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Having furniture sets is a terrific way to bring your spaces together. Recent trends have proved, however, that mixing and combining pieces from various sets, styles, fabrics, and other sources can be elegant and still seem put together. Here are a few pointers on how to mix and match furniture without looking cluttered.
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Having furniture sets is a terrific way to bring your spaces together. Recent trends have proved, however, that mixing and combining pieces from various sets, styles, fabrics, and other sources can be elegant and still seem put together. Here are a few pointers on how to mix and match furniture without looking cluttered.
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We believe that every detail should be excellent while remodeling your home or establishing a new location. Let's throw open the windows and let some light in! To help you finish your dream home, we recently developed a brand-new line of window treatment products.
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We believe that every detail should be excellent while remodeling your home or establishing a new location. Let's throw open the windows and let some light in! To help you finish your dream home, we recently developed a brand-new line of window treatment products.
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How to Arrange Furniture in a Living Room

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You've probably seen it before, even if you didn't recognize it: living room furniture that is just too "matchy-matchy," to the point that it appears more like a showroom than a living room. Alternatively, you may find that the alternative–choosing random furniture–depresses you. Not to worry, we looked through a variety of interior design materials and discovered a strategy that can be applied to any living room like an expert!

Here are some guidelines to help you discover that unusual yet cohesive appearance for your living room furniture:

Seat Dimensions: Make sure that the seat height and depth of sofas and chairs are comparable and proportionate.

The two-of-three rule states that at least two of the three furniture elements–style, color, and back height–must be consistent.

Don't worry if this sounds too complicated or ambiguous; we'll show you exactly how to apply these design ideas to your living room furnishings. When you see the results, you'll be glad you did. We also have the solutions to the most often asked queries about furniture layout. If you follow the steps below, you'll have a harmonized living room in no time.

Should All Your Living Room Furniture Match?

The short answer is no, your living room furniture doesn’t have to match; however, it’s okay if it does. More to the point, though, let’s first disregard the notion that everything in a room must match. Instead, we’ll say that furniture in your living room should be “coordinated.” It’s entirely possible to mix and match furniture pieces and still create a comfortable, stylish, and functional living room. That’s what will make your living room stand out from others.

 

Coordinating Living Room Furniture

Seat Dimensions

The number one rule for decorating with furniture for any room–and especially in the living room–is that your pieces should be proportionate; they must be to scale in relation to the room. As you can imagine, a super-sized sectional in a small room will look crowded and out of place, as will a dainty, traditional chair make the room feel way too big. The proportion in any room is paramount.

 

The next part is that the furniture seats, be it a chair, sofa, or sectional must be of the same height and depth. This is one of those things in a room that can feel “off” when you see it, even if you can’t quite put your finger on it.

 

Envision a conversation in this mismatched setting; it would be odd for one person to sit higher in a chair than the other person seated in a low-to-the-ground sofa.

 

The 2 Of 3 Rule

The way to avoid a “matchy-matchy” living room is to consider a combination of these elements:

 

The style of furniture

The color of the furniture

The back height of the furniture

Now, pick two of these components and make sure they are consistent in your living room furniture. This will guide you to find furniture that is coordinated. It’s somewhat of a mix-and-match system to keep your room visually interesting, harmonious, and definitely not boring. Let’s break down these combinations:

 

Use Consistent Furniture Styles And Colors

In this combination, the furniture style is similar, and the colors are complimentary. Notice how the couch and chairs seem a bit traditional, and the colors are complementary, not contrasting. Living room furniture does not necessarily have to be one single color; it is acceptable to choose 2 or 3 colors, in this example, white, pink, and light blue. Finally, notice how the varying back heights keep the room visually interesting.

 

Use Consistent Furniture Styles And Back Heights

In this combination, a consistent back height and furniture style allows for greater color exploration and often results in an eclectic style, bursting with bold colors. Indeed, it is far from boring, stilted, or “matchy-matchy.”

 

Use Consistent Back Height And Colors

This final furniture combination maintains heights and colors yet allows for mixing styles. This one can be tricky as any combined assortment of furniture styles can look out of place when placed together. However, if the pieces are consistent in height and color, the furniture creates artful and unusual coordination.

