How To Mix New Items With Old in Interior Design of the Home

When starting a new interior design project with a client we often encounter a mix of older items, some newer items, as well as an overall desire to modernize without throwing out all of the older treasures. Many of these older treasures not only have sentimental value, but were very costly when they were purchased. Some things, especially furniture and window treatments that have been well cared for will simply never wear out. They have, however, “uglied” out. The client often realizes this but is hoping to bring these treasures, somehow, into a more appropriate form so that they can continue to enjoy them. Blended families also have many furnishings which are serviceable, but of wildly disparate styles. Some family members truly dislike their partner’s furnishings. Can a lover of antiques live happily with a modernist? Often, adding dramatic touches to a room design dilutes the prominence of the antique item and a pleasant room design is the result.   living room with shield back zebra chairs and antiqued mirrorCreative people often have a lot of possessions. They also are often producers of art objects and some artists are quite prolific. Even if they don’t make art, creative people find beautiful objects everywhere. Some of these things are vintage, many are one-of-a-kind, many are large, and many of them are striking to look at. If the creative person’s partner is a bit of a minimalist, it can be difficult to live happily in the same home. A creative and dramatic approach to displaying a reasonable number of treasures may be the solution. Once again, drama is our friend. Minimalist décor is often dramatic, as well, so the idea can work.dramatic home offic with black wall colour and clean lined furnishings   The fireplace or a media centre is often a favourite place to display décor vignettes. Whether the fireplace is contemporary, transitional, or traditional and ornate, cozy vignettes can be created using colour as the connecting bridge between disparately styled items. transitional living room with egg chair, fireplace and leaded glass cabinet doors Classic moldings and architectural detail are another excellent way to link décor styles of different periods. The classic detailing of the moldings plays well with contemporary furnishings as well as traditional.   dramatic white foyer with trim moldings, square lantern light fixture, and centre table with bowl of cyclamen Rusticity has crept into even relatively formal homes, and it looks good there. Distressed finishes on furniture or in the abstract weave of an area rug look wonderful in a balanced room design.

Contemporary design also pairs well with reclaimed wood accents. Surprisingly, white is an excellent foil for the natural shades found in the rustic elements.

reclaimed wood wall in contemporary living room with flat screen televisionA vintage, weathered door that is the prized piece of one home owner can co-exist happily with another resident’s more contemporary pieces. Keeping the pieces in scale with each other will maintain the balance of the room design. The room design remains light and bright while combining the contemporary and traditional elements. The colour palette is also kept in balance. By adding personality to the space and respecting the taste of each home dweller, the home becomes much warmer and a pleasant place to come home to. Each person’s quirkiness is a positive element in the home. There is a feeling of fun, as well as elegance.


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