Mismatched Furniture Can Be Its Own Style- By: Jilda Peterson
If you are decorating in a shabby chic style, then you would think of nothing other than decorating with mismatched furniture to get that nice eclectically shabby aesthetic. A more traditional style may lend itself to matching furniture pieces, but when you decorate your home with suites of matching furniture, you create a furniture showroom appearance in your own home, which lacks personality. Building your furnishings with individual pieces of furniture to create an overall style in your room's design is a great way to add your personal touch to your living space. You can create a truly eclectic design, or you may choose to blend complementary pieces to create a more subtle effect. Either way, when you are done, the room reflects you.
Not a Display Window
Decorating with mismatched pieces of furniture actually creates a much more visually interesting room. When all of your furniture matches, it says nothing about you. If you look at a room created by a talented designer, you will see individual pieces of furniture that work together to create a cohesive room design. Designers abhor that 'showroom' look where everything matches. So even if you have a set or suite of furniture, you can mix and match your furniture with other rooms, or you may simply add a few more individual pieces to dilute the effect of the matching suite.
Infuse the Room with Your Personality
Just by selecting individual pieces of furniture for your room's design, you infuse it with your design aesthetic. Choose furniture that you like, even if it does not necessarily 'go' with the rest of your room. You can pull any element into your room design by relating to its line, color or texture, and when you are done the room will truly be your own.
How to Blend Furnishings
Probably the simplest way to mix furniture pieces and still have them work together is to keep a single element in the room constant. Choose a shape, a color or a texture to use throughout the room; if your main furniture elements all have this feature, then the overall look for your room will be cohesive. For example, if you have a mismatched couch and chair, you can use complementary throw pillows across both pieces to unite them visually. By keeping elements between other pieces in the room similar, you can create drama for a single piece of furniture when you break your subtle pattern. Remember that the less the pieces relate to one another, the more eclectic you room design will appear.
Finding the Perfect Pieces
Many people simply inherit mismatched furniture pieces that evolve over time in their households. If you do not have a lot of individual pieces of furniture, you can find some really excellent pieces at thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets. When you find something that you love, if it does not quite fit your room design, consider adding a slipcover or painting it to blend into your decor.
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Online contributing editor for WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, Jilda Peterson has extensive design experience, using wall grill decor and tree wall art.