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Mix and Match: How to Mix Antique Furniture With Modern Design

April 25, 2019

Mix and Match: How to Mix Antique Furniture With Modern Design - English Georgian America

Worried your antique furniture won’t work well with the rest of your home? If you have a sleek, modern home design, then it might seem this way at first.

Don’t sell them! Their prices continue to drop, meaning you won’t get much financially. Instead, mix and match the antique with the modern.

Would you rather keep certain antiques in your possession? Or do you plan to get some for your home? You can incorporate them into your home without looking out of style.

Here are some chic and stylish ways you can incorporate antique furniture into your home.

1. Use the 80/20 Rule

One of the approaches you should try when coordinating the antique and modern aspects of your home is the proportion. In this case, test out the 80/20 division between the furniture of your home.

There has to be the main element and a supporting element. The main design element or style in your home will be 80%, and the remainder stands as the supporting design element or style.

If your 80% is that of a contemporary style, let your 20% be the antique accents. This could be in the form of a grandfather clock or an antique vase, for example. Try to mix and match and find which works well as the main theme and which one fits as the accent in the room.

2. Over-sized Antiques in Small Spaces

You can also incorporate antiques with rather huge sizes in the room.

For instance, an oversized English writing desk can be part of a contemporary room. This adds personality to the room, making the area seem larger.

With this tip, try to toy around with the proportion of sizes and styles. Another example would be putting an antique sofa in a contemporary-sized living room.

3. Group up like Items

While matching up items may end up being too predictable, try this alternative. Group up items by their similarities. Do this despite the stark differences they have with each other.

The idea is to tie unlike items together to form unique combinations.

For instance, try to group items by the color they have, despite their size. Like items on the dresser being of the same color despite being different from each other. It forms uniformity in such an approach.

You can make use of a collection for this setup as well. You can choose to group them together in one section of the house. Instead of displaying them in separate sections of the house.

This way, it adds more impact if you do this.

4. Play with Light and Reflection

Another way you can let vintage furniture shine in your home is in how you set up your lighting. When combining the old and new in your home, play around with your light fixtures. This is one of the simplest ways to integrate both antique and modern in your home.

One good example is having a 17th-century French gilt mirror in the room. This is to act as both an accent to the room and a means to reflect light.

You can also incorporate a Tiffany chandelier in a contemporary room. The said chandelier could have an Art Nouveau style, making it a distinct fixture in the home.

The possibilities of playing with light are endless that you can choose to mix things up.

5. Plan Your Direction Well

Take note of the direction you are taking with this. One approach is putting the antique furniture as accents to a predominantly contemporary home. Another is to go with putting contemporary accents to a more antiquated home.

These are not the only ways you can go with arranging your furniture at home. You can try the method of arranging things around a central theme in your home. For instance, you can go with color as your theme (e.g. style using shades of blue).

If not color, you can also go with a theme revolving around simplicity. Play around with the use of contrasts as well to help you decide on how the style should look like.

6. Use Textiles as Well

Wall décor and furniture are not the only ones that you can incorporate in your home design. There are also various tapestries and textiles that you can make use of as accents to your home. Or you can have them as decorative pieces.

In this setup, you can go with earthy colors to temper upholstered furniture bearing bright colors. In this case, you emphasize the contrast provided by the textile. Another is to go for a Persian carpet to act as an accent to your home, regardless of its location.

The key here is adding both a visual and tactile dimension that provides contrast and texture.

7. Toy Around with Repetitions

To avoid confusion in style, consider the idea of repeating certain elements. This is for the sake of consistency. Thus, you have a cohesive look in your home.

One example that you can easily use is in terms of color. Items with matching color, while different in form and size, would add a sense of uniformity and consistency. For instance, having dark brown sofas and tables matching with wooden portions of the room add a sense of repetition.

8. Observe Balance

One thing you should not forget, however, is to observe balance as you arrange your furniture.

For one, observe the visual weight of objects as you distribute them throughout the room. For example, a bookshelf on one corner of the room should have other items on the other end of the wall. Having a set of artworks hanging on the wall to balance the look.

Once you have found the style you want, you can endeavor to make it cozy and inviting.

Blend the Contemporary with Antique Furniture!

Contrasts are a beautiful thing to behold, especially with the differences in both style and age of antique furniture. It adds character to the space within your home. All it needs is to have a keen eye in mixing both modern and antique styles in a way that reflects your home’s personality.

To help you with this, we have a selection of furniture that you can browse right now. You can also contact us today for questions and inquiries.