The style of a drawing room is most likely to be dictated by the period or style of the building that houses it; occasionally, however, it can be interesting to go against the architecture and so create drama by a clashing of the centuries.
Antiques in a modem warehouse space or contemporary furnishings in a classical Georgian interior are just two examples of the excitement that you can create. Mixing periods within the same room is also a possibility, but needs to be done with skill. The most successful results are produced by combining contrasts: rough aged wood with smooth tubular-steel; antique matt velvet with glossy chintz; polished marble with rough medieval matting.
This is a room where many people choose to display their most precious possessions - portraits of ancestors, family silver, collections - and it is important to bear this in mind when deciding upon a scheme. It is all too easy to go overboard and cover every surface with pattern, only to find that when accessories are placed they disappear against a dominant background.