Educate Old-World Style New Tricks

Being an antiques dealer’s daughter subjected me to the attractiveness of old-world design from a really young age. Growing up, I had been surrounded by 19th-century wall clocks, sterling silver trays and crystal. Naturally, as I developed (along with my design taste), I decided to rebel against my upbringing and be a lover of this intense minimalist design movement. However as more time passed, I discovered that beauty can be found in the ability to combine opposing design styles into one lively interior. So I was inspired to share with my fellow ers several interiors that signify an outstanding job of bridging the best of both worlds.

The designers of this gorgeous interior allowed the classical architectural details of this room to set the stage for its few well-selected modern treasures. A fantastic rule of thumb when dealing with more than 1 style in an area is to pick a dominant fashion along with a complementary accent design.

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This dining room showcases how the mostly modern style of the furnishings may contrast beautifully against the conventional feel of this fireplace and moldings.

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Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer

When it comes to kitchens, you could go in two distinct directions: select conventional cabinetry to contrast with a couple of modern accents (such as the lamps at the interior above) or…

Elad Gonen

… select ultrasleek and modern cabinetry to contrast with a rustic dresser-turned-island. No matter which style dominates, pick contrasting colors which are few but have a large impact.

Neuhaus Design Architecture, P.C.

When it comes to living spaces, ensure your design plays against the architectural details you already have from the room. As an example, this space boasts incredible details from the crown moldings, crystal chandelier and fireplace remedies. The designers have offset the classical background with a few very modern and minimalist pieces of furniture.


In case you have a modern room to start with, purchase one or two antique pieces with a lot of detail work. They will contrast beautifully against the surfaces of your modern design, as showcased by the picture above.

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Neuhaus Design Architecture, P.C.

Another room that greatly benefit from the juxtaposition of old and new is your bathroom. The very same rules apply: be certain you use the architectural details of this room to your advantage. In this case, the designer has been able to decide on an ultramodern tub and chandelier to contrast the rest of the traditional decor.

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Jane Kim Design

If, however, you weren’t blessed with architectural information from the 1800s, you may always complement your sleek and modern bathroom with a classic iron-claw bathtub.

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An extra method of bringing old-versus-new contrast to your space is by way of storage. In this case, the conventional architectural details of this foyer are paired with the modern horizontal grain and minimalist design of this built-ins.

Erdreich Architecture, P.C.

On the other hand, the modern lines of this room are a beautiful and uncluttered background for the elaborate armoire and chairs, attaining an ideal balance of textures.

Tell us Have you used an old-new interior design in your interiors? What practical advice can you give your fellow ers on successfully developing a cohesive space? Share below.

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