Just wanted to get a general idea of how people go about chosing their living room furniture. Does all your furniture match? Did you buy your soft furniture as a set and then all your occassion tables and entertainment unit as a set? Or are you the type to collect pieces one by one?
Photos are always welcome :-)
The reason I'm asking is because I'm debating buying a new side table for our living room but I'm hesitant because that will mean we have three occassion tables in the room and none of them match, (although I think they all coordinate). Is this uncommon?
We bought a couch and loveseat as a set; and the side tables, bookcase, etc are mix and match, but they are all near the same shade of brown so it all goes well.
In your case, if they coordinate, it should look nice! Get someone to go with you that has seen the whole room and get their opinion on the new table. Good luck :)
All my stuff coordinates, but nothing (except the end tables at either end of the couch) matches exactly.
I greatly prefer it when everything doesn't match exactly.
Hahaha! I wish! We had/have no money when we got our stuff, so our couch and chairs are from my grandma's neighbor that died. None of it matches. We did get a cover for the couch, though, so it at least kind of matches the room.
Yep! We bought it all at the same time.
I don't like it when things match -and it is actualy becoming more common for items not to match. Just as long as they fit together, this is the best look! Go for it!
@Meowkers: I don't care for rooms that all come in one set (like Rooms To Go or something similar). Our couch is from one place, chairs from 2 other places, tables from like 3 separate places...it makes it look more interesting and designed I think.
My couch and recliner match because they are a set my parents bought me for graduating college. They also bought me a set of a coffee table and two end tables that just happen to go with a desk that my friend gave me when he moved to switzerland. The things that really don't go together are a cheapo bookcase from target and the tv stand which was dug out of my parent's basment. So parts of the livingroom match but the whole does not.
None of mine matches. Personally I don't like the look of matchy-matchy furniture sets. I prefer things to coordinate and look nice together, but not be identical. If all my stuff matched I'd feel like I was in a store display room and not my real house :P But that's just me, my personal style leans towards eclectic instead of traditional or classic.
My living room is totally mismatched, but we get compliments on how our house is decorated so I think it looks good! Lol We have dark brown bookshelves on both sides of the tv, a brown ottoman, and a brown end table. We have a brown leather sofa and a moss green soft sofa. I also painted an end table a similar shade of green. I have frames and stuff in the bookshelves that pick up on the accent color.. I've bought all my stuff randomly, some from an expensive furniture store and some from garage sales!
Matching furniture is a huge pet peeve of mine. Definitely lacks any sort of creativity or imagination. There are so many amaxing furniture sources out there - vintage, independent, awesome stores like CB@, West Elm. Way too much awesome stuff out there to buy a set and call it a day!
I have two leather club chairs in my living room that match, but that's about the extent of the matching. My occasional tables don't match my tv stand, but they are a similar color to our wood floor and our bamboo shades. My dark wood tv stand is the same color as my dark brown chairs, and my sofa pulls out one of the colors in our rug. It all coordinates, which is all that really matters.
We got the couch and loveseat as a set, first. Then later we added two side tables (no room for a coffee table), a TV console and a couple of mission style bookcases - they're not a matching set but they're all the same dark finish and they look nice together.
I have a tendency to want things to be matchy-matchy but then I end up not liking how it looks, so I'm constantly trying to remind myself that mis-matched can actually look really nice.
Oh god, no. LOL! We have a small living room, with only 5 pieces of furniture: couch, chair, coffee table, hutch, and TV stand. The chair is old and tan, the couch is brand new, dark brown fleece-y material (lol! no clue what it's made out of but it's the softest, warmest couch ever!), the hutch is gorgeous lighter colored wood with a copper inset, the coffee table is darker colored wood and handcrafted (so it looks much different then the hutch in style), and the TV stand is a gray hunk of junk Hahaha.
miraculously, our hodge podge room actually looks nice, though! Well, minus the TV stand, but I hate that thing so I'm just judgey. But I definitely think that mismatching your furniture is a GOOD thing! :)
I really dislike matching sets. Makes me feel like I'm in a department store showroom. I try to find interesting pieces that flow together, each from different sources.
