Who says if it’s old-fashioned it’s out of style? The subtle difference lies in the fact that old trends never die, they just get put on hold until the need for them rises up again. Elevating your home design with a classical baroque picture frame or a stunning Hollywood Regency couch is a great way to show off your style. Another way to do so is to enrich your home by creating a full hardwood immersion in order to make it look truly traditional. However, keep in mind that the best style is hidden in the details, and here are some of them that you should consider when trying to create a balance between modern and traditional home design.
Go with eclectic furniture
If you are aiming for an interesting, rustic look, then you should confide in eclectic design. The important thing about breaking up the fully modern to make space for some old-fashioned pieces is to avoid making sets. It might be hard to find pieces that complement but do not match the rest of the room. Even so, incorporating them into your home will help you really nail that eclectic look. Furthermore, such accents give any room a personalized touch that will make it ultimately unique. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t place that Mid-century modern dresser right next to your traditional sleigh bed, as long as they complement each other.
Nothing screams traditional style like a carefully chosen antique rug. We all have those rugs that have been passed down through generations, and the reason that is so comes from the quality of these lovely carpets. Namely, Persian rugs and carpets are the most sustainable, the most colorful and definitely the most traditional you can find. Many oriental rugs are covered with geometrical shapes which add more texture to the whole room and make it come to life in a single glance. If you’re wondering how big the rug should be, the answer is – the bigger, the better. Before parquet and laminate, stone floors needed to be fully covered with rugs, which is why seeing an area rug in a room will instantly take you back in time and leave you with a fresh modern-traditional blend.
Humble window blinds
Window covers are essential in order to control the amount of light in any room and they also guarantee privacy. Since blinds have been around for centuries, evolving to suit different home styles, in order to spice up your modern home with a traditional touch, you should look for some of the oldest blinds there are. The best choice for such a purpose is roller blinds which have been around for 400 years, making them just the right décor element to elevate your home design in a traditional manner. Today, you can find blinds in all kinds of colors and patterns, so it’s basically impossible for you not to fall in love with them. You can also choose to have them spring operated, chain controlled or motorized, and they can be made to fit any door or window – both practical and charming!
A homemade gallery
The choice of artwork is what really defines one’s home style, which is why you mustn’t ever leave your walls empty. However, making a themed gallery from a single artist or of only one style isn’t a good way to show that you are an art fan. The purpose of your home gallery is to complement your home style but also provide your home with a stunning statement that will make it recognizable. Go for bold, large pieces and mix things up with a couple of smaller pieces in between. You can even hang your favorite photographs or some drawings you love in order to make your gallery really personal.
Add some fresh layers of paint
If you are looking to add a modern touch to your traditional style home, then you’ll be surprised how repainting can have a significant effect. Even though they might still seem white, if your walls haven’t been repainted for a couple of years, they have surely sucked in layers of dust, smoke and other air pollutants. Once you add a fresh layer of paint, the difference will be evident. Repainting the furniture is also a trendy idea to make old, worn-out couches and chairs seem brand new. If you decide on a different color, this will result in an even stronger effect.
Keep in mind that however you choose to elevate your home, you must be careful not to overdo it. The key to eclectic styles is making the perfect blend, and blending old and new can be especially tricky. Don’t rush into redecorating, but take your time to find just the right pieces and you will surely be satisfied with the results.