What happens if I mix shabby chic with mid century? I succummbed to a 60% off impulse buy. It was an old, totally shabby garden bench, with simple, flowing curves, that was CHEAP, marked down from $800 to $320 and could serve multiple purposes a) texture...a lot b) an airy element in a small apartment c) useful for seating! d) useful for putting decorative objects on. The other element in the living room so far is a just-purchased sofa, The Kinsey, from Crate & Barrel...clean lines, mid century inspired. What do you think?
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Dear Susiq, Rules were meant to be broken and you CAN do anything, BUT if you are going eclectic you should make sure that there is a common thread that you are pulling through your room or else it will just seem random.
What is your common thread?
What you don't want is everything to be Mid-C Modern and ONE thing to be very oddly out of step. Eclectic means that you keep people guessing by not having any ONE dominant theme, but you still need a thread.
Specifically, the garden bench may not be a problem if it a. has a similar coloring to your other pieces of furniture, if b. it doesn't overwhelm the room or if c, it simply reads "funky" and not a shabby chic mixup. If, however, you are concerned that it really sticks out like a sore thumb, you could tone it down by a. stripping the paint b. sanding or c. adding a piece of thick glass on top to make it more of a table. If you are not concerned, then don't worry about it. Enjoy!