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Mix and Match – How to Coordinate Your Furniture Coverings

Published by Emma Day in Design Tips

When it’s time to give your home a new lease of life, the fabric of your furnishings can make a massive difference to the overall look and feel of each room. Using the same fabric on each piece of furniture is fine if you want to play it safe, but coordinating different colours and patterns can have a lot more impact. If you’re ready to experiment but not sure where to begin, here are a few tips …


  1. Start with the most important piece and work from there

If you have a piece of furniture that takes centre stage in the room, then look at its pattern and colour it is and see how you can work the rest of the room around this colour scheme. Now’s the time to decide if you want to get it recovered, as this’ll influence what you do with the rest of the room.

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  1. Shop around for pieces that will complement your key piece

Bear in mind your key piece whilst you’re out shopping for other things to fill your room. If your key piece is patterned, pick your favourite colour from the pattern and shop for accessories in that colour.

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  1. Mix and match accessories

Don’t be afraid to mix things up when it comes to accessories. Your sofa cushions don’t all have to be the same, and no, they don’t have to match your throw either! Pick two colours that are complementary but don’t necessarily match, for example, light pink and grey, or mustard and charcoal.


  1. Don’t be afraid of a statement colour

It’s easy to play it safe and stick to neutral colours, but why not add a splash of personality and place a boldly coloured item in the room? This could be a floor lamp with a bright lampshade that provides a pop of colour, or a single feature wall painted a dark colour against your other neutral walls. Another option is to have an arm chair in a vivid colour to make the room look a little more contemporary.


  1. Mix colour and print

A vibrant idea, yes, but mixing colour and print doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. If you’ve got a neutral wall and a neutral sofa, then there’s lots of opportunity to play around with bold patterns and prints. The key is to pick one or two colours that are repeated throughout the room and appear on all patterns and prints, so that there’s one underlying hue that ties the whole room together.


  1. Balance it out

Coordinate your furniture coverings by making your room symmetrical. For example, two arm chairs facing one another in matching fabrics but with different accessories will create a tailored, sophisticated feel in the room.


  1. Monochrome coverings

You can’t go wrong with monochrome. If you’re panicking about how to coordinate your furniture coverings and aren’t entirely sure about whether you’re daring enough to add patterns and prints – stick to monochrome. It’s easy, sophisticated and timeless, and your choice of furnishings and accessories is limited to those particular colours, so it works for those who are a little indecisive when it comes to redecorating!


Need a little more help with decorating your home? Read our decorating planner and checklist to help get you up and running!


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Emma Day

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