Creating a scheme that successfully combines contemporary elements with more traditional elements can be more of an intricate process than expected. In order to design a harmonious space, there are some points to remember. So before putting your inherited, 19th century writing desk into your ultra-modern, sleek extension; have a read through the first segment of my tips and tricks to couple the old with the new!
1. ARCHITECTURAL STYLE
Is your space a 1970's loft conversion, an 1800's Georgian villa, a contemporary new-build? Whatever the era or style of your space, it is important to work alongside its roots. Creating a mix of vintage and new pieces in a newly built cookie-cutter home, can add interest and excitement to an otherwise conventional space. However, there are certain things to consider before you begin pairing the old with the new!
The above design by Christina Cole and Co. is a perfectly executed example of mixing old with new. The room boasts some intricate and ornate architectural features, which are complimented by the large Georgian mirror and the classic chandelier. The frame of the dining chair references the more mature Edwardian style while maintaining a contemporary feel with its upholstery.
Having given a nod to the rooms architectural roots, the designer was then free to add more organic lines and shapes with the rounded sofas coffee tables and window frames.
2. COLOUR SCHEME
Establishing a colour scheme before pairing old and new items is another essential task. In order to facilitate a smooth execution, your room should have a clear colour palette. Mixing vintage ornate pieces with cleaner, more modern lines can appear chaotic if they do not fit with the colour scheme.
A monochromatic colour palette provides a safe backdrop for eclectic pieces, dependent on the level of drama desired. However, discovering pieces that all fit within this colour palette may be a little more difficult. In the above examples, each design incorporates older pieces and pairs them with more contemporary elements such as artwork, tiles, handle-less cupboards and subway tiles. These elements are tied in effectively by using a monochromatic colour arrangement.
If you would like to include some theatrical or unusual statement pieces, there is little need to add vibrant colours to your scheme in order to create drama and interest. This is why neutral colour schemes are often favoured when mixing furniture and accessories of different eras. Selecting more muted colours also allows for a larger variety of textures and natural materials.
Finally, if you would like to add extra drama without taking away from your eye-catching pieces, a moody colour scheme can provide a strong backdrop. Think of dark greens, browns, greys and even very dark navy blues. These occult and inky hues are an excellent way to add extra luxury and depth to your perfectly curated space.
READ MORE IN PART 2.