When designing your living space, the seating styles can largely determine the room’s form, function, and expression. With a variety of seating options to choose from, it can often be overwhelming to understand how each piece works together.
If your space allows, a large sectional can provide an approachable way to design a room, giving a neutral base to easily layer in your personal style. But for a fresh styling perspective on a classic living room layout, our designers recommend playing with scale, proportion, and materiality by mixing sofa styles. Working in a variety of seating can create a designerly look by adding extra character and depth to the space. Discover our design tips below for mixing furniture styles, giving a look that’s rich in textural interest while maintaining an element of refined luxury.
Define a Palette
When designing a room with a variety of furniture styles, defining a color palette that is more neutral or tonal will help create a cohesive feel. Pay attention to the scale, shape, and function of each piece and find the common element to tie them together—whether it's color palette, wood tone, or shape and silhouette. With a tonal palette, you have more room to play with proportion, materiality, and mixing styles from a variety of design eras. Choosing upholstery and wood tones in a similar color story allows for the distinct shape and details of each piece to be showcased while keeping a cohesive balance to the look as a whole.
Work in a Bold Statement
With a cohesive palette in mind, adding statement seating in a bold silhouette can create a look that's both design-forward and adaptable.
Find the Balance
In working with a room of mixed furniture styles, it's important to maintain a healthy balance of similar tones and contrasting textures, especially with the finishing pieces.