Bedroom Furniture Sets - Create your own
Mixing items, manufacturers and materials
Bedroom furniture sets used to come as a unified whole. You bought the set together and it stayed together. But now the trend for flexible living has given rise to a new way of seeing furniture. Sets are no longer just a collection of items for a room; they are also a collection of options from which you can choose the furniture that best suits you.
The furniture "set" in your bedroom may actually be picked from five or more different collections. Think of it as the design equivalent of ordering à la carte. Here we present the five golden rules of choosing your furniture.
1. You can mix and match manufacturers as much as you like. Nobody will have any idea which companies produced your various pieces of bedroom furniture, so you can buy each piece of furniture from a different manufacturer if you so choose. The same goes for retailers. People recognize designs and styles, but not even a furniture expert will know that you got your carved mahogany chest of drawers somewhere different from your carved mahogany wardrobe.
2. Mix expensive items with cheaper pieces. Contrasting items enhance each other. For example, an antique cherry wood wardrobe will make a cheap gilt chair look vintage and glamorous, while the chair will lighten the wardrobe's impact and stop it dominating the room.
3. Customized bedroom furniture sets should be tailored to your space and needs. It's no use creating a perfectly harmonious collection of furniture if you can hardly fit it all in your bedroom.
4. Don't choose more than two different materials for your furniture, and choose complementary woods wherever possible. For example, pine and birch work well together. Stripped pine also looks great with brushed steel, if you want an ultra-modern look.
5. Think of your bedroom furniture set as a work in progress, rather than as something set in stone. The beauty of choosing your own set is that you can keep adapting it to suit new ideas, so don't be afraid to jettison one item in favor of another, in order to freshen the look.