The basics of the mix & match

, published on September 19, 2018

Popularized in 2011 and still in trend today, it is not too risky to say that the mix & match is there to stay and even become timeless. Since this trend is very abstract and can be applied to any style, any element and any personality, it is very easy to adopt. The mix & match allows you to keep an accessory or a piece of furniture that you like, but that may seem outdated and revamp it, simply by pairing it differently.

The mix & match can be explored in many ways, either by a mix of colours, of patterns, textures or materials. That gives you a thousand and one options to adapt the trend to your own style. Here are some simple tips and tricks to become a master in the art of product mix.

Same but different

Matching mismatched chairs around the dining table or around your work desk is one of the simplest and most fun ways to achieve the trend. You can mix rustic solid wood chair with a quilted, padded or brushed metal chair and complete the table with a bench to fill the rest of the seats. Opt for a sober table and let yourself go for the choice of styles, patterns and colours of the chairs. Another original idea for the dining room may be not to put not one, but two, three, or even four small dining tables together to create one. The tables can also be all identical, but in a variety of colours. The same principle also applies to the living room with small coffee tables assembled to each other. To create harmony in the room, you can choose colours and shapes related to the rest of your decor, for example, by remaining in the same colour scheme. However, remember that boldness characterizes this trend and that your decoration can be both playful and contrasting while still being very consistent.

Focus on timeless pieces

Every era has its classics that transcend the ages brilliantly. In this case, the definition of classic is far from impersonal and minimalist decoration. You can define your own classic, either by choosing an antique furniture or one inspired by your most beautiful travel. Each room must be personalized and reflect those who live in it. In the living room, mix a pretty ottoman with a colourful oriental print or large black and white arabesque pattern to a rustic wooden media unit. On the other side of the room, you can mix a round-backed wooden chair to a square, glossy, ultramodern coffee table. Feel free to mix antique furniture and trendy design, which blend harmoniously. You will know how to master this trend with confidence only if you do not think mechanically and simply follow your instinct.

The mix and match for the most discreet of us

The more cautious ones will want to stay discreet with this trend that, let’s be honest, can be somewhat eccentric. No problem, just choose neutral or monochrome elements. For example, you can choose only 2 colours for your chairs or accessories and place them alternately, or select one colour, but opt ​​for different shapes or materials. The same logic applies to the media unit, coffee tables and armchairs in the living room, as well as to the storage and decorative elements of the lobby. Another less invasive, yet equally original way to decorate in the spirit of mix and match, is to focus on accessories. Doing so is simple to achieve and easy to change according to your tastes and moods. For example, decorate your entrance buffet with colourful frames and trinkets, or accessories from different eras and styles, or choose decorative pillows of different sizes, colours and patterns for the living room. The time when we had to match our cushions with our curtains is now over. It is now time for mix and match to take over!

Did you know?

The trend of the mix and match goes back a little further than the 2000s. Indeed, in the 1980s, the Memphis movement appeared. It put an end to the rules and codes of decoration by offering decorative objects and setting scene that upset the established order and interwoven styles of the time. The rule of this trend is that there is no rule and one can mix, without complex, an industrial chair, a leopard prints with checks, noble to raw materials and so on. This is the best way to create a decor that is as unique as it is alive and that suits you. Canadel offers this flexibility and the freedom to create custom furniture, according to your tastes and desires. You can even build a mix and match piece of furniture in itself. For example, you can choose a wooden ottoman structure with a distress finish and opt for the seat covered with a soft geometric print, or a black and matte kitchen island with a natural birch wood top. Your creativity has no limit!

Because decoration is only a question of creation and imagination, but also a projection of oneself, why not simply choose what you love. Forget the rules and create your own style with any elements that you really like. By only respecting a few rules, you will master the mix and match trend, without even making the slightest effort. Let yourself go! You are now an expert of the mix and match and can create your own universe, freely and without any constraints.



  • 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.

  • 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!


    • 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?

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