 

Tables And Shelving

Your tables and shelving are essential elements in your living room, too. While they are most often neutral in color, they come in a multitude of styles and materials. Be careful to mix and match styles here; a shabby-chic side table and a contemporary bookshelf, for example, will look mismatched instead of coordinated.

 

Pillows, rugs, and curtains are also fundamental in coordinating your living room furniture. They can add that important pop of color, offer all kinds of texture variations, and be the dimensional component to make the room look and feel complete. Consider using different fabric types and color combinations such as velvet pillows and curtains. Or a plush rug and fluffy pillows to counterbalance the taut texture of a leather sofa.

 

Furniture Arrangements

As you consider the various ways you can coordinate living room furniture, you may wonder how the pieces should be arranged for optimal appeal and function. Of course, this will depend on several factors, primarily the size and shape of your living room as well as the kind and number of furniture pieces you have.

 

Determining a focus point is your first arrangement consideration. When doing this, designers caution against using a television as the central focus. Instead, think about using a fireplace, a picture window, artwork, a large shelving piece, or even a media table as your focus. From there, you can incorporate your television into the arrangement or pair the television with the focus point.

 

Your standard furniture pieces, typically a couch with a chair or two, can be arranged across from each other or perpendicular to form either an L or U shape. In some circumstances, the furniture can be turned diagonally, too,  toward the focal point.

 

Some mistakes to avoid include placing your furniture at the rug’s edge (at least the two front legs of the furniture should be on the rug) and pushing all your furniture against the walls. It’s counterintuitive, but putting space between your furniture and the walls can make the room seem larger.

 

Can You Put Two Different Couches In A Living Room?

Yes, you can, as long as you are following the above recommendations. However, remember that the couches don’t have to be identical for all combinations but need to be proportionate and share the same seat dimensions. This is the constant rule no matter how you mix and match your sofas and chairs.

What Should You Put Between Two Couches?

There are so many options for this dilemma. If your couches form an L shape, and you need to fill that pesky square corner between them, consider placing a tall plant or a standing lamp there. Or, as a very practical option, use an appropriately-sized end table; not only will it be a convenient place to set down whatever extra items you have, it’s also an opportunity to display frames and small decor items, or, similar to the above, a small plant or lamp.

Arranging two couches across from each other, on the other hand, is a great way to encourage socialization and easy discussion, but it does necessitate something to go between them. A coffee table of any shape, two smaller square tables, or an ottoman are all simple choices. Always ensure that the distance between the sofas and the center component is appropriate.

Is It Appropriate To Place A Sofa In Front Of A Window?
You don't have to, but you certainly can, especially if your alternatives for layout are restricted. Just make sure the back of the couch is level with, or slightly higher than, the window sill. Placing a too-high sofa in front of a window not only inhibits natural light but also makes the room appear off-kilter.

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You've probably seen it before, even if you didn't recognize it: living room furniture that is just too "matchy-matchy," to the point that it appears more like a showroom than a living room. Alternatively, you may find that the alternative–choosing random furniture–depresses you. Not to worry, we looked through a variety of interior design materials and discovered a strategy that can be applied to any living room like an expert!

Here are some guidelines to help you discover that unusual yet cohesive appearance for your living room furniture:

Seat Dimensions: Make sure that the seat height and depth of sofas and chairs are comparable and proportionate.

The two-of-three rule states that at least two of the three furniture elements–style, color, and back height–must be consistent.

Don't worry if this sounds too complicated or ambiguous; we'll show you exactly how to apply these design ideas to your living room furnishings. When you see the results, you'll be glad you did. We also have the solutions to the most often asked queries about furniture layout. If you follow the steps below, you'll have a harmonized living room in no time.

Should All Your Living Room Furniture Match?

The short answer is no, your living room furniture doesn’t have to match; however, it’s okay if it does. More to the point, though, let’s first disregard the notion that everything in a room must match. Instead, we’ll say that furniture in your living room should be “coordinated.” It’s entirely possible to mix and match furniture pieces and still create a comfortable, stylish, and functional living room. That’s what will make your living room stand out from others.

 

Coordinating Living Room Furniture

Seat Dimensions

The number one rule for decorating with furniture for any room–and especially in the living room–is that your pieces should be proportionate; they must be to scale in relation to the room. As you can imagine, a super-sized sectional in a small room will look crowded and out of place, as will a dainty, traditional chair make the room feel way too big. The proportion in any room is paramount.

