Mix and Match Basics

, published on August 10, 2023

Mix and match dining set

Decorating is a creative, limitless and constantly evolving process. The wide range of styles we’ve known for many years is constantly changing and expanding. Navigating through all these trends can be quite a challenge, but it also means greater possibilities, allowing us to really let our imaginations run wild. Over the past decade, the “mix and match” approach has completely overturned interior design rules.

Perfect for the eclectic and the daring, but also for those simply looking to add a touch of originality to their home, mix and match is defined as the art of mixing styles, colors, patterns, textures, and materials. The result is a uniquely dynamic and personalized decor.

Would you like to discover and own this wonderful trend filled with unlimited potential? Here are a few tips and ideas to help you become a master!

Learning to Mix Styles

Combining different architectural or decorative elements while maintaining harmony can seem daunting. To ensure consistency in your decor and simplify your layout, we recommend sticking to two different yet complementary styles. Consider pairing opposites like past and present looks, curved and straight lines, and rustic and refined materials. Combinations like these will make a decor less homogenous, giving it a unique character.

Some of our Favorite Combinations!

Contemporary and Industrial

Start with exquisite contemporary chairs with rounded shapes and angular lines from the Downtown collection. Add a stately solid wood table with an industrial feel from the Loft collection. The result will be both avant-garde and welcoming.

Farmhouse and Industrial

Mix furniture with broad straight lines like this table from the Loft collection with delicate, classic pieces like these timeless chairs from the Canadel collection. Create a contrasting effect by pairing light and dark tones. The result will be a charming room that recalls the calming effect of the countryside.

Transitional and Country

Do you love the authentic allure of rustic-finish furniture, but also the elegance of a classic style? Combine elements from these two worlds with furniture from the Canadel and Champlain collections. The result will be a chic, cozy setting steeped in history.

For a lighter mix, choose furniture with a streamlined look and combine it with decorative elements in different styles. For example, matching bohemian accessories with contemporary furniture will bring a good touch of warmth to the room. In the same way, floral fabrics will really soften an industrial-looking space.

Choosing a Guiding Principle to Create Harmony

Establishing a specific theme or visual identity for your room will help create balance and avoid overloading the space. This can mean basing your decoration on one color, pattern or shape.

Although mixing different prints and textures is a fundamental element of the mix and match approach, it is a good idea to make choices that will give your decor a variety of patterns (stripes, polka dots, flowers, etc.), but in similar shades. You can also opt for the opposite mix, selecting a single pattern, but in different colors. Whether it’s accessories, fabrics, floor tiles or wallpaper, the possibilities for incorporating them into your decor are endless. Dare to be maximalist and create a living environment that’s surprising, but above all, a lot of fun.

Another of our favorite tips is to select light, neutral colors for the walls and let your creativity flow when choosing furnishings and accessories. This will allow you to enjoy a space that is as original as you want it, but which can easily evolve over time.

When combining different colors, we suggest you choose a maximum of three in different tones. Similar colors from the same primary color bring harmony. That said, complementary color schemes—opposites on the color wheel—create stimulating, expressive settings.

Creating a Unique and Unexpected Setting

Canadel offers a wide range of models and numerous customization options, making it easy to create a dining room or living room set that expresses your uniqueness! Here are a few ideas to guide your choice of furniture:

1. Get a beautiful table and add chairs in different styles

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, colors and fabrics! These pieces will inevitably become the center of attention in your room and set the tone for your entire decor.

2. Alternate chair models and colors around the table

Prioritize a muted, elegant table that will draw all the attention to your chairs! Using the same fabric in different shades can create a very interesting visual impact.

3. Dare to choose two fabrics, one plain, one patterned, for your dining chairs

First, find your favorite patterned fabric. Then find a plain fabric in a shade that matches some of the pattern details.

4. Choose a different chair for the ends of your table

For a stately dining room set that’s anything but boring, get upholstered chairs of different designs for the ends of the table. For a more discreet mix, choose the same fabric. And for a creative result, anything goes!

5. Add a bench to your set

A lovely wood or upholstered bench on one side of the table can give a streamlined look to any room, while extremely practical. It enlarges the space, clears the view and transforms into a banquette when placed against the wall.

We’re huge fans of the mix and match trend—it allows us to break all the rules of interior design and let our personalities shine through our decor.

The key is to base the design of a room on elements that resonate with you, while making sure to echo colors, materials, textures and shapes. Dare to use unexpected combinations and bold elements. You’ll be really proud of the result.

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These beautiful photos are from our customers!

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28 Comments

  • Sumi Wigna says:

    Hi, I live in Whitby On and would like to purchase one of your customized dining table. Do you deliver and what are your delivery charges?

  • Cathleen Meyer says:

    I purchased a Canadel dining set in 1999 and still love it. It is such a quality product. I would like to update the stain color. Do you have a recommendation on how and where I should get that done? There is very little wear on the table (use it daily) due to the quality stain process you use. I want to make sure I get it refinished propertly.

