Mismatched furniture? Help!

swang5512June 25, 2013
Hi all,

Please help me with our new bedroom design. We are moving and are debating whether we should sell or keep our furniture. Ideally we would keep, but I am ok with selling if this really doesn't work.

We have a large solid wood dresser in our bedroom that we got a few years back that we adore. It looks *sort of* like the one attached, but with a dark espresso wood and a white/cool grey marble top. Our king bed is a dark espresso leather sleigh bed, similar to the attached, and our exact new bedding is attached.

The problem I have now is that we really need a dresser w/mirror for our bedroom, and I can't seem to find anything that works given our current furniture. The dressers I have seen that are similarly ornate looking are either in a different shade of wood or really obviously not the same design (even with the same kind of ornate scrolls). I also don't think anything super modern would work either, but you tell me. The scheme for the new bedroom is espresso with cream bedding and cool greige walls (though the wall color is also not firm).

Help! What kind of dresser do you think would work here? Should I just scrap my beloved chest and buy a new matching set?
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jabber629
Keep looking! One of the biggest mistakes you can make is purchasing a matching set! Have you checked out online retailers like Ballard designs or gone to stores like Arhaus and stickley? I'm sure they'll have something you like, or lest comes to worst, I think a crime colored piece would work well too.
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Oellien Design, Inc.
Matching furniture is for people who can't make decisions. So, let the piece be the focal point to the room and let the other pieces around it something different. Mirrored nightstands or painted finishes. I agree that Ballard is a great source for funishings that mix well together.
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Sandy G. ltd.
-- I agree with both posts above. . . If you cannot match the mirror exatly, go the opposite direction and find a mirror you like that doesn't match at all - except for loosely in style. Painted, antiqued brass framed mirrors would be a good bet.
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lefty47
HI -- Matching sets are no longer done . But if you want to keep your beloved furniture , you could have the dresser custom made if you can't find some thing similar. But maybe it's time to use that furniture else where and get something new . Check out along with Ballard , there is also Horchow.com and ELTE.ca .- ABC.com . Look in some high end design magazines like Veranda -- Florida Design - and so on in their ads for furniture . Maybe do a search for Italian style furniture . But I think maybe an interior designer could help you track down something to bring your furniture and your room together.
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bubblyjock
Nooo - keep your beloved dresser, because you will forever regret selling it! And......don't forget to search Craigslist, or Kijiji if you're in Canada. It's AMAZING what people are "getting rid of" at this time of year, when half the world is moving house. I just lucked out on an early Quebec pine armoir - for less than one TENTH of the price at most antique shops.
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decoratinglady5
I wish I had that piece of furniture!!!...I would KEEP it,but its up to you.
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pbrown58
Beautiful piece! repurposed it! Paint it and replace the hardware
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swang5512
Thanks everyone! A followup -- do you think something like this would work with the scheme? I think it might given my espresso/cream theme (with some hints of green in the room using plants or art). Thanks!
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studio10001
A google search for 'Duberry dresser with mirror' will show retail options for your style. Your local antiques mall/ auction house would have a variety of marble topped options in complimentary styles, for greater visual interest. You might also look for more simple dressers and attach a marble slab to draw the connection, with the advantage of being able to choose your own mirror.
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pbrown58
Love it!
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studio10001
If you like this,I would suggest a marble top to balance it against the weight of your other choices.
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minimumjoe
Yes, to no matching here. The change of pace will create interest ... I like your cream selection. Another thought would be to get to a consignment store or an antique place ... but plan to refinish with something that is different from the other.
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