I love combining unlikely elements to create a cohesive look in a room or an entire home.
One trend that makes a big statement is the use of furniture made from juxtaposing materials, or the combination of different materials in an unexpected way, such as a rustic dining room table paired with modern Lucite chairs.
Perhaps a big reason we’re seeing a move toward this type of furniture that mixes several different materials into one piece or combination is because it provides a sense of both customization and complexity.
Often these pieces of furniture consist of an unlikely combination of materials you would never think belong together, like acrylic combined with wood, but this mixing of styles and what’s seen as the norm is part of the fun of the ever-changing design world.
It gives a room a lot of depth that you’re not going to otherwise see with materials that are all similar in appearance, texture and origin.
One material that’s being seen increasingly in furniture design is concrete. By pairing concrete with another material, particularly wood, it softens the look and adds a more traditional element to the stark, utilitarian concrete.
Plastic, Lucite or acrylic furniture looks great when it’s paired with a heavier, more dense or substantive material, whether it’s within the same piece of furniture, or a couple of pieces that go together, like a table and chair.
The contrast between the lightness of the plastic and the heavier appearance of a material like wood or metal creates a sense of balance.
Modern Meets Traditional (and Everything in Between)
One of the best aspects of using juxtaposing materials, whether it’s in a single piece of furniture, or in a furniture pairing, is the ability to mix modern and traditional. Today’s interior design world is about mingling all different aesthetics for an original look.
You aren’t pigeonholed into having one particular type of material that dominates a room, and instead you can pick and choose from the items you love, regardless of the style that characterizes them.