To Match or Not to Match

Next time you buy furniture, ditch the matching room set, and try pulling together interesting pieces for a fresh, current look.

Jen Adair with Opal Design Group shares tips to create a fresh room without buying a matching room set.

Design Rules to Break

The price of a matching furniture set may be tempting, but don’t fall into that design trap. Your bed frame can be a different color from your nightstands, and your nightstands can be a different material from your dresser. Being creative with the design elements of a room will add personality and liven up the overall feel.

How to “mismatch” the right way

1. Have a combination of light and dark tones to create depth and contrast.

2. If you select mismatching pieces that customarily come in pairs, make sure they are the same height and make sense in that space.

3. Incorporate different textures and materials into your rooms to brighten things up.

What can you do with matching furniture sets you already have?

1. Start small – Keep the pieces of furniture you have, but move them to other rooms in your home. Replacing nightstands in your bedroom is far less expensive than replacing the entire bedroom set.

2. Invest in an upholstered headboard – This will add a new texture and material to the bed frame and become a nice contrast for the room.

At the Deseret News Home Show

Don’t miss Jen Adair at the Home Show! She will be available all weekend to answer your design questions at the “Ask a Designer” booth.

Running Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14 at the South Town Expo Center, The Deseret News Fall Home Show features the latest trends in interior design, home construction, and landscaping. Guests can browse through more than 300 vendors, participate in cooking seminars, and learn from experts in the home improvement world.

Where: South Town Expo Center
9575 South State Street
Sandy, Utah

When: Friday, Oct. 12 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 14 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission: Adults $10
Seniors $7
Children (12 and under) FREE

For discount tickets and more information on the Deseret News Fall Home Show, please visit

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