Do you love antiques and modern design? If you do, it is time to mix them together. It’s time to add a modern twist to traditional. Take a look at these rooms that make the classics feel fresh. This design is used for those who love the past but also love the comforts of modern life.
Traditional furniture and décor has plenty of history and can be quite beautiful. Having antique furniture can often look overdone. It can feel rather heavy, dark, and dated. By adding a modern style, the home design will have a clean and exciting vibe. This blend of the old and the new celebrates the best of each, creating a look that is both timeless and timely.
What Americans once thought of as traditional is rooted in English country style, with its matched sets of furniture, saturated colors, multiple patterns, and heavy layers of window treatments and accessories. But modern life has changed how rooms are used and what to expect from them.
The design scheme is a fresh take on countryside style, with a palette of whites and a statement rug. Whites are often used in New Traditional design. White represents purity or innocence, doctors and nurses wear it to imply sterility. White is bright and can create a sense of space or add highlights. This is why the rooms are often painted completely white. It is considered to be a summer color. Because of its neutrality, it is popular in fashion and decorating.
Contrasting colors also draw attention to the form of the piece. Staid brass tacks are another way to update an old piece of furniture.
Seemingly disparate pieces of furniture come together with a casually unified color scheme. Burgundy, dark green, and indigo make way for sage, celadon, sky or aqua blue, wheat, and white, mixed with chocolate brown for contrast. Upholstery still references historic shapes but seats are now large enough for sinking in and lying down.
The prevalence of neutral hues in new traditional style doesn’t mean washed out and boring. For eye-catching accents, try citrus hues. Walls are unique antique salvaged mirrors, sconces, and, in some cases, architectural remnants. Salon groupings of artwork are usually done in matching frames, for a tailored look. Special oil paintings, impressionistic portraits, or landscapes are usually hung on their own so as not to compete with other decor. Drawings, architectural studies or botanical prints framed simply with over-sized mats seem to be a popular choice.