Decorate Your Dining Room with Mismatched Pieces

Use a mix of furnishings can give your home a fresh and unique feel.

Where once it was the height of refined decorating to outfit your home in perfectly matched sets of furniture, today more and more homeowners are finding the best way to reflect their personal style is with mismatched pieces. Whether blending different styles, colors or materials, using a mix of furnishings can give your home a fresh and unique feel.

Mastering this look requires a bit of finesse, simply placing any chairs around any table won’t necessarily yield stunning results. If you want your dining room to feel more curated than slapdash, a thoughtfully collected space as opposed to catchall student housing, take styling cues from these four elegant and eclectic rooms.

Photography by Bret Gum
Photography by Bret Gum

In this French-country-inspired dining room, the homeowner and decorator paired a traditional dark-wood dining table with chairs updated with black lacquer paint and check and toile fabrics. The formality of the large table is tempered by the styling of the chairs, which can easily be used elsewhere in the home when extra seating is needed.

Photography by Bret Gum
Photography by Bret Gum

This dining set has a fun, garden-inspired feel thanks to a set of dining chairs painted in complementary floral tones. The paint job highlights the detailing on each chair, making each curve pop against the contrasting dark table. White cushions further tie the styling of the chairs together.

Photography by Bret Gum
Photography by Bret Gum

In this dining room, a two-toned table is matched with six warm-stained chairs to complement its top and two whitewashed chairs to complement its legs and base. All eight chairs have the same seat upholstery unifying the warmly rustic look. Remove a leaf and pull back the whitewashed chairs for a new look.

Photography by Bret Gum
Photography by Bret Gum

This look can be carried through to your outdoor dining spaces. Here, a chippy green vintage table is set with fresh white Adirondack chairs for a casual and inviting spot perfectly suited for lazy summer breakfasts.


Make Your Own Sofa Table

Make your own sofa table using salvaged wood for a piece with charming personality.


DIY sofa table

If you love DIY and are looking for a use for a plank of wood with perfect patina that you serendipitously found, turn it into a table. Make your own sofa table using salvaged wood and wooden spindles for a table with charming personality. Thanks to Courtney over at for the inspiration.

What You’ll Need:

  • Plank of salvaged wood
  • Two 2x4s
  • Four wooden spindles
  • Saw
  • Nail gun
  • Drill
  • Clamp
  • Screws

What You’ll Do:

  1. Find a piece of wood with patina. Alternatively, you can make your own patina by painting a piece of wood and use sandpaper to mimic the look of natural wear.
  2. Use a saw to cut your piece of wood to the desired size. To determine the size of your sofa table, measure the back of the sofa it will go behind. Leave several inches on either side so that the sofa frames the table.
  3. If you are using a salvaged piece of wood, use a few coats of polycrylic protective finish to help seal the chippy paint.
  4. Use 2x4s for the table apron and wooden spindles for the legs. Measure the length you’ll need for each side of the table, and cut the wood to size. Paint the 2×4 sections (and spindles if necessary) in your desired shade. Fasten the 2×4 sections to the spindles using pocket holes and screws. (Don’t know about pocket-hole joinery? Don’t be intimidated and learn more here.)
  5. Attach the top distressed piece of wood to the frame using a nail gun.