Antique and modern furniture have distinct artistry and appeal. To put both in one room means creating a balance between beauty and functionality. It can prove to be a daunting task for most but it is an adventure many are willing to try because of the extraordinary effects in style that it can contribute. Here are some tips in mastering the art of mixing antique and modern furniture.
Finding the balance in the unbalanced
It is often a misconception that an equal ratio of traditional and antique furniture is the key to achieving balance. When coordinated well, this could help you achieve a flawless space. However, most of the time, it can give the impression of clutter and competing furniture. When mixing traditional and antique furniture, pick one dominant style. When you are starting with a space that is mostly composed of modern pieces, gradually add antique furniture until you achieve a harmonious space or vice versa.
Gradually adding furniture instead of introducing a host of pieces into a space gives you more control and command of the style that you want to achieve.
Simplicity is important
What you have to remember when decorating a space while mixing modern and antique furniture, is to avoid clutter. Clutter takes focus away from the pieces that you want to showcase. It can also make even the most expensive pieces look cheap.
Always keep your space simple by finding a focal point that all your furniture, modern and antique can complement. Find the center to a space, may it be a vintage chest drawer or a refinished tulip table. Choose certain pieces and make it pop by the right accessories and without crowding.
Add sparks of color
Update your antique furniture. Updating not only means to restore an antique piece to look like its original condition, you can also introduce a contemporary feel to it by adding unexpected colors or pattern. Add modern furniture that is bold and bright to add an exciting flavor to a room. You can also set both modern and antique furniture against a solid backdrop to emphasize its details, colors and patterns.
Mix different periods together
The most exciting spaces often consist of modern pieces and antique furniture from different eras. Furniture from different periods has unique characteristics. These characteristics can communicate and complement each other creating a harmonious yet adventurous space.
You can also take the mix a step higher by borrowing colors, patterns and designs. Incorporating fancy and formal stencils to modern furniture or introducing bright colors and modern geometric pattern to your antique furniture can give your favorite pieces an instant makeover.
Don’t hesitate to ask
There are many facets to combining antique and modern furniture. Mixing and matching different pieces from different eras as well as balancing art and functionality can be a daunting task even for the most stylish tastes. To give your space a style boost, don’t hesitate to seek the valuable advice of your interior designer or antique furniture experts like those from Old Plank. They can offer you valuable insights to make harmonize your contemporary and traditional pieces to create the perfect space.
Mixing antique and modern furniture is a fun and rewarding process. It allows you to highlight the personality and beauty of each piece. It enables you to put an entire room together and bestowing grace and a sense of adventure.