13 Easy Tips for Mixing and Matching Bedroom Furniture

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like it just got you? That’s the magic of mix and match bedroom furniture — a trend that’s not just about filling spaces, but about actually creating them. 

The days of walking into a furniture store, picking out a matching bedroom set, and calling it a day are in the past. Now, nothing against matching furniture sets – but they really just aren’t the best option when it comes to creating a custom space.

Instead, imagine a bedroom full of various furniture pieces where all the different pieces have their own story. The old family heirloom chest of drawers sits in harmony next to a sleek, modern nightstand. You might think that sounds like a weird combination. But in reality, when done correctly, it can create a much more unique space than a matching set would.

If you want to create a space that’s authentically you (and makes you look like a pro interior designer) – mixing and matching your bedroom furniture is a great way to start. Think of it as a canvas, and you’re the artist. You choose the palette of textures, different colors, and design elements that truly reflect your own personal style and personality. 

Before we dive in to the best tips on the art of mixing furniture, take a moment to envision your dream bedroom. What does it look like? How does it make you feel when you step inside? I highly recommend creating a mood board on Pinterest, Canva, or the good ol’ scrapbooking way. Save all your favorite bedroom ideas, items of furniture that you like, different materials that catch your eye,  etc. This is by far the easiest way to define your own personal style and turn that vision into a reality!

Here are 13 easy tips to mix and match bedroom furniture while still creating a cohesive space!

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How to Mix and Match Bedroom Furniture

1. Understanding Different Styles for Creative Combinations

Think of your bedroom as a canvas where different styles can come together in harmony. Whether you lean towards the sleek appeal of modern pieces, the warmth of traditional furnishings, or the earthy vibes of rustic decor, it’s all about finding a balance. Try pairing a minimalist modern bed frame with a vintage lamp or rustic bench. It’s these unexpected combinations that create a captivating and welcoming space.

2. Mastering the Color Palette for Harmonious Hues

Color is so powerful—it truly can transform a space dramatically. If you love color, start with a dominant color that speaks to you, and use it as a starting point for the color scheme of the rest of the room. Then you can layer in complementary or contrasting hues as well as an accent colour to add depth and dimension. For example, a deep blue wall can be beautifully offset by pops of mustard yellow in throw pillows or artwork, creating a vibrant yet cohesive look.

3. Combine Different Textures for Depth

Mixing textures is the icing on the cake when you’re trying to combine elements in your bedroom space. You can pair the smooth, cool touch of metal frames with the warm, softness of a woolly blanket or a shaggy rug. Each texture you choose should play its role in the overall style of your room, adding lots of layers of visual interest and coziness to your bedroom. It’s these elements that will make your space feel dynamic and lived-in without the matchy-matchy look we’re leaving behind!

4. Create a Cohesive Look with Diverse Furniture Pieces

You know by now that it’s a big rookie mistake to try and match bedroom furniture pieces to a *T*. But how do you pair pieces of furniture together that are so different from each other? To avoid a disjointed look, choose one similar element that runs through all your furniture choices – whether it’s neutral tones, the same material, wood finishes, or similar tones. For example, if you have a variety of different furniture pieces, choose pieces with the same finish or hardware style. It’s a subtle connection but a simple way to help create a flow and harmonious environment without sacrificing the charm and personality of your mix-and-match theme.

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In my own bedroom, I paired black nightstands with a white dresser. Even though there is a high contrast between the two, they work together because of the same silver hardware.

5. The Charm of Mixed Wood Tones and Finishes

Wooden furniture brings warmth and texture to any room. Don’t be afraid to mix different wood tones, especially wood with warm undertones! This is a good idea that can add a natural, relaxed feel to your space. Try combining a dark walnut dresser with a lighter oak bedside table – just make sure they have similar undertones (cool, neutral, or warm) to keep them looking cohesive. Balancing them in a room with neutral walls can really make the woods pop without clashing.

6. Choosing Bedside Tables and Night Stands

Bedside tables are a good place to experiment with asymmetry if you want. Choose two different tables that vary in height, style, or color but share some common feature, maybe similar drawer pulls or a matching decorative item on each. Or only include a night stand on one side of your bed instead of both. This is a simple way keeps things interesting and visually engaging!

7. Lines and Shapes: Creating Clean and Cohesive Spaces

Be mindful of the lines and shapes within each piece of furniture that you choose! A room with a mix of sharp, geometric furniture and round, soft furnishings can look eclectic yet harmonious. Try pairing a rectangular, streamlined bed with a round nightstand or curvy armchair. This is a popular trend and these contrasting shapes will draw the eye and add character to your bedroom.

8. Accent Chairs: Adding Functionality and Flair

An accent chair isn’t just a place to throw clothes (although it often ends up that way). If the rest of your room is fairly simple, choose a chair that stands out—think bold fabric or an unusual shape or design. Place it in a corner with a floor lamp and a small table to create a perfect little reading nook that screams relaxation and also adds a stylish touch.

9. Layering with Rugs and Window Treatments

Area rugs and window treatments are the final pieces that tie the whole room together. A large, patterned area rug can anchor the various elements of your room, while drapes or blinds in a complementary color or texture can frame your windows beautifully. TIP – if a lot of your furniture is made of a dark wood, choose a lighter colored area rug to balance out the moody tones and add contrast to your bedroom.

10. Decorative Accessories: The Finishing Touch

This is where you get to really have fun and express yourself! Choose accessories intentionally that tell a story or have personal meaning. A good rule of thumb to follow is to group items in threes and to mix sizes and heights to keep the eye moving. Whether it’s a collection of vintage books, a ceramic vase, or bold frames, these small touches make your bedroom feel complete.

11. Highlighting Statement Pieces and Art

Your statement pieces will shine if you give them space to breathe. Large pieces of art above the bed, a vintage dresser, or a boldly upholstered headboard can serve as a focal point for your bedroom. Then surround these with more subtle pieces to avoid visual clutter and allow your statement piece to truly stand out!

12. Embracing Natural Materials for a Timeless Look

Incorporating natural materials like wood, linen, and stone brings an earthy, calming quality to your bedroom, creating a space where you can truly relax and unwind. These materials not only look great, but also feel good to the touch and add a level of comfort and tranquility to your space. Natural materials in bedroom is one of the most popular bedroom design styles right now, and for good reason!

Remember, the goal isn’t just to fill your bedroom with furniture just to check it off your list. You want to curate a space that feels right for you, without being limited by the bedroom sets you find at your local furniture mart. Mixing and matching bedroom furniture isn’t about perfection, but instead about creating a room that feels inviting, comfortable, and uniquely you. Experiment with what you love, and don’t be afraid to switch things up until it feels just right! After all, your bedroom is your own personal retreat. This should be a place where you feel at peace and inspired. Enjoy making it your own and be patient – it will take time!

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