Remember Garanimals? The clothing line with the tags that told you which pieces “matched” and therefore could be worn together? Well, sometimes we grown-ups fall prey to Garanimalitis when we’re decorating. We buy sets and make sure everything matches. And it all ends up looking nice, but a little bit boring.
The antidote is mix and match, and while it takes a little more though, it’s well worth it in the long run and one of this year’s hottest decorating trends. Here are a few tips to get you mixing and matching your way to a fabulous design that’ll make prospective buyers want to buy your home as is!
Say goodbye to matching sets of furniture in the dining room, living room, and bedrooms. In the dining room, choose a table from one set and chairs from another. Pair contemporary pieces (a modern lighting fixture) with rustic ones (a farm table instead of a “classic” dining room set). Stay flexible and fun and add playful touches.
In the kitchen, consider mixing it up a little. What about a colorful backsplash? And try this: change up the granite countertops so the island granite complements, but doesn’t match the rest.
In bedrooms, don’t buy a “bedroom set” with all of the matching pieces. Nightstands and chest do not have to match. In fact, you might be able to do some mixing by breaking up the sets you already have! And try adding a vintage chest or trunk.
In every room (especially living room and bedrooms), keep the fabric choices fun and a little more casual. Scramble fabrics that work together to create eclectic thrown pillows and upholstery choices. And take a look at what you own (or have tucked away in a storage unit, garage, or basement). Mix. Don’t match. And think about each room as a treasure hunt, where at least one delightful, unexpected surprise awaits you and enchants prospective buyers!