I’ve been doing a little decorating and curating in my dining room. And it struck me… I have a mix and match dining room! A little bit of this and a tad of that and a smidge of the other. Gone are the days that everything is matchy-matchy. Now is the time to keep what you like and get rid of what does not work for you! Decorating is all about style… YOUR style!
It’s taken quite a few years and an evaluation of changes for my dining room to look like this. And really, this is me! I have been enjoying the decorating journey and I want to share how I pieced my dining room together.
Six years ago I had a very beautiful mahogany dining room table, chairs, and buffet. Six years ago it was well over two decades old. It was still in very good condition but I was so tired of it. So I made the decision, little by little, to replace and upcycle things my dining room.
And here we are years later and the look is totally different. Here’s what I mixed and matched!
The indoor/outdoor rug replaced a more traditional one. Every spill and stain and crumb comes right up! And this rug was quite a good price for the quality. I found it at Ballard Designs.
In the image above the curtains have stayed from the beginning of the transformation. I made and lined them. A big project!!!!
And the little black chair now lives in the dining room after replacing a rotating line up of other little accent chairs. Because the room is so neutral and light I like to have a bit of black to “ground” it.
The table was something I loved from the minute I saw it. It has a beautiful wooden base with traditional lines and a concrete top. I fretted about this purchase! After going over and over the pros and cons I bit the bullet, pulled the trigger and got it. And I’m so glad I did.
Yes, it’s a bit different but it really reflects my style. I love the high/low, rustic/refined juxtaposition. It is one of the mainstays of my personal style.
The color of the table works with the silver in the rug and the nailheads on the head chairs. I also am a huge fan of mixing metals. Are you old enough to remember when mixed metals was a no-no?
The head chairs were actually the first new thing I put in the dining room. Because all the soft furnishing are very neutral they all work together. The fabric on the chairs is a beige with a very slight heathered look.
The chair legs have a neutral/gold spatter effect. I like to show off the legs of this chair by cocking the chairs slightly outward.
One of the biggest tips I can give a home decorator about mixing furniture is to make sure the color palette is very very tight! And don’t match the wood colors but keep them in the same tones. The wood tones in this dining room are very light and washed out.
Now let’s move to the bench. This was such a find at World Market (sorry they don’t carry it anymore). It was a gray tufted bench with dark legs. I painted the legs white and antiqued them. Easy peasy! And covered the bench with a dropcloth! You can see the post for an easy dropcloth seat cover HERE.
The newest addition to the dining room are the trendy, yet not so trendy, bentwood strapping side chairs.
The overall style of these chairs is quite popular with the X back.
However, that is where the similarity stops. The apron of the chair has great carved and limed detailing and the legs are reminiscent of a Louis XVI Federal mashup!
I love the way the bentwood strapping curves to hug the seat.
The seat of the bentwood chairs is linen, the slipcover of the bench is a painter’s dropcloth, and the seat of the head chairs is a linen blend. They are all different but they work together. The key to mixing furniture is for the most prominent elements to play nicely together. I achieved this through color.
The outlier in this room is the buffet. This was a vintage oak buffet that I painted several years ago with chalk paint and a “striping” technique. I think it works because it is also a very soft color.
I had no idea or great plan when I started to curate my dining room piece by piece that it would look like it does today. But I trusted my instinct, collected great pieces, and kept true to my style. And staying true to what you love is the secret to a room that looks like YOU!
A mix and match room is such an interesting way to decorate and my favorite.
Do you have any tips for mix and match decorating? Please share!
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