When it comes to romantic relationships, business partnerships, and friendships, we firmly believe that opposites attract. Two totally different personalities often complement each other, bringing out the best in one another and making up where the other might lack. Since this is a home decor blog, you can probably guess where this is going: we feel the same way when it comes to furniture. Often, two pieces from completely different eras or styles can come together to form the most beautiful space, creating a balances, harmonious whole that also feels unique and personal.
Here are some of our favorite unexpected, yet totally perfect pairings.
The Pair: Distressed Chinese Elmwood Coffee Table & Vintage Iron and Crystal Chandelier
Why They’re Perfect: A rustic, masculine coffee table combined with a feminine crystal chandelier are the building blocks of French Country design heaven.
The Pair: Carved Gold Leaf Mirror & Stanford Skirted Chairs
Why They’re Perfect: We think antiques are a must in any home, but to avoid creating a space that looks like a time capsule, it’s necessary to pair them with more contemporary pieces. Here, the simple lines of the chairs balance the curvy, carved mirror and give the look a modern twist.
The Pair: Tomlinson Renee Arm Chair Pair & Noir QS Cesara Arm Chair
Why They’re Perfect: For one, almost anything goes when you stick to a color scheme of black and white. Plus, the long, exposed legs and fretwork-style back of the Noir chair adds a sense of visual lightness to the heavier, zebra printed armchair that would make these pieces perfect in a living room together.
The Pair: Arteriors Maddox Pendant & Rustic Farm Desk
Why They’re Perfect: A farmhouse-style desk can quickly feel dated in a traditional setting, but paired with hip, glamorous pieces like a brass and black drum shade pendant, it feels unique and collected, instead.
The Pair: Restoration Hardware Flat Iron Table & Lee Industries Custom-Upholstered Chairs
Why They’re Perfect: If we had to name this look, it would be “a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll.” The skirted chairs feel quaint and classic, while the table adds a bit of industrial edge that keeps a sweet look from becoming saccharine. The pieces feel unified thanks to a common color palette: the nailhead trim on the chairs picks up the top of the table, while the table’s white base is accented by the chairs’ upholstery.
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