Selecting new furniture can be an exciting process, but it can also become overwhelming if you’re unsure as to how different pieces will look when brought together into one space in your home. Whether you’re looking to put together an entirely new set of furniture for your space, or you need to incorporate new pieces into a space already fitted with some pieces of furniture, here is a quick guide to making sure your room’s interior design looks cohesive with the furniture that you choose.
Start by shopping sets
Usually the easiest place to start is with a bedroom or living room furniture set that features multiple pieces you’d like to incorporate in your room design. You might opt for a bed and accompanying nightstand, for example, for a cohesive pairing in the center of your bedroom space, or you might select a sectional sofa and matching chair from the same set for your living room space. But you don’t need to purchase every item of a set in order to establish a coordinating room design. One added bonus to shopping furniture sets is that you can observe how furniture designers create cohesive sets of furniture and then use this inspiration to put together a set of your own. Perhaps a coordinating sofa and coffee table from the same collection are tied together with the same wood type, or an office desk and file cabinet share the same sharp angles and drawer pulls. Take note of what coordinating elements you like from a set and remember them as you go on to select more furniture.
Keep the style consistent
This point is rather straightforward, but it’s worth the extra reminder. Be sure that the furniture pieces you are drawn to all evoke a similar style. You might love both an extra ornate coffee table and a geometric-look accent chair, for example, but that doesn’t mean the two should be paired together. Slightly varying styles are okay, but be sure that they are tied together with something similar like design lines.
Define a color palette
Selecting a few pieces you love and then defining a color palette from there will make even an eclectic selection of furniture look tied together.
Feel free to mix texture
Varying textures are what make a room interesting; they create a room that looks collected over time rather than put together all at once. The key to mixing textures is incorporating a variety of materials while sticking to a deliberate and defined color palette.
Involve similar proportion
It’s important to note the proportions of the furniture pieces you’re considering pairing together. Have you found both a couch and an accent chair from different collections that color-wise and materials-wise blend well together? Be sure that they are proportionally similar as well. A large couch featuring oversized cushions, for example, would look odd next to a small accent chair that is much lower in seating height.