Combining old and new style
There is different style when it comes to decorating your home. A mix of old and new pieces can create a style that is both elegant and electric. By pairing new furnishings with older pieces that have developed a pleasing patina of age. You can create a balance in which textures, colors, shapes and styles combine and contrast beautifully, and where subtle harmonious and dramatic differences result in luxurious and relaxing room.
Introducing antique, retro or salvaged furnishings into a modern environment instantly tones down any harsh lines, injects a dash of warmth to cool colors and add appealing characteristics of the aged, the worn and the well-loved. The overall look can be as modern as you like, but adding just one or two old pieces provides the necessary air of easy going repose and mellow pleasure.
Living room: getting it right
- Keep it simple – don’t try to cram too much furniture into a living room. When mixing pieces from different periods, you need only a few example of each.
- When you have one very strong pattern in a room, aim to keep the rest of the furnishing plain, avoiding clashes and allowing the pattern the chance to make a dramatic statement.
- For the line of furniture to stand out properly, wall treatment should be pale and understated.
- Old chairs from any era, looks marvelous reupholstered in white or off white fabric. Alternatively, have loose covers made, for a more informal look.
- Length of old fabric can be made into cushion covers. Against a plain backdrop.
- For old pieces to work with new ones, they should have a similar feel.
- Look for good quality furniture with a timeless style. Robust natural materials and excellence in craftsmanship and design provide common factors that unify different pieces, whatever their age.
- Use colour to achieve a coordinated look. For example, if a piece of wooden furniture is out of harmony with other element of your living room, try painting it the same colour as the wall.
- Remember that scale is also important. One over scale piece will make an impact, but avoid mixing lots of large and small pieces in one room, or the effect will be crowded and cluttered.
- Attention to scale is also important when it comes to the details. If a table is average in size but has heavy, square legs, for example. It will look wrong next to a chair similar proportions with slender, tapering legs.
- To avoid creating visual confusion, keep accessories to a minimum, choosing a few low-key, timeless pieces or just a single bold item.
Source: Old&New Katherine Sorrell