Mix­ing mod­ern and tra­di­tional decor fash­ion­able

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Yam­ina Ortynski

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.

CHRIS BOLIN / NA­TIONAL POST

In­cor­po­rat­ing old and new pieces is what will give a home that je-ne-sais-quoi feel­ing.

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