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Blending Antique and Modern Décor

Achieve a truly unique look

By mixing antique pieces with modern décor, you can create just the right balance of shape, texture and style. But if done haphazardly, the result can look disorganized and messy. 

So before you begin, decide on the overall look you’re going for — modern with antique accents or vice versa? Minimalist or shabby chic? Do you have a color theme? 

Keeping your goals in mind, here a few ideas to help get you started:

  • Place antique stools next to a marble kitchen countertop or vintage chairs near a contemporary sofa.

  • Contrast modern décor with Oriental rugs.

  • Highlight rustic furniture with an antique coffee table or wall décor.

Alt Text Place an antique chair near a contemporary sofa.

More ideas to consider

  • Consider modern furniture against vintage wallpaper or vintage shelving with subway tiles.

  • Hang minimalist artwork above an antique chaise lounge or vintage photos in a modern setting.
  • Combine a rustic table with aluminum chairs or a mahogany desk with an angular office chair.

  • Group similar vintage items on a mantel, shelf, desk or end table.

  • Cover an old regency chair in modern fabric.

  • Pair a contemporary dining room table with an elaborate mirror or chandelier.

A bathroom with vintage wallpaper and modern furniture. Add an antique rug and vintage wallpaper to otherwise modern décor.

Use the 80/20 Rule

A good rule of thumb when combining antique with modern décor is to use the 80/20 rule. 
 
So if the majority of your décor is contemporary, you could fill the remaining 20 percent with smaller accents like vintage maps, leather-bound books or a grandfather clock. 
 
The best overall look feels as if it has evolved naturally over the years.

A dining room with a modern dining table and a vintage starburst lamp. Pair a vintage lamp with contemporary dining room furniture.
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