Tips For Mixing Furniture Styles

Posted by Alison Johnson on

Rather than fixating on a particular room, we thought in this next blog post we would give you some handy tips for mixing furniture styles. Now most of us aren’t in a position where we can go out and purchase all of the furniture we want for our entire house, in one go.

Often there will be trusty pieces that we have had for years that become our staples, and this gets added to one piece at a time. However sometimes it can be hard to know whether your furniture works well together, or just looks cumbersome.

Here are some of our top tips for mixing furniture styles when you are either renovating a house, or moving somewhere new.

1. Try and connect different materials

Linking back to the importance of mixing and layering in our Bohemian style interior design blog, connecting different materials from various furniture helps them to blend in together. For example, if you have a gold side table, you could opt for gold ceiling lights to scatter some more colour through the room. Also if you have wooden feet on your sofa, you could link this with a wooden lamp on the side. It is all about connecting the furniture in your room together, so that it feels like the items belong together. 

Different Materials | Crackpots

2. Find common themes between different types of furniture

You may find yourself in a position where you have furniture from different eras which can sometimes pose a challenge. Try and find a common connection between them - whether that is the type of wood they are made from, the silver handles on the units, or even the shape of the pieces of furniture. If you have a table in your living room that has no matching chairs, that is not a problem. You may find that although the seats don’t match, they all have wooden legs which compliment the wooden floor they are placed on. 

3. Bring furniture together using colour

Colour is extremely important when it comes to furniture, as interior design can really affect your mood. Don’t go crazy and try and include lots of different colours. It is most likely that you will have lots of different types of furniture with various textures, so you are best restricting your colour palette. Stick with two or three shades as your base colours, but feel free to use different tones of these colours throughout your home. Accessories such as tissue box covers are also a great way to combine colours between items of furniture.


4. Mix up textures

Textures are a great way of integrating styles into a room. If you have an armchair which is made from a coloured fabric, you could purchase a throw in this colour to drape over another piece of furniture. The best materials to use to soften a room are velvet, cotton and woven fabrics. Remember that your statement pieces of furniture still need to stand out, so be selective when it comes to textures. An interior design mood board is a great way to gather some ideas for textures and colours, so you can see how the room will look before you start your spending spree!

5. Think about scale

Consider the size of the room you are dealing with when you think about scale. Whilst it is often thought that mixing extreme ends of the scale are best, a huge accessory such as a large lamp may look completely out of place on a small table. Work with what you have, and make sure pieces blend together. This is also important when it comes to mixing modern with vintage. By choosing pieces of furniture that are of similar sizes, they will look better together.

Table Lamp | Crackpots

We hope this has given you some useful tips to help mix your different types of furniture for a more complete feel. Feel free to have a look through our collection for those smaller pieces that can help bring themes and colours together.


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