OK so now this all begs my follow up question.
Do you ladies think these two tables can co-exist in the same room? I'm really on the fence.
I already have a side table very similar to this one (but round), in my living room. My couches are arranged in an L shape and this table sits at the corner of the L. It is very visible in the room
I'm considering getting this table to go at the end of one of the couches. It's small and would really be to set down the occassional drink.
ideally I would love a table like this but I can't find one at a price I'm comfortable with.
Ours matches I think... lol
This is our very empty living room (we just moved in). Ignore the floral valences; they're being replaced.
This is the awesome accent chair/recliner I found :D 4 more weeks until I get it.
This is the sofa I got to "match" the chair :)
All our furniture is kind of matching, kind of not. ur couch is this copper-y type design, and the arm chair actually is a set with it, but it's hunter green. The pillows have the same style kind of, so it ties it all together. Our coffee table is crap, but it looks alright with the furniture. My FI is a recent graduate and I'm an still in school, so I think we can still get away with having the typical college apartment-mismatched everyything. Hey, in my opinion at our age, we're doing pretty well just for having a dining room table! Haha
The only way to know is to try it out. If its from a local store, they may even let you take it home before you buy it,leaving a credit card on file (in case you don't come back). If you do decide to buy it, also make sure of the exchange/return policy. The size and scale may be way off once in your room, but you'll probably know right away if it will work or not.
My house has evolved over time, so the only thing we own that matches is the DR and kitchen furniture.
My living room furniture doesn't match at all. I am 24 and my FI is 28, so we didn't have much to spend on furniture. We got tons of stuff from his grandmother, and I also found good deals on Craigslist. Three of my favorite pieces are from Craigslist- one is a modern glass and wooden coffee table, one is an entertainment unit that was free, and one is a bookshelf with hidden drawers that is amazing. It is eclectic and welcoming, and we love it. Personally, I am not really into matching (even if I had the money) but that being said, it is just my taste.
To be fair, pretty much everything we have in our apt is hand-me-down furniture, so no it doesn't match at all. But we're buying a home soon and have been going to furniture stores to get an idea of what we'll be investing in. I think we've determined that wood furniture (side tables, coffee table, dining room table, entertainment center, etc) will all match but things like bar-stools, sofa, armchairs, etc. will be mismatched, but still "go" together.
@Meowkers: I would stick with one of the metal tones-- either gold or silver. But yes, they can definitely go together in the same room!
It's similar, thanks to the help of some salesmen wearing very tasteful loafers at West Elm.
@Meowkers: I think the tables definitely "go" together without being matchy. My friend is an interior designer and her motto is that furniture should be "cousins, not twins"- meaning that they come from the same family, but don't match exactly. I try to remember that when I decorate. Love the look of your decor so far =)
nope, but we are college students living in an apartment. We know we are moving out of state after graduation (this semester wooo wooo!). So in anticipation we just got all our furniture from garage sales and walmart, really cheap ones, so we can just give them away or even throw them away when we move instead lugging all of it with us.
My boyfriend's sister coordinated her living room furniture though i think.
Yup it matches but we don't have any tables yet, we just can't find any we like. And even though our furniture matches there's plenty of color, texture and pattern involved. It isn't a solid color set by any means. http://www.ashleyfurniturehomestore.com/catalog/product.aspx?group=&category=&id=7790038&ref=product-t
No. I loathe matching. Furniture in a room should not match, it should go. Our rolled arm sofa will be arriving next week, which we will pair with 2 english arm tufted chairs in a complimentary fabric, an oversized leather ottoman, lighting that has a more industrial feel, and a natural fiber rug. Each chair will get a very small table, but those haven't been selected yet. i'm still waiting to find tables that sing to me.
OP- Have you checked overstock.com for that table? I know I saw something very similar on there for a very reasonable price a few months ago.
