Mixing and Matching with Rod Mickley

Plaids, patterns, and prints—Oh my! Get the look of this fun and fashionable media room by embracing mix ‘n’ match principles


Photography by Jessica Glynn, Rod Mickley Room Spread_FD32-1A

When interior designer Rod Mickley’s clients asked for “a comfortable place to watch movies and sports,” they got that and much more—with a side of clean lines and creative colors. The room embodies Mickley’s own design aesthetic, which he describes as “contemporary tropical to chic ranch.” The designer’s eclectic mix of color and texture  is  a mash-up master class. “To me, a room is like a painting,” he says. “You add and subtract until you can say: ‘Stop!’”

Table Textures From glass and metal to wood to wovens, Mickley avoided matched pieces, opting instead for surfaces that add interest and serve a purpose at the same time.

Cozy Combos Colorful striped and floral pillows, plus a happy-hued throw blanket punch up neutrally upholstered seating—all set atop a plaid rug. 

It Takes Two  Mickley chose this pair of seemingly mismatched mid-century modern tables with hairpin legs. “I liked the idea of it not being a big solid table,” he says.

Office Space  This home features a full office upstairs, but the clients wanted a functional desk for multi-tasking, which Mickley tucked into a corner with a bright green castered chair.

Bold and Beautiful Mickley used a large, color-laden piece of art from Danish painter Johanne Lykke to anchor the space. It was a finishing touch that “pulled the room together,” he says.

Let There be Light A bright red lamp brings a pop of cheerful color to a neutral side table.


Story Credits:

Text by Kristen Desmond LeFevre

Photography by Jessica Glynn

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