Last week I showed you guys my favorite cheap patio tables and the one that I purchased. I mentioned that I really dislike sets, so I had to see what I would pair with our new patio table.
Another scenario could be that your chairs broke and you don’t have money to replace the entire set and just want to buy new chairs to go with your old table or vice versa. Budget restrictions can definitely be a big reason to replace your outdoor furniture pieces gradually over time.
How to mix and match patio furniture with examples and favorites
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I mix and match outdoor patio furniture, the same way I do with my indoor spaces inside my house. This approach creates extra interest and character. The inside of our home is a good example, like our dining room, the table chairs and antique settee are all from different sources and I love the collected look.
As I mentioned earlier, a lot of people also don’t have the funds to give their outdoor living space a complete makeover. Adding different pieces over time is a more affordable way to achieve the individual style you want. This might scare some people because they don’t even know where to start.
So if you’re here because you are looking to mix and match different types of outdoor furniture, you’re in luck – it’s totally doable! But, just a heads up, there are some limits to what you can combine. Let me give you some of my favorite tips.
1. Use the rule of three
For a great way to successfully pull off a mix-and-match look and to strike the perfect balance, I recommend following the “rule of three”. This means choosing three different material types. You could even break it down further and choose three materials for your furniture, three for soft furnishings, and three for decorative accessories and finishings.
In design, the number three is super important. It shows that you’ve put some thought into your choices and that you’re making a deliberate decision rather than just throwing things together. By sticking to this rule, you can create a cohesive outdoor space that looks great and feels comfortable. So go ahead and get creative – just remember to keep it within those three guidelines! Sticking to this can also help you not to go too overboard with your different materials.
So go ahead and get creative with your material choices, just remember to keep that balance in mind. You’ll end up with a beautiful outdoor space that reflects your personal style and is perfect for relaxing and entertaining.
Here is our outdoor dining space and the three materials: faux bamboo/rattan of the bistro chairs, the wood top of the table (although it’s actually tile that looks like a wood table top), and the metal legs of the table. The colors are white, blue, the taupe/brown of the umbrella, stonework, and wood tones.
My furniture placement: We have a round paver patio and no deck. While we used to have a round table, I switched it up this time with a rectangular patio table. Across from that outdoor dining area on our patio space, I added a lounge area with some teak chaise lounges that repeat the metal and wood combination. None of the furniture pictured came in a set and was accumulated over time. I grounded the small lounge area with an outdoor rug.
2. Bring everything together through color and texture
When it comes to choosing colors for your outdoor space, it’s important to find a good mix. You might not be able to stick to the “rule of three” completely, try to choose three main colors that work well together.
To really tie the space together, consider choosing one main color which is blue for my backyard that runs throughout, and then adding in some accent tones. This will help create a cohesive theme and give your outdoor space a more put-together look. Just remember to choose colors that complement each other and help create a unified look. You’ll end up with an outdoor space that’s uniquely you and perfect for relaxing and entertaining!
You can definitely already see in my above photos how the blue and white patterns bring the space and design style together. Since I have so many plants and accents, I didn’t want to throw more colors in there. The reddish plant is a substitute for another accent color which I repeated in flowers throughout the yard and occasionally even food as you can see ;).
3. Mix in accessories and finishing touches
When it comes to mixing and matching outdoor furniture, the little details can make a big difference. Accessories and finishing touches like colorful flowers (as I already mentioned), statement plants, and table settings can help tie everything together and highlight your favorite pieces. I just showed you my red-leaf plant and I have many others on and around my outdoor area. I even hang things inside my umbrella for extra interest.
We still have the same furniture but had to recently replace the above umbrella cover. Check out my favorite patio umbrella replacement canopies and how to measure a patio umbrella replacement canopy.
I also added a lot of solar lanterns throughout the yard that look pretty during the day and add extra ambiance at night.
You could even use throw cushions to unite two different styles of sofa, or a cozy throw to soften a modern chair and make it work with your more rustic furniture. It’s amazing how these little touches can really bring an eclectic style together!
And don’t forget – your outdoor space is your own personal sanctuary, so be sure to add some personal touches that make you happy.
The possibilities are endless outdoors and fun to put together especially when you see your own personality shine through to get the vibe that you want.
Here is another seating area in our backyard with teak chairs:
Mix-and-matching furniture quick tips
- have fun with it
- stick to the rule of threes
- coordinate the colors with the rest of your house and decor
- don’t be afraid of mixing different finishes
- watch out for the scale, you don’t want the table to swallow up the chairs or vice versa
- and don’t be afraid to mix styles – yes you can mix modern, boho, and country or whatever floats your boat, just don’t overdo it.
My favorite patio chairs to mix with any patio table
Let me give you some examples of chairs that I considered with our table. I found so many good ones and really like that they are somewhat different from the table style.
I’ve always loved bistro-style patio chairs. Maybe that’s because I grew up in Europe. So I chose number 3 but unfortunately, the same color combo isn’t available anymore.
I applied the same principles to my porch decor with the vintage rattan outdoor sofa that I found on Facebook Marketplace. I know the plants grew in a lot but can you spy the metal table and some of the other furniture pieces? The velvet accent pillows I bought to coordinate with the original vintage cushion fabric from the 80s. Rattan and wicker furniture pairs nicely a variety of different furniture styles because it is so timeless.
I hope this blog post gave you some good examples and simple guidelines that will help you put your own outdoor space together to fit your needs, style, and personality.