Some of us are postmodernists who love to stay up to date with new trends, while others are 70 year-olds stuck in a twenty something’s body. Whichever description applies to you, it’s still not easy to decide on the home’s interiors. Sure, the majority of the features you love are old or new, but there are crossover points. Ah, what should you do?!
The simple answer is to mix and match each style and create a super property. You know? Like the band Cream back in the 60s. Being an interior designer pro, this solution will have occurred to you before. In fact, it’s probably the first thing that popped into your head. But, because you’re not a novice, you are also aware of the difficulty of merging two quite different styles.
There are the types of homeowners who think “just forget it; it’s too much hassle.” Hopefully, you’re not one of these people because they are missing out on the interiors of a lifetime. As difficult as it is, bringing together traditional and modern elements in the home is doable. Here’s what you need to know.
Go For Gold
Did anyone watch the Commonwealth Games, or have you heard the music of Shed Seven? As abstract references as they are and they are quite weird, both have an impact on interior design thanks to one thing: the color gold. In the Commonwealth Games, and in the hit song for the British band, going for gold is the key. And, it’s the same in a traditional/modern home as finding the right balance is about the scheme. In general, classic houses use white or different shades of it to create a clean, airy vibe. Now that spring is here and summer is on the way, it’s an incredible style to instill in any property. Once a glimmer of gold is added to the equation, the whole room takes on a new mood. The gold not only stands out itself, but it also compliments the less strong and subtler shades. Plus, there’s the fact that the scheme ages like George Clooney!
Target The Ceiling
Classical houses are home to specific features which remind us of the 50’s and 60s. A drinks cabinet is a prime example. Let’s face it – there aren’t many people who pour whiskey at 1 o’clock in the afternoon any longer. It’s such a health-conscious time we live in these days! Probably the feature that stands out more than a wooden box full of liquor is a chandelier. Physically imposing, it hangs from the ceiling with ornate trimmings and conjures memories of manor houses. No one wants to take it down because it’s pretty and pretty priceless, too. So, the trick is to ingratiate it into the décor. A basic tip is to paint the room’s roof so that the light fixture isn’t as loud. Again, gold works like a charm as it suits the natural color of the light fitting and the light itself. Metallic paints are also sleek and elegant in equal measure.
Box It Off
Traditional homes were created in a different era, and their use of shapes is not what you may find today. Simply put, the furniture and the ornaments are round or circular shaped. The curvier pieces fit in very nicely and shouldn’t be removed. We all like elements that aren’t bone skinny, after all. In fact, the modern fix is to double down and add pieces that are as round in all the right places. However, there is no need to stick with the spherical theme as it becomes overkill. Instead, add boxes and rectangular items to the room for a more modern feel. A round coffee table, for example, has fantastic contrast when surrounded by square sofas and armchairs. You may find some rooms are full of boxes already, such as the bedroom. In this case, look for bedroom sets which aren’t as four-sided. To create a genuine distinction, you should opt for a different shape. Triangular pieces catch the eye immediately as they are unique.
Hang Assorted Artwork
Art is an excellent way to supplement the style of the room while creating a focal point. Plus, the large frame takes up space which is hard to cover, especially in large properties. Usually, there are two options: classical or modern. This post, however, is going to break the status quo by telling you to hang the two in sight of one another. Did you hear that? It was the audible gasp from the readers who are art-obsessed. No, say it isn’t so. Sorry, but it is so! The key is to give them plenty of space to allow the styles room to breathe. Things with a different style that are side-by-side will stand out for all the wrong reason, namely because they clash. Putting a modern piece on one wall and a traditional arrangement on the one opposite should tone down the conflict. Also, it helps to pick artwork which has a similar scheme. A soft, light painting won’t work well in the same room as a block of color. The video below has tips if you are unsure.
Sometimes, fashions are difficult to blend as they are unique. It depends on the person and their tastes. Should you be someone who has an eclectic vision, then the process is twice as hard. Features that don’t match won’t fit into a room without looking cluttered, tacky or ostentatious. If that is the style you want, then that’s fair. However, anyone looking for a fraction of balance needs to consider being bland. Okay, it goes against all of your interior design morals, yet sometimes it’s necessary to take one step backward to go three steps forward. Using a neutral backdrop, for instance, creates a foundation for the weird and wonderful designs. Walls that are bold and vivid won’t have the same appeal because everything will be too full-on.
How do you feel about mixing traditional home design with modern elements? Are you for or against?