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Unmatched Style: Decorating a Living Room

Unmatched Style: Decorating a Living Room

Say GOODBYE to matching sets!

A basic dilemma of any home decorating project is getting the space to all work together...BUT none of us want it to be boring.  There is nothing less inspiring than the perfectly matched everything.  A sofa and loveseat in the same pattern paired with that "5 piece living room set” of end tables, coffee table, console table and media cabinet.  Add the perfectly coordinated throw pillows that came wrapped with the couch and then be sure to put up drapes that you exactly color-matched to the little pattern on the loveseat.

For example...

boring living room design with matching sets

These living room examples lack any sort of personal style.  You have no idea who lives here! 

I will never forget the 100's of white paint swatches from my childhood.  My mother decided that all of the walls in the house needed to be painted white, and not just any shade of white but the whitest white of them all.  We would sort through countless little pieces of cardstock from the paint sample wall at the local home improvement store all while she constantly commented how this white was whiter than that white.  Super white, extreme white, snow white, ultra white…You would think that one would have to question the idea of white walls in a house of six children but not my mother.  Her big question was which white.  She would eventually choose, and all the walls were painted that white until the store put out a new card of shades of white and we would start all over.  In the end, the walls were still just a boring white, whichever white it was for that month. 

white paint chip samples

Excuse the rambling, but the point of all that is that I learned that the expected is boring, that the perfectly planned lacks personality.  You walk into a room like that and it is stale.  Everything is matched, everything is safe and everything is boring. 

I say go out on a limb!  

#1.  Always add a statement furniture piece, something that says wow that no one else has. 
#2.  Choose living room tables that you love individually rather than a matching furniture set. 
#3.  Find things that the various living room tables have in common and let that be the connection for your collection. 

Maybe there is a little bit of color that you can use throughout the room to bring everything together, or maybe it’s a texture that is repeated. 

When shopping for new living room furniture, people sometimes ask us if we make a “set” that all goes together, like the end tables that match the console table that match the coffee table etc.  At Mokuzai Furniture we don’t design like that. 

We create modern wood furniture that is individually unique and beautiful but if you put it all in the room together, you can’t go wrong. 

It doesn’t have to be the exact same table design just in different proportions.  You can choose your living room tables from our various design collections and by just having them created in coordinating wood colors, they go together perfectly imperfectly.  Here’s an example of a living room collection of Mokuzai Furniture that has various design details while still maintaining a connection.

a collection of Mokuzai Furniture pieces for your living room tables

From left to right...

#1.  The Shaped End Table features a uniquely shaped tabletop, floating side panels, a low shelf and wonderful contrasting wood colors of tiger maple and walnut.

#2.  The Classic Coffee Table is a narrow coffee table design featuring sleek lines and a gorgeous display of walnut wood on the tabletop. The contrasting tiger maple shelf creates an interesting joinery detail at the legs.

#3.  The Statement Side Table is a Zen style furniture design with the extra special detail of a natural edge stretcher!  The light coloring at that edge pairs beautifully with the sparkling tiger maple table top.

A Zen style side table design by Mokuzai Furniture with natural edge table stretcher

None of these living room tables were designed to be a matching set yet look at how lovely they are together!  The key is the connections throughout the collection.  There is the contrasting wood tones of the walnut and tiger maple used for each living room table.  There are similar angles of the ends of the tabletops for a more subtle repeating component.  The gentle curve of the natural edge stretcher on the Statment Side Table hints towards the curving of the Shaped End Table top. 

Now just add a clean lined sofa, some textured throw pillows, a large piece of art for a fantastic pop of color, and a few favorite souvenirs from your latest travels. 

Oh, and don’t forget the coaster for your glass of wine because now you can sit back relax and enjoy...

your triumph over the boring room dilemma!



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