Mix and match home decor is all the rage these days – and I L-U-V it because I’m not a match-ee-match type! My decorating style is eclectic, functional, and must have plenty of interest everywhere I look.
I speak from experience when I say, there’s a delicate balance and art to marrying odd pieces to create a beautiful home. It’s not quite as easy as collecting mis-matched furniture, dish-wear or upholstery; throwing it all together and hoping your room will look like the cover on a Home Decor magazine.
However, once you know a few simple designer secrets, it’s easy to turn a room from humdrum to extraordinary. And the exact same secrets the designers use for restyling a home can be applied when you mix and match painted furniture!
Which brings us to our next make-over. I recently pulled this salvaged head/foot board out of my inventory and realized I had an odd couple. No worries, because as you’ll see, these 2 pieces meet the criteria needed to “work” as a beautiful set.
Here are 3 secrets to marry an odd couple when you mix and match painted furniture:
1. Paint Furniture the Same Color
If you have mismatched furniture, the simplest way to unify the pieces (and create a set) is to paint them all the same color. Although this head/foot board has totally different detailing, once I painted them in Pebble Beach Grey and highlighted the details in white, the look is clean and cohesive.
2. Choose Furniture From the Same Era/Similar Style
Pairing a French Provincial dresser with a Mid-Century Modern piece is risky. Maybe the most talented designers can pull this off, but most of us would find it a challenge. When you mix and match painted furniture, it’s safer to keep your pieces from the same era or stick with furniture styles with similar lines, shape and detailing.This will make an odd couple look more uniform without even trying.This head and foot board are obviously from the same era and possibly even from the exact same manufacturer. The scroll detailing and soft flowing lines work well together.
3. Similar Woods/Materials
When creating a set from two different pieces, it’s best to keep the furniture materials alike so the finish looks the same. Keep with woods (or other materials) that take to paint and/or stain the same way. This head/foot board has the same veneer finish. When I spray painted with a custom Chalky Paint, the finish looks identical.
If you adore the look of eclectic mismatched pieces, mixing and matching can open up unlimited fun and creativity when painting your furniture!
I’m thrilled with how this head and foot board turned out, so I may stick with the Pebble Beach Grey theme when painting this next piece.If the head/foot board hasn’t sold by the time I restyle this dresser, I can sell these pieces as a set!
Do you mix and match painted furniture or play with mismatched decor in your home? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Have an amazing day – and Happy Painting!