 

The next part is that the furniture seats, be it a chair, sofa, or sectional must be of the same height and depth. This is one of those things in a room that can feel “off” when you see it, even if you can’t quite put your finger on it.

 

Envision a conversation in this mismatched setting; it would be odd for one person to sit higher in a chair than the other person seated in a low-to-the-ground sofa.

 

The 2 Of 3 Rule

The way to avoid a “matchy-matchy” living room is to consider a combination of these elements:

 

The style of furniture

The color of the furniture

The back height of the furniture

Now, pick two of these components and make sure they are consistent in your living room furniture. This will guide you to find furniture that is coordinated. It’s somewhat of a mix-and-match system to keep your room visually interesting, harmonious, and definitely not boring. Let’s break down these combinations:

 

Use Consistent Furniture Styles And Colors

In this combination, the furniture style is similar, and the colors are complimentary. Notice how the couch and chairs seem a bit traditional, and the colors are complementary, not contrasting. Living room furniture does not necessarily have to be one single color; it is acceptable to choose 2 or 3 colors, in this example, white, pink, and light blue. Finally, notice how the varying back heights keep the room visually interesting.

 

Use Consistent Furniture Styles And Back Heights

In this combination, a consistent back height and furniture style allows for greater color exploration and often results in an eclectic style, bursting with bold colors. Indeed, it is far from boring, stilted, or “matchy-matchy.”

 

Use Consistent Back Height And Colors

This final furniture combination maintains heights and colors yet allows for mixing styles. This one can be tricky as any combined assortment of furniture styles can look out of place when placed together. However, if the pieces are consistent in height and color, the furniture creates artful and unusual coordination.

 

Tables And Shelving

Your tables and shelving are essential elements in your living room, too. While they are most often neutral in color, they come in a multitude of styles and materials. Be careful to mix and match styles here; a shabby-chic side table and a contemporary bookshelf, for example, will look mismatched instead of coordinated.

 

Pillows, rugs, and curtains are also fundamental in coordinating your living room furniture. They can add that important pop of color, offer all kinds of texture variations, and be the dimensional component to make the room look and feel complete. Consider using different fabric types and color combinations such as velvet pillows and curtains. Or a plush rug and fluffy pillows to counterbalance the taut texture of a leather sofa.

 

Furniture Arrangements

As you consider the various ways you can coordinate living room furniture, you may wonder how the pieces should be arranged for optimal appeal and function. Of course, this will depend on several factors, primarily the size and shape of your living room as well as the kind and number of furniture pieces you have.

 

Determining a focus point is your first arrangement consideration. When doing this, designers caution against using a television as the central focus. Instead, think about using a fireplace, a picture window, artwork, a large shelving piece, or even a media table as your focus. From there, you can incorporate your television into the arrangement or pair the television with the focus point.

 

Your standard furniture pieces, typically a couch with a chair or two, can be arranged across from each other or perpendicular to form either an L or U shape. In some circumstances, the furniture can be turned diagonally, too,  toward the focal point.

 

Some mistakes to avoid include placing your furniture at the rug’s edge (at least the two front legs of the furniture should be on the rug) and pushing all your furniture against the walls. It’s counterintuitive, but putting space between your furniture and the walls can make the room seem larger.

 

Can You Put Two Different Couches In A Living Room?

Yes, you can, as long as you are following the above recommendations. However, remember that the couches don’t have to be identical for all combinations but need to be proportionate and share the same seat dimensions. This is the constant rule no matter how you mix and match your sofas and chairs.

What Should You Put Between Two Couches?

There are so many options for this dilemma. If your couches form an L shape, and you need to fill that pesky square corner between them, consider placing a tall plant or a standing lamp there. Or, as a very practical option, use an appropriately-sized end table; not only will it be a convenient place to set down whatever extra items you have, it’s also an opportunity to display frames and small decor items, or, similar to the above, a small plant or lamp.

Arranging two couches across from each other, on the other hand, is a great way to encourage socialization and easy discussion, but it does necessitate something to go between them. A coffee table of any shape, two smaller square tables, or an ottoman are all simple choices. Always ensure that the distance between the sofas and the center component is appropriate.

