Don’t Be Afraid To Mix ‘n’ Match

Did you know that you spend a third of your life sleeping?! That’s a pretty big chunk of time spent in just one room of your home. So what’s stopping you from making your bedroom the most welcoming, fun, relaxing, totally “you” space? You’ve ignored that creaking bed and that nightstand that has seen way too much nail polish, wet water glasses, and oily hand lotion.  It’s time to turn that room that “no one else is going to see” into a room that everyone is begging to see (and replicate)!  That’s where I come in…

So how can you make your own bedroom stand out from everything else out there? Make it unique? It’s easier than you think. I’m going to propose you try something here, and it may shock some of you (but trust me, I’m a professional) – not everything has to match. There! I said it. Take a deep breath. One of the best ways to make a bedroom uniquely yours is to go outside the ‘bedroom suite’ box. Choose pieces with different (yet complementary) finishes. Try adding a piece with a painted finish or maybe a mirrored nightstand or an upholstered headboard. Use metal and glass nesting tables. These are all great ways to introduce excitement to your look. Check out what Schnadig International does with one of their collections.

Courtesy of Schnadig International
Courtesy of Schnadig International

Don’t be afraid to mix and match! Here they display a slightly traditional bedroom with a rich wood finish but they chose to do the sleigh bed in a beautiful distressed black painted finish. Because the nightstand includes both finishes, it really ties together all of the pieces! Want something a little more modern? Caracole uses pattern to bring together a number of unique pieces.

Courtesy of Caracole
Courtesy of Caracole

In this bedroom, you see the same circular design on both the bed and occasional chair which adds a touch of harmony. But they don’t stop there! They include two other designs with the armoire and side table. Because the patterns are similar is style and size, they work very well together. Also, having a simple color pallet really lets the beautiful casegoods be the center of attention and allows for such a diverse mix of finishes.

“But what if I’m not looking for something so glamorous?”, you ask. Maybe you want something a little more low-key – a little more rustic. Using metal furniture is another way add depth and dimension to a bedroom.

Courtesy of Highland House
Courtesy of Highland House

With the natural architecture of the room being displayed (psst… I’m talking about that wonderful ceiling), you don’t want to overpower the space with a bunch of highly ornate items. This iron four-post bed by Highland House adds grand yet controlled elegance to this more simplistic bedroom. They then incorporate wood storage pieces to add warmth and interest. A few simple accessories and decorative throw pillows really pulls it all together.

So, I ask you again? Are you ready to move your bedroom into a whole new dimension? Ready to be the envy of all your friends? Don’t be intimidated to mix and match! Even if it’s just one new unique piece for your existing bedroom, step outside that box and get a little wild. You’ll be glad you did!

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