Mixing modern and vintage: an interiors style guide

Mixing modern and vintage: an interiors style guide 

Creating a unique and stylish home doesn’t have to mean choosing between modern and vintage décor. In fact, combining the two can result in a visually appealing and meaningful space that reflects your personal taste and story. The key is to know how to mix and match the old and the new in a harmonious way. Here are some tips to help you master the art of mixing modern and vintage style.

1: Choose a colour palette

One of the easiest ways to create a cohesive look when mixing modern and vintage styles is to choose a colour palette and stick to it. This could be as simple as using neutrals such as white, black and gray, or incorporating a bold colour like blue or green as an accent. Neutrals work well with vintage pieces because they allow the details and character of the item to shine, while bold colours can add a modern touch to vintage furniture and accessories.

2: Balance old & new

Another important aspect of mixing modern and vintage style is balance. A room that’s too heavily weighted towards one style can feel disjointed or overwhelming. Instead, aim to balance the old and the new in terms of both visual weight and the number of items. For example, you might pair a vintage armchair with a sleek, modern coffee table or mix vintage artworks with contemporary prints.

3: Mix textures & materials

Mixing different textures and materials can add depth and visual interest to a space. Combining rough, natural elements like wood and stone with smooth, polished surfaces like metal and glass creates a dynamic contrast that’s both modern and vintage. Experiment with layering rugs, throw pillows and blankets to add warmth and texture to a room.

4: Make a statement

Vintage pieces often have a lot of character and personality, making them perfect for making a statement in a room. Consider using a vintage sideboard or bookcase as a focal point, or incorporating a vintage light fixture or mirror to add visual interest. When combining vintage and modern styles, it’s important to let each piece shine, so avoid cluttering a space with too many items.

5: Add personal touches

Mixing modern and vintage style is all about creating a space that reflects your personal taste and story. Adding personal touches such as family photos, heirlooms or travel souvenirs can help to tie the two styles together and make a room feel homely. Consider incorporating vintage pieces that have sentimental value or using modern décor that reflects your interests and hobbies.

Conclusion

Mixing modern and vintage style can result in a beautiful and unique space that reflects your personal taste and story. By choosing a colour palette, balancing old and new, mixing textures and materials, making a statement and adding personal touches, you can create a cohesive and visually appealing space that’s both modern and vintage. With a little bit of creativity and experimentation, you can have a home that’s a perfect blend of the past and the present.

Get their look: Glass box extension

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I love this glass box extension – it’s one of the best of its kind that I’ve seen. The wraparound, folding Crittal-style glass doors are simply spectacular. Flung open wide, they make you feel as though you’re outside in the garden. With the unpredictable British weather, they can be shut quickly and easily, and you can still experience the al fresco vibes from the inside!

Geri’s beautiful home (and her fashion sense too!) is right up my street. Flashes of bright, happy colours everywhere. Tangerine orange always stops me in my tracks; the pair of vintage swivel armchairs teamed with the huge teal sofa forms a cosy, sociable grouping.

The layout of the glass box extension is the perfect arrangement for 21st century domestic life. Zoned yet open; The person doing the food prep or washing up is still wholly involved in what’s going on; whether it’s the kids doing their homework sitting at the breakfast bar or dinner party guests enjoying a glass of wine while sitting on the sofa.

Like this one, many of her posts are before & after carousels – it’s always an inspiration seeing other people’s renovation journeys. Go have a browse of her Instagram feed for a dose of interior… and fashion happiness!

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Round jute rug
Round jute rug
Swan retro one touch espresso machine – SK22150BLN, blue
Swan retro one touch espresso machine – SK22150BLN, blue
KBOC3001.Y Icona Capitals kettle
KBOC3001.Y Icona Capitals kettle
Mosaïque inlaid dining table
Mosaïque inlaid dining table
Vintage IKEA Karlstad swivel armchair
Vintage IKEA Karlstad swivel armchair
Teal 3-seater sofa
Teal 3-seater sofa
In-ceiling speakers by Sonos and Sonance
In-ceiling speakers by Sonos and Sonance
Samsung ‘The Frame’ television
Samsung ‘The Frame’ television
Round jute rug
Round jute rug
Swan retro one touch espresso machine – SK22150BLN, blue
Swan retro one touch espresso machine – SK22150BLN, blue
KBOC3001.Y Icona Capitals kettle
KBOC3001.Y Icona Capitals kettle
Mosaïque inlaid dining table
Mosaïque inlaid dining table
Vintage IKEA Karlstad swivel armchair
Vintage IKEA Karlstad swivel armchair
Teal 3-seater sofa
Teal 3-seater sofa
In-ceiling speakers by Sonos and Sonance
In-ceiling speakers by Sonos and Sonance
Samsung ‘The Frame’ television
Samsung ‘The Frame’ television

Get their look: Crayola Modern entranceway

Crayola Modern entrancecredit

As you step into this Crayola Modern (a moniker bestowed by the owner, Samone Bos) entranceway, you’re bathed in a warm, rose-tinted glow. The light is then cascaded throughout the adjoining rooms by the spangly disco ball.

The giant Sanna Annukka canvas was one of the first things that drew us to this image – we’re long-time fans of this illustrator and designer. The gorgeous, bright colour palette continues through the rest of this Australian home; there are lots more images on the Apartment Therapy home tour.

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Pink acrylic sheeting
Pink acrylic sheeting
Marimekko – Fabrics Fashion Architecture by Marianne Aav
Marimekko – Fabrics Fashion Architecture by Marianne Aav
‘Ihmemaa’ (Wonderland) fabric by Sanna Annukka for Marimekko
‘Ihmemaa’ (Wonderland) fabric by Sanna Annukka for Marimekko
300mm silver disco mirror ball
300mm silver disco mirror ball
Kartell FL/Y ceiling light – cardinal red
Kartell FL/Y ceiling light – cardinal red
Pink acrylic sheeting
Pink acrylic sheeting
Marimekko – Fabrics Fashion Architecture by Marianne Aav
Marimekko – Fabrics Fashion Architecture by Marianne Aav
‘Ihmemaa’ (Wonderland) fabric by Sanna Annukka for Marimekko
‘Ihmemaa’ (Wonderland) fabric by Sanna Annukka for Marimekko
300mm silver disco mirror ball
300mm silver disco mirror ball
Kartell FL/Y ceiling light – cardinal red
Kartell FL/Y ceiling light – cardinal red
Pink acrylic sheeting
Pink acrylic sheeting
Marimekko – Fabrics Fashion Architecture by Marianne Aav
Marimekko – Fabrics Fashion Architecture by Marianne Aav
‘Ihmemaa’ (Wonderland) fabric by Sanna Annukka for Marimekko
‘Ihmemaa’ (Wonderland) fabric by Sanna Annukka for Marimekko
300mm silver disco mirror ball
300mm silver disco mirror ball
Kartell FL/Y ceiling light – cardinal red
Kartell FL/Y ceiling light – cardinal red