Mix and Match

Today’s modern interiors mean more than just hard edged, clean lined, minimalist furniture. People are now mixing and matching furniture and styles to complete their interiors. Mixing of colors, fabrics, woods, metals, modern and antique is acceptable, and matching all your pieces is not.  This eclectic style is becoming more popular and to execute it properly, certain steps should be followed.

You should evaluate the furniture you already have and decide what you need to make your space more functional and fashionable. It is totally acceptable to keep grandma’s antique cocktail table and pair it with a new modern sofa, however there are a few key things to keep in mind while doing this. Make sure wood finishes blend, keeping some cohesion will ensure that the items will work together.  It is totally acceptable to mix a dark wood with natural walnut, as the dark will pull out the graining in the walnut. You wouldn’t want to mix a light and a dark wood finish, as the contrast will be too harsh.

Mixing furniture is also a way to add your own personal style to your décor.  You can certainly mix an all wood table with all leather chairs, or a metal table with wooden chairs, again, in complimentary colors so that it will all blend.  A cool way to spice up that antique dining table Aunt Edna left you, is to pair it with a bright colored, ultra modern plastic chair and a modern chandelier-Totally amazing look.

You can also mix fabrics and colors which is another fun way to add whimsy to your interior. Mixing stripes, solids and patterns not only adds interest but also texture. You can mix leathers and fabrics together for a nice warm look in your living room. Having everything in the same finish can be a little outdated, and cold in leather. Mixing it up, or in today’s slang, mashing it up-creates a more inviting, comfortable living space. Try it and you will see just how amazing your style transformation will be!

Kerry Sofa by Calligaris

Modern living rooms today are clean, simple and fairly timeless. Choosing the right elements can be a tough task, but if you start with the sofa—most everything else will fall into place. The Kerry sofa by Calligaris is a perfect example of a timeless, simple design. It comes in many configurations depending on your personal needs and space. It is also available to quick ship in a limited fabric and leg selections. If you are willing to wait, you can choose from may fabrics to give your living room a more customized look. The simple lines of Kerry make it easy to find accompanying items to start decorating your modern living room.

Contemporary Italian Furniture

Many articles had been written about Contemporary Italian Furniture and deservedly so. It brings beauty and style to any home and enhances the quality of one’s Modern Lifestyle. Whether it’s a beautiful contemporary leather chair, stylish yet comfortable or modern living room furniture one can be sure to get the most advanced, well-thought out product that makes a positive statement about its owner.

So what makes contemporary Italian furniture industry so great? There are many different factors that influence the industry.

Saba Italia

First and foremost is, without any doubt, is the long-standing tradition.Italy had been producing a disproportionately large number of artists, sculptors and architects since the time of ancient Rome. The furniture industry and production inItaly had benefited greatly from the other arts and sciences.  In fact, furniture manufacturing inItalyis just another form of the art.  It was never manufactured just out of necessity. The tradition of creative approach to furniture is still very much alive in Italyand it is the talent of Italian designers and artists that puts Italian furniture industry head and shoulders above the rest.

Gamma Arredamenti

Modern Italian furniture manufacturing is a dynamic, creative and vibrant industry that like New York, or Las Vegas for that matter, “never sleeps”. It’s simply impossible to rest on one’s laurels if you’re one of the leading modern furniture companies in Italy: the others will pass you by so quickly you wouldn’t know what hit you. We are not sure of the exact number of Italian modern furniture manufacturers at this time but it’s easily in thousands. The amount never stays the same. For all we know 15 new companies will open tomorrow.


The government of Italy had always supported new emerging companies that could prove their business viability. The system of federal subsidies for the small companies allows them to successfully compete with larger ones. If you have a chance, visit Contemporary and Classic Furniture show La Fiera in Milan that takes place every year in April.  It’s a city in itself.  You will be blown away by the variety of styles, colors, materials, but, most importantly, by craftsmanship of Italian contemporary and classic furniture manufacturers.


If, however the visit to Milan is not in your near future, stop by great Il Décor italian furniture store in Boston. You’ll be impressed with variety of contemporary furniture that they carry. Il Décor represents a number of the finest Italian modern furniture companies right here in the heart of Boston Back Bay, many of them exclusively.