11 Tips for Mixing Antique Accessories With Modern Decor

11 Tips for Mixing Antique Accessories With Modern Decor


Interior decoration is about the importance of proportion and balance. It applies to the color, texture, shape, and style. Mixing modern and traditional decor is an excellent way to achieve decorating goals that gives off fresh contrast and depth, and ultimately creates balance.


Choose an antique and modern decorating scheme

While some of you prefer a particular style that mixes with different looks to create a unique space, it can add a bit of excitement and an element of surprise.

Before you get started, it’s a good idea to know what look you’re trying to achieve. Here are some possible ideas to consider:

  • Contemporary decoration with antique accessories.
  • Antique decoration with modern accessories
  • Paired or grouped items built around a particular contemporary or antique showcase item
  • Modern and antique decoration selected around a theme such as “simplicity,” “shabby chic,” “shades of blue,” etc.

Whatever theme you select, you’ll be able to use that to choose, mix, and match antique and contemporary accessories and items.


Tips for mixing old and new design elements

Once you’ve chosen a theme around which to select your items, you’re ready to start exploring specific options. As you look through catalogs, websites, showrooms, and antique galleries keep these tips in mind for mixing old and new:

  1. Put a modern, streamlined bench under an ornate console or desk.
  2. An ornate Louis XIV gilt mirror (or any other decorative French mirror) looks great in an ultra modern room.
  3. A modern Lucite or glass dining table surrounded by Lucite chairs are stunning when paired with an ornate crystal chandelier and antique silver mirror.
  4. A rustic dining table paired with modern aluminum chairs creates terrific contrast.
  5. Cover an old regency or Louis Bergere chair in an ultra-modern fabric.
  6. Modern art in a room filled with antiques will give you a fantastic pop.
  7. Put modern lamps on an antique sofa table, or vice versa.
  8. Place modern chairs around a beautiful, round French or English wood pedestal table.
  9. A fireplace mantel in a contemporary room can become a focal point if there’s a single, ornate, antique piece placed on it.
  10. Modern lighting hanging in a room full of rustic antiques is a compelling statement. Likewise, a stylish accessory in a contemporary room stands out and adds character.
  11. In a reading nook, you can pair a modern side table with an antique chair.


Create a look that works well and reflects your taste

Designing a blend of any period or design style in your space requires a critical eye. So, if you want combining modern and traditional don’t rush out and buy any pieces to fit the bill. You also want to create a look that appears as though it’s evolved. Wait until you find just the right items that will add the proper form and function to your home.

Although there are rules of scale, balance, and proportion in decorating, you should never sacrifice using items you love to follow the rules.


Your home needs to look fantastic to you, and if you love a piece, then there’s a place in your home for it. So keep it clean to make it look more stylish! Hire a professional house cleaning service to help you out to maintain the modern style that you always wanted!

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