Furniture sets were all the rage in the 1980’s (and early 1990’s). Having a matching sofa + love seat + occasional chair was just about as cool as having big, permed hair and high waisted jeans.
Of course, all of the furniture pieces needed to be in the same room. You were not supposed to move the chair into another room and “break up” the set! I’m sure furniture sets are still available for purchase. But I am here to tell you that there is much more freedom (and style) in purchasing furniture that is NOT a set.
Below is an example of a furniture set from the 1980’s. Not only does the furniture’s upholstery match, but the coffee table + side tables are also a set. Oh, and the lamps too. These people must have been pretty popular on their block!
And don’t you recall the “southwestern” look? I tried to forget it. But here it is in all of it’s glory:
Oh, and the bedroom sets. Can’t forget the bedroom sets. I’ll bet this was actually a waterbed too. Notice the nightstands, headboard, bed frame, and the cabinets are all the same? Yeah.
Yes, the colors and patterns above ARE obviously out of date, but in my opinion, so is the furniture “set”. Although I am sure you can still buy them in today’s patterns and styles.
I believe it is much more interesting to coordinate your furnishings, rather than match them. Plus, you can relocate items into different rooms during different phases of your living. This can save you money in the long run, while still enjoying a new look every few years.
You see the chairs below can easily be moved (into the master bedroom) and the cube ottomans can be used for seating in any room of the house. The coffee table is metal, and the 2 side tables are wood, although one is round and one is square, definitely not “matching” but are very interesting in the room.
It’s not as easy to “match” an upholstered headboard with nightstands, so you’re pretty safe in this room, where we used mirrored chests. The chests can easily double as storage in another room, or moved to the guest room because they will match just about any style of bed. We have even built mirrored cabinets into a large closet as extra storage.
Below, we used a leather couch and two upholstered chairs. The coffee table is a mix of wood and metal and is a beautiful statement piece. The side tables on either side of the couch are the same, but the side table next to the chair is a standalone style. Those two blue chairs would transition perfectly into the master bedroom in the future too. No furniture sets here!
So give up the 1980’s style of decorating, and move your living room or bedroom into territory that may not be as familiar. I promise it will be all the more comfortable in the long run.
Match your shoes. Match your shoes to your handbag if you must. But please don’t match your furniture pieces.
And please, let’s all hope that the big, permed hair and paper bag, high waisted jean shorts never return to style.
If you need assistance bringing your home ‘s style into this decade, we would love to help. And I promise, your throwback images won’t be posted here on my blog without your permission. We don’t judge. We just make houses happier and more efficient!