Maybe you just moved and now need to fill up more space in your new master bedroom. Maybe you decided to replace your decade-old couch with a sleek new number. Maybe you simply decided to finally get those bar stools for the kitchen island that you always talked about but never got around to buying. No matter which of those options it ends up being, chances are that at some point you will have to integrate new furniture with existing pieces. If you just bought a new piece of furniture and it seems out of place, read on to find out the top 5 tips for integrating new furniture.
If you bought a piece of furniture that seems out of place, one of the problems could be that it doesn’t match the style of the rest of your furniture. A simple way to integrate the new piece of furniture, strangely enough, maybe to find ways to emphasize that contrast. Drawing attention to the differences in style creates interesting variety and juxtaposition in your decor, and it will allow you to use all the pieces that you love without compromising style.
One way to ensure that the contrast you might want to emphasize is fashionable and not tacky is to create visual harmony in other ways. Therefore, limiting your color palette is an easy way to ensure that the eye isn’t overwhelmed. Keeping your color palette to two colors within the paint, curtains, and upholstery will allow your furniture to be the star of the room and make sure that the contrast you gained with your new furniture isn’t overwhelmed by contrasting colors as well.
Of course, if you haven’t purchased your furniture yet and are hoping to create visual interest and harmony in other ways, there are a few more things that you can keep in mind. One of the most important aspects that can create visual harmony in any room is making good use of repetition. Look at the furniture you already own and find the common themes between the different pieces. Upholstery colors, wood stains, and even the curves of sofa and table legs can create a commonality between seemingly incongruous pieces and tie the room together.
Every room has a focal point. If you’ve fallen in love with a unique piece, then you should embrace that uniqueness and choose it as the focal point of the room. Of course, this requires a bit of planning. Putting your new, unique piece of furniture near the center of the room when it is entered or anchoring one side will make sure that the piece of furniture is seen as the focal point rather than as a haphazard, last-minute addition.
Your base pieces are the centers and anchors of the rest of your room, setting the tone for everything else that you choose to buy and showcase as part of your decor. You probably already have your base pieces in place, whether you knew that you were choosing them at the time or not. The best thing to do with base pieces is to choose them with care, looking for items that aren’t too flashy or trendy. These are what you want to last you decades. If you stick with timeless classics, you’ll be able to integrate new furniture with relative ease and confidence, knowing that the new bits are the focus while the base pieces are meant to stay there timelessly.
Integrating new furniture pieces sometimes isn’t easy, but following these simple tips will allow you to go about the process with a little more confidence.