Mixing and Matching Materials

Mixing and Matching Materials
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When it comes to interior design, most homeowners aren’t confident enough to mix and match their materials. The concern is that the space they planned so carefully will end up looking messy. However, mixing up materials doesn’t need to be complicated and there are multiple ways to achieve this look to create a cohesive look. The benefits of mixing and matching include the ability to showcase different design elements simultaneously.

Why is contrast important?

Consider how dull a room would look if it every surface had the same material and in the same colour. It’s highly unlikely you’d ever see a room like this, because who would create a space so lacking in interest? Contrast is the art of achieving visual interest, most often by mixing and matching. Our eyes prefer spaces where there are numerous things to look at that create a cohesive overall atmosphere.

However, there can be too much contrast, at which point the eye becomes overwhelmed and doesn’t know where to rest. The perfect space is one which hits just the right balance and produces a harmony that is aesthetically pleasing.

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Pattern Play

Patterns are great for mixing and matching as they can inject colour into a space as well as visual interest. Patterns can also be used almost anywhere, on the walls, the accessories and the furniture. The secret to effective mixing and matching with patterns is to choose prints that have something in common. This could be the choice of colour or the same theme to create that much-desired cohesive look. Interior design advice recommends using no more than 4 patterns in one space and with neutrals in between to break up the visual stimulation.


Textures is all about how things feel, but you’ll also want to consider if the materials look like they feel as well. Getting a good contrast in texture is important for adding interest to your interior. Texture is useful for bringing visual weight and grounding a space. For example, rougher textures appear heavier and comforting to us, as opposed to smoother textures that look shiny and sleek. Texture can be incorporated anywhere, even on your walls and ceiling. Consider adding interesting texture with ceiling roses.

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Considering styles

What is your favourite style? County classic or sleek contemporary? Such questions are a good starting point however, interior design is not always that straightforward. For a thoroughly exciting and cutting-edge interior, you’ll want to combine elements of more than one style together. For those new to interior design, the temptation is to remain with just one style or colour choice to play it safe. If you’re seeking a deeper look however, mixing and matching is definitely the way forward.


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