At Home with Tree Classics: 2 Easy Ways to Mix Old and New Styles

A popular misconception about home decorating is that a room has to stick with one style or period. In reality, combining old and new pieces can give your home a sense of richness and depth.

By skillfully mixing a variety of styles, you can create an inspiring look that transcends periods and gives an impression of having been assembled over time. Here are two easy ways you can spruce up your home with a tasteful blending of classic and modern furnishings.

Option 1: Add Classic Elegance to Modern Spaces

In this living room, a restored Victorian settee and classic wing chair are paired off with a sleek, modern sofa. Old empty photo frames provide texture to the clean white wall, and also create contrast to the purple metallic art. The recurring colors in the fabrics, accessories, and furniture weave all the pieces together.

How to mix old and new furnishings
Contemporary Living Room by Danville Interior Designers & Decorators Nina Jizhar

 

Using a family heirloom or a favorite antique as a focal point makes a modern room more interesting. Because an old piece often has a story to tell, it can bring a sense of warmth to a space that may be considered rigid and impersonal. In this modern kitchen, a wonderful large antique table that is a bit worn around the edges adds a touch of history.

How to mix old and new furnishings
Modern Kitchen by San Francisco Architects & Designers John Lum Architecture, Inc. AIA

 

Retro pieces are great for introducing a sense of nostalgia in a modern environment. The best thing about retro pieces is that they blend well in contemporary settings. Funky accessories like these old-fashioned poster and wall-mounted rotary phone look charming in a modern kitchen.

How to mix old and new furnishings
Contemporary Kitchen by Toronto Interior Designers & Decorators Palmerston Design Consultants

 

Option 2: Give a Contemporary Touch to a Quaint Setting

Breathe fresh life into a traditional space by placing updated pieces. This is often the easiest formula to achieving a modern yet cozy room. The brushed nickel faucet and silver light fixtures in this kitchen provide a cool contrast to the warm-colored countertop and wall tiles. The result is a functional space with a quaint and homey atmosphere.

How to mix old and new furnishings
Traditional Kitchen by Glen Ellyn Kitchen & Bath Remodelers The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn

 

You can also retain the old world charm of a place by preserving brick walls as accent walls. In this quaint breakfast nook, the old brick archway remains, while the inner walls have been given a sleek paint finish.

How to mix old and new furnishings
Eclectic Dining Room by Denver Interior Designers & Decorators Andrea Schumacher Interiors

 

Many people think that mixing the old with the new can make a room feel chaotic. With these two easy decorating options from Tree Classics, you can take any style or period, and give your room a timeless look.