Turning Mismatched into Cohesive Décor

Turning Mismatched into Cohesive Décor

Although they are beautiful in their own right, I have developed a slight aversion over the years to commercially sold sets of furniture. I much prefer the uniqueness of a hand-picked (translation: mismatched) set. However, just because a person may like unique pieces does not mean chaos must prevail in their décor style.

There are many methods to bring cohesion to a collection of individual items and make them seem as though they were meant to be put together. It’s just a matter of strategy. Here are five tips for bringing seemingly dissimilar items together flawlessly:

Coordinate the Color.

This is probably the easiest way to coordinate initially mismatched furniture. Selecting a color palette (or a single color) and painting out the furniture to be consistent with that choice can make even the craziest seating pieces appear as a unit. In this case, the larger pieces at the head of the table are distinctly different in form, but when they’re painted the same color, they make sense. Keeping side chairs in the same color palette (blue, pale pink, or chartreuse) makes this setting festive, fun, and sensible. (The color-coordinated lanterns hanging from that tree are a perfect touch, too!).

Use Similar Materials.

In this case, wood is the similar material on the two flanking end tables. They are not really the same shape or style – one’s cupboard space is squat and boxy, the other long and narrow – but they are both made out of medium-shade wood with small dark knobs. Also, although the heights are not identical,they are similar, which tricks the eye into thinking they’re more of a pair than they actually are. Adding other simple wooden elements on top of the center piece cements the feeling of cohesion here.

Match the Style.

The color of these mismatched chairs is similar, but more important here is the style. The embracing of rustic-antique style (apparent throughout this dining room, with the sideboard table, ladder-as-towel-rack, and repurposed shutters) is what truly creates a cohesive setting here. The look of aged linen, chippy metal, and slightly distressed painted wood is welcoming, aesthetic, and particularly lovely.

Coordinate the Upholstery.

Neutrals with small punches of color make all the difference in this space. Imagine if that settee (which is slipcovered in white) were some random shade of blue, or orange, or floral? It would change the entire look and of this sitting area. But the colors are kept light and neutral, with just a bit of pattern and shades of greeny-blue thrown in for good measure. The fabrics don’t look as though they came from one line of fabrics (thank goodness! Where’s the fun in that?), but they are definitely coordinated and cohesive, and this space showcases its personality wonderfully.

Just Go With It.

Certainly, the pieces in this delightfully eclectic living room are dissimilar. But, when combined as they are, they create a depth and invigorating sense of appeal in the casual and welcoming vibe of the space. “Come as you are,” it seems to say. Sticking to a fairly neutral palette with just a few tropical-inspired accents (e.g., green, aqua, coral), each seating piece is unique, distinct, yet a lovely part of the whole. One commonality the mismatched pieces have is their curviness, which seems to soften the entire room.