Forget the clean, all-matching look – decorating a room with different furniture styles, colours and pattern is modern & fresh; however, it can also be hard to pull off. Mixing the old with the new might seem a little strange, but just like they say – opposites actually attract!

 

victorian sideboard


We love the stark contrast between the flame mahogany Victorian sideboard, and the dramatic appearance of the cow hide zebra print, and how they only enhance each other in their contrast.


antique furniture

Antique chair with woven rush seat


If you are nervous about adding a piece of antique furniture into the home, why not start small, with a chair or a small table?


Our top tips for integrating antique furniture into the home:


antique furniture 

Edwardian Dining Table


  • Embrace the contrast – our top tip for adding a piece of antique furniture to the home, is that you have to be willing to embrace the various colours, patterns and styles, when put together with existing furniture. But, you will be creating something new, and original by doing so
  • Add further contrasting elements – by adding further contrasting elements to the room, you will be adding interest to the room, and can actually help offset any mismatched styles. So, if you have dark, antique woods mixed with existing country style furniture, add bright & bold colours to make it even more striking.
  • At the same time, limit the colour palette – if you have different types of wood, metals etc. then you want to keep the colour of your décor simple. If you go a step too far, you may take away from the look that you’ve tried to achieve. Stick to one unique wall colour, and a couple of colours for your décor, and you should be good to go.
  • Do not get rid of anything that you already have – people often swap out the old for the new (or in this case, antique), which can be a mistake. The point of adding an antique piece is to embrace, enjoy, and ultimately enhance the furniture pieces that you already have by combining them well.
  • Be ‘eclectic’ – combine different textures, patterns and finishes to create an eye-catching, on trend look, achieved by combining the old and new, bright and dull, and square and round!

 

Love Kelly x

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