How To: Mix and Match Furniture

How To: Mix and Match Furniture

Sarah Coffey
Dec 19, 2007

We love it when a home is full of eclectic pieces that work well together...nothing too matchy-matchy, but still a sense of overall style that holds a room together. It takes a good eye to pull off this look, but even if you're unsure of your decorating abilities, you can make this style work by sticking to a few loose rules. Click below for the guide.

• Look to blogs, shelter mags, and catalogs for inspiration. Copy the styles from a photograph of a room you love.

• Balance pieces by weight and size. For instance, a set of mismatched dining chairs can look off-kilter if you don't stick to similar sizes for each chair.

• Stick to the same color or a general family of colors (whether using painted color, wood grain, or other finishes) and play with a variety of shapes.

• Experiment with finishes. Try combining both a glossy and a matte finish in the same grouping.

• When mixing traditional and modern styles, look for pieces that can have a conversation with one another. For instance, Noguchi's lamps were inspired by traditional Japanese designs, so consider mixing them with an antique Asian table.

This is just a starter list. If you have other suggestions for mixing and matching furniture, let us know in the comments below.

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