Furnishing a home can be fairly hard. Visions of dining room chairs and comfy couches may be dancing in your head, but the chances are high that you have no idea how to put them together so that they appear coordinated. You have to consider various styles, colors, balance, and patterns that may be overwhelming and confusing. Here is what to do if you want to have a magazine-worthy home.
How to pick furniture pieces that go together
1. Have a plan
When going for a mix-and-match strategy, it is really easy to get assorted and dazed. For that reason, it is extremely important to decide the perfect look of your space beforehand. Besides, with a good plan, you won’t get confused by a myriad of options while shopping. You may try to create an inspiration board using different magazines, style guides, blogs, and look-books. It will help you narrow down the direction in which you should head.
2. Set a budget
When planning a decorating makeover, decide how much money you can invest in it. Then, sort out your priorities before making a decision about what to buy. For instance, if you cannot stand your battered sofa, it is better to start from it. Buy a sofa that you will love seeing in your place and design around it.
3. Take measurements
Before going shopping for a perfect piece of furniture, be sure to measure your room. Do not forget to take the measurements of all your furniture items too. Apart from that, it is extremely important to trust your gut. For example, do not buy several oversized furniture sets if your room is too small. However, a single oversized couch may still work for a small room if you apply the mix-and-match system. According to Fine Art Shippers, accurate measurements will also come in handy when calculating the cost of shipping the items to your home.
4. Colors tie things together
To apply a mix-and-match style, it is better to use a simple color scheme. As a general rule of thumb, a limited color palette can ensure that your room will seem coherent, even if several styles are adopted. The palette usually involves two accent colors and two neutral shades. For example, choosing a strictly beige color with touches of green will help you put together a chandelier with modern kitchen cabinets, a contemporary ladder, Chinese-style chairs, and items with the ornate architecture. By using a simple color palette, the overall theme of the space will be the subject of attention.
5. Decide patterns
Patterns can also make the difference. However, although patterns help create interesting designs, avoid overdoing them, as they can make the total look erratic. Use larger patterns on larger surface areas and subtle patterns over smaller surface areas. Remember that a sense of cohesion in the look of your space should be your number one priority. Your living place should not appear too busy.
6. Coordinate the weight of furniture and accessories
If you have heavy, square-back oak chairs in your dining room, match them with a rectangular dining table in a similar wood finish. On the other hand, delicate chairs can add style to your space and help evoke sturdiness. Hang up framed artworks with narrow and lightweight wooden frames. The frames are supposed to coordinate with the finish of the table. Try mixing in a delicate touch to temper the heavy look of the space. A good idea is to place a porcelain statue and fragile crystal candle holders in the center of your dining table. Finally, consider adding potted plants, as gently flowing foliage can create a special cozy atmosphere in your home.
7. Follow a time period theme
If you are eager to show off an artwork inherited from your great-grandparents, you can make it the focal point of your living room. Besides, you can pair it with a deep sofa of the same period. To emphasize the style of a certain era, try hanging pictures that showcase scenes from those days. Cover a chaise lounge with crushed velvet. To add a colorful touch, place several tall ceramic floor pots with seasonal flowers in the corner of your bedroom.
8. Make use of shapes
Shapes are also an important part of the interior scheme. You can successfully tie completely different things together in your living place by having pieces that share some commonality. You may think your table and chairs of different styles seem quite strange together. However, if they all have clean lines, this can create a surprisingly unified look.
9. Balance different materials
Apart from paying attention to the scale and shape of the furniture, you should also try to balance different materials the same way. You definitely do not want to end up having your entire space filled with items made of mid-brown wood only. Instead, you can mix more rustic materials, such as rattan or cane, with sleek stone surfaces like travertine or marble. Combine matte blonde wood with shiny black wood finishes. A good idea is to add some velvet, metal, glass, and various patterns. All in all, to create a layered space, it is worth thinking of materials in terms of contrasts.
10. Work with what you have
To create a fresh look for your home, you do not obligatorily have to buy new furniture. Look at what you have and decide what you need to replace and what is worth keeping. Sometimes, a slight change can make the difference, so try relocating furniture pieces from one room to another. If you have a table that you are fond of in the bedroom, but it serves only for holding your clothes, consider moving it to the sitting room. Redecorate your space and relocate your furniture until your home feels right to you.
Decorating and furnishing your home can be a seriously daunting task, but this guide is sure to help you put pieces together and create a coherent look. Good luck!