It’s been said that “love is blind,” and when it comes to home decor, we tend to agree. Just because you can’t immediately envision how a special piece is going to look in your home doesn’t mean you have to say no to it in favor of something that will match your existing decor. And if you’re looking to venture away from coordinated looks to try something new, we’re here to help. Differing styles can work together cohesively and, even better, create a look that’s uniquely your own. Below we’ve rounded up ways to bring seemingly dissimilar furniture together for a stylish outdoor space that embraces the mixing and matching of shapes, patterns, materials and colors.

Love unexpected shapes like the quatrefoil backs of these chairs? Their green and white patterns speak to the rug, while the teak acts as a neutral, grounding the dining area with modern angles. 

We love going for a bold statement piece like this coffee table and then building your outdoor living room around it. A blend of similar patterns and textures allows for accents of gold and green to remain unified, without each larger furniture piece having to be the same style.

Metal marries with teak when the lines are all kept clean and linear. Allow texture to come into play with accents such as side tables or large planters. A pop of color can be brought in by a patio umbrella, providing function and style.

Keep patterns in play with accent pieces like pillows, rugs and side chairs, while rooting the look with large-scale pieces like tables and sofas. Whether it’s a shape or color palette, a common theme helps anchor the look and offers opportunity for you to change direction in other ways.

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