The Mix and Match Trend – How to Create an Eclectic Look at Your Event

When planning the interior and set dress for an event, most commonly the aim is to create a cohesive look that uses a colour palette based on a limited number of colours. Typically there will be one statement or accent colour along with a couple of more neutral colours to form the backdrop of the scheme.

So far so standard, but when it comes to creating a hip eclectic mix and match style those norms largely get thrown out of the window. Colours that blend or work at opposite sides of the colour wheel no longer matter and you have much greater freedom to create your theme using a rainbow of colours, clashing colours and even mis-matched furniture.

Eclectic looking event setting

A great example of when an eclectic mix and match design style works well, could be a ‘Through the looking glass’ Alice in Wonderland inspired event. A theme like this lends itself well to whimsy and a certain amount of disorder. But pulling together that kind of thee is actually much trickie than it might look and takes a good eye, and great understanding of colour.

The beauty of a mix and match interior done well, is that as well as being completely on-trend, it manages to look completely effortless at the same time. It’s a trend currently used most frequently at trendy barbecue restaurants, where the aim is to create a thrown together, almost junk-yard look.

You can however create a theme like this and make it classy and upmarket at the same time, using the following tips.

Tips for creating a stylish mix and match scheme at your event

Mix up your colours, but still think about colour cohesion. Clashing colours like orange and bright pink can often work really well together. If you’re after something a bit less bold, using a pastel palette means that you can use pretty much any pastel colours you want, as they all work well together.

Give pastel furniture more impact by mixing up the colours, so don’t just go for say a pastel blue chair, choose several different shades, and don’t be timid, more is often more when creating this kind of interior for an event.

Mix up your furniture style, though this can be tricky to get right and it takes a good eye to be able to pull off effectively. Mixed furniture done well is perfect for an eclectic, whimsical or effortlessly hip look and the easiest and safest way to do this, is to mix up your choice of chairs, not just their colour, but the style of chairs too.

When creating a mix and match colour theme, it can still be a good idea to have a base colour, for example, white, black or silver. When paired with lots of different colours or multiple different brighter or pieces, your scheme will look even more impactful.

When choosing furniture, although it doesn’t have to match, indeed the less perfectly matched the more laid back and whimsical your scheme will feel, the pieces you choose will still need to work effectively together. A basic traditional banqueting chair in royal blue, next to a Toledo chair really won’t result in the right look!

Mis-Matched Chairs Can Work Well Together

Our Toledo chairs come in a fantastic array of colours, and look amazing when you mix and match the colours you use.

Similarly our range of Toledo chairs look great, and they work particularly well when you mix up the colours.

Pastel mix Toledo chairs

For an even more whimsical look, you could try mixing and matching tables too and choosing set dressing pieces that are over-sized or unusual – how about bowler hat lampshades, enormous over-the-top chandeliers and a mix of indoor topiary?

Why not check out our range of hire furniture, we’ve got everything you need to make your next event look incredible. If you’d like a quote you can do that online or why not get in touch with us or give us a call on 0203 328 5446 and we’ll help you create the perfect event!

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