Every home has collections of family heirlooms and antique items that you can’t let go of. Designing a contemporary, modern space doesn’t mean these items can’t still shine within your environment. Whether it be a clock, books, lamp or a blanket, these antique elements will only help you in creating a ‘lived in’ and ‘homey’ feel that makes each house unique and special to their owners.
Here is a list of tips on how to fuse old and new….
LET THE ANTIQUE BE THE STAR OF THE SHOW
When blending antique and contemporary sometimes the contrasting element is what you need for it to work effortlessly. Adding contrast to your space though colour and style is a great way to create a sense of balance and depth which appeals to the eye. Whether its adding a collection of beautiful antique pieces to your modern sideboard, or picking up some secondhand vintage dining chairs and combining them with your simple timber dining table?! Its all about crafting that perfect harmony between the old and the new.
THE VINTAGE SIDEBOARD
Oh the vintage sideboard….. a personal crush of ours!! There really is nothing quite like it! It is the perfect way to inject a retro character to any space, whether it’s your entry, hallway or living space. There’s just something about the aged timbers, detailed legs and unique hardware that we can’t get enough of. Now the only struggle is sourcing the perfect piece…
BREATHE A NEW LIFE
If you’re struggling to integrate your antique elements seamlessly into your design, a fresh coat of paint or some new upholstery might be the way to go? Breathing a new life through some modifications to the finish will always freshen up your antique piece, instantly allowing it to fit more seamlessly into your contemporary home. Why not reupholster an otherwise dated armchair in a stunning new patterned or textured fabric for a perfect hit of character to your space!
IT’S ALL IN THE ART
As you probably all already know… we are BIG lovers of art! Art is always a go to way to transform the atmosphere and style of your space. It’s crazy how much of a difference changing out just one element of your home can make. Incorporating a renaissance style piece or mural, or alternatively a wall of detailed antique frames is a sure way to inject that ‘modern vintage’ lived in feel. Especially when utilized in combination with your contemporary furniture selections.
Even if you don’t own any antique pieces already, it is easy to find pieces from around town that will help complete your look. A lighting fixture is always something that completes an interior space and there are plenty of unique finds that can set your home apart from the rest.
Handles and bathroom fixtures is also something that can be found around town and for a smaller price that can make a big impact. If you already have everything you need in your home, switching out the handles of joinery, doors or other pieces of furniture is an easy way to change up your style and add a retro flare.