Coveting the clash: How to do mismatched seating

Creating a cohesive scheme can mean a complete re-haul of your furniture collection, but there is a way to work the hoard instead. The mismatched look lets you style new pieces, inherited furniture and even old seating from student digs - but there is an art to making the clash look chic.

Same era, same old

Think the set of Friends meets design studio and you've got the idea. Give an un-inspiring dining table life with a mix and match of different chairs. If you're not sure where to start, choose an era you want to covet and choose a few styles from that. Go French and neo-classical with an upholstered Louis-style armchair and a baroque bench or keep it mid-century with a combo of retro woods.

Foundry Metal Chair, Black | Relax Wood Back Rocking Chair, Black | Set of 2 Wire Side Tables, Black | Falkirk Tub Chair, Mink

His & Hers

Show your personality with different shades of upholstery. Ideal for the couple who has designated seats, let your choice of colour reflect your personal style. By sticking with the same shaping of chairs you will refine the chaos but still make a statement.

Rosie Velvet Wing Cocktail Chair, Yellow | Set of 2 Treasure Side Tables, Gold | Rosie Velvet Wing Cocktail Chair, Teal

Playing with fabrics

Can't choose between that slub linen sofa and that plush velvet settee? There's no need. This season sees interiors throw out the matching seating sets for a more organic approach. Seating in different fabrics will create different points of interest in your living room and bring varying degrees of appeal to your space.

Buckingham Velvet Chair, Pink | Set of 3 East Round Coffee Tables | Laura Button Back 2 Seater Sofa, Champagne

Old & new

A thrifted armchair or antique cabinet are a stylish way to add character to your space. Rather than spoil a modern scheme, the introduction of more weathered textures and distressed finishes will add warmth, livability and a certain feel of 'décor maturity.'

New Foundry Side Chair, Brown |  Alama Elegance Side Table, Black | Connor 3 Seater Leather Sofa, Black

Pull up a chair

Still proving to be a big trend this year, mix and matched chairs are the fool-proof way to achieve an effortless look of cool. A mix of stools, dining chairs and benches will each bring a different character to the table.
Vermont Herning Chair, Black | Dogtooth Round Armchair | Foundry Table, Natural | Luxurious Harlequin Velvet Amazon Chair

[Image Credits: Decoración Sueca; Hege in France; Rooted in Style; Spicer + Bank; The Inspired Room]

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