While the timeless feel of traditional decor can be appealing, sometimes we get tired of the same look and want to update it. On the other hand, doing a complete renovation can be quite costly. So it doesn’t seem like a good option, either. Fortunately, with so many options for different price points, mixing traditional and modern styles is easier than ever. In fact, all it takes is making just a couple of on-trend edits. This way you will modernize your living space while enjoying its classic qualities.
Here is how you can make use of each aesthetic, and create an updated version of traditional home design. Take a look.
Spice up Color Scheme
One of the least expensive yet effective ways to elevate your home style is to spice up its color scheme. If your home has a traditional color palette, such as classic white and beige hues, a quick way to modernize it is to introduce a bolder color hue.
For example, you can create a bright backdrop for your traditional furniture pieces with jewel tones, such as cerulean blue, or emerald green, keeping the rest of the palette neutral. Ultimately, it’s best to not go overboard with these colors. Use them in small doses through accent furniture pieces, throw pillows or draperies. Rich colors will give a modern boost to your interiors, while the classical furnishings will help to retain the traditional vibe.
Hang modern art within traditional interiors
Many experienced interior designers reach for modern art pieces that give a modern spark to a traditional room. The artwork you choose can be anything from abstract paintings and graphics to metallic figurines, statues, and sculptures. Tying the colors of the artwork with the color palette of your interior will make those pieces pop.
Mix materials for an instant room makeover
Incorporate different materials within a traditional space to instantly elevate your home style. For example, don’t be afraid to mix different wood finishes. It’s all about striking the balance between timeless and trendy.
The classic look of a wooden sink base cabinet can be elevated with the addition of a faucet in sleek and modern chrome or nickel finish.
A glass coffee table and contemporary lighting can modernize a living room with traditional window treatments.
Avoid furniture sets by mixing traditional and modern pieces
You could “mismatch” your bedroom furniture set to create an eclectic, personalized vibe. In this case, just make sure that all the individual pieces complement each other as they create a cohesive look.
Quality timber wood beds can lend a sophisticated, classical quality to your bedroom. In addition, they look great when paired with geometric patterns of the area rugs. Finally, you can place the nightstands that complement the color and shape of the beds to complete the look.
Although furniture sets were once a standard way to furnish your home, nowadays, they’re considered a thing of the past. Modern spaces make use of the furniture pieces that have a collected feel as if they were acquired over a period of time rather than purchased all at once. So, if there is furniture set in your home, you can break it up by introducing different furniture pieces that flow together.
Consider reupholstering old furniture
You could also have your traditional furniture pieces reupholstered, so they look like new. Mixing traditional and modern fabrics, such as velvet and performance fabric will surely prolong the life of the furniture.
Declutter by removing all the unnecessary knickknacks
In recent years the interiors became more simplified. Use the accents and collectibles you love and remove the knickknacks and unnecessary things. Just keep the objects that have a function and/or bring you joy. Consider Marie Kondo’s method of decluttering. So learn how to distinguish between the things that inspire you and those that don’t.
By incorporating contemporary elements into traditional style, you can update your living space and give it a facelift it deserves. Also, don’t forget that you can always rely on a skillful interior designer who will help you create that dream home you want.
About the author:
Chloe is a journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic, lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. When she is not writing or traveling, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.