How to Mix & Match New & Old FurnitureApril 25, 2017
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to decorate your home. The decor magazines and websites all make it look so easy. But if you’ve ever added a vase here and placed a light there only to have a look appear junky and anything but stylish, you’re not alone. After all, the art of interior design is something many people spend years in school for, and even more years perfecting throughout their careers.
Creating the perfect look for your home doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there are easy ways to pair a lot of the things currently in your home with a few select new pieces and have a look be something you’ve dreamed about. It starts with evaluating what you already have and want to use. It continues by focusing on fine furniture design and understanding how to select things that will last a lifetime. And when you put the two together, the look will be incredible.
We know you still need some inspiration to help you create a lighter, fresher space you’ll be happy to call home, which is why we have a few tips to help you through the process. Mixing and matching are the perfect way to combine your style with fine furniture guaranteed to give you years of pleasure.
Embrace the pieces you already have and love
Have you ever wondered who goes out and buys an entire house full of furniture at one time? Us too. Because in most cases, that’s not how people shop for fine furniture. Instead, people shop for pieces one item at a time.
A new dining room set may lead to selecting a buffet or a hutch too. A new sofa may lead to selecting matching chairs that go along with it. But most people start with one piece of furniture in mind. And that piece is usually used to build around things you already have in place. That’s not a bad thing. That gives you your place to begin.
If you have a piece you love, keep it! Use that as your starting point. But don’t be afraid to freshen up the piece you have to give your space new life.
For instance, maybe you inherited dark solid wood furniture from a relative. Yet, you prefer a clean, light look. There are easy ways to mix it up and incorporate something new to give it a fresh new appearance.
If you have a traditional dining room set with dark wood table and matching chairs, how about replacing the end chairs with upholstered pieces that use a light fabric? You can continue to lighten things up by carrying new colors into the paint, the drapery, even the accessories. Add a bouquet of fresh flowers in a similar color theme and your guests will gush over the look.
The funny thing is that when you combine things you love with one or two new pieces of fine furniture, you may love your traditional pieces even more. You’ll also discover how fun the mixing and matching process can be.
Everyone has the creativity skill … Use it!
If we had a dime for every time a customer walks through our doors and says, “I just want to lighten up my style.” What that usually means is to do away with the old, worn out look they’ve been living with for far too long, and bringing in a few lighter and more trendy pieces to have a little bit of fun with.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with whatever you have in place. You can mix furniture styles and create a look you will love.
There isn’t a right or wrong way to approach the design process. In fact, with fine furniture design, pieces are created to ensure they look good for a lifetime. That means, with a few traditional and well-built pieces, you can play around with the more trendy pieces, add color and punch with your accessories and decor, and never grow tired of the results.
And don’t forget that a high-quality piece of furniture can be moved from room to room, always being repurposed to use in many ways. We’ve seen tables used in living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms and a chest can easily be used for clothing as well as china.
Look through decor magazines and websites to gain ideas for repurposing your old antiques and breathing new life into them. How about painting an antique table you’ve had stored in the basement? Because antique furniture is often well built, a simple coat of paint can help it become a standout piece you’ll be proud to put on display.
And don’t worry about matching. Mixing and matching are the only things that guarantee your personality will shine through. Dark wood can look great with light wood counterparts. It comes down to seeing the look you’re trying to create, and sticking with a few colors that look well together as the glue that makes it all work.
Don’t worry if it sounds confusing. It’s a simple concept and one that we’re happy to implement with you at any time.
Follow-thru and repetition are your new best friends
Still feeling a bit overwhelmed? One of the best ways to bring your look together, no matter how many types of furniture, wood tones, or styles you have, is to start with a common color theme and repeat it again and again.
Repetition moves beyond a room and can pull your entire home together.
Have you ever walked through a model or a show home and wondered how it looks so pulled together? That’s because they use a common theme throughout. It’s what gives it charm and makes you feel as if everything belongs.
Let’s say you’re in love with the color white. You probably know there are dozens of shades of white. If you mix them, you’re likely to find chaos at best. It’s all about finding the proper hue, saturation, and chroma for your style. And that will dictate your decorating blueprint. A linen white will move you towards the tans and browns; a sage white will move you into shades of green.
Now that you have your theme you have your direction for selecting pieces, adding accessories, and finding ways of tying the entire look together. You can incorporate the things you love with more traditional fine furniture pieces, and create a room that works in subtle ways.
Matching lamps can be moved and added to similar arrangements throughout your home.
Similar colors, tones, and patterns of pillows can be used as accents.
A collection of common materials, such as silver mirrors, can be hung and placed throughout.
The more you use it, the more you’ll see it, the more together your house will become.
How would you define your style? Are you ready to add fine furniture pieces to your mix?