains. This option will be inexpensive and you can always quickly replace it if something goes wrong.
How to combine incompatible?
If you are planning to create a fusion-style kitchen, you should start by choosing accented colors and objects. At the stage of finishing, they can immediately be balanced with a neutral and concise background. At the same time, bright details should definitely be kept smaller, of the same shade, then they will harmoniously fit into the kitchen space. Do not overdo it with the decor; for example, for a black and white kitchen with a monochromatic blue apron or tabletop, pick up the dishes (vases, decorative plates), painted in similar colors. Classic Gzhel, Moroccan blue and white patterns, and a blue amphora with gold painting are suitable here.
Mixing styles is also very neat. A brick wall in the spirit of a loft will perfectly stand the neighborhood with a vintage plush sofa and stove in the spirit of the 60s of the last century. If the interior is generally laconic and attracts attention only with two or three contrasting colors, it should be diluted with stylish accessories: an unusual lamp-candlestick, a retro poster, a grandmother’s sideboard or a collection of copper pans.
The main feature of the fusion style is in the absence of strict frameworks, so you can safely adjust its basic principles to your own taste and habits, gradually creating a creative, spectacular and harmonious space from ordinary cuisine.