In the music of your life, are you a retro fan? Or are you more a ‘current charts only’ type of listener? You can make a beautiful music with either the old and the new. People can get caught up thinking that they need to settle on one interior design theme, and then have to stick with that no matter what. This is simply not true.
A house is a living breathing entity, as much a member of the family as anyone else, and will have its own personality. Different rooms will sing different songs, and you can decorate them differently to achieve this.
One way to add variety to your décor is to cleverly mix old and new
You might find that you are really drawn towards features of different design schemes, such as aspects of both modern design and more vintage looks. You may be trying to incorporate two types of furnishings into one home, like when a couple moves in together. You might have acquired a family heirloom that you would love to make a signature piece, but you have a minimalist home.
Old and new can combine beautifully and still sing that wonderful design song. Older pieces can have incredible texture and liveliness, and mixing these with newer pieces lends a wonderful contrast. You can have the modern home you crave and still fulfill your secret desire to go weekend thrift shopping. This is called eclectic, and it’s fantastic.
The energy of old furniture
Vintage pieces not only look interesting, they bring with them a history of their life to this point.
You may feel the energy or emotion of former owners of the piece, particularly if you knew them. This is possibly a double-edged sword, as items may bring negative energy with them from the past as well.
Antique mirrors are generally considered to be bad Feng Shui however, and that mirrors should always be clean, clear, unbroken and new.
You can combat any possible negative energy from second-hand pieces by getting some refurbishing work done to make the piece your own, or going through a process of clearing and cleansing the energy in the piece. But if you are looking at acquiring an antique item, just try to get a feel for it; if it feels right and as though it belongs in your home, then the energy is most likely good.
How to add some eclectic style with confidence
Older pieces bring a feeling of warmth to a home. They don’t just get people talking, they get people feeling. And in interior design, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Here are some wonderful ways to add vintage pieces to your décor
- Mix a traditional table or desk with modern chairs
- Have a mix of old and new chairs around a large dining table
- Use a vintage dresser in a different place, such as in the entry or dining room, or as your entertainment unit
- Put ornate wardrobes or writing desks in communal areas; they make great storage for your fancy dishes or an original looking bar
- Add vintage children’s furniture to a more updated nursery. Some incredible pieces could include rocking chairs, rocking horses or dolls carriages
- Add antique art pieces or photographs in an eclectic display in your hall or up your staircase
- Add vintage posters to the kids’ rooms in contrasting, modern frames
- Use ethnic, European or oriental antique soft furnishings such as throws, cushions, and rugs to soften more minimalist furniture
- Highlight one bold, intriguing older piece like artwork or a rug, and then keep the rest of the room white or another muted modern tone
- Add recycled screens, window frames or shutters to contrast with a modern window outlook
- Use a large antique pot to showcase a more modern, streamlined plant
Show a measure of restraint
It is a good idea to show some restraint when mixing old and new because there is a point where it just becomes stuff strewn all over your house. Keep your ideas clear, and highlight single vintage pieces or concepts while controlling the use of lines and colour in the rest of your furniture.
If you love to blend eras and want to explore the potential of what you can do in your home, contact me to see how together we can make your home a symphony. Then you’ll always have a good excuse to hit the thrift shops or flea markets next weekend!