Matching and coordinating are very different animals in the interior jungle. Many times, people get way too concerned with colors and items “needing” to “match.” The secret to great interior decor is mastering the art of coordination. Any Jane Doe can select many objects with the same color or in the same collection that they have displayed in Target or Walmart. That is not the point of decorating. You wouldn’t hire an interior designer to pick out the coolest “bed in a bag,” or the most stylish bedroom suite set at Rooms to Go (NO!). There are elements and principles to creating a room that has character.
Be sure to start with the bare bones, what is the inspiration for your room? If it’s a flower, consider the attributes of that flower and why the flower is even your inspiration in the first place….are you trying to convey an emotion or an affect that the flower has on you? What will showcase its best features in a tasteful manner–who will be the supporting actors and actresses or the funny best friend? Coordinating involves selecting compliments that work together to unify a space.
Complementing your inspirational color or item requires some playing. Yes, if you are not confident in your abilities, feel free to play with paint swatches, placing various colors next to each other. If you are in Target, bring that basket over into the aisle with the side tables. Is the basket distracting or “over powering” the side table? Is it proportionate to the size of that table?
In this photo above, notice the lamps, the window valances, and the photo frames are matching themselves (the pairs are matching each other). See how the side tables are not the same, but yet it still works in this bedroom. The valances are not the same color as the bedspread or wall, but it coordinates very well with the other elements because of the similarity in the tone of the color. That’s why it is perfectly okay to bring a pillow, paint or fabric swatch with you where ever you go, so you can test things out and not just go with the beige….
Then you wonder, when is it okay to match? Matching is great when you are bringing in the element of repetition into your space. Repetition brings emphasis to a room, and makes a statement of importance. But if you match your whole room, then really nothing will seem unique or important and it will all look like a blur.
This dining room is simple yet beautiful; and see how the chairs didn’t come with the table, which is not the same wood stain as the shelving or the trim on the wall. For this room is full of neutral colors or what I like to call “non-colors or base-colors.” The only reason, I call them that is because you don’t have to count them in (as much as you probably think) when considering a color scheme for a room. Remember, black, white, gray, beige, wood, metals, brick, and stone are all neutral pieces of a space (for the most part) and any color can coordinate with them (even the ones in this category).