How to Mix and Match Furniture Styles the Right Way

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grey modern sofa mixed with contemporary coffee table design

No matter how big or small the space in your home is, styling it with appropriate furniture can be a tedious and a tricky proposition.

With so many styles, colors and themes to choose from, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. Add personal preferences into the mix, and you’ll realize how home design and decor can be a seriously daunting task. 

Well, the good news is that the concept of mixing and matching furniture is becoming a style of its own. Put together various pieces of different styles and time periods, and you’ll be able to create an overall look that’s intriguing and refreshingly unique. Another benefit of the emergence of the mix-and-match style is that you no longer have to worry about purchasing an entirely new furniture suite.

Homes that layer in different furniture styles are dynamic and interesting. Although the versatility brought about is certainly welcomed, the trick is to ensure that everything ties together cohesively at the end. The most eye-pleasing spaces seek some common ground, where everything finds a way to get along. It doesn’t leave you questioning Here are TEN ways to mix aesthetics without getting a raised eyebrow:


1. Have a plan


It’s easy to get dazed and confused when going for a mix-and-match strategy. Hence, it becomes all the more vital to start with an idea of the look of space so you don’t get swayed by the assorted options while shopping. A good start would include building an inspiration board to narrow down the direction in which you want your decor to head. Blogs, magazines, look-books and style guides are all an excellent source of inspiration.


2. Colors tie things together


As a general rule of thumb, use a simple color scheme to easily apply a mix and match style. This usually involves two neutral shades and two accent colors. A simple color palette ensures that the subject of attention is the overall theme of the space.


3. Don’t forget patterns


Although patterns are an excellent way to create interesting designs, but overdoing it only makes it all erratic. Use subtle patterns over smaller surface areas as opposed to having large scale patterns on larger surface areas. Remember that you’re chasing a sense of cohesion in the look of your space, and not make it appear too busy.

multiple styles of chairs in the dining room


4. Introduce unrelated pieces


If you have matching sets of furniture that still need to be utilized, you can still adopt a mix-and-match style by using unrelated items in these spaces. For example, add another chair by the sofa in your living room that doesn’t necessarily match the sofa but has something in common (such as the texture or the time period). This can also be achieved with accessories like vases, throws, or even side and coffee tables.


5. Make use of shapes


Shapes are a large part of an interior scheme. Have pieces that are completely different but share some commonality can be a subtle, yet powerful way to tie things together. For example, chairs of different styles may look strange together, but this can create a surprisingly unified look if they all have clean lines.


6. Utilize accents throughout


Accent pieces make up for powerful focal points. Whether they’re pops of color such as a bright cushion or striking accessories (like a unique looking lamp), they elaborate a room enough to create a pleasing visual aesthetic. Resist the temptation to overdo accents as too many focal points result in a potentially distracting space.

bedroom with orange accent pillows and blanket


7. Make use of texture


Colors, shapes, and accents are all obvious things to consider when decorating a room. However, an important element often overlooked is texture. Mixing different textures can help in creating the overall theme of the space, and more importantly, adds a tactile element of to your decor.


8. It’s all about balance


A room should never feel overdone, and the best way to make sure that this doesn’t happen is to take a step back and reflect on each space. It’s easy to get carried away when working with so many things going on in a mix-and-match scheme. Using solid colors to counter patterns or neutral shades to counter accents is a great practise to accomplish this.

different styles of living room table and chairs


9. The 80/20 rule


This ratio rule is the perfect way to assess your decor work. It pretty much means that you need to choose a main character and a supporting character. And in this case those characters are the styles you are after. Those will be your 80 and your 20. The main style will be represented in 80% of the space, and the other 20% will be the other style. For example, if your home decor style definition is comfortable-modern-traditional, the larger ticket items in your home need to be elements of modern to establish a sensible style.


10. Final touches


Just like accessorizing in fashion, the smallest details complete a particular look in a room. They are often the one thing that can suddenly transform a room by creating a satisfying visual appeal. Consider using small items like vases, lamps and picture frames to add some personality and subtlety within each area of your home. Placement is key here, and can often mean the difference between a distracting piece and an interesting piece. Rugs, curtains, and shades are also a great way to put some finishing touches in a room.

mixing different styles of rugs and lamps in this living and dining room


Ultimately, the thing to remember when trying to mix and match your furniture is to maintain an understated tone. Keep experimenting with different layouts and schemes, and you’ll eventually discover something that satisfies you and reflects your personal style. After all, a mix-and-match scheme is your chance to express your individual taste. So embrace this opportunity, use your creative side and have some fun.

With that out of the way, another pressing concern while (re)decorating your home is the financial overhead involved. One way to reduce the monetary investment towards this is to reuse the existing pieces in your home. A great example of this is a drawer chest that previously sat in your bedroom could now be used as a storage table of cutlery and linen in your dining area. Adding a vase of flowers and candles will change the purpose and style of what would’ve otherwise been a standard piece.

Then, there’s the expensive affair of acquiring brand new furniture. Buying new home furniture usually comes at the cost of compromised lifestyle choices for an extended period of time. Renting your home furniture not only allows you to be flexible financially but also lets you acquire the furniture you love at a fraction of the original cost. CasaOne’s home furniture rental solutions aim to do precisely that.

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