Just because your remodel is brand new doesn’t mean your furniture and décor have to be. In order to achieve a lived in and curated look, consider blending vintage and modern elements. Having an equal mix of vintage and modern elements in your home is the best way to avoid the dreaded “cookie-cutter” aesthetic.
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. 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, think about lighting. Hanging a vintage or vintage-inspired chandelier in your space will pay homage to your old home, but it 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 for a Collected Look
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Our friend Lea of Creekwood Hill is the queen of this in every room in her home! Buying all new furniture for your space can get expensive. So a great way to incorporate and re-use your vintage or older pieces is pairing them with a modern element.
We love how she incorporates vintage art in her gallery wall with the modern style chair. Making your home feel collected takes time, but pairing vintage pieces with modern furniture gives the room character. If everything is the same style, it can either feel too matchy-matchy. A few modern pieces combined with vintage makes the space feel as though you’ve been curating it for years.
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. They are great for storage and hiding away items you may not want out in the open. We love these pieces, especially in the mid-century modern styles. When pairing them with vintage accessories, it can make them feel too dated. Consider decorating your piece with modern artwork or modern accessories. This will make for a more eclectic vignette and will bring a more modern feel to your space.
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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. It can also save you some extra money on furniture. If you already have a gorgeous counter height table, it can double as a kitchen island. This will not only save you the extra expense, but it will add character and a statement piece to your kitchen. When your island looks more like furniture, it adds character and a unique look. To add more of a vintage flair, look for vintage pendants or lighting for above the sink. We love the mix of modern and vintage in this kitchen.
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 can mix. Try Victorian with mid-century modern or art deco with shabby-chic for a more collected feel, rather than all vintage. We love the look of mixed dining chairs for a more eclectic look around the table.
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