There’s little doubt that antiques and vintage pieces in the home add an air of elegance and timelessness to a home. Items that have been passed down from generation to generation or those which are deemed as classics are valuable additions to any room and create a highly sought after look that really never goes out of style. If you are lucky enough to have acquired beautiful vintage items in your home, you may be wondering how to introduce newer items seamlessly to work alongside your existing collection of vintage pieces.
Happily, there are ways to blend both antiques and contemporary pieces thoughtfully throughout your home without ending up with a scheme that looks untidy or completely mismatched. Creating a nice balance for a harmonious blend requires using a few simple guidelines and techniques to ensure the resulting mix is an elegant and interesting scheme that looks as though it’s evolved over many years.
When mixing and matching furniture designs, it is sometimes easiest to stick to a more neutral color scheme. This way, nothing jars uncomfortably and by using natural textures and tones, you can create an easy mix that contains a level of contrast and interest without overwhelming the senses. Consider hardwood flooring to unify your space and puncture the look with vintage style rugs or geometric designs that will add softness underfoot whilst anchoring the room and bringing in texture and softness. You can mix and match wood colours of furniture throughout with darker woods that imitate vintage finishes sitting comfortably beside antique pieces in oak, teak or mahogany.
It’s normally best to contrast shapes of furniture, allowing each individual piece to shine in its own right. Consider mixing visually heavier and more ornate pieces such as an antique buffet with intricate details with a high-quality dining table with clean strong lines and no added embellishment. This juxtaposition creates a balance in your interiors that looks more purposeful than trying to match pieces exactly. Eclectic design allows for these differences and celebrates them, creating unique spaces that are both timeless and interesting.
It’s always best as well to reference various eras throughout a space. So, for instance, if you have an Art Deco-style fireplace, then you might wish to add one or two touches of Art Deco pieces throughout the space. You’ll then want to do the same with the contemporary pieces. A contemporary coffee table alongside contemporary lighting in that same Art Deco space will make the entire look gel much more seamlessly. Be sure to distribute the design references of any eras you use so they aren’t grouped in their periods or styles. It may be as easy as finding a few accessories in the same era to create a more harmonious room where items are mixed and matched throughout.
With any eclectic mix of old and new, it’s always best to ensure there is a lot of texture within a room. Especially if you are using a more neutral palette, you’ll want those contrasts to create shades and tones throughout the space to add interest. So consider using a silky cushion against a leather chair or consider a deep pile rug contrasted against a warm wood coffee table. Mix shiny with mat, smooth with rough, soft with hard in your materials throughout the room.
Choose High Quality
And finally, whenever you are mixing old and new, be sure to maintain quality throughout the space. Each of your items should be thoughtfully chosen so that your resulting look is cohesive, interesting and calming with no one piece screaming for attention.