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.

5 Ways to Use Pebbles as Home Decor

Pebbles are a great way to incorporate the beauty of nature in both interior and exterior home design. Here are some ideas on how you can use these stones of various shapes, colors, and sizes to bring in a completely different look to your living spaces:

1. Pebbles as Decorations

Using pebbles as ornaments can be as easy as placing a bowlful on a center table to lend an earthy, Zen-like appeal, or piling them in a regular glass vase with water topped with a nice flower. Pebbles can also be used to substitute functional decorations at home. Some examples are candle holders, paper weights, and bookends. Pebbles can also be utilized as your own canvas. You can paint animals, landscapes, and portraits, or decoupage flowers on them!

Tree Classics Pebbles
Photo by Avia Venefica via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

 

2. Pebbles as Wall or Floor Details

Pebbles offer a great way to add texture to walls and floors. In this kitchen, the designer artfully used them along the curved island, breaking up the traditional limestone tile layout and highlighting the kitchen space. On a wall, a pebble border adds three-dimensional quality to an otherwise flat tile design. It also helps in tying together a neutral color scheme.


Eclectic Kitchen by Victoria Interior Designers & Decorators The Sky is the Limit Design

 

3. Pebbles in the Bathroom

Pebbles bring a relaxing, spa-like feel to bath spaces, and they work well with wood and other natural elements. Cover an entire vanity wall with pebble tiles to create a dramatic focal point. In the shower area, pebble tiles are an excellent choice for a slip-resistant floor. A plus is that they feel like a gentle massage on your bare feet.

4. Pebbles below the Stairs and along Paths

Placing pebbles just below the stairs can add beautiful color and textural contrast. This delivers an unexpected eye-catching accent to perk up quiet corners in your home. You can also layer pebbles along paths. The result will be a welcoming and visually pleasing space. 

5. Pebbles as Pool Details

Pebbles work well with water features. As a lining for swimming pools, they create a spectacular landscape. Pebbles also create a natural, beach-like atmosphere and can be used to cover unsightly areas around the pool.

There are many ways to use pebbles in sprucing up your home. We hope these ideas inspire you!

Indoor Plants for Your Home

House plants are among the few decorating items that combine aesthetics and functionality. Not only do they add a touch of natural elegance to any indoor space, but they also provide benefits to homeowners.

First, they reduce the presence of pollutants and toxins in the air and provide fresh, clean oxygen. Second, they balance the internal humidity of any room. Third, certain house plants provide simple and quick home remedies.

Here are a few wonderful plants that add a lovely and healthy dimension to your own living space:

by gailf458 via Flickr (CC by 2.0)
Photo by gailf458 via Flickr. CC by 2.0.

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DIY Wreaths to Spice Up Your Holiday Decor

Say “Merry Christmas” by decorating your space with holiday greenery from Tree Classics. These stylish holiday pieces won’t evoke allergens or require a car to tote fresh greenery back home. In addition, artificial Christmas wreaths can be customized to fit any décor or theme. Continue reading