Styling a Dining Room with Mismatching Colors and Designs

June 27, 2022


Styling a Dining Room with Mismatching Colors and Designs

The rules of interior design say to pick a certain style and stick with it right? Wrong. There are some basic rules to decorating your home, but they offer a lot of freedom to experiment. We’re looking at the rules that come with breaking all the rules. Sure, you can mismatch colors and designs, but how do you do it right? How do you stop just short of giving yourself a headache when you enter a room? Read on for all the rules to breaking the rules.



First, we’ll go over the style that basically embodies the idea of mismatching: maximalism. From this style, we can glean a few rules that maximalism sticks to in order to not be too much.

Maximalism is the rebellious sister of minimalism. While minimalism is about keeping things clean and simple for a clutter-free home, maximalism is about displaying all of your stuff and embracing the chaos. The calling cards of a maximalist style are, firstly, a lot of stuff and, secondly, a lot of mismatching.

The thrown down style

But maximalism is also considered the extreme, just as much as minimalism is. You can also add some mismatching elements to your style and not go so far as to reach maximalism territory. Mismatching colors and designs lends itself well to all styles, mainly as a way to make sure you don’t end up with an entirely blue living room or white bathroom where you can’t find the sink. But if you take it a step further and mismatch items, like dining chairs, side tables, cushions, etc. you will create a very cozy environment that lends itself to styles like boho chic, cottagecore and more.

Mismatched, but coordinated

The first rule to maximalism is to create a color palette and stick to it. That might be hard to believe looking at some of the examples interior design websites showcase, but it’s there, you just have to look closely. Where some styles stick to two or three major colors, maximalism puts them all on the table, as long as they’re part of the same palette.

What do we mean? Well, we mean jewel tones, earth tones, pop colors, pastels, summer tones, winter tones, every other season. There aren’t many rules in creating a color palette, as long as nothing sticks out too wildly. You can go wild, but across the board.

So, if you’re ready to create your maximalism wall gallery, for example, you can collect artwork that features all the, let’s say, 5 or 6 colors, you’re aiming for.

Mismatched, but never the same

Take it a step further with patterns and textures. Search for cheap furniture that doesn’t match the rest of the room. Mismatch your sofa to your ottoman, put a wool throw over a leather sofa, place a plant next to a stack of books. Create a healthy balance of textures and patterns so that the eye always has something to land on. Clash colors and patterns to make a busy home that has a place for every knick knack you have.


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