Turning Tables

Due to their matching tones and sharp looks, complete occasional table sets are commonly sought after. Many customers fantasize about the idea of having a matching set, but do not realize how difficult it can be to actually complete it. In a recent interview, our designer, Mike Arendt, communicated that pursuing a matching set is problematic. Not only is a matching set difficult to achieve, but it can also delay a room’s potential growth and ability to change.

Mike Arendt is a qualified designer here at Wenz Furniture. He graduated from University of Wisconsin- Green Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design. Arendt applies his expertise into all aspects of his career. Lighting, placement, colors, and material are only a few subjects that he is knowledgeable about.

Arendt recommends a variation of furniture because it is less stressful, and more time efficient. Starting the set is easy, the hard part is actually completing it. An incomplete set will cause a period of waiting until the right piece is found, which coincides with a period of time without vital furniture. Without certain pieces, there are certain actions that cannot be achieved. For example, without a side table, there might not be room for a lamp, which in turn can create bad lighting within a room. Furniture is a room’s core. Without the proper pieces, other aspects will be affected.

Occasional Table

A variation of pieces is far more beneficial than a matching set for multiple reasons. Different styles, textures, and materials will give a room more dimension and depth. The variation will be interesting and appealing to look at, and can even give a room a room some personality.

Also, by having varied pieces from the start, there is room for growth and change in the future. A complete set comes with standards that a room has to follow. All other aspects of a room must be purchased and completed in relation to the matching set. Without the matching set, there are no restrictions. A wider variety allows for more freedom to re-design a room accordingly, and more frequently.

Pieces can be varied through shape, size, and material. An easy and efficient way to introduce variety is to mix and match shapes. Some pieces can be sharp, while others are rounded. Also, a piece’s height can contribute to the variation. Shorter pieces can coexist with taller pieces, as long as this is done accordingly.

A color palette is something that can also be achieved by having variety. You can mix different tones, colors, and shades. For example, warm colors and tones will keep a room cozier. Browns, reds, yellows, and other warm colors can all be mixed together to achieve the same goal. If a cooler tone is desired, then blacks, greys, and blues would be the go-to colors.

Overall, the desire for a matching set is a personal preference. But if you don’t have the time or desire for a matching set, there are an infinite amount of alternate possibilities to make up for it. Either way, matching set or not, the goal is to have a functional room that you are comfortable in.