There is a theory that advocates eclectic design. The idea is that well-made and well-designed pieces will go together, whether they match or not. In some situations this might work. An Andy Warhol painting might go together with an Eames chair, for example. Mid century Danish furniture might look stunning next to a 16th century Ming vase. However, the idea does not always work.
It may be successful with larger, more dominant pieces of furniture. Having the bed biggest you can find in the bedroom will tend to overshadow any other design features, meaning there is room for eclectic design.
In fact, if you are going for the eccentric or eclectic then the bigger the better. Having a sofa made out of an old car seat in the living room only works when everything else is equally as bonkers. A car seat sofa in a living room that’s otherwise chintzy and traditional will just look plain weird.
When we’re talking about dining sets, however, eclectic and eccentric just doesn’t seem to work. Serve up a dinner on several different types of plates, of all sizes, shapes and colours, and it’s unlikely people will appreciate your eclectic eye for design. The more likely first impression is going to be that you’ve had to mix and match because you don’t have enough crockery.
There are some things in the house that complement each other when they are different. Even several different reclaimed or upcycled chairs around a dinner table can look good (check out the girls apartment in Friends if you don’t believe us) but a dinner set should be just that, a set. It is not a collection of lots of individual items; it comes together as one larger set.
Dining sets have to match to look good. If you’re hosting a party, you need to have a set that’s big enough for all your guests. It’s all about creating impressions when you’re the host and with a rag-tag assortment of plates and cutlery it looks like you’re under prepared. We hate to go all Hyacinth Bucket on you but we really think it does matter.
Extreme home design is great. It lets you put your own individual mark on the place you live. By all means choose extreme crockery, being unique is a wonderful thing, but just make sure it matches.
This is a guest post from Sainsbury’s. Check out the vast range of dinning sets available at Sainsbury’s. They’ve got lots of different styles to suit every individual taste. Their sets are also big enough to ensure that you can cater for all your guests, providing a really coherent theme and design statement.