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5 Ways to Achieve a Mismatched Look

Small details and unifying aspects can make a difference in your space

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Photography: Paolo Feliciano

The country-inspired home owned by the Panganiban couple showcases a mismatched dining furniture look. Guests will surely love to hang out in the space with its colorful chairs and cozy appeal. If you would also like to achieve a similar look in your space, you can do so with a little bit of restraint.

"The challenge for designers is usually how to put it all together. To be able to achieve a cohesive look, check for small details to make sure they still have unifying aspects. For this project, the spindle detail is present in all the dining chairs. Although the chairs have different patterns, sizes, and colors, the spindle detail or moulded shaft is still seen on each chair," shares interior designer Elaine Isip-Tiangco. 

If you would also like to create a mismatched yet charming look in your space, Elaine shares these five handy hints.

  • Make sure that your small furniture pieces match your big pieces

Elaine suggests to play around with small pieces and keep the big ones simple. "It's usually hard to have several big furniture pieces in different styles and colors," she shares.

  • Maintain an overall theme

When buying furniture pieces, make sure that your picks go with the overall theme. For the vintage, French feel of the condo unit, Elaine chose pieces that have the French 'shabby' feel even if they come in different shapes, styles, and color.

  • The color palette should match the overall theme

To complete the shabby, feminine, and French feel, pastels were used. Neutrals were also used to tone down the colors.

  • Stick to a specific palette

"If you want a neutral palette, go for black, white, and beige, then just play around with bold colors for your small furniture pieces, accessories, or home decor," Elaine suggests.

  • Consider having white walls

Given the limited sizes and spaces of condo units, white walls would instantly make your room appear bigger and brighter. Elaine shares that it would be easier to play around with small furniture pieces if you have a blank white background.

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This snippet originally appeared in the December 2014-January 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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