Modern and vintage decor are on two different ends when it comes to interior design, but there's no stopping you from infusing both elements to a space. Maybe there's a hand-me-down chest you'd want to feature in your dining area, or a nostalgic chandelier for your living room. Don’t fret! As long as you know where and how to put these pieces, your room will have a prominent eclectic flair that will suit both eras, without hurting the eyes or breaking the design. Sharpen your decorative taste and get ready for a modern and vintage fusion by following the tips below!
#1: Start from modern to vintage
The struggle is determining where to begin: shall you go from vintage to modern, or vice versa? Our tip, create a canvass from a modern setting, and then indulge in vintage pieces for the accents. This makes your space exude a chic, contemporary charm; current and fitting for your present-day wants and needs. For the modern side, buy the bigger pieces: sofa and arm chairs. For the vintage décor: purchase accent pieces such as side tables, industrial lights and little ornaments.
#2: Go basic
It is easy to overdo design, especially when it comes to transitional and eclectic interiors, but this can be stressful to the eye. Prevent the clutter by choosing the right furniture and accessories to mix and match. You may want to have a sleek and modern couch and table set, surrounded with vintage decorative bowls, vases and lamps. Or go for regal armchairs and chests, embellished with clean and contemporary frames, plus modern lighting.
#3: Reusing is relevant
Keep your well-loved furniture by building the room around them; this is one way of infusing vintage decor to a modern interior. If you don't have a nostalgic item but is looking for one, scour through the local flea markets for the odd yet beautiful pieces. You are free to refurbish them to suit your current panache; reupholster old chairs or change the hardware in an old cabinet to match the look of your area or add an industrial floor lamp by the couch for nightly illumination.
#4: A pop of colour helps
Modern often means minimal colour, but vintage always puts a splash of new spectrum inside the room. A lovely, embroidered pillow on a basic sofa already creates a stunning look inside a living room. Add to that a few objects: vases with fresh blooms, vintage toys or an old globe. When choosing which item to place where, stick to the colour and pattern similar to the rest of the design.
#5: Seek similar and silhouettes
Some furniture surprisingly coalesces nicely together due to their forms and features. For example, sleek, modern stools can be nicely paired with old tables with spindly legs. A cabinet with metallic hardware will match accent tables with the same element. This creates a uniform look that balances the interior, making it easy for you to embellish the space with different ornaments.
#6: Mixing is an adventure
True, there are a lot of dos and don'ts when it comes to interior designing, and combining features from modern and vintage decor can be a challenge. However, we'd like you to know that some elements harmonize in the most unexpected ways—be adventurous in mixing and matching, and keep an open mind in combining your décor.
Three words to remember when mixing and matching modern and vintage décor: sophisticated, chic and classy. With these in mind, you can put together a uniquely pleasant space that radiates a charm from different eras.
How do you mix modern and vintage décor? Share your thoughts by commenting below!
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