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How to Mix and Match Sofas and Chairs

At Mor Furniture for Less, our friendly and knowledgeable design associates can help you learn to properly mix and match furniture of different colors, upholstery, and design style to create a cozy and cohesive look in any living space. While living room sets with matching everything are an easy way to get the majority of pieces for your space, it's inevitable that eventually, you will face the need to add or take away furniture from the room.

It's no secret that furniture doesn't last forever. Or, sometimes, your needs change as your life progresses and your family grows. Pets can damage sofas and loveseats, children may spill or accidentally stain a piece, and sometimes life happens. Pen marks, small tears, worn-out cushions–sooner or later, you're going to need to replace certain items. When you have a matching set of couches, recliners, and seating in a room, what do you do? Do you throw the entire set out and start fresh? You certainly can, but that can become expensive.

Another excellent option that saves money, time, and headaches is to replace just the singular piece you need. However, you may not be able to find that exact item for sale any longer. Or, perhaps you never had a furniture set but instead an assortment of furniture from your college days or living arrangements of the past. Now, it's time to bring in the new. When you learn to mix and match furniture, you can add a new seating area to ensure that the space will look well put together and inviting for family and guests alike.

Here's how to mix and match furniture such as sofas and loveseats in a living room, den, or finished basement easily and on a budget.

Pair Pieces with Similar Themes

Identifying a common theme is the best place to start, not just for the seating area but for the entire room. After all, nautical with sports with safari with 1960's mod all in one room is undoubtedly unique, but way too busy. Instead, pick one theme and stick with it throughout the space.

Finding a theme for a room to mix and match furniture can look like a few things. Themes can include a color palette, a texture or pattern palette, and a few visual points of interest. For example, to go with a nautical theme, you may choose shades of dark blue and white, with rattan and rope accents and anchor decorations placed throughout.

You may not be able to find a sofa and loveseat from the same collection to place in the room, but it's certainly possible to find two items that share nautical accents.

Example: Check out the combo below, complete with the Lucy Accent Chair in Navy and the Luigi Full Pullout Sofa Chaise in Gray. Both pieces feature an eclectic, modern theme that blends the current design style with a nostalgic feel of the year's past. Sleek, straight lines tie everything together.

Choose Bold Accent Chairs

If you're looking to mix and match seating and are concerned that two different collections won't vibe right together with, no matter how close they are in features, take the opposite approach. Go for a loveseat or chair that's bold, that stands out and is a statement all on its own.

Adding a bold accent chair in a different color or a unique upholstery or pattern serves as a focal point for the room. Additionally, it makes it look like a decor piece–one of the best ways to show that the mixing and matching are done on purpose.

Example: The bold color of the Bennett Accent Chair in Emerald Green sets a stage against the Vivian Queen Sleeper Sofa in Gray – creating a lush pallate that's perfect for tropical or jewel tones.

Mix and Match Furniture Based On Material

Another favorite tip from our expert design associates includes finding pieces from different furniture collections in the same material. This can help bring everything together and prevent the space from looking as if it's packed with items from a rummage sale. Think all sleek leather, all plush microfiber, or all sleek suede for your sofa and loveseat arrangements.

Keep the other furniture design tips in mind, such as maintaining a theme and color scheme in the space.

Example: Everyone loves a comfy leather couch, and finding an accent chair or love seat for mix and match design can be a breeze. Take the Mor Furniture for Less Sofia 3 Power Sofa in Cream Leather and pair it with the Maguire Accent Saddle Chair in Brown Leather.

Use a Color Palette

As part of sticking to a theme, it's essential to have a defined color palette in a room to help mix and match furniture to the best of your ability. After all, if you mix orange with green and add some yellow with a hint of blue, the space is bound to look cluttered and mismatched. Instead, learn how to build your palette.

Color palettes generally have between 1 and 4 colors, with 3 being the happy average. Pick one color as your base, one as your accent, and then add one neutral. A base color will make up most items in the space, such as wall colors or the shade for significant furniture pieces. Accent colors go well with items such as pillows, area rugs, and curtains. Neutral colors are sprinkled throughout to create areas of negative space.

Once you pick the color for your major furniture pieces, find items that match. A color palette can include various shades and hues of the same color, and while it's generally a good idea to stick as close to the same one as possible for large pieces, it's not entirely necessary.

Example: Match the Hansel Medium Sofa in Cement to the Perugia Accent Chair in Wynn Gray for two pieces that share the same color and hue.

Shop Mor Furniture for Less Today

If you're looking for the perfect mix and match design to bring your living room together, shop Mor Furniture for Less today. Browse online and order for delivery or visit any of our showrooms and warehouses to shop in person. Our friendly design associates are waiting to help you create the space of your dreams with expert guidance, tips, and an eye for style.

Or, schedule a virtual consultation with our design concierge team and get professional assistance from the comfort of your own home. No matter which way you prefer to shop, we'll help mix and match furniture to meet all of your needs.