    • Canadel says:

      Hi Cathleen, you may contact the dealer where you bought your Canadel dining set, they will be able to help you.

  • rachel says:

    Hi! Can someone please tell me where I can find/buy the beaded chandelier in the photo with the white dining table under mix and match?
    Thank you!

    Rachel

    • Canadel says:

      Hi Rachel, unfortunately this chandelier was bought by a stylist and she can’t remember where she bought it from.

  • Annhawkins says:

    Wondering where you get the light green bottles you use as vases on the Champlain dining set photo. I also like the goblets pictured. Lastly, the blue thistles you put in small glass jars and the lovely china with birds . I am interested on sources thanks

  • Heidi Stevens says:

    What is the color of the bench and wood tone chairs opposite the bench?

  • Jessica Perry says:

    What table is in this pic/ article? Love it

  • cathy hamilton says:

    I have a peppercorn washed canadel dining set and am moving. I would like to change the color of it for my new house. Is the set stained or painted? Thank you.

  • Priscilla Berry says:

    Hi, I am an interior designer new to Newnan, Georgia and just recently saw your line in a showroom in Newnan. I plan on purchasing at least a dining room table from you in the next couple of months for my own home.

    But wondering about your chairs. Do you ever do COM’s on them? I would like to be able to put one of your bright colored fabrics on the seats of the chairs and then a patterned fabric to match on the back of each of them.

    Thanks for answering my question and looking forward to having one of your lovely pieces in my home!

  • julie says:

    I have a mint condition dark cherry birch dining set and I want to stain it darker (black or close to that). I want to do it myself. I can’t find any info. anywhere on how to do that. Can I use a gel stain? Do I have to sand it? Light sand, full sand?
    Thank you.

    • Canadel says:

      Hi Ms. Palmese, we received your questions.
      The marketing team is in communication with the production team to help you. We will get back to you in the next few days.
      Have a good weekend !

      Melissa

    • Canadel says:

      Hello Ms. Palmese,

      Here is the information that the production team tells to me :

      We recommend sanding the piece to bare wood before applying any stain or paint so it will be absorbed evenly. We do use a catalyzed lacquer on all of our products. You may contact a local woodworker if you want additional help on how to restain your furniture.

      Thank you and have a good day !

      Melissa

  • Bonnie Troubh says:

    Hi I am moving and want to change the color of my top and the seats of my chairs am I able to order just those pieces?

    • Canadel says:

      Hello Bonnie,

      Thank you for contacting Canadel. To obtain dye and fabric, please contact your Canadel authorized dealer. The store will be able to place an order directly with us.
      Different formats are available to you, the quantities vary between ¼ liter to 4 liters. Your dealer can also give you all the details regarding the price.

      It is my pleasure to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

      Have a great day
      Melissa

  • Rachel says:

    Hi, I’m
    Buying a dining set from a friend. She said it’s Canadel brand. How do I know it’s made by Canadel?

    • Canadel says:

      Hello Rachel,
      Thank you for contacting Canadel.
      You can look under the table or under the chairs and find the white label with the furniture information.
      If you have other questions, I invite you to send it to us on one of our social networks (Instagram or Facebook) or by email at information@canadel.ca.

      Thank you and have a good day !

      Melissa

  • I would like to know if I was to order this table if it would look like the one in this photo. I have seen some in the stores but none in this colour and they look very dupistressed. This photo I love and it does not appear to be as beat up as the tables in the stores. It is hard to see a piece of furniture in this colour and table. I really want it but am afraid of the outcome. Where can I see an actual?… NS….

    • Canadel says:

      Hi !
      Thank you for your interest.
      You request has been forwarded to our customer service team. Please check your e-mails in a few days.

      Have a good day!

  • Marcia Connolly says:

    Where can I purchase matching stain for my dining table? . It was originally peppercorn wash.

    • Canadel says:

      Hi Marcia,
      Thank you for contacting Canadel. To purchase stain, please contact your Canadel authorized retailer. The retailer will be able to place an order directly with us. Different sizes are available to you, quantities varying between ¼ liter to 4 liters. Your retailer can also give you all the details about price.

      I hope this information is useful to you. Please contact me if you have further questions. I will be happy to help you.
      Have a great day.

      Melissa
      Coordinator – web and communications

  • I purchased some chairs #2250 . I’m having difficulty finding chair pads for them. The sizes that the pads. come in are.not compatible with my chairs. Is there some place that you can recommend for me to buy them?

    • Canadel says:

      Hello Emily,

      Thank you for contacting Canadel. Unfortunately, we do not manufacture chair pads.

      We invite you to contact the retailer where you purchased your chairs as they may be able to provide you with recommendations. Also, note that it is possible to purchase certain Canadel fabrics from a retailer. This could be an option if you would like to get fabric to make custom cushions.

      Thank you and have a great day!

      Tanya
      Marketing coordinator

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