In the interior design world, new trends are discovered during industry trade shows each year, helping homeowners like you create fresh spaces that fit in with your style, comfort preferences and functional needs. From the rise in gold and brass fixtures to the comeback of wallpaper, many of the popular trends this past year have focused on accessories — but not all of them have. One of the biggest 2015 trends that can have a big impact on your home’s style is the switch from matching to mixing furniture. Here’s what you need to know.
Up until this past year, purchasing furniture collections to outfit your living room and bedroom has been a way to create a cohesive space. With matching furniture, you never had to worry whether your room looked put-together or whether each piece of furniture you chose complemented the rest, because they always did. Matching furniture was easy and safe, but unfortunately, it could also easily become boring.
More and more, interior design has started focusing on individual style and incorporating one’s personality into his or her home. Opting not to match your furniture is a great way to do just this. While buying matching seats, tables and dressers was a simple way to style your home, you can think of this new mismatching furniture trend as an opportunity to get creative with your space so you can design a more interesting home.
Of course, mixing furniture designs and styles can be tricky, and without careful consideration your furniture could look out of place. To find sofas, tables, storage solutions and even dining chairs that complement one another (without actually matching), here are three quick and easy tips to keep in mind.
1. Find a common trait among furniture
Whether it’s a color, style or pattern, search for one element that can tie your furniture together. This will help you maintain a cohesive space without it becoming a bore.
2. Don’t try combining two very different styles
Mixing different styles is great, but it’s important that the designs aren’t too different. Combining a very traditional piece with an ultra-sleek modern design, for example, will look off and you’ll notice every time you step into the room.
3. You don’t have to mismatch everything
If the idea of mixing furniture seems a little overwhelming, keep in mind that you don’t have to mismatch every piece of furniture in order to create an interesting interior. In the living room, try mismatching your sofa and chairs, but bring in matching end tables to keep the room from seeming eclectic.
All in all, mismatching furniture provides a chance to have even more fun with your interior design! Give it a try and see how this new trend works for your space and style.