For most people, mixing modern and antique furniture seems counterintuitive. In truth, there is room for both in your décor as long as you find the right balance.
Choose Your Dominant Style
To pull off a blended style with opposed features, choose the overall aesthetic and work in your other furnishings. If you want a modern interior, you don't have to get rid of your cherished vintage coffee table. Antique furniture features intricately carved embellishments and curved lines that can add warmth to impersonal and utilitarian modern spaces. If you prefer a traditional style, it can be tricky to avoid an overstuffed, cluttered appearance. A few modern furnishings could open the space and give it a lighter, cleaner look.
Pair Similar Features
Furniture pairings, such as dining tables with chairs or a sofa set with a coffee table, are an excellent opportunity to mix furnishings from each style. Look for similarities, such as color, material, or lines. Give your vintage couch a twist with throw pillows that feature geometric patterns, then pair it with a sleek modern coffee table. Search for modern dining chairs with legs made of the same wood as your antique dining table.
Don't be afraid to make changes to furnishings to better blend with a different style. Reupholstering furniture can retain a style's foundation while helping it merge with a competing style. Painting or refinishing wooden furniture to match is another great way to pull mixed furnishings together. Creating a cohesive sub-theme in color or lines, distracts from any differences.