Is It Appropriate To Place A Sofa In Front Of A Window?
You don't have to, but you certainly can, especially if your alternatives for layout are restricted. Just make sure the back of the couch is level with, or slightly higher than, the window sill. Placing a too-high sofa in front of a window not only inhibits natural light but also makes the room appear off-kilter.

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HOW TO COLOR COMBINE BEDROOM FURNITURE

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Skip the matching furniture sets and create a custom space that has a designer touch. Learn how to mix bedroom furniture like a pro today!

How To Mix and Match Bedroom Furniture

WHY MIX BEDROOM FURNITURE?
Many stores sell matching bedroom room sets which include a bed with matching nightstands and a dresser. People buy these sets because they make shopping and decorating easy and convenient.

However, the downside of buying a matching set is that your bedroom could look straight out of a catalog. Not that a catalog is necessarily a bad thing, but mixing up the furniture in a bedroom will create a custom look for your home that has a designer touch. Take a look at these inspiration photos to see mixing bedroom furniture in action!

WHERE TO START:

Maybe you have a matching bedroom set right now and want to achieve this custom look in your home. The good news is that you don't have to start from scratch! Start by switching out part of your set. If you love your bed and dresser, keep them and add new nightstands to coordinate. If you love your nightstands, then switch out your bed and dresser for something different. Or if you are feeling ambitious you can start from scratch and buy everything new!

 

HOW TO MIX FURNITURE:

Not every nightstand goes with every bed, and not every dresser goes with every nightstand, so how do you choose the right pieces? Here are some helpful tips:

 

Texture. Create interest by mixing the materials of the furniture. If you have a wood bed, try mirrored, metal, stone, painted wood, glass or lacquered nightstands. Use this same concept for a choosing a dresser.

Color. Don't think about “matching” furniture color to furniture color. Instead, think about coordinating your furniture with the rest of the room. Your nightstands, dresser or bed can coordinate with the lighting, window treatments, artwork, or rug in the room. For example, if you have a brass chandelier, use brass details in either the nailhead trim of an upholstered bed or in the hardware for nightstands or a dresser.

Style. To create a high contrast custom look, choose a nightstand that has a completely different style from the bed. For example,Try a rustic nightstand or dresser if you have a modern bed, or a modern nightstand or dresser if you have a traditional bed. Use the same style furniture but in different textures or colors for a less dramatic impression. If you have a farmhouse style bed, for example, paint the farmhouse style nightstands a different color than the bed.

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Skip the matching furniture sets and create a custom space that has a designer touch. Learn how to mix bedroom furniture like a pro today!

How To Mix and Match Bedroom Furniture

WHY MIX BEDROOM FURNITURE?
Many stores sell matching bedroom room sets which include a bed with matching nightstands and a dresser. People buy these sets because they make shopping and decorating easy and convenient.

However, the downside of buying a matching set is that your bedroom could look straight out of a catalog. Not that a catalog is necessarily a bad thing, but mixing up the furniture in a bedroom will create a custom look for your home that has a designer touch. Take a look at these inspiration photos to see mixing bedroom furniture in action!

WHERE TO START:

Maybe you have a matching bedroom set right now and want to achieve this custom look in your home. The good news is that you don't have to start from scratch! Start by switching out part of your set. If you love your bed and dresser, keep them and add new nightstands to coordinate. If you love your nightstands, then switch out your bed and dresser for something different. Or if you are feeling ambitious you can start from scratch and buy everything new!

 

HOW TO MIX FURNITURE:

Not every nightstand goes with every bed, and not every dresser goes with every nightstand, so how do you choose the right pieces? Here are some helpful tips:

 

Texture. Create interest by mixing the materials of the furniture. If you have a wood bed, try mirrored, metal, stone, painted wood, glass or lacquered nightstands. Use this same concept for a choosing a dresser.

Color. Don't think about “matching” furniture color to furniture color. Instead, think about coordinating your furniture with the rest of the room. Your nightstands, dresser or bed can coordinate with the lighting, window treatments, artwork, or rug in the room. For example, if you have a brass chandelier, use brass details in either the nailhead trim of an upholstered bed or in the hardware for nightstands or a dresser.

