September 16th, 2014
If, like me you have been sucked into another season of 'The Block' you might have noticed that the most successful spaces are those that embrace & enhance the building's historic features without sacrificing modern luxuries, clean lines & liveable space.
In older homes, furniture with modern, clean lines give the home space to breathe, allows the architectural features to stand out & makes the space feel liveable. In a new home, vintage & antique pieces bring a space to life, they add character, warmth & a story.
It can be a challenge to meld new with old but there are tricks to help you create a balanced, eclectic space…
Keeping walls white/neutral creates a blank backdrop to make an eclectic space feel less busy.
Running a consistent colour or material can help to link pieces from different eras.
An antique piece might have gorgeous lines & shape, but the wood might be tired or dated, a lick of black or white paint could help enhance its gorgeous form and allow it to tie in seamlessly with a modern interior.
Tricks like these can help you mix old with new in your home but the key is to follow your heart - be patient and add to your collection when you come across pieces that you really love. Old or new - if you love it, throw rules out the window and you will end up with a space you love that represents you.
Who says you can't install reclaimed vintage shelving in a modern white kitchen, or hang a modern pendant from an original 1920's ceiling rose in a character home. The contrast of slick, modern chairs sitting around an antique farmhouse table can be stunning as can a new glass topped table surrounded by classic mid-century chairs. See below for some gorgeous era mixed spaces and this Pinterest board for even more eclectic eye candy...
Above Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.