Mixing modern and traditional decor fashionable
WHEN it comes to designing and decorating, the common question people ask is, “What’s your style — are you traditional or modern?” Many think they need to fit into one of these two categories. I beg to differ. A well-appointed space should incorporate a layering of old and new, plus some mixing of styles. If you are designing a traditional space, choose furnishings with classical lines and arrange them in a traditional setup, such as a loveseat complemented by a sofa and accent chair. Keep things balanced and symmetrical — for instance, a mirror balanced on either side with vases. If modern is your style, the room should be linear, clean-lined and not cluttered. Choose furniture with chrome detailing, sofas with small arms that are structured, and use a single unifying, bold colour that will highlight the architecture of the room. Incorporating old and new pieces is what will give a home that je-ne-saisquoi feeling. Look to the architecture of the room first. For instance, if it’s a Craftsman-style home, choose some furnishings that highlight this style, such as simple, functional and substantial pieces in natural woods. Then create contrast by incorporating modern lighting, rugs and accessories. IKEA and Urban Barn have items that can give your room that up-todate touch. Pay attention to the woods in the furnishings. Some types, such as pine, are full of knots and might be too busy if you are going for a cleaner look, whereas teak and laminated wood immediately spell modern. If you are designing a loft, perhaps use a modern glass dining table and pair it with Louis XIV-style chairs and a baroque-style mirror to give the space a sense of history. Structube has some great remakes of these chairs at super prices, or look to your local antique shop, where you can find vintage chairs, accessories and mirrors. Go ahead and also break the rule that says you must stick to a single approach to seating. Romans used to eat and party while lounging on sofas. So why limit yourself to one three-seater? Like a great novel, a room needs to come to life and tell us a story. It’s the mixing of styles and periods that can provide richness to a room.
Incorporating old and new pieces is what will give a home that je-ne-sais-quoi feeling.