Style. To create a high contrast custom look, choose a nightstand that has a completely different style from the bed. For example,Try a rustic nightstand or dresser if you have a modern bed, or a modern nightstand or dresser if you have a traditional bed. Use the same style furniture but in different textures or colors for a less dramatic impression. If you have a farmhouse style bed, for example, paint the farmhouse style nightstands a different color than the bed.

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I must admit that I am a living room lover. The living room is not only the focal point of the whole house, for most of us, it is in the center, and it is likely to be a space for rest, entertainment, play and relaxation in your home most of the time.

 

Because of that, a living room needs to be designed to be one of the most versatile and comfortable rooms in the house, but also be welcoming and aesthetically pleasing. There’s a lot going on!  For me, creating a beautiful and comfortable living room is all about choosing a good mix of furniture – pieces that complement each other and are also really versatile. Recently my friends at Brosa asked me to share my secrets to mixing and matching living room furniture (after I added the Ada chair to our space), and after a few years of working to create the perfect space for us at home, I’m excited to share what I’ve learnt.

 

DEFINE WHAT YOUR SPACE NEEDS

It’s easy to get drawn into choosing the nitty gritty of the decor of your living room – the rugs, the textiles or the art – and not think enough about the foundations of the space itself. But by doing some simple planning to review what your space needs, you’re much more likely to create a room that not only looks great but is functional too. For me, the first place to start is with seating, given that a significant function of the room is about gathering and relaxing comfortably. You and your family may need a sofa and a few occasional chairs, or just a large L shaped sofa. Choose your seating based on how you will actually use the space, and keep comfort in mind. Once you have determined the seating arrangement, think about how you can add in other furniture like a console table, book shelves, main coffee table or smaller side tables to make a space that’s easy to use.

 

CONSIDER A COLOUR PALETTE

Creating a cohesive palette in a living room will go a long way to making it feel well designed and welcoming, allowing you to mix a broad range of furniture styles together. As a simple rule, the more furniture styles I go for the more simple the palette. I like to think about the elements that exist already such as the walls and floors, and choose a few key tones that go with that. Keep in mind that larger pieces of furniture like a sofa or occasional chair will have a bigger impact on the palette, so it’s worth considering that when you make purchasing decisions. I usually optfor neutral colours for large pieces of furniture then add colour using cushions, art and rugs. Doing this will ensure your space is coherent, even with a range of different furniture styles in the room.

 

DON’T BE AFRAID OF MIXING ERAS

For me, one trick to creating a space that feels layered and lived in is to mix furniture styles. It may seem like a room will look better if all the furniture and decor is of the one era, but in truth that can feel a little staged. In my opinion you’re much better to experiment with hints of all different styles like Scandinavian, Boho, Mid Century Modern and Contemporary. Start by choosing one style, say for your console table or sofa, and then mix hints of other styles in. I also like to consider the shapes of the furniture and contrast them with other pieces. A vintage style console table complements a more modern armchair.

 

LET YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE SHINE

In line with the concept of mixing eras, another secret I have to creating an interesting and unique space is not to overdo any single style or material. Instead, choose one stand out piece that you love, say a Hamptons cabinet, and then use other more simple pieces to complement it. Whilst you may think this will mean your favourite style could be a little lost in the space, what this actually does is allow that single piece to have a stronger visual impact. I’ve learnt through experience that a little can go a long way in a living room!

 

THINK ABOUT LAYOUT

Another way to create cohesion in a space with a range of different furniture styles is to layout the furniture using symmetry. Consider the lines of the room – any walkways, key walls or the location of the windows. Locate furniture in a symmetrical way following those lines, like putting a sofa under a window rather than next to it. This makes for a space that feels organised and calming rather than chaotic.

 

CONSIDER PAIRINGS AND REPETITION

If you’re a fan of organisation and a space that feels well thought out, one way to achieve this whilst still mixing furniture styles is to opt for pairings of furniture or some sort of repetition in the space. This leads the eye across the room and helps it make sense. For example, a pair of these gorgeous occasional chairs would be perfect facing a neutral sofa.

 

Find balance

After all, mixing and matching living room furniture is to find balance. This means how do you find the right combination of materials in space, textiles, finishes, and negative space. Sometimes it is useful to take a step back to see the space clearly and understand what is needed. Take the time to imagine a few pieces of furniture together and don't be afraid to experiment.

