Real life is not as perfectly curated according to trends as Instagram or Pinterest would make us believe, and most spaces that people live in combine elements from multiple periods, styles, places and influences.
As time goes on our taste also evolves, new pieces are purchased according to the latest trend (Kinsfolk anyone?!) or inherited, and most often this becomes all a bit overwhelming on how to combine all these elements and bring it all together.
So here are a few tips on navigating mixing old and new furniture and decor pieces for your home.
- Limit your colour palette
The easiest way to ensure your space will look coherent, even if it features a variety of styles, is to limit the colour palette.
- Add contemporary art
Or vice versa. One of the easiest ways to start is to add contemporary art where classical furniture prevails, or a traditional artwork in a mostly contemporary space. This clash between 2 styles is easy to achieve and it always makes a striking statement.
- The power of repetition
Repetition works wonders in design. Even if your interior has a mix of different styles, it will always look more polished if similar patterns, textures or items are repeated.
4. Chose a stand out feature.
It always helps to build a space around a key feature, for example a wow light fitting. Take direction from that key item or element and build the rest of the space around it. Whether it is using similar materials or colour or shapes.
5. Do your research
Lastly educate yourself. Its easy to throw bits and pieces of furniture together but the space really does become curated and thoughtful when you know the style of the item and time in design history. ie. using an art deco styled table with a velvet sofa. Knowing how the items co-exist in terms of design history will help tie in other elements and colours and textures. Google will be your friend :)
At the moment there is a huge trend towards “mid-century modern style” with light fittings particulary nodding to this period. This style dates back to the 1950’s and yet it is complementing contemporary minimalist interiors of today.
Don’t be afraid or overwhelmed of mixing styles, it definitely tells a story and makes a home unique and unequivocally yours.