The Modern Mix: 10 Ways to Work Vintage Pieces into Modern Interiors

The Modern Mix: 10 Ways to Work Vintage Pieces into Modern Interiors

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 25, 2014
From Stadshem.
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There's no rule that says all the furniture in your house needs to come from the same era. In fact, embracing contrasting styles can give your home a liveliness and texture that rooms with all matchy-matchy furniture can't touch. Here's a little inspiration for incorporating more traditionally styled pieces into modern interiors. Time to hit the flea market (or grandma's attic).

1. A traditional desk and a modern desk chair make a dynamic combination.

From Domino.
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2. If you have a vintage dresser, try thinking outside the (bedroom) box. A dresser can be a great place to stash things in the living room, and you can use it as a console for your television, or prop some art on top instead.

From Lonny.
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3. A vintage secretary makes a great home bar.

From Domino.
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4. Painting a vintage piece the same color as the wall is a great trick to help it blend in with the rest of the items in a space. Another great trick? Liberal use of ethnic textiles, which look good with everything.

A small San Francisco apartment from Refinery29.
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5. Try pairing a traditional table with modern chairs.

From Skona Hem.
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6. You could let the antique piece be the focal point, and keep everything else minimal (or all white, as in this example).

A space by Hannes Peer.
(Image credit: Hannes Peer)

7. An oriental rug grounds a room filled with spare, modern pieces, and adds a nice dose of texture and pattern.

From Skona Hem.
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8. Vintage cabinets look great (and provide a little extra storage) in super-modern kitchens. From Skona Hem.

From Nuevo Estilo.
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9. Use a vintage wardrobe for a little extra storage in the dining room.

From Skona Hem.
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10. Mix a couple of traditional chairs into a modern setting for instant character.

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