Combining Antiques with Modern Décor

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Modern, antique, vintage, traditional, mid-century, contemporary, rustic, farmhouse, industrial, etc. These are just some of the designs you can choose to decorate the inside of your home. The design you choose should be a reflection of your lifestyle as well. Thus, do not be afraid to mix and match.

If you want to create a space that is both classic and modern at the same time, why not try combining antiques with modern décor? These two styles pair together extremely well. And no, you do not need professional’s help and a small fortune for making all of this happen. We are here to help and share with you some tips and tricks on combining antiques with modern décor. So, if you want to know how this is done right, keep on reading.

Place the Antiques in One Place 

When infusing antiques into a modern design, you must be very careful. It can easily make the inside of your home look like a museum. Even worse, it can turn it into a hot mess. To avoid that, we recommend placing all the antiques in one place instead of scattering them around. By doing this, you will achieve a harmonious look while creating the room’s focal or accent space. For example, some great places to put antiques inside a modern room are: 

  • In the corner of your room (use this space to group antiques like chairs, side tables, pots, shelves, lamps, etc) 
  • On and above the fireplace mantel (place some artwork or antique figurines)
  • Next to your sofa (combine a modern looking sofa with an antique coffee table).

If it is easier, create a floor plan first. You can use a program or a simple pen and paper. Experiment with different layouts. After all, it is better to experiment on paper than to keep moving all those valuable antiques around. Moreover, if something does not fit into your design, do not be pressured to incorporate it. Simply put the pieces you do not need away in a storage unit and get them once you decide to mix things up again. 

A living room.
Concentrate your antiques in one spot, do not scatter them around.

Always Think About the 80/20 Rule

When combining antiques with modern décor, or when combining any other two or three styles, a good rule of the thumb is the so-called 80/20 rule. By following this creative interior design hint, you should choose one dominant style to which you will add accents of something else. In this case, you want to go with a modern design that incorporates a few antique pieces here and there. 

For example, add an antique chandelier to a room that has only modern furnishings. That is the 80/20 rule. However, if you have more antiques that you want to incorporate into your room, and you do not want to make it look like a museum, again, place as many of those antiques in one place as possible. If you scatter them around, the rule simply won’t work and you will end up with a room with no particular style.

The 80/20 rule is a great way to create a room that is both modern and classic.

Alt.tag: A living room.

Repetition, Repetition, Repetition! 

When combining antiques with modern decor, you do not have to be a perfectionist! Things do not have to match completely. For example, if you have an antique coffee table, you do not have to go crazy trying to find other pieces of furniture that will match. Antique pieces should stand out. 

However, you must be sure that everything inside of your room is aligned together. That is, you must make sure that every piece of furniture, every color, and every material, has its ‘buddy’. For instance, if the painting on the wall has some green elements, make sure that same green tone appears somewhere else in the room too. It can be a cushion on the sofa, an accessory on the table, or the color of the books in your bookshelf. In that same manner, the wood tone of your antique ottoman can appear on the picture frames on the walls. Repetition of the elements that you use is the key! 

A room
In order to achieve a harmonious look, make sure things match.

A Piece without a ‘Buddy’? 

If however, an antique piece has no ‘buddy’, if you simply cannot find anything that will match, do not worry. You can easily turn it into a centerpiece or a focal point of your room. After all, antique pieces are supposed to stand out. 

However, do not go overboard with this one. The fact that antique pieces are supposed to stand out works only if we are talking about one or two pieces, not a variety of them. Keep that in mind while remodeling or redecorating your home, or that one particular room. If you decide to rent storage to clear your home while remodeling, consider keeping it, and maybe storing the items that simply do not fit the current style of your home.

A dining room.
Use your odd piece of antique furniture as a focal point of your room.

Balance the Scale of All the Pieces in the Room 

As you can see, it is not all about finding your dream home, there are things you must do to make it truly yours. In order to achieve a harmonious look in your home, besides balancing the colors and the materials of the pieces you have inside, you must also pay attention to their scale, the size. You cannot put all the heavy items on one side and all the lighter ones on the other as that will be chaotic and visually off-putting. 

Instead, mix them around. Balance them out. For instance, place the heavy, dark antique chair next to a light table. Or vice versa. Also, try not to overpower the room with the items on the heavier side. If you have many of those, consider placing them into another room or into a storage unit. 

Author Bio: Angie Collins  

Angie Collins

Angie Collins has been a designer for the last 10 years. She focuses mainly on interior design. In her free time, she enjoys writing content for her blog about décor, design, and DIY projects. Angie is also a wife, a mother of two, and a dog owner. Some of her favorite hobbies include walking the dog, jogging, cooking, and mountain climbing. 

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