Mixing today’s designer furniture into your vintage style decor can be tricky. I have a few tips to keep your home looking fresh and up to date.
You may be thinking of energizing a tired room or updating your home with a different feel. It’s certainly not necessary to give away all of the family pieces, but there are are key elements to consider that feel appropriate for the times.
Mixing Designer Furniture With Vintage Style
1. Find A Focal
Every room should have something that draws your eye in as you enter the space and set’s the tone. In my home it’s the mantel in the living room and the vintage furniture is arranged around it. In this shot from the elegant Kensington Hotel where we recently stayed in London, the well appointed mantel draws you in. A focal point doesn’t need to be a mantel and can be perhaps a large antique painting, a pair of antique shutters or a free standing floor mirror as well.
2. Mix Old With New
To really give your home character and make it look like no one else’s mix old pieces with new. Vintage pieces are a unique addition and that’s where you can add in your bequested favorites. In my home tour that was published by Better Homes and Gardens several years ago you’ll find plenty of vintage pieces styled alongside new. As time goes on and tastes change, I’ve scaled back and kept only the pieces with meaning. Your home is your’s to decorate and tastes change over time. Adding in a few key pieces of designer furniture like this credenza that I spotted on the Design Blogger’s Tour will never go out of style. You could just as easily mingle in vintage pieces on top to blend styles.
Take that something old and turn it into something new and perhaps unexpected. An oversized antique photo frame has been turned into a mirror and will add that vintage charm when mixed with new finds or florals. Find the instructions HERE.
4. Find The Modern
In my own home I’m mixing in more mid-century modern with a tropical touch of bamboo. YES, it’s perfectly fine to combine styles and periods as long as you have a good flow of color. This past weekend I found a dresser the same as the one below and I’ll be painting it soon. It’s going to replace the dated and worn chest in my dining room and has a designer furniture feel. Find this one HERE.
5. Make It Count
Finally, cut down on the clutter and tchotchkes that can make a home look dated. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” (William Morris). Less is the new more, so make each piece count and work for you if possible.
What direction do you see yourself going for in terms of mixing styles in the months to come? I’d love to know and would be more than happy to answer any questions in the comments!
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