Matching furniture (or not)
- Pick individual items you love that will stand the test of time.
- Take time to figure out what works for you in the space you have, without being contrived.
- Think about your colour palette and use similar or complimentary colours for a cohesive scheme and don’t be afraid to mix styles and patterns.
- Start with one large piece that you love (like a sofa, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bed or even a large painting ) and develop your style and theme from there.
- Add interesting smaller pieces and accessories as an accent, or pop of colour and build the layers until you are satisfied with the look.
- Symmetrical balance – This is used for a traditional style of room. It is where items are placed symmetrically, for example matching coffee tables and lamps either side of a sofa. Perfect mirror images around a central axis.
- Asymmetrical balance- This is less traditional and good to create a relaxed feel in a room. Harder to achieve successfully, it can require some trial and error. Balance is still achieved but without using matching items. For example use a two seater sofa in one style opposite two different chairs. The combined size of the chairs creates balance with the sofa. Co-ordinating or contrasting colours, cushions and throws can tie the scheme together.
- Radial balance -This is where a room is designed around a central focal point. For example, a round dining table, a large coffee table or rug. It’s wise to chose this item first, whatever it may be, and build the other furniture and finishing touches around it .