Just because your remodel is brand new doesn’t mean your furniture and décor have to be. The most boring spaces are usually the ones that look like everything was bought from the same store. Having an equal mix of vintage and modern elements in your home is the best way to avoid the dreaded “cookie-cutter” aesthetic, and save a few dollars while you’re at it.
An easy way to approach decorating after a remodel is to consider your home’s original architecture. Were there elements in your space you chose to preserve during the remodel? Maybe it was the elegant crown molding or a section of unique vintage tiling. Incorporating period or vintage-inspired pieces that highlight these styles is a great way to pay tribute to your home’s history, and mixing these elements with modern pieces will keep your space looking fresh and new. We’ve compiled a list of five ways you can easily blend contemporary and vintage styles together to create the perfect modern mix for your home.
Tip #1: Add Old World Charm to a Newly Remodeled Bathroom
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If you want to preserve the shabby-chic charm of your old space, it can be as simple as hanging a vintage or vintage-inspired chandelier. The chandelier will pay homage to your old home, but won’t steal the show away from your beautifully remodeled bathroom. The blend of old and new also makes for a surprisingly elegant contrast.
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Tip #2: Pair Modern Styles With Vintage Pieces to Update Them
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Buying all new furniture for your space can get expensive. A great way to incorporate and re-use your vintage or older pieces in your new space is to pair them with a modern element. If you want to hold onto a vintage desk, just pair it with a modern chair. Vice versa, if you have an amazing vintage chair, purchase a modern desk to compliment it. Both ways will ensure your space feels updated, fresh, and unique.
Tip #3: Balance Large Vintage Pieces With Modern Art
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Large vintage dressers or credenzas can be perfect in entryways, living rooms, or dining rooms. We love these pieces especially in mid-century modern styles, but pairing them with vintage accessories can make them feel too dated. Decorating your piece with modern artwork or modern accessories makes for a more eclectic vignette and will bring your piece into the 21st century.
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Tip #4: Give Your Kitchen Remodel Some Vintage Flair
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Adding vintage elements to your newly remodeled kitchen can make for a stylish look, and can save you some extra money on furniture. If you already have a gorgeous counter height table, it can double as a kitchen island, saving you the extra expense. Period lighting fixtures and vibrant Persian or Moroccan rugs also help add to some vintage flair to the mix.
Tip #5: Don’t Be Afraid To Mix Styles
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If you really want to hold on to your vintage aesthetic, purchasing modern updated versions of your favorite products can be a great compromise. As long as one of the pieces is a new vintage-inspired piece, you’re safe to mix Victorian with mid-century modern or art deco with shabby-chic.
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Kayla Unnerstall is a content writer and blogger at LuxeDecor, a premiere online showroom for high-end furniture, lighting, rugs, and home décor.