Mixing Modern and Vintage Decor Styles

Interior design is all about finding a balance between colours, textures, shapes and styles. While many homes follow a single decor style, mixing antiques with modern items can be a great way to refresh your home’s look, add depth and style, as well as achieve a balance between the past and the present. Here are some tips to follow if this is the look you are going for.

Mix and Match Furniture

Different furniture styles from different eras can work well together. Many modern furniture trends are starting to follow mid-century and vintage styles which is making mixing and matching vintage and modern furniture easier. The three things to keep in mind are the materials, the patterns and the textures. If any of these are out of balance, your home can look cluttered and disorganised.

Play with Art

Combining vintage and modern decor is relatively easy. For larger pieces like your fireplace mantle or headboard with a vintage design, you can add modern art to contrast the vintage. If you are looking for something unique, you can always add a vintage map to an area such as the living or study room. Framed vintage maps look best when illuminated and can be great conversations starters when you entertain guests.

Have an Antique Focal Point

When you have a lot of vintage items in a room with modern decor items, the vintage items tend to disappear in the background. To ensure this does not happen, you can create a vintage focal point to draw attention to the fact that you are incorporating both vintage and modern decor styles in one space.

Large unmissable items work best in this case. For example, you can direct your visitors’ eyes to a vintage chandelier hanging in your dining room or choose from one of the many vintage fireplaces designs at sites like stonewoods.co.uk. You can choose from marble, stone, cast iron, slate or wood fireplaces which you can also pair with antique fireplace accessories to draw even more attention to it.

Add Vintage Rugs

Vintage rugs look fantastic on wooden floors and are one of the easiest ways to blend your modern and vintage styles. Persian carpets or Turkish rugs are a great way to anchor the past in a modern room. They are also an easy and unique way to freshen up your home’s decor.

Add Vintage Mirrors

Mirrors with vintage designs are great for adding a vintage look to an ultramodern design or room. Decorative French mirrors work very well in this regard. Adding mirrors also has the added effect of brightening up a room and making it seem larger than it is.

It is never enough to add vintage items to a room and leave it at that. To ensure everything fits well together, you will need to pick and choose what you want to add to a particular room. While you still want to create a look that appears to be moving through time, adding the wrong items can break the look and leave you with lots of mismatched modern and vintage decor. Try to add just the right items that complement your home without feeling or looking out of place.

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