Nope - none of our stuff really matches. My coffee table and end table came from a consignment store, couches from some outlet, sofa table from an outlet, china cabinet from thrift store, inherited table and chairs... so just a mix and match of old and new!!!
@lovekiss: Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check that out.
@atlbride2013: LOL we had a similar experience, except at Crate and Barrel. It's the loafers.
We have a matching TV stand/couch/chair/ottoman set from C&B, a wall of Ikea bookshelves, and hand-me-down end tables/coffee table from DH's mom. While chunks of it "match" it's not all from the same store or matching set. We get told all the time that our living room looks great, so I think as long as things coordinate or follow a similar theme you are fine. Show us picture when it's done! :)
Yes, everything matches. I prefer the look of matching furniture. For me personally, and my style, mis-match furniture makes me feel like I'm in a college apartment. The only exception is an antique chair that was my grandmothers. It's in our living room, and while it fits the color scheme, I do still plan to have it redone.
In college I lived in a dorm my first year, and DH was in a townhouse (he shared with my brother) and all of their furniture was mismatched. It all coordniatated (somewhat), but still mismatching. When DH and I moved in together back when were were still just dating, we made it a point to buy all new (matching!) furntiure. I wanted our home to feel like home, and for me that was having a cohesive and matching look with our decor.
We're ecclectic. Our sofa and oversized chair match. Our end tables are actually nesting tables that match each other. I didnt intentionally want 2 sets, I just couldnt beat the price. Our shelve and bookcase and coffee table are the same wood color but not a set.
We have a large sectional that's dark gray and then we have all dark furniture (coffee table, tv stand) We have recently purchased two new end tables for either side of the sectional. This was when we first moved in, so excuse the blank walls LOL.
This is our living room. We hardly ever sit in this area... It's open to the dining room, and our table/chairs match this sofa/loveseat.
Our couch and loveseat are a set I had and the recliner FH had. The TV stand he had, one of our end tables I bought, one my mom gave me, our coffee table my brother made for one of my other brothers years ago, haha. FH also has a "media case" for his movies.
The couches and loveseat go together really well, they're a really similar material and the couches are green and the chair is tan so that works. All the other furniture is black, the coffee table has grayish granite tiles on the top though and I think it all works together too.
I actually found a picture of my set up at the old house before I moved... Its for sale and some of the listings still have the old pictures. Anyways, Only difference now is it's a different chair and tv stand and a bigger tv :)
Our couch and recliner match, but the end tables and tv stand don't.
@Meowkers: I am really against "matching" furniture if matching means identical. I like matching furniture that is coordinating though--meaning the styles or colors coordinate. I don't like sets at all.
Having said that, I think the gold tables go with your original table a little better. If you need something a little cheaper, what about this one from Urban outfitters?
Horchow.com also has some occasional tables that I am obsessed with (that are expensive), but they have yearly sales that are pretty amazing. I got a $1000 dollar 2-piece luggage set for $300.
You could also trawl craigslist for vintage finds, take the glass out and spray paint an "antique gold". I've done that with a coffee table in my Dallas house--I found an adorable hairpin glass-topped round coffee table, but the hairpin legs were black metal, so I spray painted them gold, kind of like this (but with a glass top):
hope that helps!!
HAHAHAHA I wish. I moved into my apartment 6 years ago a few weeks after I turned 21. My son was 2 years old and I was pretty broke so all my stuff was given to me or bought 2nd hand... not a single thing matches. Now that were trying to move to a nicer apartment were trying to get a little bit more matchy matchy but I'm quickly realizing we don't have the money to do that AND move so were going to be lacking in that area for a few years lol.
I like furniture that matches (i.e. goes together) but isn't identical. I think buying a bunch of identical sets just makes it look like your house is a furniture store showroom. Which I guess is the goal for some people, but I like ours to have more layers and textures. That being said, I don't think mixing a gold table with a silver table is really the best way to go... I'd try to find something else gold.
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