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Of course, that means there’s no magic formula either. However, the guidelines below will help you create a “something old, something new” space that you’ll love. And should you want to, say, integrate chinoiserie chic into your modern home or bold colors into a neutral space, these tips will come in handy for that too.
Afraid that having a lone antique item will stick out among your newer furnishings. Think of the surrounding contemporary pieces as a frame spotlighting your vintage find. The greater the differences between the new and the old pieces, the more dramatic the vignette.
Of course, not everybody wants their home to be dramatic. For a more subtle take, highlight what the old and the new have in common: a color palette, perhaps, or materials or silhouettes. This will create a harmonious effect, with the differences taking a back seat to the similarities.
Antiques do bring a sense of ancestry, but I think a lot of it has to do with something that says ‘hello’ to you and you fall in love with it… There’s always a place for something.
When creating a beautifully balanced room of antiques, vintage, and contemporary furnishings, don’t think like a wedding usher (“Guests of the bride to the left, guests of the groom to the right”).
In the end, your furnishings, whether modern-day or vintage, need to have just one thing in common: You need to love them. So long as they share that, they’re all but certain to play together gorgeously.