I created this post back in 2014. I continue to favor a collected look in my own designs and those of others. I thought this post deserved to be resurrected and updated.
#1 No Matchy Matchy
Anyone can decorate a room with “sets”. Don’t be afraid to mix woods and painted finishes and to mix the high and the low.
Here my friend Annie from Most Lovely Things has mixed inexpensive industrial Ikea shelves with a vintage coffee table. Sometimes the most disparate elements work well together.
#3 Mix and Match Furniture Styles
In modern spaces, play off the clean architectural lines by mixing in antique pieces throughout that feel worn and lived in. Here Nancy Braithwaite mixes modern upholstery with a pair of antique windsors and a round antique table.
#4 Combine the Old with the New
While I prefer old to new, we don’t want our houses to look like a museum either. Here the uber talented Lauren Liess mixed a lucite coffee table with vintage art and artifacts, and two sofas of different genres. Lauren is a master at achieving the collected look.
Note the vintage bowl under the modern lucite coffee table.
William McClure designs beautifully curated spaces mixing periods and styles effortlessly and combines them with his striking abstract art. Love everything he does
William McClure’s light and art filled Birmingham home is filled with seemingly mismatched elements that work perfectly together.
The owners of RT Facts Conneticut home is filled with art and artifacts from their shop that create interest in every corner.
#5 Add Treasures and Artifacts from your Travels
Take a look around this gorgeous sitting room by Beth Webb. She really knows how to work collections.
I love how this space by Glen Bann for The Maryn has a monochromatic textural look. The only colors are black and brown mixed in with tons of texture.
All of Ellen DeGeneres’s homes are filled with interesting artifacts. Her Beverly Hills dining room, seen here in Architectural Digest blends Andy Warhol art and 17th century french antiques.
#6 Mix and Match furniture shapes
My pal Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home beautifully combines different shapes, textures, and eras of furniture in her beautiful San Francisco apartment living room. Note the rolled arm sofa, the modern (barely seen) leather chairs, round side table, and textural ottomans.
Designer Betsy Brown mixes modern upholstery with antique furniture and collected art for a congruous blend.
Steve and I have collected antiques since we were in college (he doesn’t like anything new). We have tons of beautiful accessories which is both a blessing and a curse. The main floor of our home is beginning to become more of a mixture of styles and cultures (Steve is a purist with a passion for American Antiques) as Steve becomes a little looser with his taste.
Do you like or have a collected look in your own home? If you would like more inspiration check out my new Pinterest Board Collected Living Spaces I would love to hear how you achieve it in your own home.