Mistake: Matching Furniture Sets

Buying an entire set of living room or bedroom furniture makes your home look like a showroom. Not only is it monotonous and too heavy visually, but it also shows that you don't care about personal style, because you've let others (i.e. a big-box store) do the design work for you.

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kayleigh83 kayleigh83 4 years
I don't agree entirely matching sets are wrong... my boyfriend and I have about half of the black MALM set from IKEA for our bedroom, but I feel that it is such a basic, minimal set that it allows the focus to be put on other, more decorative and personal touches in the room.
nuttmegs17 nuttmegs17 4 years
I think it def. depends on how it's done. The above looks horrible bc - as others have mentioned - the room is empty and the furntiture is too big and has too many pieces for the room. I think the matchy matchy look is best for a guest room when you are going for that "hotel" feel - no personality is really needed, it just needs to be warm and welcoming. I personally dont like my bedroom to match too much. I have a set of nighstands that match, but the bed is different and the dressor is different from the bed and the end tables...it all goes together though. I think the matching nightstands kind of bring the entire room together
4 years
Although in most cases I would agree, this isn't always the case in much larger rooms, as other pieces such as chairs, tables, bookshelves, trunks, etc. are needed to fill the space. I find it more distracting when the actual linens in a master bedroom and bath are too matchy matchy.
inlove23 inlove23 4 years
I disagree with this! I love my Ashley Furniture, it has simple lines and is all white. I do have other pieces of furniture (bookshelf, night stand) but with my bright walls, patterned rug and picture frames I distracts from the "show room look". Btw, the furniture in the room is TERRIBLE!!
AuntCiCi AuntCiCi 4 years
I disagree that matching sets are a no-no in all cases. In this particular room, it IS ugly, but that is because the set is ugly (veneer?), there is too much furniture for the room (also as Modus stated), AND there nothing else to the room - NO PERSONALITY! Is it for real? There is not ANY "design work". NO window dressings, NO decorative items (something is needed on the large dresser), plain bedspread (if that is one), etc., etc. If it is a guest room, I wouldn't feel very comfortable! How about a pretty pillow on the bed, or a nice soft throw at the end of the bed - something, anything!
4 years
Totally with you on this. Too matchy matchy. I think it looks awful. :)
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 4 years
I disagree. If you like it all, what's wrong with having it match? I think this picture is just too much furniture for the room, but that's the problem, not that it matches.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years
I disagree that this is inexcusable in all cases. I think it's fine for a child's room/nursery or for a guest room. Also, I know a couple who has the most lovely matching antique furniture in their bedroom; they scoured antique stores and flea markets to find the pieces to go together. I'd hardly call that letting a big box store do the work for them!