Let’s face the facts: Few design enthusiasts decorate with furniture sets these days. And while it’s easy to follow a particular trend – be it Mid-century, Scandinavian or traditional – the most impressive rooms are those that effortlessly combine elements from different eras, styles and places. After all, you can only buy so many Mid-century pieces before your home looks like a replica of a Mad Men set – but if that’s the look you’re going for, keep going.
Mixing different eras and styles can feel overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. When we start furnishing our homes, the big furniture stores may be the first step in helping us furnish the rooms with the essentials: quality sofas, sturdy beds, and spacious dining tables. But once that’s done, the opportunity opens up to add smaller pieces of furniture, antiques, objects and soft furnishings to complete the look.
Many furniture stores offer the option to buy matching bedroom sets. For example, you may see a pair of matching nightstands that not only match each other, but also coordinate with the bed frame and dresser. While these pre-made sets are pretty to look at and easy to buy, they can also feel a bit generic, which can be off-putting for some homeowners.
If you’re looking for something that’s more eclectic or personal, you’re better off picking out individual pieces of furniture by hand. But how do you know what to choose? Read on for tips on how to mix and match furniture in every room of your home.
Mix and match the textures of the furniture in the room
Compared to elements like light and color, the role that textures play in interior design is not appreciated enough. Simply put, “texture” refers to the way a surface looks or feels; for example, a rough, irregular popcorn ceiling as opposed to a smooth, tiled drop ceiling.
Everything from the furniture you use, to the decor you put up, to the pillows on your bed or sofa can add different textures to the room. Avoid combining textures completely, which can create a flat look, or not combining any of them, which can look a little chaotic. Instead, try to find a balance by showcasing two or three different textures with a few objects that show off each, such as plants, tapestries, or furniture pieces.
Mix and Match Decor & furniture colors.
Color coordination seems to overwhelm many homeowners. Fortunately, though, it’s not that complicated when you get down to the basics.
Think of it as a formula or recipe for any room in your home, whether it’s the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, it’s usually a safe bet to follow these steps:
Step 1: Start by choosing a neutral color (like taupe, gray or beige).
Step 2: Add two lighter base colors (like blue, green or purple).
Step 3: Layer on a handful of accent colors.
Since neutral colors are designed to go with anything, you only have to worry about coordinating the lighter hues. For example, if your walls are pastel blue, consider decorations and furniture in colors like turquoise, navy blue, seafoam, or mint. Try to avoid bold combinations that clash heavily, like red with green or purple with orange.
One of the most valuable lessons in interior design is to play with the scale of objects. What does that mean exactly? Scale refers to the proportions and comparative size of objects in a room.
Petite objects, like the coffee table and sofa, tend to look good next to weightier, heavier ones, like the round pedestal side table and fringed velvet sofa. It’s all about achieving balance.
Coordinate Wood Flooring with your furniture
Clients often ask us how to coordinate furniture with a wood floor. While there is no “right” answer, we recommend not matching all of the wood in the room as this creates a one-dimensional, repetitive look.
A better approach is to pick two or three styles that you like and mix them in the room. For example, if you have dark floors with a prominent grain, try a light wood chair with a softer, less intense pattern. Also, remember to mix textures by combining rustic, weathered looks with smooth, polished products.