It is likely that, over the years, you’ve accumulated an amount of furniture from ever-changing trends and from dressers and coffee tables that have been handed down through generations, forcing you to have no other option but to mix and match different styles and designs.
Don't stress – by following only a few tips, you will be able to easily shape and style your home to build character and create a welcoming atmosphere.
Allow yourself to indulge and buy a few signature pieces and accessories to fill in the gaps in your designs and you will have a space you will be happy to call your home.
1. Choose a Style That Is True to You
When you begin your journey of design and mix-and-matching furniture, the first thing you should always consider is if you like what you are creating and if your space represents you. The area in which you are designing should resemble your own personal taste in style and be a reflection of who you are.
By doing so, the end product of your journey will be one you love. It will inspire you to make your styling journey an ongoing one and to stay active creatively.
2. Mix and Match Your color like You Mix and Match Your Furniture
As chic as an all-white bedroom seems, with pure white goose feather filled pillows and seashell pinch pleated curtains, why not add some bright and exciting colours like blue and pink to give the room character.
In a room that is filled with light shades like white and grey, try popping in a lounge chair with a velvet pink or purple color to give it personality. Or, if you have an office that is crying out dullness with its infinite amount of dark tan wood, fill up a bookcase with accessories of earth-like colours such as dark green to build charm.
Keep in mind that too much color will cause the space to look cluttered, so limit your color palette. For example, in a bedroom try coordinating the nightstand, dresser and bed with the lighting, window treatment and artwork. Then, allow freedom of color throughout the rest of the bedroom.
3. Be Aware of Space
If the room you are designing has too little in it, it will look plain and unstimulating. On the other hand, a room too full will feel crowded and messy. Find that balance and you will walk into a room that will fill you with comfort and embolden you.
When mix and matching furniture, be wary of scale. If you have a couch that is quite large and has square-like features, sit a thin-legged round side table next to it. The visual weight between a strong build and a petite structure will be complimentary.
4. Take Advantage of Texture
Leftover, you have a wooden dresser, a silver-lined round mirror and a geometric glass candle holder. Three completely different textured types of furniture, how could you possibly fit these into your home to make use of them? You may think we’re crazy, but, put them all together.
When furniture and accessories placed beside each other all have the same texture, your eyes tend to simply glaze over. But when you place a textured object in the space, the elements pop!
5. Accessorise to Characterise
The ultimate and easiest way to successfully mix and match your furniture is through accessories.
Ensure the accessories are adding style and not clutter is to coordinate the colours and textures of your accessories with the biggest features of the room. If your dining table is a white painted wood, frame all your artwork with a white painted wood.
By following these tips, your mix and matching journey should not only be fun and lead to an end product that embodies who you are, but it’ll give you confidence to invite people to your home and to make use of the new space you have created.