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.
Concentrate on Your Favorites
Determine which piece or items you adore and use them to inspire your interior design. So that your style doesn't become too out of hand, adhere to a fundamental subject or concept. Even traditional bohemian styles tend to concentrate on a few key items to bring the space together.
You are repeating yourself.
Repetition is your best friend when it comes to mixing and matching. Aesthetic threads that run throughout the space make all the difference. Match elements such as table lamps or pillows, or look for fabric designs that may be used on numerous pieces. A cute pouf made from the same fabric as your chair might add symmetry without being too matchy.
Choose an accent color to use throughout the area, in addition to fabrics. This is especially useful if you utilize neutrals. A bright green ottoman, along with a vase and art piece in a similar shade, will provide a sense of cohesion and naturally draw the eye around the space.
Additionally, make sure you’re matching the scale of your pieces of furniture in the room so you don’t unbalance anything. Try to keep your kitchen chairs all at similar heights so you don’t risk drawing the eye in a weird or uncomfortable way. This isn’t a steadfast rule, but make sure what you do has symmetry to it. For example, you could have smaller chairs on the sides and a set of taller, upholstered chairs at the head of the table. You could also use a bench for one side of the table’s seating as well to create a functional yet interesting design.
In terms of scale, make sure the furniture's apparent weight is balanced, even if it doesn't match perfectly. Lightweight chairs may appear unusual next to a particularly heavy farmhouse table if you're based a room around it. The same can be said about putting a hugely hefty armchair in a room with all light, updated furniture.
Change it Up
Now onto completely different advice: variety. Play with different styles of furniture without worrying if they’re in the same century. A well-loved leather couch may pair wonderfully with a modern looking end table with clean lines. Try different arrangements and try to figure out the piece you need and space you think needs filling. Then see if the styles that intrigue you may work to suit your needs.
When mixing patterns, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. First, mix the size of the pattern. A tight and small floral ends up working really well with large patterns like a chevron. This way they complement each other without battling it out. It’s also helpful to pick one pattern to “dominate” the space while the other merely accents it. Try mixing different textures as well. A beaded pillow may end up looking great on a plush suede couch with a soft, faux fur blanket.
Do you want to give it a go with wood?
Wood is maybe the most feared of all the materials to mix and combine. But it is possible! It's also simple. The undertones in the wood are something to be aware of. To avoid creating a tone conflict, you'll want to match those together. Cool undertones should be mixed with cool undertones, while warm undertones should be mixed with warm undertones.
To give the eye a rest, create a buffer between the two wood pieces. It's a good idea to put a mat underneath your wood table so your eye doesn't hit the hardwood floor. Plus, you'll be able to experiment with more designs now!
When in doubt, pull out the white. Wood and white are a classic design combination that you may incorporate into any mixed-and-matched decor. Paint issue wood items that you're reluctant to utilize white, or mix your wooden pieces with white furniture. This is beneficial on numerous levels because it prevents your room from becoming overrun with pattern, wood type, and color.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to mixing and matching different types of furniture. Find some powerful items, experiment with styling, and pay close attention to the details. You're guaranteed to end up with a room that seems effortless and eclectic.