HOW TO? MIX & MATCH
Interior design can be a complicated proposition, no matter how small or large a room may be. With so many themes, styles, and colours, the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming. On top of this, it’s all about personal preference, so while one person might love a classic or colorful interior, the other may prefer a modern Contemporary style.
The good news is that the concept of mixing and matching furniture and design is becoming a style of its own. This is where various pieces of different styles and time periods are used together to create an overall look that’s interesting and refreshingly unique. Another benefit of the emergence of the mix-and-match style is that you don’t have to purchase an entirely new suite of furniture since you can just mix and match your favorite pieces with some additional new items.
The versatility is certainly welcomed, but the trick is to ensure that everything ties together cohesively at the end. Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure your mix-and-match design style looks harmonious and eclectic, without clashing and being messy.
1. Have a plan
When going for a mix-and-match strategy it’s very easy to get confused along the way and be swayed by things you see while shopping. For this reason, it’s vital that you start with an idea of the look and feel you’re going for. If you’re making something yourself, build an inspiration board and narrow down the direction you want your decor to head. Blogs, magazines, and catalogues are all perfect sources of inspiration, and there’s nothing wrong with copying a style that you like.
2. Use your existing and favorite pieces in different ways
Giving a piece of furniture a new purpose is a great way to mix things up. For example you may consider using a chest of drawers that was previously in the bedroom as a storage unit for table linens in the dining area. Adding a runner and candles will change the entire purpose and style of what would be an otherwise standard piece. The chest of drawers will look like something new and the room will have an entirely different feel. Best of all, you’ll be saving money on the way.
3. Use colour to tie things in together
As a general rule of thumb, a simple colour scheme is more easily applied to a mix and match style. This would usually involve two neutral shades and two accent colours. Keeping your colour palette simple will ensure that it doesn’t draw attention away from the overall theme. If you’re obsessed with all things ocean and beach, for example, you might start with an airy blue and green palette and work from there.
4. Don’t forget patterns
Patterns are an excellent way to create interesting designs, but it’s important that you don’t overdo it. To create a cohesive look, use subtle patterns and try to not use large scale patterns on large surfaces as this can make a room appear too busy. Two smaller patterns might end up competing with each other, try choosing one large-scale pattern and one-small scale pattern for a more complementary effect.
5. Find ways to repeat yourself
One foolproof way to make disparate pieces come together? Use repetition. While matching every item in a room is overkill, matching aspects within a room creates a sense of harmony and cohesion. Repeating fabric patterns and accent colors are two easy ways to embrace repetition, as is introducing occasional matching pieces, such as lamps and throw pillows.
6. Make use of shapes and accents
Although subtle, shapes are a large part of an interior scheme. Having pieces that are completely different but share some commonality from an overall shape perspective can be a subtle yet powerful way to tie things together. For example, chairs of different styles may look strange together, but if they all have rounded arms this can create a surprisingly cohesive look.
Accent pieces are powerful focal points. Whether they’re pops of color such as a bright cushion or striking accessories like a unique lamp, they introduce a level of complexity to a room that can also serve as a visual impact.
7. It’s all about balance
With so many things going on in a mix-and-match scheme, it’s easy to get carried away. A great thing to do is stop at every room and ensure it’s balanced from a visual perspective. Just like accessorizing in fashion, the smallest details can help complete a look in the home. Consider using small items like vases, lamps, and picture frames to add some personality and subtle meaning within each area of your home. Placement is key here, and can often mean the difference between a distracting piece and an interesting piece.
The main thing to remember when trying to mix and match your furniture is to keep it understated and keep in mind that there are a number of ways to tie things in together. Keep experimenting with different layouts and schemes, and you’ll eventually find something that you’re happy with that reflects your personal style. After all, a mix-and-match scheme is an opportunity to have some fun and express all your individual tastes, so give yourself a chance to experiment and use your creative side.