Generally, color is the best way to make items work together. The rooms in these top photos have 2-4 colors in each room. As long as you stick with consistent colors, you can mix several different styles, eras and patterns. (The photo below has 3 fabrics and a vibrant rug pattern!) Mix in any color wood you like – dark, medium, painted.
Also use a similar shape and scale of furniture. In the photo below, the sofa and coffee table are both long, low and rectangular. Despite the fact that they were made about 50 years apart, they look great. The art and pillows are also angular, like the sofa and coffee table.
You can also match items that have a similar “look.” For example, the room below contains furniture with streamlined, modern lines. Contemporary items and mid century modern furniture always look fabulous together.
The last photo is from a customer who has started to furnish a part-time home in St. Louis. She has an elegant style and uses clean bold colors and similar sized furniture. Her new grey sofa pairs with our gold one; our blue leather chairs go with her modern cube and media center. Well done, Susan!! Love your style.