If you want to create an eclectic or lived-in look in your home, mixing old and new pieces in a room is one of the simplest ways to do it.
Combining vintage with modern, can make a space look like it has evolved over many years. Mixing new and old pieces and items that have sentimental value will make any home unique.
It stimulates a sense of nostalgia, but a balance has to be created in order to make it look elegant rather than untidy. If you want a space that combines modern trends with inherited, vintage or antique designs, keep reading:
Why blend old and new home decor? To put to good use those inherited pieces from our loved ones, or because there’s simply no budget to buy everything new. Trawling boot fairs and antiques markets will be quite useful if you’re looking for more affordable items for your home.
1. Determine the Overall Feel and Color Palette
The first step for a great interior design mix of old and new decor is determining the overall feel you want to achieve. There are many options: elegant, fresh, lived-in, relaxed, classic or unorthodox.
Next, decide on a colour palette. A neutral palette is a good option if you’re using lots of and using lots of interesting individual elements. When mixing old and new there isn’t such a need to add dramatic colour to your walls.
2. Create the perfect backdrop for your design
The perfect backdrop to any design is usually provided by high ceilings, fabulous windows and original features. This can be achieved in less architecturally interesting spaces though. Adding raw elements such as exposed brickwork, weathered textural wall finishes and classically styled fireplaces will help you achieve the desired look.
For smaller rooms, integrating vintage pieces and large contemporary art will create an impact. To maximise the sense of space, be careful not to over-clutter the design and keep window treatments to a minimum.
2. Mix Vintage and Modern Successfully
While combining old and new you want the room to feel cohesive. To ensure your rooms are stylish, not chaotic, every individual item used must be of good quality. To allow each to be appreciated, combine and group pieces.
Getting the proportions of each piece right is important to how furnishings relate to one another. Oversized designs are generally better than undersized. Pendant lighting, for example – some of the most impressive designs combine vintage chandeliers and classical mirrors with contemporary seating.
There’s something as important as the actual items: the way you use them in a space. An effective eclectic scheme should be theatrical in style. To achieve this, you can re-purpose some of your favourite items: turn an old ladderback chair into a bedside table or a vintage suitcase into a coffee table.
3. Find Balance
Be creative with furniture and create a unique look by upcycling vintage pieces. To achieve a piece that bridges the gap between styles, use contemporary fabrics and colors.
While mixing different styles within the same space you should find a balance between the numbers of pieces used. It’d be a good idea to distribute designs so that they aren’t grouped in their periods or styles. If you have inherited a vintage piece of furniture, try finding a few accessories from the same era to tie it in.
4. Use textures and layering
Vintage pieces can be a great addition, however too many can create chaos. To get it right, mix them with smooth, unblemished surfaces and silky textures. Try a new silk cushion on a distressed leather chair, for example.
To create a more relaxed feel, introduce natural textures, such as leather, faux-fur, wool, and linen. To bring the look to life and achieve a cozy environment, layer sumptuous throws and cushions and incorporate a range of lamps.
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