Mix materials and textures, and also mix styles. No need to limit yourself to one style of furnishings. Mix furniture from different eras, and different geographical areas. The simple lines of Scandinavian design mix well with other styles, such as traditional Chinese. The European trend of mixing new furniture with old has reached Asia, the need for character and authenticity has never been this big. Home owners are adding their personal flair with items they love. By that, the homes are becoming less predictable and more characteristic.
Furniture with character. Glows even more when placed next to a less predictable piece.