Furniture styles from different regions and decades can pair well together! Especially as many current design trends are bringing back retro and Mid-Century Modern styles, mixing modern and antique furniture is easier than ever before.
The number one thing to remember when mixing modern with vintage decor is everything doesn't have to match. Rooms are much more interesting with contrasting materials, artwork, and styles. Here are a few possible directions to consider:
-Modern or contemporary decoration with antique accessories
-Antique decoration with modern or contemporary accessories
-Paired or grouped items built around a particular contemporary or antique showcase item
-Modern and antique decoration selected around a theme such as “simplicity”
Also , keep in mind these simple rules when mixing these two styles :
•Put a modern, streamlined bench under an ornate console or desk.
•An ornate French mirror looks great in an ultra modern room.
•A modern glass dining table surrounded by glass chairs is stunning when paired with an ornate crystal chandelier and antique silver mirror.
•A rustic dining table paired with modern aluminum chairs creates terrific contrast.
•A piece of modern art in a room filled with antiques creates a pop.
•Put modern lamps on an antique sofa table.
•Place modern chairs around a beautiful, round French or English wood pedestal table.
•A fireplace mantel in a modern room can really become a focal point if there's a single, ornate, antique piece placed on it.
•In a reading nook pair an antique chair with a modern side table.
Creating a blend of any time period or design style in your space requires a critical eye. So, if you want to mix modern items with antiques don't just rush out and buy any items to fit the bill. Your home needs to look good to you, and if you truly love a piece, then there's a place in your home for it.