Now don't get me wrong, Who doesn't love a good set from Pottery barn, or West Elm when they have it all set up in the window. It's beautiful, it all matches exactly, and they are obviously very good at it designing them. These "sets" are made for people to just go in take a quick look at it and say "Ok, thats good!". But is "good" really good enough?
There nothing to say that matching dining room set wont look good in your home, but that is the big difference between doing it yourself, and hiring a decorator. If it were that easy everyone could be one. But when you walk into a home that has been carefully curated by a designer, you can tell a big difference between that and the matching set you picked up at the retail store. So here are some great examples of how to mix different furniture pieces but still have your space look cohesive and high end.
Mix and Match Your Sofas!
Who says your sofas have to match?! Absolutely Nobody. This is actually a really big thing right now that we are seeing more and more of. One big rule I have is to always invest more in things that you sit on, but with mixing and matching sofas, maybe you can find a great deal on one or both of those sofa just because you don't have to buy a matching set. This also helps with tricky layouts where maybe you need a certain size sofa or chair for a particular space but an entire set wont fit the bill. This allows for a unique look that people will remember and it looks like you put a lot of time and effort into carefully selecting each unique piece for your home.
2. Dining Tables and Chairs
While having a dining set with all the same wood tones is ok and surely a safe bet, add a bit more interest by mixing the finishes. There is nothing that says that you cant mix wood tones. The rule on mixing wood tones is to only mix up to three and no more in a space. This does not apply to mixing wood with paint though. So if you want black chairs with a wood table go for it!
This tends to add some dimensions so that each piece stands out on its own. When you have a set that all matches exactly, they tend to blend together and get lost and it just looks like one big glob of furniture.
The same can be said with mixing in some upholstered chairs with your dining set. Even if you aren't sure about going totally rogue and buying all new chairs for your dining table, at least add some different chairs at each end of the table that has some fun upholstery. Heres another great example from CB2 that has their pieces mixed and the wood tones do not match.
3. Mixing Bedroom Furniture