Have you ever wondered if it’s OK to use distinct styles in each room of your home? Is it important for every space to match throughout the house? Those are great questions, and the answer is: it depends on your personality. At Pottery Barn, we firmly believe that following your own design vision for the home makes things very exciting and produces awesome results. If you’re into eclectic decor, feel free to use mismatched colors and even design styles in each room. If you find order and harmony more calming, then a unified theme is probably the way to go. Looking for something in between? Furniture, rugs and lighting – flushmounts, pendants, chandeliers and other pieces – are an excellent way to express yourself artistically and bring spaces together at the same time. How? Here are a few ways to use flushmounts to leave your signature on every room.

If you want to vary styles from room to room, or maybe marry a couple of designs within the same room, it’s a big help to look for little things that connect them. Chefs follow the same principle when serving a gourmet meal. There’s no reason every course needs to be fish, for example, but they often have a common thread that ties appetizer, side dish, entrée and dessert together. Lighting is awesome at this, since similar flushmounts create cohesion while fitting in with lots of individual styles. A crystal light fixture works well in traditional, vintage, modern and exotic themes equally well, so it can be a pivot piece between rooms.

What exactly are flushmounts, and how can you use them in decor? Think of flushmounts as the opposite of pendant lighting. Pendants hang in the air, and flushmounts are firmly affixed to the ceiling. That said, there is a ton of variety within flushmount light fixtures. Some feature teardrop crystals, others have drum shades and there are flushmounts with metallic sculptural designs too.

What are the advantages of flushmounts versus other kinds of lighting? Their height is a big reason to opt for flushmounts in certain situations. If you have a bedroom with a low ceiling, that doesn’t mean that elegant lighting is out of reach. A flushmount with sparkling crystals has the same stunning effect as a chandelier, but also gives you extra comfort since you can move around without hitting your head. In contrast to pendants – which were born for amazing accent lighting – flushmounts excel most at ambient lighting, where they’re great at distributing light throughout the home.

What kind of elements can you look for to connect very different styles? There are almost endless possibilities, since a good part of interior decorating depends on your own perspective and interpretation. A few possibilities? Color is an easy one. Create a color palette with a few main colors you want to work with – a quick tip: neutrals adapt effortlessly to pretty much anything – and feature them throughout the house. That doesn’t mean you can’t mix things up, but by highlighting those main colors, the flow seems natural. As an example, your living room might feature ivory, lavender and lime green accents. In a bedroom, you can swap to using adjacent colors like blue, blue-green and lime green. What ties the two spaces together? Those shades of green.

Matching different styles is especially important if you share your personal space with a special someone or other family members. Why? Because it’s pretty common that tastes in decor or art vary from person to person. Someone you love might want a tropical style, and you might prefer Paris chic. Can they be harmonized? Definitely. Meshing your designs is fun and creates a really unique atmosphere.

One thing that makes it easier to combine a couple of different styles is to let one of the two be dominant, and have the other complement it. If minimalist is the central figure in your dining room, for example, choose a dining table with sleek lines, abstract art and a solid rug. Then, to infuse some vintage or traditional flair into the room, choose a sophisticated and detailed light fixture for above the table.