11.03.2011

Guest Post: Mix & Match Decor by Erika from Rouge & Whimsy

 Hey everyone! Today is our official moving day! I am so excited to introduce Erika from Rouge & Whimsy! I really think her post will be a guideline for when I am decorating. Take a look :)

Hi! I'm Erika of Rouge & Whimsy. I have a little inspirational blog and an etsy shop full of accessories for you & your home. Come by and visit any time :)

I'm excited today to be talking about mix and match decor-- something that is near and dear to my heart.

A long time ago, everything in your home had to match. Tan couch with coordinating tan and white chairs and perhaps, if you were feeling a little spicy, a red throw. These rules, in essence, have been thrown out the window with bloggers like Grace Bonney of Design Sponge and Holly Becker of Decor8. The new rules are that there are no rules-- there are only a few guidelines to putting together a room.

I'm going to share a few of my guidelines to putting together a coordinated but eclectic room that reflects your taste, not Pottery Barn's.

1. Decide on a few colors. Figure out a color scheme-- perhaps you want navy and white as the main colors with accents of red, green and orange. Perfect. Once you have this theme, try to stick with it. Stuck on picking some colors? Check out designseeds.com for some pretty combos.
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2. Large and small. Mix large and small pieces. Get a large couch, a small chair and smaller side tables. Accent with a large photo and some smaller candle sticks. Go for a balanced variety.
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 mixing a large console with a large painting and a collection of small vintage bottles

3. Mix and match prints carefully. The rule here is to mix large-scale prints-- like a plaid or floral-- or with a small check or polka-dot. If you're really scared to mix prints, get a solid couch and have fun mixing patterns with the pillows. The best way to coordinate these prints is to stick within your color scheme.
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 this nursery features a variety of patterns in similar color scheme of yellow, white and turquoise with pops of other colors. white furniture keeps the room from being too loud.

4. Repaint & revamp. There is no reason that your Craiglist coffee table needs to remain wood. Painted furniture is all the rage-- how about a red or black coffee table in your white and navy room? Paired with simple accessories, it will make a statement. (If you end up painting a piece of furniture a bold color, keep the rest of the furniture in neutral colors.) If you have a bunch of mix-match furniture, paint it all.
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5. Keep searching. If you want your home to look collected, don't get all the accessories from one place. Buy a lamp from Target and mix it with a shade from Ikea. Search thrift shops for furniture, baskets or art.

6. Get creative. Hang a collection in an asymmetric pattern, paint chipped vases a neutral color, and have fun putting together your room.
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Thanks for having me Ashley! 

I think I am in the stage where I think everything has to be matchy-matchy so I think that these guidelines will greatly benefit me and ultimately our house! I just loved this. Be sure to stop by Erika's blog here and her Etsy shop here! Thanks Erika - you are the best!

9 comments:

  1. Great post! I too, get stuck feeling like everything has to match perfectly. These were great tips!

    Erica
    www.theprettyfactor.blogspot.com

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  2. Woo hoo moving day! Great guest post. At first I thought her house was all the photos and I about freaked out! I love the frame wall at the end :)

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  3. Oh my goodness that nursery is so beautiful...I love all the patterns! :) -Lo

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  4. I love the wall of empty frames. Good Luck moving!

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  5. LOVE Erika! Thank you for featuring her. Such a fun post!

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  6. Hi! I just found your blog from Mr. Taylor and His Lady! I am your newest follower! I cant wait to keep reading! Stop over and follow me too if you like!

    Kelli Diane
    http://dailypolkadots.blogspot.com/

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  7. So many good tips! This makes me so excited to decorate a home someday! :]

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  8. Great post, Erika! I love the tips you gave.

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