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Tips For Mixing The Modern With The Retro

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When it comes to decorating your home, perhaps you want retro furniture and your partner likes more modern furniture.  Although this may sound like a décor clash, there are ways you can mix these different styles within the same home and even in the same rooms.  Perhaps though you are finding it hard to figure out how best to meld two very different styles together.  Before you give up or decide to go one way or the other, take a look at the tips below for some insight in to how you can do this properly without it looking forced or garish.

Balancing Things Doesn’t Mean It Has To Be Equal

When it comes to interior design you need to create the right harmony and balance, but there is nothing in the rule books that say you have to have a perfectly balanced 50/50 ratio of both contemporary and retro styles.  By trying to represent both styles equally you will just create an interior that isn’t really sure what it is supposed to be and it will also just look amateurish.  Find a dominant style you want to be the main focus of the room and incorporate the second one by using accessories and furniture.

Keep Everything Simple

There is nothing that will turn a stylish looking into a cheap and tacky room faster than unnecessary clutter, so be cautious when buying accessories that you don’t go over the top.  By choosing the accessories more carefully you will ensure that the notable pieces you are most proud of and want people to really appreciate will look much even more eye catching and stunning.

Also be careful how you group modern and retro styled accessories together.  By grouping too many together you will make your rooms and home look like a cluttered boot sale.

Bold Upholstery And Unexpected Flourishes Of Colour

One of the quickest and easiest ways to incorporate a very vintage and retro piece into a more contemporary setting is by updating it.  Instead of refurbishing a piece of antique furniture to it’s original look and condition, get a fresh coat of pain and some new upholstery for it to give it a modern touch.  Using patterned fabric and bright, unexpected colours are also great ways to bring something styled from the 40s into the 00s.

2 Styles In 1

If you are really not getting the right inspiration, there is no harm in leaving the juggling of two very different styles up to professionals who know what they are doing.  Often, interior designers can re-envision older classical styles by recreating them using more up to date and en trend materials and colours.

While other designers take inspiration and reference back to various elements of different styles within one piece.  When there are two different styles working well together within one piece, they are easier to be placed and used within any interior décor whether it is mostly traditional or predominately modern.

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