 

Living

sofa

 

BEDROOM

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I must admit that I am a living room lover. The living room is not only the focal point of the whole house, for most of us, it is in the center, and it is likely to be a space for rest, entertainment, play and relaxation in your home most of the time.

 

Because of that, a living room needs to be designed to be one of the most versatile and comfortable rooms in the house, but also be welcoming and aesthetically pleasing. There’s a lot going on!  For me, creating a beautiful and comfortable living room is all about choosing a good mix of furniture – pieces that complement each other and are also really versatile. Recently my friends at Brosa asked me to share my secrets to mixing and matching living room furniture (after I added the Ada chair to our space), and after a few years of working to create the perfect space for us at home, I’m excited to share what I’ve learnt.

 

DEFINE WHAT YOUR SPACE NEEDS

It’s easy to get drawn into choosing the nitty gritty of the decor of your living room – the rugs, the textiles or the art – and not think enough about the foundations of the space itself. But by doing some simple planning to review what your space needs, you’re much more likely to create a room that not only looks great but is functional too. For me, the first place to start is with seating, given that a significant function of the room is about gathering and relaxing comfortably. You and your family may need a sofa and a few occasional chairs, or just a large L shaped sofa. Choose your seating based on how you will actually use the space, and keep comfort in mind. Once you have determined the seating arrangement, think about how you can add in other furniture like a console table, book shelves, main coffee table or smaller side tables to make a space that’s easy to use.

 

CONSIDER A COLOUR PALETTE

Creating a cohesive palette in a living room will go a long way to making it feel well designed and welcoming, allowing you to mix a broad range of furniture styles together. As a simple rule, the more furniture styles I go for the more simple the palette. I like to think about the elements that exist already such as the walls and floors, and choose a few key tones that go with that. Keep in mind that larger pieces of furniture like a sofa or occasional chair will have a bigger impact on the palette, so it’s worth considering that when you make purchasing decisions. I usually optfor neutral colours for large pieces of furniture then add colour using cushions, art and rugs. Doing this will ensure your space is coherent, even with a range of different furniture styles in the room.

 

DON’T BE AFRAID OF MIXING ERAS

For me, one trick to creating a space that feels layered and lived in is to mix furniture styles. It may seem like a room will look better if all the furniture and decor is of the one era, but in truth that can feel a little staged. In my opinion you’re much better to experiment with hints of all different styles like Scandinavian, Boho, Mid Century Modern and Contemporary. Start by choosing one style, say for your console table or sofa, and then mix hints of other styles in. I also like to consider the shapes of the furniture and contrast them with other pieces. A vintage style console table complements a more modern armchair.

 

LET YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE SHINE

In line with the concept of mixing eras, another secret I have to creating an interesting and unique space is not to overdo any single style or material. Instead, choose one stand out piece that you love, say a Hamptons cabinet, and then use other more simple pieces to complement it. Whilst you may think this will mean your favourite style could be a little lost in the space, what this actually does is allow that single piece to have a stronger visual impact. I’ve learnt through experience that a little can go a long way in a living room!

 

THINK ABOUT LAYOUT

Another way to create cohesion in a space with a range of different furniture styles is to layout the furniture using symmetry. Consider the lines of the room – any walkways, key walls or the location of the windows. Locate furniture in a symmetrical way following those lines, like putting a sofa under a window rather than next to it. This makes for a space that feels organised and calming rather than chaotic.

 

CONSIDER PAIRINGS AND REPETITION

If you’re a fan of organisation and a space that feels well thought out, one way to achieve this whilst still mixing furniture styles is to opt for pairings of furniture or some sort of repetition in the space. This leads the eye across the room and helps it make sense. For example, a pair of these gorgeous occasional chairs would be perfect facing a neutral sofa.

 

Find balance

After all, mixing and matching living room furniture is to find balance. This means how do you find the right combination of materials in space, textiles, finishes, and negative space. Sometimes it is useful to take a step back to see the space clearly and understand what is needed. Take the time to imagine a few pieces of furniture together and don't be afraid to experiment.

 

Living

sofa

 

BEDROOM

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