Mix and Match

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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 Having everything in the same finish can be a little outdated, and cold in leather.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!

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