Does Your Bedroom Furniture Have To Match?

When it comes to bedroom furniture, there are two main schools of thought – matching sets or mismatching sets.

Matching sets usually come in a set of three or four pieces – a bed, a nightstand, and a dresser/mirror combo. Mismatching sets can be composed of any number of different pieces, in any combination you like.

Both options have their pros and cons, which we will explore in this blog post.

Which option is best for you really depends on your personal preferences and lifestyle. But if you’re not sure which route to go, here are some tips on how to mix and match different styles of bedroom furniture.

Is Matching Bedroom Furniture Outdated?

Trends come and go, and bedroom furniture is no exception. In recent years, there has been a shift away from matching sets towards mismatching pieces. This trend has been gaining in popularity, as more people look for ways to express their personal style in their homes.

No, your bedroom furniture does not have to match because your home is not a furniture store or showroom display. Your home should reflect your personality and tastes. So if you like the look of mismatched furniture, it’s no problem.

Old habits die hard though, so if you’re still debating let’s talk more about the pros and cons of matching your bedroom furniture.

Pros & Cons of Matching Bedroom Furniture

Matching bedroom sets are a great option if you’re looking for a unified, polished look. These sets usually come with all the necessary pieces in one purchase, making it easy to get an entire room put together in one go.

This is especially helpful if you’re on a tight budget or are looking for furniture quickly. If you are wanting to finish decorating a bedroom quickly, opting for a matching bedroom set can help.

You are not stuck waiting on one piece from another store because for furniture sold in sets, stores usually make a good effort to deliver the package in one trip. Unless your store has been plagued with supply chain issues like so many stores have been these days.

On the other hand, matching sets can be limiting when it comes to expressing your personal style and preferences. Matchy furniture may mean that you compromise on some features that you wanted for one piece but not the other.

For example, if you wanted a particular style of nightstand, but it didn’t come as part of the set, then you may be stuck with something that isn’t quite what you wanted.

Mismatched bedroom sets still often have a theme or color scheme that helps them to be tied together, but the pieces can still be different enough to express your style and preferences.

How To : Mixing and Matching Bedroom Furniture

Okay, if you’ve been sold on mixing your furniture and you want ideas and tips on how to do this here are some steps you can take. We will cover how to mix light and dark bedroom furniture, the ideal colors to mix and match, and if you should focus on any specific pieces like nightstands.

First and foremost, you need to decide what kind of feel you want your room to embody. A good way to do this is by selecting a color palette and style that complements the look. Here are some tips:

-Pick two or three colors from the same family that will serve as the base for your design.

-Bring together the pieces in your bedroom with a common design element.

-Light color wood and dark color wood can be mixed to create contrast and interest.

Keep in mind the shape of the room when selecting furniture. Choose pieces that are around the same height and width so they don’t overpower or dwarf one another.

When it comes to mixing specific pieces of furniture you should mix and match try:

A different bed. Often times beds are the center of a bedroom and if you want one that doesn’t necessarily match the other furniture in your room go for it. For example, upholstered beds are a great style that many enjoy but find they don’t necessarily come in a bedroom package that they like. Get the bed and fit your other furniture around it, with complimenting styles and colors.

Mix nightstands. There are so many types of nightstands and they come in various styles, heights, and colors. Many have cool features like charging ports or backlights. If the furniture set that you’ve been eyeing has nightstands that you don’t exactly love, there’s no reason to compromise. Nightstands are easy to switch out in the grand scheme of things. Don’t be afraid to swap these out.

Your nightstand also doesn’t have to match the headboard of your bed, but it should be complementary in color.

Dressers are another piece of bedroom furniture that can be swapped. There may be multiple reasons you want to switch dressers, from storage capacity to color. Some dressers come with mirrors you may not want to use. Dressers can be tall or short, classic or modern.

If the furniture set you are looking at has a dresser that doesn’t fit your needs, you can always find another one to switch it out with.

How many colors of furniture can you have in one room?

This answer is completely up to you! Whether you want your room to be a cacophony of colors and patterns or a more subdued color palette, this is your space.

The great thing about mixing and matching is that there’s no hard-and-fast rule on how many colors can be in one room. As long as the colors you choose complement each other, then you can have as many colors as you want.

To make shopping easier, stick to 2-3 colors that will be used throughout your furniture pieces and accent pieces. A good guideline is to choose a main color, an accent color, and a neutral that ties things together.


Mixing and matching bedroom furniture is a great way to express yourself through your design choices. With the tips above, you can now go out and find pieces that reflect your style without necessarily buying an entire set. Have fun with it! There’s no wrong answer when it comes to choosing colors and styles for your home.

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