Some of the most intriguing interior design choices aren’t always pinned to one era. Instead, they’re a blend of different periods, shapes, textures, and colours. One of my favourite blends is a mix of modern and antique décor.
Done right, you can create a charming feel to your space, while still keeping modern elements on display.
Choose more than one period
The key to successfully integrating antiques into a modern setting lies in the art of mixing and matching. And not necessarily choosing various coloured antique pieces, but rather playing around with different periods.
Mix mid-century modern furniture with Victorian-era accents or pair industrial elements with rustic antiques. The key is to find common design threads that tie the pieces together, creating a cohesive and inviting space.
Create a focal point
Every room needs a focal point, and antiques make the perfect candidates. With just one antique piece, you can create the perfect harmony of modern and antique design.
Imagine a majestic antique mirror above a contemporary fireplace or an intricately carved sideboard stealing the spotlight in your dining room. These timeless pieces not only add character but also become conversation starters.
Keep colours neutral
Antiques often come with their colour palette, but don’t let that deter you. Integrate them into your modern colour scheme by incorporating neutral tones or bold accents that complement the existing palette. This way, you maintain a cohesive look while letting the antiques shine.
Repurpose and refurbish old finds
The joy of thrifting furniture is that you can refurbish it to your heart’s content. Reupholstering vintage chairs means you can get that old-fashioned feel but in your style.
But the fun in mixing modern and antique décor lies in repurposing the furniture and using it for a different function. You could transform an antique dresser into a stylish bathroom vanity or repurpose an old window frame into a unique picture frame.
No one typically considers leather as an antique or vintage design choice. But it is! Leather is extremely versatile and can easily create that old-and-new look you’re after.
Even better, you can use leather to further blend your modern and antique designs. Leather accents work well with rustic vintage furniture, and the soft browns could soften your modern décor. This helps create a cohesive look.
Keep it simple
Sometimes, keeping it simple is all you need. You can create your mix of modern and antique décor by having small vintage pieces, like antique picture frames. Or, you can simply have an antique lamp or light fixture to stand out against a modern design.
Incorporating antiques into modern decor is a delightful dance between the past and the present. By embracing the charm of timeless pieces, you’re not only creating a visually stunning space but also weaving a narrative that transcends eras. So, go ahead and let the treasures of yesteryear breathe new life into your contemporary haven – after all, true style knows no bounds!
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