Mix it up: Why it's time to ditch those matching coffee tables

The mix of materials that started to appear in the kitchen is making its way into other rooms of our homes from ceramic-topped dining tables with timber legs and woven chairs to an unusual range of materials now being used on coffee and side tables.

Says Jayne Cross-Hunter of McKenzie & Willis: “The emphasis is very much mix not match. To make unique room settings with interesting materials and mismatching pieces.”

Mix it up: Why it's time to ditch those matching coffee tables

Says Diana Ribarevski of Coco Republic: “Many of our coffee tables, consoles and dining tables showcase a beautiful blend of mixed and timeless materiality, including figured marble, timber and metals. The result is one where each furniture piece has its own wow factor but is easily workable in a layered application with other materials in the interior are used alongside it. For example, a brushed brass coffee table might be a subtle connection to the metal windows and doors.”

She also notes the move towards more fluid lines in furniture and homewares shapes including curved sofas, sculptural armchairs, sphered cushions and bold accent details.

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An understated, simplified kind of luxury is coming through in interiors, says Kennedy Cavey of Good Form, with materials like cast iron, glass and brass used in a way which is unexpected and which communicates a kind of artful, raw elegance.

“In furniture, plywood remains an enduring material for light, functional furniture and will suit a range of interior spaces,” she says.