Post # 1
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?
Post # 3
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 🙂
Post # 4
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.
Post # 5
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.
Post # 6
Yep! We bought it all at the same time.
Post # 7
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!
Post # 8
@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.
Post # 9
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.
Post # 10
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 😛 But that’s just me, my personal style leans towards eclectic instead of traditional or classic.
Post # 11
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!
Post # 12
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 [email protected], West Elm. Way too much awesome stuff out there to buy a set and call it a day!
Post # 13
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.
Post # 14
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.
Post # 15
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! 🙂
Post # 16
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.