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How to Create An Antique Modern Mix

Darryl Carter

Mixing styles is a great way to reflect your personality. It says your fun and adventurous, culturally and historically savvy. But there are certainly wrong ways to go about it. Here are a few tips that allow you to mix interior design styles without looking totally off your rocker.

PICK A MOOD

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If you want to mix styles from different eras and different cultures, often times the best thing to do is to pick a mood. If you’re going for something warm and casual, pick warm and casual materials. For antiques, lighter color woods will help you achieve this look. If you’re going for traditional, choose darker woods like mahogany.

IT’S ABOUT¬†UNBALANCE

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It’s not about giving equal time and equal weight to every design element you want to include. Rather choose a dominant style and then accent with a secondary one. Love the antique mismatched farm tables in this decidedly modern space. These function to just warm up the space.

TEXTILES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

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Look at this chair! Kuba cloth inspired patterned textile with gold painted frame. Yes please! There’s nothing that says “stuffy Victorian” about this chair. This is a phenomenal way of combining design elements and eras in one piece of furniture. ¬†Choose one special piece that will become a focal point and have fun!

PICK A COLOR PALETTE

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Another way to effortlessly combine design styles, eras and elements is to commit to a color palette. These rooms marry all sorts of materials, centuries and shapes but each is cohesive because the mood and color choice is cohesive.

What’s your favorite rule when it comes to combining styles?

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